NAMS Important News

NAMS - Grade 8 End-of-Year Information

posted by Jorge Goncalves

Dear Grade 8 Families,

As the end of the current school year draws near, I would like to provide you with important information regarding our Grade 8 End-of-Year Events. Please take a few minutes to review all of this important information.

Parent/Guardian Volunteers Needed

To make these end-of-year events possible for our students, we need your help.

  • Field Day - Wednesday, June 12th (Rain Date - Thursday, June 13th) is a day full of fun and organized activities and will be held on the fields behind NAMS. Even though the teachers organize the activities, this day would not be possible without lots of parent volunteers!

  • Class Night - Tuesday, June 18th is an evening of fun, food, and music for the students to enjoy with their 8th grade teachers. This event includes parent volunteers (set up and clean up) and food donations.

You can help by signing up here or at the following address: http://signup.com/go/ELDUkKC

If you have any questions regarding the activities please contact parent volunteers Eleanor Lucarini at erlucarini@gmail.com, Diane Nikolopoulos at santorini1010@comcast.net, or Maria Philbin at nj1822@comcast.net

Below is a list of what we still need your help with Parents/Guardians:

Thank you to everyone who has already donated items or volunteered for 8th  grade activities. There are items still needed and volunteer opportunities to ensure the success of events for our 8th grade students.

  • June 11th @ 10:45 a.m. - 6 volunteers to help prepare items for field day with Ms. Irving

  • Please note that the June 12th Field Day will now be held at NAMS not the Youth Center.

For Field Day, we still need the following donations:

  • 15 station helpers

  • 18 donations of watermelon

  • 7 volunteers for clean up

  • 4 pop up tents

  • 150 small plastic cups for obstacle course

  • 3 bottles of sunscreen

  • 12 rolls of paper towel

  • 1 case of baby wipes

For Class Night on June 18th we still need the following:

  • 9 cases of water

  • 18 donations of dessert items

  • 14 donations of salad

  • 5 volunteers to clean up

All gift cards for Name that tune are all covered, no more donations are necessary.


Field Day T-Shirt Logo Contest

Attention Grade 8 Students - You are all invited to design this year’s NAMS Field Day 2019 logo that will appear on all Field Day T-Shirts.  Your logo should be designed on an 8.5 by 11 inch white piece of paper and should include the following text: NAMS Field Day 2019.  The rest is up to you.  Please submit your design to the main office by Wednesday, May 22, 2019. We will then create a ballot to vote for this year’s logo. You can access a copy of the Field Day T-Shirt Logo Contest flyer here.


NAMS Class of 2019 Picture - Thursday, May 23, 2019

Grade 8 Teams will be escorted to the front lawn of the building for the NAMS Class of 2019 picture during 1st period.


NAMS Class of 2019 Picture Order Forms - Distributed on Monday, May 20, 2019

These order forms will be distributed to students in homeroom on Monday, May 20, 2019 and should be returned by Thursday, May 30, 2019. Order forms should be returned to the main office.


Upcoming Grade 8 Field Trips to the Edward M. Kennedy Institute

  • ½ of Team 8A - Tuesday, May 28, 2019

  • ½ of Team 8A - Wednesday, May 29, 2019

  • ½ of Team 8B - Wednesday, May 30, 2019

  • ½ of Team 8B - Thursday, June 6, 2019

  • ½ of Team 8C - Monday, June 3, 2019

  • ½ of Team 8C - Tuesday, June 4, 2019

Team teachers will be providing students and parents/guardians with information about these field trips prior to the dates of the trips.


Move-Up Day - Tuesday, June 11, 2019

Grade 8 students will be visiting NAHS in the morning from approximately 8:00-10:30 a.m.


Grade 8 Field Day - Wednesday, June 12, 2019 (Rain Date - Thursday, June 13th)

Students will be competing by Homerooms.

Please Note:

  • Proper Attire: Physical Education Attire (i.e. sneakers (no flip-flops please), Field Day T-Shirts will be provided to all students & staff, shorts or sweatpants, sweatshirt (optional), hat (optional), & sunblock (recommended).

  • Students should bring lunch from home.

  • More information will be shared as we get closer to the date.


Promotion Practice #1 - Thursday, June 13, 2019

(Rain Date: Wednesday, June 12th if Field Day is rescheduled.)

We are still finalizing the schedule for this day.


Boston Harbor Cruise - Friday, June 14, 2019

  • Students go to RA1 until 8:40 a.m. then go to Homeroom.

  • 9:00 a.m. – Buses depart for Boston

  • 10:30 a.m. - Board the Boat (Spirit is the name of the boat.)

  • 11:00-1:00 p.m. - Boat Cruise with DJ & Buffets on Floors 2 & 3.

  • 1:00 p.m. - Leave Boston to return to NAMS

  • 2:00 p.m. - Return to school and report to Homeroom until 2:20 p.m.

Buffet Menu - Below you will find the menu for the buffet on the Spirit Cruise. All allergens are listed below the menu item.

2019 Spirit Student Menu Allergies - FULL DETAILED LIST.pdf 

 From the Nurses’ Office

If your child has an emergency medication (i.e. EpiPen, inhaler, insulin, etc.), they will need to have that medication on hand for the field trip. Students who do not have their medication will not be allowed to come on the field trip. The boat cruise lunch menu is listed above. Please keep in mind any dietary restrictions or allergies that your child may have. If you have any specific concerns or questions, please contact Raegan Czupka ( Event Coordinator for Entertainment Cruises, Boston) at rczupka@entertainmentcruises.com

Thank you for your cooperation - Kathleen Pease BSN,RN & Beth Hassanein BSN,RN

 

Promotion Practice #2 & Name That Tune Challenge - Monday, June 17, 2019

We are still finalizing the schedule for this day.


Promotion Ceremonies - Tuesday, June 18, 2019

  • Team 8A from 8:00-9:00 a.m.

  • Team 8B from 9:15-10:15 a.m.

  • Team 8C from 10:30-11:30 a.m.

If any parent/guardian will be dismissing their child, please prepare a dismissal note that your child should bring to the main office prior to homeroom. If a parent/guardian would like their child dismissed to another parent/guardian, we will need a dismissal note informing us of who we will be dismissing their child to and what time.


Class Night - Tuesday, June 18, 2019

  • All Teams from 6:30-8:30 p.m.

    • Students should plan on arriving to NAMS at 6:30 p.m. and be promptly picked up at 8:30 p.m. please.


Thank you,

Jorge Goncalves

Principal

Grade 7 to 8 Math Recommendations

posted by Jorge Goncalves

Dear Grade 7 NAMS Families,


Each year, Grade 7 Math and AMS teachers are asked to make student recommendations for one of two Grade 8 Math courses for next year: Grade 8 Math Concepts or Grade 8 Algebra.


Students will receive a letter on Monday, May 20, 2019 notifying them and their family what Grade 8 math course they are being recommended for based upon the following criteria: grade the student earns in math and AMS during trimester one and two, historical mathematics MCAS scores, common benchmark test performance, classroom performance and work habits, and the student’s potential to be successful in the subsequent class.  


The Grade 8 Math Concepts course follows the five 8th grade common core national standards: The Number System, Expressions and Equations, Functions, Statistics and Probability and Geometry.


The Grade 8 Algebra course is a combination of the five 8th grade common core national standards, with an extension into the 9th grade common core algebra standards. This course has a rigorous pace and requires an extensive amount of outside classroom preparation.


If a family doesn’t agree with the teacher’s recommendation, they should complete and return the NAMS Recommendation Override Form attached or found here. There are also copies of the form in the NAMS main office and with Grade 7 math teachers.


Field Day T-Shirt Logo Contest

posted May 14, 2019, 11:08 AM by Jorge Goncalves

Field Day T-Shirt Logo Contest

Attention Grade 8 Students - You are all invited to design this year’s NAMS Field Day 2019 logo that will appear on all Field Day T-Shirts.  Your logo should be designed on an 8.5 by 11 inch white piece of paper and should include the following text:


NAMS Field Day 2019


The rest is up to you.  Please know that the logo will appear on the Field Day T-Shirts in one color.


Please submit your design to the main office by Wednesday, May 22, 2019. We will then create a ballot to vote for this year’s logo.



NAMS Fine & Performing Arts Night

posted May 9, 2019, 9:45 AM by Jorge Goncalves

NAMS Fine & Performing Arts Night
Date: May 22, 2019 
Where: Stevens Memorial Library
Time: 6:00-8:00 p.m.
Performances by A Little Knight Music Chorus, Jazz Band, Flute Ensemble, Grade 6 3rd Trimester Acting students, & Grade 8 Full Year Chorus.
Displayed artwork from 3rd trimester 6th, 7th, & 8th grade students and spine poetry from NAMS students.
We hope to see you there!

PARKING -This event is very well attended. Please allow for time to find parking. If the weather is nice, plan to park at NAMS and walk to the library. 

Student Arrival Time & Dress Code
Jazz Band arrive at 5:30 p.m., bring your instruments/stands/music & wearing jazz band shirts
Flute Ensemble arrive 6:00 p.m., wearing band shirts & bring your instruments/music stands/music
6th Grade Acting arrive at 6 p.m. and report to the 2nd floor wearing Horton T-Shirts
ALKM arrive at 6:30 p.m. & report to the 2nd floor. Wear your ALKM shirt, tan/khaki shorts for boys or tan/khaki or white shorts for girls.
8th Grade FY Chorus arrive at 6:45 p.m. & report to the 2nd floor. Wear your red NAMS Chorus shirt (or any red shirt if you don't have one), tan/khaki shorts for boys, tan/khaki or white shorts for girls.

NAMS Yearbooks Still Available!

posted May 8, 2019, 5:15 PM by Jorge Goncalves   [ updated May 9, 2019, 9:58 AM ]

We’re excited to report that the yearbooks are in, and they came out great!

We have a very limited number of extra books available for purchase. These yearbooks will be sold on a first-come, first-serve basis.

Extra yearbooks will be sold for $40 (cash or check made payable to NAMS). Please see Ms. Darmon in room C202 to purchase one of our limited supply of extra yearbooks.

We usually sell out of our books, so please don’t wait to purchase - this truly is the last chance!

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NAMS Fine & Performing Art Night

posted Apr 26, 2019, 8:10 AM by Jorge Goncalves

Date: May 22, 2019 
Where: Stevens Memorial Library
Time: 6:00-8:00 p.m.
Performances by ALKM, Jazz Band, 3rd trimester Acting students
Displayed  artwork from 3rd trimester 6th, 7th, & 8th grade students 
and spine poetry from NAMS students
We hope to see you there!

We need your help with Grade 8 End-of-Year Activities.

posted Apr 24, 2019, 5:50 PM by Jorge Goncalves   [ updated Apr 24, 2019, 5:51 PM ]

Grade 8 Families,


If you have already completed and returned the permission forms for the Grade 8 End-of-Year activities, thank you!  We still have a few missing permission forms from students that we are hoping to collect before the end of the week. Attached you will find a copy of the Grade 8 End-of-Year Events packet should you need another copy.  


To make these end-of-year events possible for our students, we need your help.

Field Day - Wednesday, June 12th (rain date Thurs 6/13) is a day full of fun and organized activities and will be held at the Youth Center this year. Even though the teachers organize the activities, this day would not be possible without lots of parent volunteers!

Class Night - Tuesday, June 18th is an evening of fun, food, and music for the students to enjoy with their 8th grade teachers. This event includes parent volunteers (set up and clean up) and food donations.


You can help by signing up here or at the following address: http://signup.com/go/ELDUkKC


If you have any questions regarding the activities please contact parent volunteers Eleanor Lucarini at erlucarini@gmail.com , Diane Nikolopoulos at santorini1010@comcast.net , or Maria Philbin at nj1822@comcast.net

Walk, Bike, Ride Safety Tips

posted Apr 10, 2019, 5:13 AM by Jorge Goncalves

Drop-off and Pick-up Safety Reminders
  • We ask that every parent exercise utmost care in the drop-off and pick-up areas behind NAMS.
  • Please note that students will be crossing traffic in the Drop-off / Pick-up zones and that you should proceed with caution through these areas.
  • Please do not drop-off in front of the school because this is where our buses drop off students before school.
  • You may find a copy of the Drop-off and Pick-up map here.
Walking to School
  • Cross at a crosswalk and follow the instructions of the crossing guard or the walk/don’t walk signal while preparing to cross the street.
  • Always look left, right, left before crossing.
  • Always wait until there is no oncoming traffic before crossing.
  • Walk, don’t run across the street.
  • Don’t walk while using ear buds, texting, or doing anything else that may prevent you from hearing traffic or distract your attention.
  • Pay close attention to your surroundings.
  • Always walk with a buddy.
  • Avoid using secluded shortcuts.
  • If a car stops to ask for directions or for help finding a lost pet, never approach the vehicle.
  • Never take rides from strangers, or even people you know, without permission from your parents.
  • If someone calls out to you, approaches you, or makes you feel uncomfortable, quickly walk away and report what took place to an adult.
Riding to School
  • Anyone 16 years of age or younger should wear a helmet when riding a bike in Massachusetts.
  • Ride on the right side of the road going with the flow of traffic.
  • Ride in a straight line when riding with other bikers, not side by side.
  • When turning, look back for cars and use your hand signal.
  • Yield to traffic when appropriate. If you see people walking across the street, stop and wait for them to cross.
  • Always stop at the end of your driveway and look left, right, and then left again before bicycling into the road.
  • Watch for cars backing out of driveways and for cross traffic at intersections.
  • Use your eyes AND ears. Don’t wear earphones or listen to music while you are riding so you can hear traffic.
  • Watch for and avoid dangers that can cause crashes, such as potholes, loose gravel or dogs.
  • Avoid using secluded shortcuts.
  • If a car stops to ask for directions or for help finding a lost pet, never approach the vehicle.
  • Never take rides from strangers, or even people you know, without permission from your parents.

NAMS Grade 8 End-of-Year Events & Information

posted Mar 27, 2019, 9:35 AM by Jorge Goncalves

Hello Grade 8 Families,


I hope that this message finds you well during the start of our spring season.  Detailed information regarding Grade 8 End-of-Year Events and trips are ready for your review in the attached packet.  These packets will be distributed in homeroom to all grade 8 students on Thursday, March 28th. Please be sure to review the information and complete and return the field trip permission form along with payment by Thursday, April 11th to your child’s homeroom teacher.


Cost per student is $70 which includes the Boston Harbor Boat Cruise Costs and Field Day T-Shirts.  In addition, we hope that you will also donate to support those families in need and the other End-of-Year Activities: Field Day, Class Night, and the Promotion Ceremony.  

Both the $70 fee and donations can be included in the same check!  

Please make checks out to NAMS and write 8th Grade Activities in the memo line.  


If you have any financial questions, please contact your child’s team teachers or Cheryl Raimondo at raimondoc@northandoverpublicschools.com  


If you have any questions regarding the activities please contact parent volunteers Eleanor Lucarini at erlucarini@gmail.com , Diane Nikolopoulos at santorini1010@comcast.net , or Maria Philbin at nj1822@comcast.net


Please be sure to review the attached information or the packet that your child will be bringing home tomorrow.


Thank you,

Jorge Goncalves

Principal


Support our Spring Clothing and Shoe Drive

posted Mar 18, 2019, 8:51 AM by Jorge Goncalves   [ updated Mar 18, 2019, 8:54 AM ]

Support our Spring Clothing and Shoe Drive

Please donate clothes and shoes for needy children ages 4 and up as part of our Spring 2019 Clothing & Shoe Drive. There will be collection bins located in the North Andover Middle School and at the North Andover Youth Center. All donations will go to the non-profit Cradles to Crayons organization which helps children in struggling situations such as homelessness and poverty. They provide everyday necessities to children such as blankets, shoes, and clothes who might otherwise not have access to these things. The wish list for the drive consists of new or gently used clothes and shoes for kids 4 years old and up. The drive will be held from Monday, March 25th through Thursday, April 4th. Thank you for your support.
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You can check out flyers for this fundraiser here and here.

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