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

posted Jan 14, 2020, 11:06 AM by Jorge Goncalves

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.


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:

Knight's Closet is looking for Grade 8 Semi-Formal Donations

posted Jan 7, 2020, 12:47 PM by Jorge Goncalves

The NAMS Knights’ Closet is hoping to expand our selection of clothing and shoes to be able to support students for the upcoming Grade 8 Semi-Formal Dance at the Youth Center on January 24th:

Dress shirts & ties

Dresses and shoes

This is an event that our students look forward to during their time at NAMS. This is a semi-formal affair (NOT a prom) and we want to help 8th graders  look and feel great. If you have something listed above to donate, please drop off at the donation table that will be in the front hall of NAMS today from 5-7 p.m. and Thursday  from 9-11 a.m. and 5-7 p.m.

Any student/family looking to see what is available should contact Ms. Pease in the nurse's office.


posted Jan 6, 2020, 10:49 AM by Jorge Goncalves


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 attached form & 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: 

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Beyond the Classroom

posted Dec 18, 2019, 7:48 AM by Hillary Stasonis

With the three school cancellations in December, we have used up our traditional “snow days” for this year. Our last day of school will be Friday, June 19. For any future snow days, we will be using our Beyond the Classroom assignments.

With Beyond the Classroom, students will complete an assignment at home in lieu of making up the cancelled day in June. (As you might remember, in 2017-18 our students didn’t finish the school year until June 27th!)

So, what happens when school is cancelled again?
If school needs to be cancelled again this school year, it will be announced through the usual channels: on the District Homepage, on Dr. Gilligan's Twitter account, and via phone calls and emails home. In these messages, students and guardians will be directed to the Beyond the Classroom website to find their assignments: Assignments will NOT be due the day students return to school. Instead, students will have at least 1 week to complete the assignment.

Have more questions or need more information? 
Please visit the Frequently Asked Questions page on the Beyond the Classroom website

RAISE Values at NAMS

posted Dec 11, 2019, 6:33 AM by Jorge Goncalves

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:

NAMS Bread & Roses Food Drive (12/4/19-12/11/19)

posted Nov 26, 2019, 5:04 AM by Jorge Goncalves   [ updated Dec 5, 2019, 5:53 AM ]


Our annual NAMS Student Leadership Food Drive for Bread & Roses is scheduled to begin on Wednesday, December 4, 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*


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


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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Students will be dismissed at 11:05 a.m. on Wednesday, November 27, 2019

posted Nov 26, 2019, 5:01 AM by Jorge Goncalves

Wishing you all a wonderful Thanksgiving Break!
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NAMS Musical - Tickets go on sale Monday, December 2, 2019!

posted Nov 25, 2019, 5:44 AM by Jorge Goncalves

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. 

Performance Dates and Times:
Thursday, December 5th at 7 p.m.
Friday, December 6th at 7 p.m.
Saturday, December 7th at 2 p.m.

Final High School Musical Schedule

posted Nov 18, 2019, 5:23 AM by Lisa Hunter

High School Musical Schedule FINAL

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

posted Nov 13, 2019, 9:24 AM by Jorge Goncalves



Kathleen Keenan, Stevens Memorial Library Director

(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 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 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 ( 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

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

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 ( 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.

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