Principal's Weekly Posts


Principal's Post - Week of January 21st

posted Jan 17, 2020, 8:44 AM by Jorge Goncalves   [ updated Jan 17, 2020, 11:19 AM ]

Have you ordered a NAMS 2019-2020 yearbook yet?

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

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

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

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

Tuesday - Hats Off to No Name Calling Week 

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

Wednesday - Sock It to Bullying!

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

Thursday - Peace Out & Spread the Kindness

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

Friday - Power in Numbers

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

Appreciation Station

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

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



2nd ANNUAL PARENTS COMEDY NIGHT OUT TO SUPPORT NAMS PTAC

Friday, January 31st at China Blossom Restaurant

Featuring: Johnny Pizzi, John Perrotta & Jason Merrill

 Doors Open at 7:00 p.m.

 Showtime: 8:30 p.m.

 Tickets:  $25 per person 

Order Now: Only 140 tickets available!

You can purchase tickets in one of 2 ways:

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

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

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Please send questions to paulamistry@gmail.com


NA Project 351 Ambassador 2020 - Benjamin Abbott

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

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


NAMS MCAS Dates - Spring 2020

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

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

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

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

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

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


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

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

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

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

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

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


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

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


Future NAMS PTAC Meetings

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

  • February 11, 2020

  • March 10, 2020

  • April 14, 2020

  • May 12, 2020

  • June 9, 2020


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

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

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

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

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

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

  • No Limos!

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

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

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

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

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

Tickets

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

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

Thank you,

North Andover Youth & Recreation Services Staff

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


Upcoming Events (from the NAMS Calendar)


Friday, January 17, 2020

• No School for Students - Professional Development Day


Monday, January 20, 2020

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

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Tuesday, January 21, 2020

Wednesday, January 22, 2020

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

Thursday, January 23, 2020

Friday, January 24, 2020


Monday, January 27, 2020

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

Tuesday, January 28, 2020

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

Wednesday, January 29, 2020

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

Thursday, January 30, 2020

Friday, January 31, 2020

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

Principal's Post - Week of January 13th

posted Jan 9, 2020, 12:17 PM by Jorge Goncalves   [ updated Jan 12, 2020, 8:08 AM ]

NAMS Geography Bee Results

This past Tuesday, January 7th NAMS hosted a Geography Bee open to all students. Mr. Poirier, along with other teachers, facilitated what we hope to be an annual event. After several rounds of questions, we were able to determine a 1st, 2nd, & 3rd place winner.

Congratulations NAMS Geography Bee winners:

1st place - Mason E.

2nd place - Logan B.

3rd place - Reagan V.

Mason will have an opportunity to advance to the State Finals in April, with a possible shot at the National Geographic Society’s National Championship round in May.


Grade 7 AMS Carnival

Grade 7 students in our Applied Math & Science classes created probability games that were showcased during a student exposition this past week. For more pictures, please be sure to scroll to the end of the blog. We were all very impressed with the effort and creativity that students displayed.


Future NAMS PTAC Meetings

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

  • January 14, 2020 (NEXT MEETING)

  • February 11, 2020

  • March 10, 2020

  • April 14, 2020

  • May 12, 2020

  • June 9, 2020


2nd ANNUAL PARENTS COMEDY NIGHT OUT TO SUPPORT NAMS PTAC

Friday, January 31st at China Blossom Restaurant

Featuring: Johnny Pizzi, John Perrotta & Jason Merrill

Doors Open at 7:00 p.m.

Showtime: 8:30 p.m.

Tickets:  $25 per person 

Order Now: Only 140 tickets available!

To Purchase Tickets please complete the form which will come home in backpacks next week & send check payable to NAMS PTAC via backpack OR use Venmo:  @Paula-Mistry (PTAC Co-President)

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

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NAMS RAISE theme for January is Empathy!

This month’s RAISE theme is Empathy. Empathy is being aware of and considering another person’s situation, feelings or motives before speaking or taking action. It is a very important life skill to be able to recognize how someone else is feeling. Students are invited to recognize classmates for their empathy by completing a brief recognition form outside of the guidance counselor's office. Think of someone who is able to support others because they recognize how the person is feeling and always find a way to help. We are hoping to recognize a NAMS student each Friday.

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Thank you PTAC and Volunteers

On behalf of all NAMS staff, thank you NAMS PTAC and all of our volunteers for the wonderful holiday brunch you provided last week. Thank you for all of the time, energy, and resources necessary to make this possible.


Drop off & Pick up Reminders

Please be sure to follow our drop-off and pick-up protocols as explained on the maps found here.
Students should not be dropped off in front of the school before 7:40 a.m. or picked up in front of the school before 2:40 p.m.
Students should only be dropped off or picked up along our drop-off & pick-up routes before and after school.
Students should only be dropped off and picked up in the left lane of our drop-off and pick-up routes before and after school.
Please be patient and wait in line to drop off your child.
If you are dropping off or picking up your grade 6 student, please pull up to the green line when picking up or dropping off. Several students may be dropped off and picked up at the same time this way.
If you are dropping off or picking up your grade 7 or 8 student, please pull up to the blue zone. Several students may be dropped off or picked up in the blue zone.

NAMS Online Literary League Magazine

The fall issue is ready for your review at the following address: https://sites.google.com/northandoverpublicschools.com/literary-magazine-fall/home


Order Your 2019-2020 NAMS Yearbook by clicking on the picture below:

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

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

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

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

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

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

  • No Limos!

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

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

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

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

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

Tickets

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

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

Thank you,

North Andover Youth & Recreation Services Staff

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


Upcoming Events (from the NAMS Calendar)


Monday, January 13, 2020

Tuesday, January 14, 2020

• NAMS PTAC Meeting @ 9:00 a.m.

• 6th & 7th Grade Band Concert @ 7:00 p.m.

Wednesday, January 15, 2020

• 8th Grade Band Concert with Wind Ensemble at NAHS @ 7:00 p.m.

Thursday, January 16, 2020


Friday, January 17, 2020

• No School for Students - Professional Development Day


Monday, January 20, 2020

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


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Tuesday, January 21, 2020

Wednesday, January 22, 2020

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

Thursday, January 23, 2020

Friday, January 24, 2020


More AMS Carnival Pictures

Principal's Post - Week of January 6th

posted Jan 3, 2020, 3:47 AM by Jorge Goncalves   [ updated Jan 8, 2020, 4:20 AM ]

RAISE Values at NAMS (Respect, Achievement, Inclusion, Service, & Empathy)

The theme for January is Empathy at NAMS. Empathy is being aware of and considering another person’s situation, feelings or motives before speaking or taking action. It is a very important life skill to be able to recognize how someone else is feeling. Each morning we will be sharing examples or empathy, asking students to show empathy in different ways, and more. Students are invited to recognize classmates for their empathy by completing a brief recognition form outside of the guidance counselor's office. We are asking them to think of someone who is able to support others because they recognize how the person is feeling and always find a way to help. We are hoping to recognize a NAMS student each Friday.

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NAMS Geography Bee

Do you have knowledge of cultures, states, countries or animals? Then you would be the perfect candidate to compete in the North Andover Middle School Geography Bee!  All interested students must register with Mr. Poirier (Room S104) in advance in order to compete on Thursday, January 9 at 2:30 p.m. Top ten winners will advance to the final round with one student becoming the NAMS Geo Bee Champion. This winner will have an opportunity to advance to the State Finals in April, with a possible shot at the National Geographic Society’s National Championship round in May.

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NAMS Online Literary League Magazine

The fall issue is ready for your review at the following address: https://sites.google.com/northandoverpublicschools.com/literary-magazine-fall/home


Order Your 2019-2020 NAMS Yearbook by clicking on the picture below:

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Future NAMS PTAC Meetings (All Tuesdays from 9:00-10:00 a.m. in the Grade 8 Cafeteria)

  • January 14, 2020
  • February 11, 2020
  • March 10, 2020
  • April 14, 2020
  • May 12, 2020
  • June 9, 2020

2nd ANNUAL PARENTS COMEDY NIGHT OUT TO SUPPORT NAMS PTAC

Friday, January 31st at China Blossom Restaurant

Featuring: Johnny Pizzi, John Perrotta & Jason Merrill

Doors Open at 7:00 p.m.

Showtime: 8:30 p.m.

Tickets:  $25 per person 

Order Now: Only 140 tickets available!

To Purchase Tickets please complete the form which will come home in backpacks next week & send check payable to NAMS PTAC via backpack OR use Venmo:  @Paula-Mistry (PTAC Co-President)

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

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Beyond the Classroom Days

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. During the 2019-2020 school year, these alternative school days will go into effect after the 3rd school cancellation day. Since we have already needed to cancel school 3 times this year, this plan will go into place after our next cancelled day of school. Our teachers and staff have been working on a wide range of assignments for students to complete on these Beyond the Classroom Days. The following provides some general information. Please visit the Beyond the Classroom website for additional information here or at the following address: https://sites.google.com/northandoverpublicschools.com/beyondtheclassroom/home

Beyond the Classroom General Information

  • After the 12/2/19, 12/3/19, & 12/17/19 school cancellation days, our last day of school is currently scheduled for Friday, June 19, 2020 and will not be any later than this date.

  • If school needs to be cancelled again this year, 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 on how to access this via PowerSchool are also on the website.

  • Teachers will be reviewing assignments and expectations with students in advance of another cancelled day of school and will also be sending home hard copies as needed.

Assignments will…

  • Provide students with choice in what assignments they complete or how they complete them

  • Be both online and offline (traditional paper and pencil) 

  • Be consistent across grade level and content areas 

  • Be linked to a standard

  • Be accessible for all students 

  • Be collected and given feedback from teacher

INDEPENDENT school work should be completed within the following time guidelines:

  • Pre-K & K: optional

  • Gr. 1-2: ~ up to 60 minutes

  • Gr. 3-5: ~ up to 90 minutes 

  • Gr. 6-8: ~ up to 20 minutes per subject area 

  • Gr. 9-12: ~ up to 30 minutes per subject area 


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

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

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

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

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

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

  • No Limos!

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

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

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

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

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

Tickets

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

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

Thank you,

North Andover Youth & Recreation Services Staff


Upcoming Events (from the NAMS Calendar)


Monday, January 6, 2020

Tuesday, January 7, 2020

Wednesday, January 8, 2020

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

Thursday, January 9, 2020

Friday, January 10, 2020


Monday, January 13, 2020

Tuesday, January 14, 2020

 NAMS PTAC Meeting @ 9:00 a.m.

 6th & 7th Grade Band Concert @ 7:00 p.m.

Wednesday, January 15, 2020

 8th Grade Band Concert with Wind Ensemble at NAHS @ 7:00 p.m.

Thursday, January 16, 2020


Friday, January 17, 2020

 No School for Students - Professional Development Day


Monday, January 20, 2020

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


Tuesday, January 21, 2020

Wednesday, January 22, 2020

 Full Year Chorus Concert @ 7:00 p.m.

Thursday, January 23, 2020

Friday, January 24, 2020

Principal's Post - Week of December 16th

posted Dec 13, 2019, 4:32 AM by Jorge Goncalves   [ updated Jan 2, 2020, 11:53 AM ]

Call in Santa Program through North Andover CAM 

This Friday, December 13, 2019 from 6:00-8:00 p.m. 15 of our NAMS students will be singing live on TV with Santa and Mrs. Claus. If you have believers at home, they can call and talk to the big man himself at 978-687-6570. The broadcast is shown on Comcast 22 and Verizon 24 (if you live locally).

If you don't live locally, you can also access it here:

bit.ly/Santa-Call-In-Show-2019

The show is really cute, and it's a really great way to get your family in the holiday spirit.

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RAISE Values at NAMS

The theme for December is Service here at NAMS. Our first service project was our annual food drive. We should find out by the end of next week how much we were able to donate in pounds. For our next service project, you are all invited to make holiday cards for children at Children’s Hospital. There is a 6 year old boy who is awaiting a heart transplant at Children’s in Boston since August whose wish is to receive holiday cards to decorate his room. With your help we can make his wish come true and also help decorate other spaces at Children’s Hospital. Please consider making a holiday card and drop it off in the main office before the end of the day on Thursday, December 19th.

You can read about Carlos’s wish here or at the following website:

https://www.boston.com/news/health/2019/12/05/this-worcester-6-year-old-whos-awaiting-a-heart-transplant-wants-you-to-send-him-a-christmas-card?s_campaign=bcom%3Asocialflow%3Afacebook

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Trimester 1 Grades & Comments

Final Trimester 1 Grades & Comments will be available to students & parents/guardians in PowerSchool after school on Friday, December 13, 2019. You may find directions for how to view comments and Honor Roll status here. The directions are also attached as a pdf document.


NAMS Geography Bee - Coming Soon!

Do you have knowledge of cultures, states, countries or animals? Then you would be the perfect candidate to compete in the North Andover Middle School Geography Bee!  All interested students must register with Mr. Poirier (Room S104) in advance in order to compete on Thursday, January 9 at 2:30 p.m. Top ten winners will advance to the final round with one student becoming the NAMS Geo Bee Champion. This winner will have an opportunity to advance to the State Finals in April, with a possible shot at the National Geographic Society’s National Championship round in May.

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Order Your 2019-2020 NAMS Yearbook by clicking on the picture below:
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Future NAMS PTAC Meetings (All Tuesdays from 9:00-10:00 a.m. in the Grade 8 Cafeteria)

  • January 14, 2020
  • February 11, 2020
  • March 10, 2020
  • April 14, 2020
  • May 12, 2020
  • June 9, 2020

Beyond the Classroom Days - The following is being shared with NAMS Families.

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. Last year we created the “BEYOND THE CLASSROOM” school cancellation day initiative, however we did not have enough snow days to use this alternative learning experience. During the 2019-2020 school year, these alternative school days will go into effect after the 3rd school cancellation day. Our teachers and staff have been working on a wide range of assignments for students to complete on these Beyond the Classroom Days. The following provides some general information. Please visit the Beyond the Classroom website for additional information here or at the following address: https://sites.google.com/northandoverpublicschools.com/beyondtheclassroom/home

Beyond the Classroom General Information

  • After the 12/2/19 and 12/3/19 school cancellation days, our last day of school is currently scheduled for Thursday, June 18, 2020.

  • If school is cancelled 1 additional time, we will make up each of those days with the last possible day of school being Friday, June 19, 2020.

  • If school needs to be cancelled more than a total of 3 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 on how to access this via PowerSchool are also on the website.

  • Teachers will be reviewing assignments and expectations with students in advance of the 3rd school cancellation day and sending home hard copies as needed.

Assignments will…

  • Provide students with choice in what assignments they complete or how they complete them

  • Be both online and offline (traditional paper and pencil) 

  • Be consistent across grade level and content areas 

  • Be linked to a standard

  • Be accessible for all students 

  • Be collected and given feedback from teacher

INDEPENDENT school work should be completed within the following time guidelines:

  • Pre-K & K: optional

  • Gr. 1-2: ~ up to 60 minutes

  • Gr. 3-5: ~ up to 90 minutes 

  • Gr. 6-8: ~ up to 20 minutes per subject area 

  • Gr. 9-12: ~ up to 30 minutes per subject area 

Please note that the website also includes Superintendent Snow Day Challenges for school cancellation days #1, 2 and 3 as well as Supplemental Learning ideas.


Upcoming Events (from the NAMS Calendar)


Monday, December 16, 2019

Tuesday, December 17, 2019

 Grade 8 Theatre Espresso Program in Auditorium (Uprising on King Street: The Boston Massacre)

Wednesday, December 18, 2019

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

Thursday, December 19, 2019

Friday, December 20, 2019


Holiday Break

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Thursday, January 2, 2020

 Students & Staff Return

Friday, January 3, 2019

Principal's Post - Week of December 9th

posted Dec 6, 2019, 4:17 AM by Jorge Goncalves   [ updated Dec 6, 2019, 6:56 AM ]

NAMS Musical - Friday & Saturday Shows left!

High School Musical is scheduled for the following dates and times:

 Thursday, December 5, 2019 @ 7:00 p.m.

 Friday, December 6, 2019 @ 7:00 p.m.

• Saturday, December 7, 2019 @ 2:00 p.m.

NAMS Musical Tickets
Tickets for the NAMS Drama production of High School Musical will go on sale during lunches on Monday, December 2nd. 
Tickets are $5 for students, $8 for adults. Members of the cast will selling tickets in the cafeteria during lunches December 2-6, 2019.
Students can pay by cash (exact change is appreciated!) or by checks payable to NAMS Drama. 

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NAMS ANNUAL BREAD & ROSES FOOD DRIVE

Our annual NAMS Student Leadership Food Drive for Bread & Roses is scheduled to begin on Monday, December 2, 2019 through Wednesday, December 11, 2019. There will be collection boxes placed in all NAMS homerooms. Last year, NAMS donated 4,441 lbs. of food and we are hoping to make an even bigger impact this year. We will need your help to reach our goal of 5,000 lbs. of food. Below you will find a list of food items that have been requested Bread & Roses.  

  • Canned vegetables*
  • Cranberry sauce*
  • Canned tuna, salmon, chicken*
  • Canned soup or beef stew*
  • Gravy*
  • Saltine crackers*
  • Instant Oatmeal [packets]*
  • Chicken and beef broth* 
  • Spices - (garlic powder, adobo, sazon, oregano, basil, salt)*
  • Canned fruit
  • Juice boxes
  • Shelf-stable fruit cups
  • Applesauce
  • Tomato/spaghetti sauce
  • Vegetable cooking spray
  •  Pasta and rice products
  • Mac & cheese mix 
  • Cereal - low sugar/high fiber 
  • Shelf-stable milk
  • Dry milk 
  • Canned beans/peas
  • Peanut butter 
  • Ranch salad dressing
  • Splenda/Sweet N Low
  • Paper products: napkins, paper lunch bags
  • Ziploc bags - all sizes (Quart and Gallon)

Gift cards for Market Basket or Stop & Shop

*Most Needed Items

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NAMS, Thompson, and Kittredge are all highlighted in a recent online article about their composting initiatives. 

Read more about how this initiative has already cut food waste and lessened the town’s trash hauls here or at the following website: https://northandover.wickedlocal.com/news/20191202/waste-not-north-andover-school-composting-program-sees-quick-success

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Order Your 2019-2020 NAMS Yearbook by clicking on the picture below:
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Future NAMS PTAC Meetings (All Tuesdays from 9:00-10:00 a.m. in the Grade 8 Cafeteria)

  • December 10, 2019
  • January 14, 2020
  • February 11, 2020
  • March 10, 2020
  • April 14, 2020
  • May 12, 2020
  • June 9, 2020

Beyond the Classroom Days - The following is being shared with NAMS Families.

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. Last year we created the “BEYOND THE CLASSROOM” school cancellation day initiative, however we did not have enough snow days to use this alternative learning experience. During the 2019-2020 school year, these alternative school days will go into effect after the 3rd school cancellation day. Our teachers and staff have been working on a wide range of assignments for students to complete on these Beyond the Classroom Days. The following provides some general information. Please visit the Beyond the Classroom website for additional information here or at the following address: https://sites.google.com/northandoverpublicschools.com/beyondtheclassroom/home

Beyond the Classroom General Information

  • After the 12/2/19 and 12/3/19 school cancellation days, our last day of school is currently scheduled for Thursday, June 18, 2020.

  • If school is cancelled 1 additional time, we will make up each of those days with the last possible day of school being Friday, June 19, 2020.

  • If school needs to be cancelled more than a total of 3 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 on how to access this via PowerSchool are also on the website.

  • Teachers will be reviewing assignments and expectations with students in advance of the 3rd school cancellation day and sending home hard copies as needed.

Assignments will…

  • Provide students with choice in what assignments they complete or how they complete them

  • Be both online and offline (traditional paper and pencil) 

  • Be consistent across grade level and content areas 

  • Be linked to a standard

  • Be accessible for all students 

  • Be collected and given feedback from teacher

INDEPENDENT school work should be completed within the following time guidelines:

  • Pre-K & K: optional

  • Gr. 1-2: ~ up to 60 minutes

  • Gr. 3-5: ~ up to 90 minutes 

  • Gr. 6-8: ~ up to 20 minutes per subject area 

  • Gr. 9-12: ~ up to 30 minutes per subject area 


Please note that the website also includes Superintendent Snow Day Challenges for school cancellation days #1, 2 and 3 as well as Supplemental Learning ideas.


Upcoming Events (from the NAMS Calendar)


Friday, December 6, 2019

 NAMS Musical from 7:00-9:00 p.m.


Saturday, December 7, 2019

 NAMS Musical from 2:00-4:00 p.m.


Monday, December 9, 2019

Tuesday, December 10, 2019

 Last Day of Trimester 1

 NAMS PTAC Meeting @ 9:00 a.m.

Wednesday, December 11, 2019

 First Day of Trimester 2

Thursday, December 12, 2019

Friday, December 13, 2019

 Grade 7 Trip to North Shore Music Theater

 Grade 6 Author Presentation (Rob Buyea) in Auditorium from 11:18-12:08 p.m.

 Rob Buyea Book Signing from 12:08-12:35 in auditorium and after school in library

 Trimester 1 Grades & Comments will be available after school in PowerSchool


Monday, December 16, 2019

Tuesday, December 17, 2019

 Grade 8 Theatre Espresso Program in Auditorium

Wednesday, December 18, 2019

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

Thursday, December 19, 2019

Friday, December 20, 2019


Holiday Break

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Thursday, January 2, 2020

 Students & Staff Return

Principal's Post - Week of December 2nd

posted Nov 27, 2019, 4:02 AM by Jorge Goncalves   [ updated Dec 6, 2019, 6:57 AM ]

Wishing you and yours a wonderful Thanksgiving break!

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RAISE VALUES AT NAMS

Each month, one of our RAISE values will be the focus. For the month of December will be on S for Service. We will kick off the month with our annual Food Drive to support Break & Roses. Each week, the NAMS community will be asked to help others with a different challenge. Beginning on Monday, December 9th students will be invited to recognize classmates for their service to others by completing a brief recognition form outside of the guidance counselor's office.

Instead of reading a different quote or precept during morning announcements, we will focus on each month's theme beginning next week as follows:

  • Mondays - Challenge based upon that month's theme will be shared with students.

  • Tuesday - Inspirational quote or precept will be shared with students.

  • Wednesday - Short story recognizing how someone demonstrated this month's theme will be shared with students.

  • Thursday - Short story recognizing how someone demonstrated this month's theme will be shared with students.

  • Friday - A student in each grade will be selected from the recognition box outside of the guidance counselor's office and will be recognized as part of morning announcements.


NAMS ANNUAL BREAD & ROSES FOOD DRIVE

Our annual NAMS Student Leadership Food Drive for Bread & Roses is scheduled to begin on Monday, December 2, 2019 through Wednesday, December 11, 2019. There will be collection boxes placed in all NAMS homerooms. Last year, NAMS donated 4,441 lbs. of food and we are hoping to make an even bigger impact this year. We will need your help to reach our goal of 5,000 lbs. of food.


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 was able to feed over 76,000 people. 


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

  • Canned vegetables*
  • Cranberry sauce*
  • Canned tuna, salmon, chicken*
  • Canned soup or beef stew*
  • Gravy*
  • Saltine crackers*
  • Instant Oatmeal [packets]*
  • Chicken and beef broth* 
  • Spices - (garlic powder, adobo, sazon, oregano, basil, salt)*
  • Canned fruit
  • Juice boxes
  • Shelf-stable fruit cups
  • Applesauce
  • Tomato/spaghetti sauce
  • Vegetable cooking spray
  •  Pasta and rice products
  • Mac & cheese mix 
  • Cereal - low sugar/high fiber 
  • Shelf-stable milk
  • Dry milk 
  • Canned beans/peas
  • Peanut butter 
  • Ranch salad dressing
  • Splenda/Sweet N Low
  • Paper products: napkins, paper lunch bags
  • Ziploc bags - all sizes (Quart and Gallon)

Gift cards for Market Basket or Stop & Shop

*Most Needed Items

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NAMS Musical Coming Soon!

High School Musical is scheduled for the following dates and times:

 Thursday, December 5, 2019 @ 7:00 p.m.

 Friday, December 6, 2019 @ 7:00 p.m.

• Saturday, December 7, 2019 @ 2:00 p.m.

NAMS Musical Tickets
Tickets for the NAMS Drama production of High School Musical will go on sale during lunches on Monday, December 2nd. 
Tickets are $5 for students, $8 for adults. Members of the cast will selling tickets in the cafeteria during lunches December 2-6, 2019.
Students can pay by cash (exact change is appreciated!) or by checks payable to NAMS Drama. 

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Order Your 2019-2020 NAMS Yearbook by clicking on the picture below:
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Live Your Learning Education Fund
Your child could be principal for a day! Please consider supporting NAPS students by checking out the annual LYLEF fundraiser. There are 4 more days to bid on amazing silent auction items and/or purchase a raffle entry! 

Please consider supporting experiential learning for all students by purchasing a raffle entry or bidding on our online silent auction.

  • GRAND PRIZE drawing is for a Peloton Exercise Bike! 
  • Tickets will be drawn each day in December as listed on the raffle calendar.
  • Winners will be announced on Twitter (@liveyourlearnand contacted via email.
  • All raffle winners will still be eligible for the Grand Prize drawing!
Silent auction: www.charityauction.bid/LYLEF  (Bidding is open from November 6-29, 2019)
  • Create a “bidder account.”
  • Once logged in, click on “Catalog” to see the auction items. 
  • Winners will be notified after the completion of the auction
LYLEF Mission
We believe that all North Andover students should have access to learning experiences outside of the traditional classroom that foster critical 21st century skills. The Live Your Learning Education Fund supports students who lack financial means to take advantage of these opportunities, both domestic and international. LYLEF opens doors to students, many of whom have not had experiences outside of their own community, who would not be able to participate in these rich educational experiences without financial aid.

Rotary Club Fundraiser

December 7th at 7 p.m. at the North Andover High School, Warren Miller Entertainment confirms that the joys of winter are eternal with its 70th full-length feature film, “Timeless,” presented by Volkswagen. The North Andover Rotary is sponsoring this epic ski film and by buying a $15 ticket to the show, you will receive a mid-week ski ticket to Sugarbush and an early/end of the season ticket to Killington! Click on the link below to learn more and buy your tickets:

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Upcoming Events (from the NAMS Calendar)


Thanksgiving Break

Thursday, November 28th - No School

Friday, November 29th - No School

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Monday, December 2, 2019 - SNOW DAY (School Cancelled)

Tuesday, December 3, 2019 - SNOW DAY (School Cancelled)


Wednesday, December 4, 2019

 FULL DAY OF SCHOOL - Students will be dismissed at 2:20 p.m.

Thursday, December 5, 2019

 NAMS Musical from 7:00-9:00 p.m.

Friday, December 6, 2019

 NAMS Musical from 7:00-9:00 p.m.


Saturday, December 7, 2019

 NAMS Musical from 2:00-4:00 p.m.


Monday, December 9, 2019

Tuesday, December 10, 2019

 Last Day of Trimester 1

 NAMS PTAC Meeting @ 9:00 a.m.

Wednesday, December 11, 2019

 First Day of Trimester 2

Thursday, December 12, 2019

Friday, December 13, 2019

 Grade 7 Trip to North Shore Music Theater

 Grade 6 Author Presentation (Rob Buyea) in Auditorium from 11:18-12:08 p.m.

 Rob Buyea Book Signing from 12:08-12:35 in auditorium and after school in library

 Students and Parents/Guardians may view Trimester 1 Grades and Comments after school.


Monday, December 16, 2019

Tuesday, December 17, 2019

 Last Day of Trimester 1

 Grade 8 Theatre Espresso Performances in Auditorium (Uprising on King Street: The Boston Massacre)

Wednesday, December 18, 2019

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

Thursday, December 19, 2019

Friday, December 20, 2019


Holiday Break

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Thursday, January 2, 2020

 Students & Staff Return

Principal's Post - Week of November 25th

posted Nov 22, 2019, 3:40 AM by Jorge Goncalves   [ updated Nov 26, 2019, 8:59 AM ]

Supporting our Soldiers - LAST CALL!

In conjunction with the North Andover Reads program and the focus on service, the S.O.S. Club (Support our Soldiers) at NAHS would like to collect items for care packages. They intend on sending care packages to deployed service members, including NAHS alumni from Tuesday, November 12th through Wednesday, November 27th. Please see the flyer for more information regarding what items we are hoping to collect. Collection bins are in the main lobby of NAMS.


Author Visit - Rob Buyea & Book Order Form

Due: Monday, November 25, 2019

The North Andover Schools Enrichment Council (NASEC) is pleased to announce that Rob Buyea (North Andover resident and parent) will be visiting the 6th graders in December. 

Rob Buyea is an American children's fiction author best known for his Mr. Terupt series of novels. In 2011 Buyea won an E.B. White Read Aloud Award for Because of Mr. Terupt. Buyea is now a full time author, residing with his wife, three daughters, and two dogs in North Andover Massachusetts.

You can learn more about Rob at his website: https://robbuyea.com/home

In conjunction with this author's visit, we are offering an opportunity to purchase his books with a 40% discount. If you would like to take advantage of this opportunity, please fill out and return the order form with your payment of cash or check (made out to NASEC) to the main office at NAMS by November 25, 2019.

Checks should be made out to NASEC (40% discount is already reflected on the order form).

Books will arrive in the middle of December and will need to be picked up from NAMS or can go home with students in their backpack.

Any questions, please contact Karen Melota or Aya Goldman at karenmelota@gmail.com or ayay@verizon.net

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Rotary Club Fundraiser
December 7th at 7 p.m. at the North Andover High School, Warren Miller Entertainment confirms that the joys of winter are eternal with its 70th full-length feature film, “Timeless,” presented by Volkswagen. The North Andover Rotary is sponsoring this epic ski film and by buying a $15 ticket to the show, you will receive a mid-week ski ticket to Sugarbush and an early/end of the season ticket to Killington! Click on the link below to learn more and buy your tickets:

https://warrenmiller.com/events/north-andover-high-school-auditorium-0  

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North Andover Middle School Parent Teacher Advisory Council

Parent involvement is an essential part of NAMS.  The PTAC (North Andover Middle School Parent Teacher Advisory Council) is a great way to find opportunities that might interest you. NAMS PTAC relies mainly on direct donations from the NAMS Community to raise the funds necessary to support these programs at the middle school. Our fundraising goal this year is $20,000. Please consider making a tax-deductible donation to support the NAMS PTAC. 

All donations are greatly appreciated and we thank you for your support.

Please check out the Direct Donation Flyer here for more information and how to donate.

Future NAMS PTAC Meetings (All Tuesdays from 9:00-10:00 a.m. in the Grade 8 Cafeteria)

 December 10, 2019

 January 14, 2020

 February 11, 2020

 March 10, 2020

 April 14, 2020

 May 12, 2020

 June 9, 2020


NAMS Musical Coming Soon!

High School Musical is scheduled for the following dates and times:

 Thursday, December 5, 2019 @ 7:00 p.m.

 Friday, December 6, 2019 @ 7:00 p.m.

• Saturday, December 7, 2019 @ 2:00 p.m.

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NAMS ANNUAL BREAD & ROSES FOOD DRIVE

Our annual NAMS Student Leadership Food Drive for Bread & Roses is scheduled to begin on Monday, December 2, 2019 through Friday, December 6, 2019. There will be collection boxes placed in all NAMS homerooms. Last year, NAMS donated 4,441 lbs. of food and we are hoping to make an even bigger impact this year. We will need your help to reach our goal of 5,000 lbs. of food.


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 was able to feed over 76,000 people. 


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

Canned vegetables*

Cranberry sauce*

Canned tuna, salmon, chicken*

Canned soup or beef stew*

Gravy*

Saltine crackers*

Instant Oatmeal [packets]*

Chicken and beef broth* 

Spices - (garlic powder, adobo, sazon, oregano, basil, salt)*

Canned fruit

Juice boxes

Shelf-stable fruit cups

Applesauce

Tomato/spaghetti sauce

Vegetable cooking spray

 Pasta and rice products

Mac & cheese mix 

Cereal - low sugar/high fiber 

Shelf-stable milk

Dry milk 

Canned beans/peas

Peanut butter 

Ranch salad dressing

Splenda/Sweet N Low

Paper products: napkins, paper lunch bags

Ziploc bags - all sizes (Quart and Gallon)


Gift cards for Market Basket or Stop & Shop

*Most Needed Items

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History Camps through Community Programs

There will be two upcoming History Camps for NAMS students in December:

1. History Camp to Salem, MA on Friday, December 27th

2. History Camp to Boston on Monday, December 30th

For more information, please visit the following website:

https://docs.google.com/document/d/1TCCH0FrsnI6NWlcY_91ZiPdLtjqTTyI0Hg5KTFcBMOc/edit?usp=sharing

Please contact Mr. McGravey with any questions at mcgraveyp@northandoverpublicschools.com

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Upcoming Events (from the NAMS Calendar)


Monday, November 25th

Tuesday, November 26th

Wednesday, November 27th


Thanksgiving Break

Thursday, November 28th - No School

Friday, November 29th - No School

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Monday, December 2, 2019

Tuesday, December 3, 2019

 Trimester 1 Chorus Concert from 7:00-8:00 p.m.

Wednesday, December 4, 2019

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

Thursday, December 5, 2019

 NAMS Musical from 7:00-9:00 p.m.

Friday, December 6, 2019

 Last Day of Trimester 1

 NAMS Musical from 7:00-9:00 p.m.


Saturday, December 7, 2019

 NAMS Musical from 2:00-4:00 p.m.


Monday, December 9, 2019

 First Day of Trimester 2

Tuesday, December 10, 2019

 NAMS PTAC Meeting @ 9:00 a.m.

Wednesday, December 11, 2019

Thursday, December 12, 2019

 Trimester 1 Grades & Comments available for NAMS students and families in PowerSchool

Friday, December 13, 2019

 Grade 7 Trip to North Shore Music Theater

 Grade 6 Author Presentation (Rob Buyea) in Auditorium from 11:18-12:08 p.m.

 Rob Buyea Book Signing from 12:08-12:35 in auditorium and after school in library

Principal's Post - Week of November 18th

posted Nov 15, 2019, 4:08 AM by Jorge Goncalves

Customized North Andover apparel is now available to order. 

NAMS PTAC is once again partnering with Prime Time Sports to bring you great North Andover apparel.  

Click on the sale flyer below for ordering instructions or follow the link below.

Website: NAMS NA Gear

*Username: NAMS

*Password: Knights19

*Please note that the Username and Password are Case-Sensitive. 

All orders must be received by Thursday, November 21st and will be available for pick-up at NAMS the week of December 16th.  Pick-up details will be provided shortly.

Although orders are being delivered to the school, you will be asked for a delivery address when placing your order and there is a $6.99 "delivery" fee.  The delivery address is a requirement of Prime Time Sport's orders website and cannot be suppressed when items are delivered in bulk to one location. We apologize for the extra key strokes.  The fee is for the bundling of items into individual orders. This is a flat rate per order so if you know of another family ordering and wish to share the cost of the fee you can absolutely enter just one order for both families.  Your order will be bundled and delivered to the school as one order for you to separate by family at home.

Please let me know if you have any questions or trouble ordering your gear.

Liz McDevitt (978-960-9077)

elizmcd24@gmail.com

namsptac@gmail.com

The flyer below is clickable and will bring you directly to the page!   

There are 2 pages of items in this store.  Flannel pj bottoms and hockey style sweatshirt are on page 2!!


Rotary Club Fundraiser
December 7th at 7 p.m. at the North Andover High School, Warren Miller Entertainment confirms that the joys of winter are eternal with its 70th full-length feature film, “Timeless,” presented by Volkswagen. The North Andover Rotary is sponsoring this epic ski film and by buying a $15 ticket to the show, you will receive a mid-week ski ticket to Sugarbush and an early/end of the season ticket to Killington! Click on the link below to learn more and buy your tickets:

https://warrenmiller.com/events/north-andover-high-school-auditorium-0  

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North Andover Middle School Parent Teacher Advisory Council

Parent involvement is an essential part of NAMS.  The PTAC (North Andover Middle School Parent Teacher Advisory Council) is a great way to find opportunities that might interest you. NAMS PTAC relies mainly on direct donations from the NAMS Community to raise the funds necessary to support these programs at the middle school. Our fundraising goal this year is $20,000. Please consider making a tax-deductible donation to support the NAMS PTAC. 

All donations are greatly appreciated and we thank you for your support.

Please check out the Direct Donation Flyer here for more information and how to donate.

Future NAMS PTAC Meetings (All Tuesdays from 9:00-10:00 a.m. in the Grade 8 Cafeteria)

 December 10, 2019

 January 14, 2020

 February 11, 2020

 March 10, 2020

 April 14, 2020

 May 12, 2020

 June 9, 2020


Jack Lynch Memorial Blood Drive

Saturday, November 16, 2019 in the NAMS Gym from 8:00-2:00 p.m.

You can click here to schedule an appointment.

The Lynch family sponsors this blood drive every year in honor of their late son Jack. This blood drive has become one of the largest Memorial drives in the Merrimack Valley. The Red Cross has asked for 100 units, which would equal saving 300+ people through life-saving transfusions. There are approximately 159 spots to fill. Please consider helping! At the end of this blog, you will find a flyer with more information.

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What connects the Christmas Truce of 1914, the Great Green Wall in Africa, Race Amity, and the Irish Troubles?

Don Mullan is the answer. Don will be in North Andover on Tuesday, November 19th at 7:00 p.m. at the North Andover High School.

Don Mullan, founder of Hope Initiatives International, is an Irish investigative journalist, author, movie/documentary producer, and humanitarian worker. Don will be in North Andover to speak about the Christmas Truce of 1914 and the efforts to have the area named a UNESCO World Heritage site. Don’t miss the opportunity to hear Don speak about these events and his other work Tuesday evening. This public program is free and open to all. 

At the end of this blog, you can read the Press Release issued by Kathleen Keenan, Stevens Memorial Library Director, regarding the event.


Author Visit - Rob Buyea & Book Order Form

Due: Monday, November 25, 2019

The North Andover Schools Enrichment Council (NASEC) is pleased to announce that Rob Buyea (North Andover resident and parent) will be visiting the 6th graders in December. 

Rob Buyea is an American children's fiction author best known for his Mr. Terupt series of novels. In 2011 Buyea won an E.B. White Read Aloud Award for Because of Mr. Terupt. Buyea is now a full time author, residing with his wife, three daughters, and two dogs in North Andover Massachusetts.

You can learn more about Rob at his website: https://robbuyea.com/home

In conjunction with this author's visit, we are offering an opportunity to purchase his books with a 40% discount. If you would like to take advantage of this opportunity, please fill out and return the order form with your payment of cash or check (made out to NASEC) to the main office at NAMS by November 25, 2019.

Checks should be made out to NASEC (40% discount is already reflected on the order form).

Books will arrive in the middle of December and will need to be picked up from NAMS or can go home with students in their backpack.

Any questions, please contact Karen Melota or Aya Goldman at karenmelota@gmail.com or ayay@verizon.net

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Supporting our Soldiers

In conjunction with the North Andover Reads program and the focus on service, the S.O.S. Club (Support our Soldiers) at NAHS would like to collect items for care packages. They intend on sending care packages to deployed service members, including NAHS alumni from Tuesday, November 12th through Wednesday, November 27th. Please see the flyer outside the main office or on our website for more information regarding what items we are hoping to collect. Collection bins are in the main lobby.

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Upcoming Events (from the NAMS Calendar)


Saturday, November 16th

 Jack Lynch Memorial Blood Drive in the NAMS Gym from 8:00-2:00 p.m.


Monday, November 18th

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

Tuesday, November 19th

Wednesday, November 20th

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

Thursday, November 21st

Friday, November 22nd


Monday, November 25th

Tuesday, November 26th

Wednesday, November 27th


Thanksgiving Break

Thursday, November 28th - No School

Friday, November 29th - No School


Monday, December 2, 2019

Tuesday, December 3, 2019

 Trimester 1 Chorus Concert from 7:00-8:00 p.m.

Wednesday, December 4, 2019

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

Thursday, December 5, 2019

 NAMS Musical from 7:00-9:00 p.m.

Friday, December 6, 2019

 Last Day of Trimester 1

 NAMS Musical from 7:00-9:00 p.m.


Saturday, December 7, 2019

 NAMS Musical from 2:00-4:00 p.m.


FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE:

Contact: 

Kathleen Keenan, Stevens Memorial Library Director 

KKeenan@NorthAndoverMA.gov

(978) 688-9505 ext. 42021

November 7, 2019


What connects the Christmas Truce of 1914, the Great Green Wall in Africa, Race Amity, and the Irish Troubles?


North Andover, MA - 


Don Mullan is the answer. Don will be in North Andover on Tuesday, November 19th at 7:00 p.m. at the North Andover High School. 


Don Mullan, founder of Hope Initiatives International, is an Irish investigative journalist, author, movie/documentary producer, and humanitarian worker. Don will be in North Andover to speak about the Christmas Truce of 1914 and the efforts to have the area named a UNESCO World Heritage site. Don’t miss the opportunity to hear Don speak about these events and his other work Tuesday evening. This public program is free and open to all. Registration is recommended via the Library’s calendar www.StevensMemLib.org or call the Library at 978-688-9505 ext. 42016.


A search on “Don Mullan” may bring up his most famous book Eyewitness Bloody Sunday or the Sundance Award winning movie Bloody Sunday, about the Irish Troubles. It may bring up the Christmas Truce of 1914 and the Flanders Peace Field Project, Don’s work to create a UNESCO World Heritage site, whose goal is remind people of our common humanity even during the trauma of war and a place to make a commitment to a shared future.  


Or, you will find yourself watching a BBC video about Africa’s Great Green Wall, a project to plant trees in 11 countries spanning the Sahara east to west, whose aim is to halt the desertification of the continent. What is Don’s connection to Africa? The Laudato Tree Project in Ireland. The Irish government has pledged 1.2 million Euros to the Green Wall. 


Following Don’s talk in North Andover, he will be a presenter at the National Center Race Amity Conference (https://raceamity.org/race-amity-conferences/). Don’s conference program connects the stories of African American abolitionist Frederick Douglass, who left the U.S. for his safety, with Daniel O’Connell. While in Ireland, Douglass heard 19th century Irish leader Daniel O’Connell, known as “the Liberator,” speak about the civil rights issues there. 


Daniel O’Connell would recognize a kindred spirit if he met Don Mullan, for O’Connell described himself as


"I am the friend of liberty in every clime, class and color. My sympathy with distress is not confined within the narrow bounds of my own green island. No—it extends itself to every corner of the earth. My heart walks abroad, and wherever the miserable are to be succored, or the slave to be set free, there my spirit is at home, and I delight to dwell.”


For more information about Don Mullan and Hope Initatives International, visit donmullan.org


Don Mullan’s evening program is the culminating event of North Andover Reads. The Stevens Memorial Library and the North Andover School District partner each year for North Andover Reads, aimed at bringing our community together through literature and events around a common theme.  


This year we learn about and celebrate the many people who served in World Wars I and II as soldiers, nurses, ambulance drivers, code breakers, phone operators and more – our R.A.I.S.E. Service value.  For more information about North Andover Reads, visit nak12.net/NAReads. 


Thank you to the Stevens Memorial Library Board of Trustees, Friends of the Stevens Memorial Library, the North Andover Public Schools with special recognition for the North Andover High School History Lab and the High School History Club, North Andover-Boxford Veterans Services, and In Their Footsteps (http://intheirfootsteps.org/) for their support.


The Stevens Memorial Library is located at 345 Main St., North Andover, MA. The Library’s hours are Monday through Thursday 10:00 a.m. – 9:00 p.m., Friday 10:00 a.m. – 6:00 p.m., Saturday 10:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m., and Sunday 1:00 to 5:00 p.m.


Follow the Library via its website, Twitter @StevensMemLib or on Facebook.

NAMS Principal's Post - Week of November 12th

posted Nov 7, 2019, 12:56 PM by Jorge Goncalves   [ updated Nov 7, 2019, 1:03 PM ]

Monday, November 11, 2019 - No School
To all of our veterans, thank you for your service!
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Supporting our Soldiers
In conjunction with the North Andover Reads program and the focus on service, the S.O.S. Club (Support our Soldiers) at NAHS would like to collect items for care packages. They intend on sending care packages to deployed service members, including NAHS alumni from Tuesday, November 12th through Wednesday, November 27th. Please see the flyer below for more information regarding what items we are hoping to collect. The NAMS collection bin will be placed in the NAMS main lobby.
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Family Flu Clinic 

Tuesday, November 12th from 5-7 p.m. at North Andover High School 

Flu Vaccines will be available for people aged 4 and older.

Note: Please bring all insurance cards to the clinic.

To help reduce wait times at the clinic, you may complete an insurance form ahead of time by visiting WWW.NORTHANDOVERMA.GOV/HEALTH

Please be sure to attach a copy of your insurance card(s) to the completed form.

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Opportunity for NAMS Students

Do you know how to say "I love you" in French or how to identify a European spy? Come learn this and other fun facts. You will also participate in some games, songs and skits all in French and German on Tuesday, November 12th at 2:30 p.m. in the Cafeteria. All students are welcome!


Literary Squad

Are you interested in creative writing?  Expressing your ideas in writing? Or perhaps publishing a piece of your work?  The next Literary Squad meeting is Tuesday, November 12th in Mrs. Hart’s room: F207.  Bring a snack and be ready to write!


NAMS World Explorers

Are you interested in learning about new places?  Knowing where things are in the world? Then become a world explorer!  Sessions run on Thursdays from 2:20pm-3:30pm. Join Mr. Poirier in S104 for fun and games, world exploration and Geo Bee facts.  


NAHS Fall Open House for Current Grades 7 & 8 Students - Thursday, November 14th from 6:30-8:00 p.m.

Message from Principal Jackson:

Dear Families of 7th and 8th Grade Students,

North Andover High School welcomes all 7th and 8th grade parents and students to our Fall Open House.  Please join us on Thursday, November 14, 2019 from 6:30-8:00 p.m. to hear more about the academic and extracurricular programs that we offer at NAHS. Here is a link to the slide show that will be covered during the Open House. 

Our 7th and 8th Grade Open House will start with a short meeting in the high school auditorium to introduce our leadership team. At this session you will hear from a parent and student about their perspective on North Andover High School.  After this meeting you will have an opportunity to take a tour of our building and meet with the many different faces that make North Andover High School such a special community. Our Student Council and Student Ambassadors have put together a detailed and comprehensive tour of the facility for all of you. Student and faculty representatives will be on hand from our academic, athletic, and after school activities to answer any questions.

We know some families may still be deciding on where to send their child to high school. Please know that you are most welcome to attend this evening as a way to gather additional information. We believe that North Andover High School offers a first class, high quality program with a diverse and rigorous curriculum. Our hometown, high school community is competitive with the private or public schools in the area.  

Any student or family that cannot attend on November 14th will have another opportunity to see the high school at Transition Night on Monday, February 3rd at 6:30 p.m.  In February, students and parents will be able to see the school and hear more in-depth about our academic programs.  

We look forward to seeing you at the Fall Open House on November 14th.

Sincerely,

Chet Jackson

North Andover High School Principal

Personal Twitter: @chetjackson22

High School Twitter: @NorthAndoverHS

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Jack Lynch Memorial Blood Drive

Saturday, November 16, 2019 in the NAMS Gym from 8:00-2:00 p.m.

You can click here to schedule an appointment.

The Lynch family sponsors this blood drive every year in honor of their late son Jack. This blood drive has become one of the largest Memorial drives in the Merrimack Valley. The Red Cross has asked for 100 units, which would equal saving 300+ people through life-saving transfusions. There are approximately 159 spots to fill. Please consider helping! At the end of this blog, you will find a flyer with more information.

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Rob Buyea Book Order Form
Due: Monday, November 25, 2019
The North Andover Schools Enrichment Council (NASEC) is pleased to announce that Rob Buyea (North Andover resident and parent) will be visiting the 6th graders in December. In conjunction with this author's visit, we are offering an opportunity to purchase his books with a 40% discount. If you would like to take advantage of this opportunity, please fill out and return the attached order form with your payment of cash or check (made out to NASEC) to the main office at NAMS by November 25, 2019.
Checks should be made out to NASEC (40% discount is already reflected on the order form).
Books will arrive in the middle of December and will need to be picked up from NAMS or can go home with students in their backpack.
Any questions, please contact Karen Melota or Aya Goldman at karenmelota@gmail.com or ayay@verizon.net
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World Diabetes Day - November 14, 2019

Please show your support for those with Diabetes and research to fight this disease by wearing jeans and/or blue on November 14th.

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What is Diabetes?

Diabetes is a condition that affects both kids and adults. Diabetes is a disease that impacts how the body uses its glucose, which is a sugar that is a main source of fuel to keep you running. Once glucose gets into your bloodstream your pancreas produces a hormone called insulin. Insulin then helps the glucose get into the body’s cells and ultimately gives the body the energy to function.

For kids impacted by diabetes their pancreas isn’t working normally, and the insulin isn’t being produced or working in the body like it should. If insulin can’t get in, it will mean that the glucose then will not get into the cells normally so his or her blood sugar level gets too high.

There are two basic types of diabetes, type 1 and type 2. Type 1 is more severe because the pancreas just cannot make insulin and to fix type 1 you need to take insulin from a needle or a pump. In type 2 diabetes the pancreas can still make insulin but the insulin does not work in the body correctly so the blood sugar gets too high. If you have type 2 it can be managed with a good diet and exercise.

Although diabetes often affects your daily activities, the good news is that there are new products and equipment coming out every day to make it easier to manage diabetes. 

 

How can you help?

People can help by going to this link and buying kits for children who get diagnosed with diabetes. These craft kits help children stay calm when they learn that they have diabetes and are learning how to take care of themselves. These crafts are the wish list from the Joslin Center for Diabetes in Boston.

 

Check out some delicious Diabetic Main Dish Recipes at the end of this blog.

Thank you Gabe & Max Polonsky for putting this all together!

 


Upcoming Events (from the NAMS Calendar)


Saturday, November 9th

 NAMS Cross Country Meet @ Willard Field, Devens from 10:00 a.m. - 1:30 p.m. (State Meet)


Monday, November 11th - No School

 Veterans Day - Thank you for your service!

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Tuesday, November 12th

 NAMS PTAC Meeting @ 9:00 a.m.

 RAISE Committee Meeting @ 2:35 p.m. to review staff responses - All are welcome!

Wednesday, November 13th

Thursday, November 14th

 World Diabetes Day - Please show your support for those with Diabetes and research to fight this disease by wearing jeans and/or blue.

 7A & 1/2 7C Presentation (MOS Heat & Temperature) from 9:15-10:15 a.m.

 7B & 1/2 7C Presentation (MOS Heat & Temperature) from 11:00-12:00 p.m.

 NAHS Fall Open House for Current Grades 7 & 8 Students from 6:30-8:00 p.m.

 NA School Committee Meeting (MCAS Presentations for Elementary & Secondary Schools)

Friday, November 15th


Saturday, November 16th

 Jack Lynch Memorial Blood Drive in the NAMS Gym from 8:00-2:00 p.m.


Monday, November 18th

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

Tuesday, November 19th

Wednesday, November 20th

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

Thursday, November 21st

Friday, November 22nd

Check out some delicious Diabetic Main Dish Recipes at the end of this blog.

 

Black Bean Burgers

1 (16oz) can black beans, drained and rinsed

1/2 green bell pepper cut into 2 inch pieces

1/2 onion, cut into wedges

3 cloves garlic, peeled

1 egg

1 tablespoon chili powder

1 tablespoon cumin

1 teaspoon Thai chili sauce or hot sauce

1/2 cup bread crumbs

Directions: 

If grilling, preheat an outdoor grill for high heat, and lightly oil a sheet of aluminum foil. If baking, preheat oven to 375 degrees F (190 degrees C), and lightly oil a baking sheet, In a medium bowl, mash black beans with a fork until thick and pasty,In a food processor, finely chop bell pepper, onion, and garlic. Then stir into mashed beans, In a small bowl, stir together egg, chili powder, cumin, and chili sauce, Stir the egg mixture into the mashed beans. Mix in bread crumbs until the mixture is sticky and holds together. Divide mixture into four patties, If grilling, place patties on foil, and grill about 8 minutes on each side. If baking, place patties on baking sheet, and bake about 10 minutes on each side. 

 

Italian Sausage Orzo

8 cups water

3 teaspoons reduced-sodium chicken bouillon granules

1-1/2 cups uncooked whole wheat orzo pasta (about 8 ounces)

1 package (19-1/2 ounces) Italian turkey sausage links, casings removed

1/2 cup chopped sweet onion

2 garlic cloves, minced

3 plum tomatoes, chopped

1/2 cup chopped roasted sweet red pepper

1/8 teaspoon salt

1/8 teaspoon pepper

1/8 teaspoon crushed red pepper flakes

1/3 cup chopped fresh basil

1/4 cup grated Parmesan cheese

Directions

In a large saucepan, bring water and b a bouillon cube to a boil. Stir in orzo; return to a boil. Cook until al dente, 8-10 minutes. Drain orzo, reserving 3/4 cup cooking liquid.

In a large skillet coated with cooking spray, cook and crumble sausage with onion and garlic over medium heat until no longer pink, 6-8 minutes. Stir in tomatoes, roasted pepper, salt, pepper, pepper flakes and orzo. Heat through over medium-low heat; stir in reserved cooking liquid to moisten if desired. Remove from heat; stir in basil and cheese.

 

You may find even more recipes here and here.

Principal's Post - Week of November 4th

posted Oct 31, 2019, 11:09 AM by Jorge Goncalves   [ updated Nov 1, 2019, 6:23 AM ]

Reminder - NO SCHOOL TUESDAY, NOVEMBER 5, 2019

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Youth Center 6th Grade Dance

There is a 6th Grade Dance at the Youth Center on Friday, November 1st from 7:00-9:30 p.m. 

Cost is $7 for members and $10 for non-members. This dance is ONLY for 6th grade North Andover residents. 

The Youth Center will be closing for all members at 4:45 p.m. on Friday, November 1st to set up for the dance.

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Picture Retakes

Retakes are scheduled for Monday, November 4, 2019 for students who missed picture day or are unhappy with their photo.

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Yearbook Committee Meeting

Yearbook Committee will have a meeting at 2:20 p.m. on Monday, November 4th in Ms.  Darmon’s classroom, C202.


NAMS Parent/Guardian Conferences

On Tuesday, November 5, 2019 there will be no school for students. At NAMS, our Team Teachers use this day to schedule parent/guardian conferences. Recognizing that time is limited to meet with parents/guardians over the course of one school day, our teachers will be identifying parents/guardians of students whom they would like to discuss together and then will be individually inviting these parents/guardians in for meetings.

Family Flu Clinic 

Tuesday, November 12th from 5-7 p.m. at North Andover High School 

Flu Vaccines will be available for people aged 4 and older.

Note: Please bring all insurance cards to the clinic.

To help reduce wait times at the clinic, you may complete an insurance form ahead of time by visiting WWW.NORTHANDOVERMA.GOV/HEALTH

Please be sure to attach a copy of your insurance card(s) to the completed form.

 Image result for flu shot


Opportunity for NAMS Students

Do you know how to say "I love you" in French or how to identify a European spy? Come learn this and other fun facts. You will also participate in some games, songs and skits all in French and German on Tuesday, November 12th at 2:30 p.m. in the Cafeteria. All students are welcome!


NAHS Fall Open House for Current Grades 7 & 8 Students - Thursday, November 14th from 6:30-8:00 p.m.


Message from Principal Jackson:

Dear Families of 7th and 8th Grade Students,

North Andover High School welcomes all 7th and 8th grade parents and students to our Fall Open House.  Please join us on Thursday, November 14, 2019 from 6:30-8:00 p.m. to hear more about the academic and extracurricular programs that we offer at NAHS. Here is a link to the slide show that will be covered during the Open House. 

Our 7th and 8th Grade Open House will start with a short meeting in the high school auditorium to introduce our leadership team. At this session you will hear from a parent and student about their perspective on North Andover High School.  After this meeting you will have an opportunity to take a tour of our building and meet with the many different faces that make North Andover High School such a special community. Our Student Council and Student Ambassadors have put together a detailed and comprehensive tour of the facility for all of you. Student and faculty representatives will be on hand from our academic, athletic, and after school activities to answer any questions.

We know some families may still be deciding on where to send their child to high school. Please know that you are most welcome to attend this evening as a way to gather additional information. We believe that North Andover High School offers a first class, high quality program with a diverse and rigorous curriculum. Our hometown, high school community is competitive with the private or public schools in the area.  

Any student or family that cannot attend on November 14th will have another opportunity to see the high school at Transition Night on Monday, February 3rd at 6:30 p.m.  In February, students and parents will be able to see the school and hear more in-depth about our academic programs.  

We look forward to seeing you at the Fall Open House on November 14th.

Sincerely,

Chet Jackson

North Andover High School Principal

Personal Twitter: @chetjackson22

High School Twitter: @NorthAndoverHS


Jack Lynch Memorial Blood Drive

Saturday, November 16, 2019 in the NAMS Gym from 8:00-2:00 p.m.

You can click here to schedule an appointment.

The Lynch family sponsors this blood drive every year in honor of their late son Jack. This blood drive has become one of the largest Memorial drives in the Merrimack Valley. The Red Cross has asked for 100 units, which would equal saving 300+ people through life-saving transfusions. There are approximately 159 spots to fill. Please consider helping! At the end of this blog, you will find a flyer with more information.

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Upcoming Events (from the NAMS Calendar)


Monday, November 4th

 NAMS Picture Retakes


Tuesday, November 5th - No School for Students

 Parent/Guardian Conferences @ NAMS


Wednesday, November 6th

Thursday, November 7th

Friday, November 8th


Saturday, November 9th

 NAMS Cross Country Meet @ Willard Field, Devens from 10:00 a.m. - 1:30 p.m. (State Meet)


Monday, November 11th - No School

 Veterans Day

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Tuesday, November 12th

 NAMS PTAC Meeting @ 9:00 a.m.

Wednesday, November 13th

Thursday, November 14th

 NAHS Fall Open House for Current Grades 7 & 8 Students from 6:30-8:00 p.m.

Friday, November 15th


Saturday, November 16th

 Jack Lynch Memorial Blood Drive in the NAMS Gym from 8:00-2:00 p.m.





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