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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Jorge Goncalves,
Feb 1, 2019, 4:00 AM
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