Principal's Post - First Day of School

posted Sep 3, 2019, 4:30 PM by Jorge Goncalves

Dear NAMS families,

 

It was wonderful to see all of our students today eager and ready for the new school year. After more than 2 months of summer vacation, I’m sure you were more than ready to send your child(ren) back to school and resume those school routines again.  

 

As the father of 3 girls (9th grade, 7th grade, & 5th grade) I tried to enjoy every minute of the summer break with them and my wife, family, and friends before the routine of school began. 

 

Walking around the school today it looked like all of our staff and students had a great first day! I would like to thank all of our staff for all of their time, energy, and effort in preparation for the first day of school because you never get a second chance to make a first impression.

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Below you will find some important reminders as we begin the 2019-2020 school year.

 

Arrival

Students should not arrive at school before 7:10 a.m. Supervision of early arrivals is not available. Parents should make arrangements so that their children are not dropped off at the school prior to 7:10 a.m.  

 

At 7:35 a.m. students may enter the corridors to go directly to their lockers, gather their morning materials and then go to homeroom.  When a student arrives on the school grounds, she/he must remain on the school grounds. Leaving school grounds without written permission submitted to the office is not permitted.

Pick-Up & Drop-Off Procedures

You may find the UPDATED Drop Off & Pick Up map on our website or you may access the map directly here. We ask that every parent/guardian exercise utmost care and patience in the drop-off and pick-up areas. 

If your child walks or rides a bike to school, please be sure to review the safety tips found here. If your child rides the bus to or from school, please be sure that your child knows his/her bus number prior to the first day of school.

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

 

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

 

Open House

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

  • 6th grade - Wednesday, September 11, 2019

  • 7th grade - Thursday, September 19, 2019

  • 8th grade - Thursday, September 26, 2019

 

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

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

Each public school has a school council consisting of the school principal, teachers, and parents of students currently attending the school.  The council will work together to help shape the school culture, assist to identify educational needs of the students, develop a school improvement plan and ensure the district plan is implemented.  The NAMS school council will be comprised of 3 teachers, 3 parents/guardians, 2 students, and a community representative. A parent/guardian position may be shared by more than one parent/guardian. 

The NAMS School Council partners with staff, parents/guardians, and students to monitor and update our school goals.

NAMS PTAC is soliciting three parent volunteers (one 2-year term and two 1-year terms) to participate in the NAMS School Council for the school year. 

If you are interested in being a member of this year’s NAMS School Council, please take a moment to provide PTAC with your contact information and reasons why you are interested by completing a quick form here or at the following address: https://forms.gle/1RzsgrMvpGyvYadBA 

Please complete the survey by Monday, September 16, 2019. 

A ballot will be created and a vote will be necessary if more than 2 parents/guardians are interested in the same position. You can learn more about the responsibilities of school councils here.

 

North Andover Middle School Parent Teacher Advisory Council

Parent involvement is an essential part of NAMS.  The PTAC (North Andover Middle School Parent Teacher Advisory Council) is a great way to find opportunities that might interest you.  Our first meeting of the year is scheduled for Tuesday, September 24, 2019 at 9:00 a.m. in the NAMS cafeteria.

 

Annual Grade 6 Team Building Field Trip

We would like to welcome your child to the NAMS community and wish them a productive and fun-filled year. It is a NAMS tradition for the 6th grade class to participate in team-building activities in hopes of fostering friendships, alleviating anxiety and strengthening our 6th grade community. During the week of September 16th, your child will be participating in a wonderful Team Building experience.

Students will be broken out by teams and will have the opportunity to participate in various activities such as kayaking, paddle boarding, cooperative games, and more. All activities will take place at Stevens Pond and Weir Hill.  We will be distributing more information about this trip tomorrow, September 4, 2019.

 

Annual Grade 8 Trip to Nature’s Classroom

The dates of this year’s Annual Grade 8 Trip to Nature’s Classroom are as follows:

  • Team 8B - October 21-23, 2019

  • Team 8A - October 23-25, 2019

  • Team 8C - October 28-30, 2019

We will be distributing more information about this trip by Friday, September 6, 2019.

 

Power School Login

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

 

Food Services Information & Reminders

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

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

  • Meal application forms may be found on this site.

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

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

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

 

Transportation Information & Reminders

You may find information here or at the following website:

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

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

 

Community Programs Information

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

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

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