She was a teacher. Annie Laura Sargent began her teaching at Johnson High, North Andover's first high school, in 1878 following her graduation as class valedictorian. In 1906, she was appointed Associate Principal, a position which in effect was the executive post in the school. In 1921, she was named Principal of Johnson High, a position she then held in name as well as fact. She retired in 1932 after 54 years of service to the community and children of North Andover. After her retirement from the school system, she was appointed and then elected to the North Andover School Committee. She was the first woman elected to a public office in North Andover.
The school is named not only to honor Annie Laura Sargent, but to honor all the teachers, educators, and staff that comprise the North Andover School System.
From the dedication speech of Diane Huster, School Committee Member, 1995
The Sargent School has approximately 605 students and 65 staff members. You can find them in 26 classrooms, several learning centers, various therapists' rooms, the music room, gym, art room, library , cafetorium, nurse's office and guidance office.
Playground supervision begins at 8:10 AM.
At 8:25 AM the bell rings-children line up and proceed to classrooms.
Regular lunch costs $2.50 a day. Milk may be purchased for $0.50. Menus are sent home each month with students and are published each week in the North Andover Citizen and/or can be viewed on cable channel 26, as well as on the North Andover Public Schools web site.
The dismissal of all students is at 3:00 PM.
School will be dismissed at 11:50 AM on Curriculum Half Days. (No lunch served)
Parents may call the school at anytime to report an absent child, the earlier the better. The answering machine is on 24 hours a day to leave messages. Children must bring a written note explaining the reason for the absence when they return to school. Please notify the school nurse whenever a child is sick with a contagious disease (e.g. Chicken Pox, Strep Throat, Conjunctivitis). The school will usually call the parent if a child is absent and no notification is given.
You must check in with the office first and obtain a visitors badge. When dropping off items, please deliver it to the office and your child will be called.
Please obtain a MEDICATION POLICY from the school nurse which indicates the process to be followed before medication will be dispensed. In order to insure safety, NO MEDICATIONS (prescription or non-prescription) are to be transported to school by the children. The school nurse will dispense all medications.
For up-to-date information on school closings online, check TheBostonChannel.com. Tune to television stations 4,5,7 and local cable Channel 98 for announcements or AM radio Radio: WRKO (680 AM), WCCM (800 AM), or WBZ (1030 AM).