NAMS Important News

NAMS Remote Learning Plan

posted Apr 3, 2020, 12:39 PM by Jorge Goncalves

This letter is also available in Spanish and Portuguese.


April 3, 2020 


Dear NAMS Families,


I hope that this message continues to find you and your family healthy and well. I speak on behalf of all of our staff members when I share that we absolutely miss our students and hope that they are well. I know that this pandemic and resulting school closures have significantly impacted all families as we continue to work towards reestablishing norms and routines in our lives.


The community has rallied to provide support for our families and to offer suggestions and guidance in supporting our children. There are many resources on our district’s Social/Emotional Learning website that you may find helpful in navigating this situation here and at the following address: http://www.northandoverpublicschools.com/departments/student-services/social-emotional-learning


The purpose of this message is to share with you the Remote Learning Plan for North Andover Middle School scheduled to begin on Monday, April 6, 2020. Before I review those details with you, I would like to first extend my deepest thanks to our outstanding custodial staff and maintenance department who keep our buildings clean, our food service staff who provide meals to families in need, and to all those essential in our community working to keep us all safe.


I would also like to thank all of our educators who have, like many of you, been balancing the demands of home and work. As we progress over the next four weeks and beyond, please keep in mind that our NAMS staff members have families, concerns, and responsibilities of their own. Educators have been working these last few days to thoughtfully develop our Remote Learning Plan while balancing the care for themselves and their families. We all appreciate your understanding as we move through this journey together. 


Planning for Remote Learning

The Department of Elementary and Secondary Education issued new guidance on Friday, March 27th. In anticipation of the extension of school closure we have been working on strategies to transition from learning activities to remote learning opportunities that are more robust and provide more structure for our students. 


Dr. Gilligan and some other Superintendents shared a joint statement of unified values shared with our surrounding districts as we all looked to take the next steps with remote learning. Please see the attached letter from the Merrimack Valley Superintendents’ Association (MVSA) for the specific statement that assisted in the guidance of all NAPS Remote Learning Plans.


Remote Learning Guidance

We recognize that the level of instruction for remote learning will not be equivalent to what is taught in the traditional classroom setting.  We need to be more sensitive than ever to the needs of our students and families. We recognize that parents and guardians will be in charge of their children’s learning, and they will likely have less familiarity with content and pedagogical knowledge; thus, students will have less explicit structure, support, and time for learning than they would receive in a typical school day in our buildings. To that end, we have shared the following factors for our staff to keep in mind as they engage in this new model of education:

  • Students will be participating in self-directed learning in remote educational settings with less structure, and lots of other things happening in their lives.

  • Parents/Guardians cannot be expected to take your place as instructors; they may not know the content and even if they know the content, they may not know the pedagogy. 

  • Parents/Guardians also may be juggling work or working from home, taking care of younger children or family members, or dealing with illnesses.  

  • Learning time will be significantly shorter, and we can expect that it will be reduced by at least half each day and week.

  • We encourage educators to work together in teams and be mindful of the amount of work that is given to students and families.

  • As educators plan and we navigate the new learning environment, we have stressed how critical it is that they keep in mind their most vulnerable populations. Consider the needs of our students with disabilities, students for whom English is a second language, students in single parent homes, students in families where both parents work outside the home, families with multiple siblings and limited devices, families with limited resources, etc.  

 The most important outcome during remote learning is for students to feel cared for and supported by their teachers, and to be meaningfully engaged in learning activities for some portion of each day.  We want teachers to stay in touch with students and their families during this difficult time, providing guidance, support and encouragement along the way.


The information that follows has been developed through collaborative planning efforts and collective thinking, and I am grateful for the contributions of so many in this work. 


Getting Started

The traditional school day as we once knew it has completely changed, and this is no longer business as usual. We do not know what the future holds, and we recognize that you must balance your children’s educational needs with your family’s other demands. The length of our students’ and teachers’ work days will be flexible and pared down considerably. They are not expected to hold traditional school hours, nor are they expected to adhere to the traditional, entire course curriculum. Staff will hold office hours on Fridays so students and families can connect via Google apps, email, or talk by phone. They are also available each week day via email with the expectation of return contact within 24 hours. 


Content will be provided through the classroom teacher via google classroom.

Please be sure to review the district’s Use of Video Conferencing Tools document found here to familiarize yourself with our updated policy.


Student Schedules

Trimester 2 will continue on Monday, April 6th and conclude on Friday, April 17th.

You may find a suggested schedule (Monday-Thursday) for students to follow below.

Mondays and Wednesdays will follow a Day 1 Schedule.

Tuesdays and Thursdays will follow a Day 2 Schedule.

Fridays may be used for office hours for students to connect with teachers and continue to work on assignments. Please arrange with your teacher (email is best) if you would like to communicate with them during office hours. Teachers will provide information to students regarding their availability. 

In addition to office hours with students, staff will also have time on Fridays for collaboration time and meetings.

Time

Grade 6

Time

Grade 7

Time

Grade 8

8:00-

9:00

Related Arts

8:00-9:30

Team Time:

English, Math, AMS, Science, & Social Studies

8:00-9:30

Team Time:

English, Math, World Language, Science, & Social Studies

9:00-

10:30

Team Time:

English, Math, Science, & Social Studies

9:30-

10:30

Related Arts



9:30-

11:00

Team Time:

English, Math, World Language, Science, & Social Studies

10:30-12:00

Team Time:

English, Math, Science, & Social Studies

10:30-12:00

Team Time:

English, Math, AMS, Science, & Social Studies

11:00-12:00

Related Arts



Please know that students have the option of completing assigned work at times that work best for their family schedule. Students may need to spend 3 or more hours per day completing assignments. Students should also be reading a book and exercising daily.


Although we are suggesting the schedule above, there needs to be empathy and understanding that not all students may be able to be online between 8:00-12:00 p.m. each day. As I noted earlier, we understand that students and families may be sharing a device and may not have access to the device each day at the same times. 


Teachers have already begun collaborating and working to put together their Remote Learning Plans that will be shared with you Monday, April 6th at the latest.


I’m sure that you may still have some questions, so I have put together a list of questions and answers below.


Thinking of you and your family,

Jorge Goncalves

Principal


NAMS Remote Learning Plan FAQs


Question:

What is the district’s Use of Video Conferencing Tools policy?

Answer:

The district’s Use of Video Conferencing Tools policy may be found here.


Question: 

When does the NAMS Remote Learning Plan begin?

Answer: 

Monday, April 6th


Question:

Is this work and these assignments optional?

Answer:

No, students will all be expected to complete assignments shared by teachers and will be supported along the way.


Question: 

What Trimester will we be in on Monday, April 6th?

Answer: 

Trimester 2 will resume through Friday, April 17th.


Question: 

What will the schedule be?

Answer: 

You may find a suggested schedule (Monday-Thursday) for students to follow below.

Mondays and Wednesdays will follow a Day 1 Schedule.

Tuesdays and Thursdays will follow a Day 2 Schedule.

Fridays will be used for office hours for students to connect with teachers and continue to work on assignments. Teachers will provide information to students regarding when they will be available for students. 

In addition to office hours with students, staff will also have time on Fridays for collaboration time and meetings.

Time

Grade 6

Time

Grade 7

Time

Grade 8

8:00-

9:00

Related Arts

8:00-

9:30

Team Time:

English, Math, AMS, Science, & Social Studies

8:00-

9:30

Team Time:

English, Math, World Language, Science, & Social Studies

9:00-

10:30

Team Time:

English, Math, Science, & Social Studies

9:30-

10:30

Related Arts



9:30-

11:00

Team Time:

English, Math, World Language, Science, & Social Studies

10:30-

12:00

Team Time:

English, Math, Science, & Social Studies

10:30-12:00

Team Time:

English, Math, AMS, Science, & Social Studies

11:00-

12:00

Related Arts



Please know that students have the option of completing assigned work at times that work best for their family schedule. Students may need to spend 3 or more hours per day completing assignments. Students should also be reading a book and exercising daily.

Although we are suggesting the schedule above, there needs to be empathy and understanding that not all students may be able to be online between 8:00-12:00 p.m. each day. As I noted earlier, we understand that students and families may be sharing a device and may not have access to the device each day at the same times. 


Question: 

When are the 2 Beyond the Classroom Assignments due?

Answer: 

Since Trimester 2 concludes on Friday, April 17th we are asking students to submit their 2 Beyond the Classroom assignments to teachers by this date. Teachers will be providing specific information related to these assignments.


Question:

Can students still turn in work they owed before the mandatory school closure?

Answer:

Yes, students also should have until Friday, April 17, 2020 to complete any assignments that were disrupted as we exited school on March 13, 2020.


Question:

Who should my student hear from? How does my student find out what they should do?

Answer:

Students will receive detailed information from their teachers by Monday, April 6th regarding their classes, expectations, and supports.


Question:

Does my student view videos that are posted or participate in virtual meetings? Do they have to be online at a specific time?

Answer:

Students may be asked to view videos and be invited to participate in virtual meetings. Teachers will be posting assignments and resources via google classroom. 

Virtual meetings or lessons are optional for staff at this time.


Question:

What if my student has questions?

Answer:

Email is the primary mode of communication. Teachers will be available during the day to answer questions and/or provide support for students. Should a teacher be ill or unable to attend they will post that message for that day in their Google Classroom.


Question:

Collection of work - does it count toward my student’s grade? What about assessments, projects, homework, etc.?

Answer:

Students will be expected to complete assignments, projects, and assessments as provided by the teacher. Students will be receiving a final letter grade for Trimester 2 since we completed all but 1 week of Trimester 2 before schools were closed. For Trimester 3, the final grades will be Pass or Incomplete. Any student receiving an Incomplete for the end of Trimester 3 will need to work out a plan to complete the work with the principal assigned to that team or grade.


Question:

How will students be graded?

Answer:

For remote learning work, teachers are asked to record Pass/Incomplete. The Incomplete will designate that the appropriate assignments have not yet been submitted. Please do not stress over grades. Teachers will be focused on planning, instructing remotely, and providing feedback. We do not know how long we will be learning remotely. Students should focus on learning and completing their assignments to the best of their abilities. 


Question:

What does a student need to do for Remote Learning?

Answer:

Students will need access to a device in order to use google apps for education: Google Classroom, Gmail, Google Docs, Google Presentation, etc.

You are a NAMS student at all times, even when your learning has moved online. Continue to adhere to the Student Handbook with regard to academic policies and student conduct. Specifically if on any Google Meet, please be aware of your behavior, dress, and background when on the session with staff and peers. Specific information related to using Google Meet will be shared with you by your teacher before meeting virtually.


Question:

Who should the student or parents/guardians contact with questions?

Answer:

Teachers are the primary contacts.

In addition, the following staff are also available:

Teams 6A & 6D: Jim Gosselin, Guidance Counselor, & Cheryl Raimondo, Assistant Principal

Teams 6B & 6C: Jim Gosselin, Guidance Counselor, & Steve Wrigley, Assistant Principal

Grade 7: Georgia Chute, Guidance Counselor, & Raimondo, Assistant Principal

Grade 8: Julie Faucher, Guidance Counselor, & Steve Wrigley, Assistant Principal

School Psychologist are Lindsey Chatterton & Michelle O’Leary

Adjustment Counselor is Laura Stevens

Special Education Director is Susan Donatell

Principal is Jorge Goncalves

You may find a list of all staff here.

NAMS Remote Learning Plan FAQs

posted Apr 3, 2020, 12:38 PM by Jorge Goncalves

NAMS Remote Learning Plan FAQs


Question:

What is the district’s Use of Video Conferencing Tools policy?

Answer:

The district’s Use of Video Conferencing Tools policy may be found here.


Question: 

When does the NAMS Remote Learning Plan begin?

Answer: 

Monday, April 6th


Question:

Is this work and these assignments optional?

Answer:

No, students will all be expected to complete assignments shared by teachers and will be supported along the way.


Question: 

What Trimester will we be in on Monday, April 6th?

Answer: 

Trimester 2 will resume through Friday, April 17th.


Question: 

What will the schedule be?

Answer: 

Trimester 2 will continue on Monday, April 6th and conclude on Friday, April 17th.

You may find a suggested schedule (Monday-Thursday) for students to follow below.

Mondays and Wednesdays will follow a Day 1 Schedule.

Tuesdays and Thursdays will follow a Day 2 Schedule.

Fridays may be used for office hours for students to connect with teachers and continue to work on assignments. Please arrange with your teacher (email is best) if you would like to communicate with them during office hours. Teachers will provide information to students regarding their availability.

In addition to office hours with students, staff will also have time on Fridays for collaboration time and meetings.

Time

Grade 6

Time

Grade 7

Time

Grade 8

8:00-

9:00

Related Arts

8:00-

9:30

Team Time:

English, Math, AMS, Science, & Social Studies

8:00-

9:30

Team Time:

English, Math, World Language, Science, & Social Studies

9:00-

10:30

Team Time:

English, Math, Science, & Social Studies

9:30-

10:30

Related Arts



9:30-

11:00

Team Time:

English, Math, World Language, Science, & Social Studies

10:30-

12:00

Team Time:

English, Math, Science, & Social Studies

10:30-12:00

Team Time:

English, Math, AMS, Science, & Social Studies

11:00-

12:00

Related Arts



Please know that students have the option of completing assigned work at times that work best for their family schedule. Students may need to spend 3 or more hours per day completing assignments. Students should also be reading a book and exercising daily.

Although we are suggesting the schedule above, there needs to be empathy and understanding that not all students may be able to be online between 8:00-12:00 p.m. each day. As I noted earlier, we understand that students and families may be sharing a device and may not have access to the device each day at the same times. 


Question: 

When are the 2 Beyond the Classroom Assignments due?

Answer: 

Since Trimester 2 concludes on Friday, April 17th we are asking students to submit their 2 Beyond the Classroom assignments to teachers by this date. Teachers will be providing specific information related to these assignments.


Question:

Can students still turn in work they owed before the mandatory school closure?

Answer:

Yes, students also should have until Friday, April 17, 2020 to complete any assignments that were disrupted as we exited school on March 13, 2020.


Question:

Who should my student hear from? How does my student find out what they should do?

Answer:

Students will receive detailed information from their teachers by Monday, April 6th regarding their classes, expectations, and supports.


Question:

Does my student view videos that are posted or participate in virtual meetings? Do they have to be online at a specific time?

Answer:

Students may be asked to view videos and be invited to participate in virtual meetings. Teachers will be posting assignments and resources via google classroom. 

Virtual meetings or lessons are optional for staff at this time.


Question:

What if my student has questions?

Answer:

Email is the primary mode of communication. Teachers will be available during the day to answer questions and/or provide support for students. Should a teacher be ill or unable to attend they will post that message for that day in their Google Classroom.


Question:

Collection of work - does it count toward my student’s grade? What about assessments, projects, homework, etc.?

Answer:

Students will be expected to complete assignments, projects, and assessments as provided by the teacher. Students will be receiving a final letter grade for Trimester 2 since we completed all but 1 week of Trimester 2 before schools were closed. For Trimester 3, the final grades will be Pass or Incomplete. Any student receiving an Incomplete for the end of Trimester 3 will need to work out a plan to complete the work with the principal assigned to that team or grade.


Question:

How will students be graded?

Answer:

For remote learning work, teachers are asked to record Pass/Incomplete. The Incomplete will designate that the appropriate assignments have not yet been submitted. Please do not stress over grades. Teachers will be focused on planning, instructing remotely, and providing feedback. We do not know how long we will be learning remotely. Students should focus on learning and completing their assignments to the best of their abilities. 


Question:

What does a student need to do for Remote Learning?

Answer:

Students will need access to a device in order to use google apps for education: Google Classroom, Gmail, Google Docs, Google Presentation, etc.

You are a NAMS student at all times, even when your learning has moved online. Continue to adhere to the Student Handbook with regard to academic policies and student conduct. Specifically if on any Google Meet, please be aware of your behavior, dress, and background when on the session with staff and peers. Specific information related to using Google Meet will be shared with you by your teacher before meeting virtually.


Question:

Who should the student or parents/guardians contact with questions?

Answer:

Teachers are the primary contacts.

In addition, the following staff are also available:

Teams 6A & 6D: Jim Gosselin, Guidance Counselor, & Cheryl Raimondo, Assistant Principal

Teams 6B & 6C: Jim Gosselin, Guidance Counselor, & Steve Wrigley, Assistant Principal

Grade 7: Georgia Chute, Guidance Counselor, & Raimondo, Assistant Principal

Grade 8: Julie Faucher, Guidance Counselor, & Steve Wrigley, Assistant Principal

School Psychologist are Lindsey Chatterton & Michelle O’Leary

Adjustment Counselor is Laura Stevens

Special Education Director is Susan Donatell

Principal is Jorge Goncalves

You may find a list of all staff here.



April 2nd is World Autism Awareness Day

posted Apr 2, 2020, 2:41 PM by Jorge Goncalves   [ updated Apr 3, 2020, 3:34 AM ]

Message from NAMS 04/01/20

posted Apr 1, 2020, 12:01 PM by Jorge Goncalves   [ updated Apr 1, 2020, 12:04 PM ]

Good afternoon NAMS families,


I hope this message finds you and your family healthy and safe. I feel very fortunate to work in a community that cares so much for our students and one another. We are all adjusting to a changing reality caused by the COVID-19 pandemic. We are all trying to adjust to the new normal. 


Teachers have been busy for the last few weeks planning and sharing learning activities with students, participating in their own professional development, and collaborating with one another. We will continue to collaborate and plan for remote learning and I will be providing you with additional information and details once a plan has been finalized.


In the next two days, I’d like for all of our students that have not been checking email, to please check your school email and google classroom accounts. We have not heard back from several students and would love a quick note or message to your teachers to let them know that you are doing okay. We want to make sure that we can get in contact with you via email as our remote learning plan is rolled out. Families, can you please pass this message along to your NAMS student(s)? I will also be emailing students directly.


I’m sending this message to all NAMS families and students via email and an additional 2 messages:

  • The first is a message from our nurses letting you know how much they miss you, care about you, and some reminders. You may find this message at the end of this email.

  • The second message is a link to a recent video of a show on Nickelodeon in which Kristen Bell hosts kids from all over and gets in touch with medical experts to offer some tips on social distancing, ways to keep safe and healthy, and fun activities to enjoy at home! There are many guest appearances from celebrities that our kids know well. You may find the video here or at the following website: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=OAhfsC73JgM


I am continuing to keep all of our NAMS students, staff, and families in my thoughts and wish you well.


Thinking of you all,

Jorge Goncalves

Principal


Hi NAMS and NAHS Students!


We wanted to reach out to you all to say hello and check in. We miss seeing you on a daily basis and are thinking about you during this uncertain time. We miss our work friends and colleagues and that makes us think about you...we have witnessed you with your friends and classmates laughing, talking, and supporting one another. We understand what your friends mean to you and recognize how difficult this must be for you to be apart from one another. We know that you thrive when you are among your peers and friends and we want you to know that we feel for you. 


The importance of physical social distancing at this time is undeniable. It really is THE most important thing that we can all do to make a positive difference in the outcome of this difficult situation. You may feel like you are doing nothing by just staying home, but please do not lose sight of how important this action is. By following the guidelines of keeping your social circle to your direct family/household members, you are doing your part to fight this pandemic. We want you to know that we are thinking of you and are here for you. If you need to talk to someone, have questions or just feel like saying hello- please feel free to reach out to us.


We can't wait until we are all together again! Until then, stay home, wash your hands frequently, stay positive, and know we are here for you!


NAMS and NAHS Nurses

Mrs. Pease peasek@northandoverpublicschools.com

Mrs. Hassanein hassaneine@northandoverpublicschools.com

Hello from NAMS Counselors

posted Mar 29, 2020, 8:22 AM by Jorge Goncalves

Dear NAMS Families,

 

We wanted to let you know that we are thinking of you and hoping you and your families are well. We know this is a difficult time and social distancing can feel overwhelming…. so know that we are here for you! The student services team are checking emails if you need anything.


Although there is still so much uncertainty about the next steps as it relates to classes and school and things may feel out of our control, there are things on an individual level you can do to try to feel better. We recommend trying to maintain a daily schedule and incorporating various activities, such as: reading, writing, exercising, cooking, meditating, arts & crafts, puzzles, board games, cards, and yoga. Of course, you can call or facetime your friends and loved ones too.


The NAPS website has tons of resources you can explore in addition to your Beyond the Classroom assignments, including some virtual museum tours that are pretty cool! There is also a tab called "Social/Emotional Learning" which has many resources that you may find helpful in navigating this situation. http://www.northandoverpublicschools.com/departments/student-services/social-emotional-learning

 

Please note that the Town of North Andover has put together a hotline which you can reach via phone or email with questions. More information can be found here: http://www.northandoverpublicschools.com/departments/student-services/health-services/coronavirus-information


Even though this is a difficult time, it is amazing to see all of the people pitching in to help one another and be kind to one another.  Continue to check the NAPS and NAMS website and Twitter updates for the latest information as well as checking your emails and google classroom.  If you have any specific questions or concerns feel free to contact the Student Services team via email. Hope to see you soon!


Grade 6 Guidance-Jim Gosselin: gosselinj@northandoverpublicschools.com

Grade 7 Guidance-Georgia Chute: chuteg@northandoverpublicschools.com

Grade 8 Guidance -Julie Faucher: faucherj@northandoverpublicschools.com

Focus Adjustment Counselor-Laura Stevens: stevensl@northandoverpublicschools.com

Food Assistance

posted Mar 19, 2020, 8:20 AM by Jorge Goncalves

The Town, in collaboration with the North Andover Public Schools, is offering food assistance to all North Andover residents regardless of age, starting Thursday March 19 and available on weekdays.  You can order meals at this link: http://www.schoolnutritionandfitness.com/index.php?sid=1500928478204 or by calling the COVID19 hotline (978-208-6070) the day before.  If you need food on Monday please call on Friday by noon.

“Grab & Go” meals will be prepared at NAHS and can be picked up at OUTSIDE the Stevens Memorial Library.  If you need front door delivery, please call 978-208-6070. The prep kitchen will have ongoing additional cleaning and disinfecting during this service.

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


Pickup Location: Stevens Memorial Library, 345 Main Street, North Andover

Pickup time: 11:00 a.m. - 1:00 p.m. Monday - Friday

Information for North Andover Families during Coronavirus School Closure (3/17/20)

posted Mar 18, 2020, 4:50 AM by Jorge Goncalves

March 17, 2020

Introduction:

On Sunday, March 15, 2020, Governor Baker ordered a three-week closure of school operations for educational purposes at all public elementary and secondary (K-12) schools in the Commonwealth, beginning Tuesday, March 17 and continuing until Monday, April 6. 

Governor Baker has asked districts to provide opportunities to keep learning alive for students while schools are closed. To that end, we want to ensure that our students have opportunities to be engaged and supported while they are away from school. These materials and activities are not intended to replace classroom instruction. These opportunities will look different depending on the grade and learning needs of the student. 

Learning Activities and Resources for School Closure

The Department of Elementary and Secondary Education (DESE) does not consider this closure to count toward time-on-learning. These non-school days are considered a three-week period of school closure (March 16 - April 6). Massachusetts DESE has encouraged schools to provide students with recommendations for student learning activities. The district is providing these recommendations on the North Andover Public Schools Learning Activities for School Closure website.

 Beyond the Classroom Assignments

Beyond the classroom was designed for short term weather related closures. Beyond the Classroom assignments cover the required 2 days (3/16, 3/17) to bring us to our 185th day of school. Teachers are available via email and will be checking in with students during the school closure. The 2 days of Beyond the Classroom work will be collected when students return to school. Please reach out to the classroom teacher via email if you have questions on the assignments.

Beyond the Classroom Assignment website

Food Service:

Our Food Services staff will be working to provide breakfast and lunch to families who need this support. Instructions on how to pre-order these meals will be made available in the next day or two. If you are not able to access the pre-ordering system, please contact us so we can make other arrangements. These meals will be available for pick-up at Stevens Memorial Library; but again, if it will not be possible for you to pick up, please contact us so we can make other arrangements. The phone number to call is 978-794-1895, extension 1.

 Internet and Device:

Comcast has opened up free hotspots for internet access to anyone.  You do not need to be a Comcast customer. You access these hotspots by choosing xfinity wifi in your settings. If you need further support with access to devices or the internet, please complete this form. 

 MCAS, AP, SATs testing:

  • We expect to hear more from MA DESE in the near future regarding MCAS, as all public schools are in the same position.

  • The College Board has cancelled May SAT testing in response to the Coronavirus. More information is available on their website.

  • The AP Program is developing resources to help schools support student learning during extended closures, as well as a solution that would allow students to test at home, depending on the situation in May. As we receive updates, we will communicate those to you. 

 Events and Activities

During the closure, all North Andover Public School events and activities, including athletics and arts, will not be held. Based on MA DESE’s guidance, the last day of school will be Friday, June 19, 2020.

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) offers guidelines on how to talk with your children and social distancing recommendations during this uncertain time.

The Town will also be in frequent communication as information becomes available. We welcome all of the questions, comments, and concerns you might have; please email COVID19@northandoverma.gov. Please note, while emails will be read daily, you may or may not receive a direct reply. We appreciate your cooperation and patience in the coming weeks.

Families will have access to their teachers and principals during this time. To find your teachers or principals’ contact information click here

Grade 8 to 9 Recommendations

posted Mar 13, 2020, 3:56 AM by Jorge Goncalves   [ updated Mar 31, 2020, 4:40 AM ]

How do I see recommendations?

After you have logged into PowerSchool, you will want to select the “Class Registration” option. You will not be able to see this information using the PowerSchool App so please be sure to log into your PowerSchool account via a computer.   


How do teachers make recommendations?

NAMS teachers make recommendations for a student’s placement for the following year based on the classroom performance of the student, the grade the student earns, and the student’s potential to be successful in the subsequent year’s course. Teachers, who see the student every day in the classroom, are best equipped to make this decision. 


What if we don’t agree with the recommendation?

If a family doesn’t agree with the teacher’s recommendation, the student must...

  • Speak with the teacher giving the recommendation about why the recommendation was given.  If the student would still like to be placed in a higher level, the attached Recommendation Override Form should be completed and submitted to Mrs. Faucher. You may submit an override form by emailing a picture or pdf version of the completed form to Grade 8 Guidance Counselor, Mrs. Faucher, at faucherj@northandoverpublicschools.com 


Is there anything else that I should know?

If a family overrides the teacher’s recommendation, the following criteria will apply:

  • The student will not be permitted to drop back down to the level they were recommended for once the class has begun. Student’s schedules will not be changed until the end of the Trimester.

  • The student will not be allowed to audit the class they override.

  • The student will not be allowed to withdraw (W) from the class they override.

RAISE Theme for March is ACHIEVEMENT

posted Feb 28, 2020, 4:08 AM by Jorge Goncalves   [ updated Mar 2, 2020, 2:42 PM ]

RAISE Theme for March is ACHIEVEMENT

North Andover students will demonstrate achievement. They will exercise their best effort and judgment in all activities in which they participate and will set goals that promote positive academic, social, and personal development.

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What are your goals for March?

Please help us decorate the RAISE Bulletin Board in the cafeteria by writing down a goal for the month of March. Homeroom teachers have received small slips of paper for you to write your goals on. We ask that all slips of paper are turning into the main office by the end of the day Friday. We will then help decorate the RAISE bulletin board in the cafeteria with all of our students' goals.

NAMS Principal Coffee Chat (2/25 Evening)

posted Feb 19, 2020, 9:42 AM by Jorge Goncalves

This past Tuesday, February 11th, we held a NAMS Principal Coffee Chat. Recognizing that some parents/guardians weren't able to attend a morning Coffee Chat, we have scheduled an evening Coffee Chat as well. Thank you to those parents/guardians who contacted me to request an evening chat.

Please join us for the next Principal Coffee Chat on Tuesday, February 25th @ 7:00 p.m. (NAMS Library).

We will be reviewing the entry plan data collected last year and sharing updates regarding what has been accomplished and what work is in progress.

Refreshments will be provided by NAMS PTAC.

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