NAMS Important News

Grade 7 Reminders - Open House & Field Trip Form

posted Sep 19, 2019, 6:27 AM by Jorge Goncalves

Grade 7 Open House begins in the auditorium for all families at 6:00 p.m.

Team Presentations are scheduled to begin at 6:15 p.m. in the following locations:

Team 7A in Auditorium

Team 7B in Grade 8 Cafeteria or Cafe A

Team 7C in Grade 7 Cafeteria of Cafe B


The Grade 7 Team Building Field Trip Permission form is attached. 

This completed form and payment was due yesterday, September 18, 2019.

Grade 7 Field Trip Permission Form.pdf 

NAMS Grade 8 Trip to Nature's Classroom Update

posted Sep 18, 2019, 8:08 AM by Jorge Goncalves

Dear Grade 8 NAMS Parents/Guardians,

We sent home Nature’s Classroom Packets this past Monday, September 18, 2019. There are 4 pages that need to be completed and returned by Friday, September 27, 2019. Those pages are as follows:
District Field Trip Permission Form

  • Nature's Classroom Student Registration Form

  • Home and Health Information Questionnaire

  • Medication Administration Form


The total cost for this trip is $342. Some of our families made a payment of $50 or more this past spring. If you are unsure what you have already paid, please contact Ms. Barron at

When writing a check, please be sure to write your child’s name in the Memo Line.

Dates of Trip: 

Team 8B: October 21-23rd Team 8A: October 23-25th Team 8C: October 28-30th

Who Chaperones? NAMS Teachers & Staff

Location of Nature’s Classroom Site: Ocean Park, ME

Full Cost of the Trip: $342

Payment due by October 18, 2019

Checks should be made payable to NAMS.

When writing a check, please be sure to write your child’s name in the Memo Line.

If your family requires financial assistance for this trip, please contact Mr. Wrigley at


Jorge Goncalves


Invitation to Grades 7 & 8 Students - ADL Peer Leader Program

posted Sep 11, 2019, 12:19 PM by Jorge Goncalves

Dear Grades 7 & 8 NAMS Students,

We are proud to bring the Anti-Defamation League’s peer training program to our school again this year. The program is called “A World of Difference,” and is open to both seventh and eighth grade students.  Ms. Blaney and Ms. Duchesneau will be the program leaders. This program will help us to continue to promote a safe and supportive school community where people of diverse backgrounds can come together to contribute to our core values and fulfill their responsibilities as caring members of our society.

Students selected for this program, who did not participate in the program last year, will participate in three 4.5 hour training sessions during the school day along with our program leaders, Ms. Blaney & Ms. Duchesneau. There will be a 4th training for all students in the program, new and returning students. These trainings will be led by the ADL New England Educational Team. We are still finalizing the dates of the training but should be able to share them soon.

After the ADL training sessions, students will continue to meet with Ms. Blaney and Ms. Duchesneau once per week in order to develop skills so they can  facilitate workshops for their peers that will provide participants with 1) the opportunity for inter-group dialogue 2) an increased understanding of the causes of prejudice; 3) a fuller appreciation of racial, ethnic, cultural, and other individual differences; and 4) conflict management skills to respond positively when confronted with bias-related behaviors such as bullying and harassment. Then, starting in the winter our peer leaders will be going into 6th grade classrooms to run student to student workshops.

Meetings will take place once per week for one class period of 50 minutes on Tuesdays during the Grade 7 RA1 period.  Please be aware the actual time slot of this class will change with the trimesters. This is a mandatory time commitment for the entire year, and students involved in the program are expected to take initiative in obtaining missed coursework from their teachers, whether they are in 7th or 8th grade.

Applications are due by Friday, September 20, 2019. All applications will then be reviewed and students will be made aware of who has been selected to participate in this program by Friday, September 27, 2019. The application is a Google Form that may be found here, on our website, and at the following address:

Students will need to be logged into their North Andover email accounts in order to complete the survey. Students & Parents/Guardians will not be able to access the survey from email accounts other than North Andover student email accounts.

Paper applications are also available in the main office.  Please see Ms. Duchesneau in room F109 or Ms. Blaney in the Performing Arts Center with any questions.

NAMS Welcome Message 2019-2020

posted Aug 23, 2019, 9:07 AM by Jorge Goncalves

Dear NAMS Families,

Welcome to North Andover Middle School and the start of the 2019-2020 school year. I hope that your summer has been healthy, safe, and relaxing. On behalf of the entire faculty and staff, I am delighted to greet our incoming grade 6 students and our returning grades 7 & 8 students. Additionally, I would like to extend a very special welcome to students and families new to our community.

The entire NAMS community is looking forward to a great year of academic and personal growth, challenges, and accomplishments.  The middle school provides an environment that allows transition for the students as they move from elementary into high school years.  Our learning approach is to offer a balanced instructional program in a team setting that nurtures the development of responsible, thoughtful citizens for life in an increasingly interdependent global society.  By creating environments in which students are challenged to explore, to create, to make decisions, and to actively participate in and be accountable for their learning they will be better prepared for high school and beyond.

The first day of school for students is Tuesday, September 3, 2019.  Typically, traffic is heavy on the first day, so please leave extra time and carpool if possible. 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.

Where do students report on the first day of school?

  • Grade 6 students should report to the auditorium where the 6th grade teachers will meet with teams and bring them to homerooms.

  • Grade 7 students should report to the 7th grade cafeteria, where homerooms will be listed.

  • Grade 8 students should report to the 8th grade cafeteria, where homerooms will be listed.

The custodial staff continues to do an outstanding job preparing the building for the upcoming year. Our building and grounds will be ready thanks to the great work of our custodial staff: Tod Workman, Kevin Foster, Paul Quintal, Josh Hood, Michael Belisle, and Kathy Giard. In addition, I would like to also thank our Supervisor of Maintenance, John Mullen, and all of our maintenance crews for the time and energy preparing the inside and outside of NAMS for the first day of school with painting projects and more. Special thanks to Melissa Barron, Lisa Hunter, Gail Sheldon, Kathy DiTroia, and Francene Mailloux for overseeing the numerous tasks associated with beginning a new school year.

It is my pleasure to welcome the new staff members to NAMS.  Although some of our talented educators may have moved on, I am excited about the addition of these new colleagues:

  • Jennifer Pino - Physical Education Teacher

  • Ellen Reusch - Library Media Specialist

  • Kelly Bradley - Grade 7 Science Teacher (Team 7B)

  • Susannah Parker - Special Education Teacher

  • Rachel Rosenbaum - Teaching Assistant

  • Jordan Raffalli - Teaching Assistant

  • Danielle Huggins - Teaching Assistant

  • Stephanie Silk - Teaching Assistant

A collaborative effort amongst all team players – administration, teachers, students, and parents/guardians – is necessary to ensure a successful middle school experience for your child.  We are glad you and your child are members of the NAMS community and we are looking forward to a wonderful year together.

You may find important information related to the first day of school and much more in the year’s first Principal’s Post on our website or here.


Jorge Goncalves

Pronounced (George Gone+Solves)

9th Annual Knights on the Run and Knights in Training Kids Run on Saturday, October 19th at NAHS

posted Aug 20, 2019, 7:39 AM by Jorge Goncalves   [ updated Aug 21, 2019, 5:38 AM by Hillary Stasonis ]

The North Andover Athletic Association is hosting the 9th Annual Knights on the Run and Knights in Training Kids Run on Saturday, October 19th at NAHS.  Registration is available online at . Grand prizes for the top 5K finishers, great giveaways for Kids Run participants and a trophy awarded to the elementary school with the highest rate of participation! NAMS XC members and all students are welcome to participate in the 5k, and there is a 14&under award category. Come on out on Oct 19th and show your pride in being a Scarlet Knight!

Voluntary Accident Insurance Protection for Students

posted Aug 19, 2019, 5:30 AM by Jorge Goncalves

Please see the attached flyer is you are interested.

Superintendent’s NAPS Summer Challenge!

posted Aug 19, 2019, 5:29 AM by Jorge Goncalves

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Superintendent’s NAPS Summer Challenge!

                                                                                “A Universe of Stories”  

Select ONE book to read from the three choices listed below.  After you have finished the book, write an essay or create a poster, flyer or drawing showing the relationship between the book you read and the theme “A Universe of Stories”.

(Each title has an edition appropriate for elementary, middle or high school student)

CHOICE #1                                                                                   Hidden Figures

(The True Story of Four Black Women and the Space Race by Margo Lee Shetterly)



Middle School ISBN978006266378

High School


CHOICE #2                                        The Boy Who Harnessed The Wind

(A True Story About Human Inventiveness & Its Power to Overcome Adversity by William Kamkwamba/ Bryan Mealer)


Picture Book Edition

Middle School


High School ISBN0061730335

CHOICE #3                                          Moon Over My Town

Choose a book from the list below to read and submit picture of a moon over North Andover  with a caption of how it relates to what you read:

The Moon Book



Children ages

 4 to 8


The Moon



Children ages

7 to 10

Earth and Moon



Young Teens

The Moon:


Companion in Space



Ages 9 to 12

The Earth and the Moon



Young Adults

Submitting your Entry:  Entries may be submitted to the main office of your school between September 4 and September 20 (be sure to include your name and grade on your submission).   Winners will be announced at the end of September and prizes will include a Stachey’s lunch delivered by the Superintendent of Schools or a Scholastic book of your choice. Good luck!

8th Grade Summer Reading List 2019

posted Jun 12, 2019, 2:10 PM by Lisa Hunter   [ updated Jun 24, 2019, 7:49 AM by Hillary Stasonis ]

7th Grade Summer Reading List 2019

posted Jun 12, 2019, 2:08 PM by Lisa Hunter   [ updated Jun 24, 2019, 7:49 AM by Hillary Stasonis ]

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