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Incoming 1st Grade Parent Information Night

posted Apr 11, 2019, 12:42 PM by Hillary Stasonis

Thursday, May 23rd 6:00-7:30 pm - Sargent Cafeteria

Meet our school principal, take a tour of our school building and first grade classrooms, and get answers to your questions about first grade here at Sargent!
Parent's only please!
All future first grade students will be invited to take a full tour of the school and meet their teachers in August. More information will be forthcoming!

Drop-It-And-Go! April 27th

posted Mar 25, 2019, 10:56 AM by Hillary Stasonis

Donate the things you no longer use! 
Drive up to to NAMS and eager 5th graders will unload the donations from your car, simply drop it and go.

Where: North Andover Middle School, 495 Main Street 
When: Saturday, April 27, 2019 from 10AM – 1PM 
  • kitchen items
  • household furnishings
  • soft goods - blankets, towels, sheets 
  • books, dvds, and cds
  • bikes and bike helmets
  • soccer balls, footballs, & basketballs

Read all about Sargent's new Computer Lab!

posted Feb 11, 2019, 8:46 AM by Hillary Stasonis

Dear Sargent Community, 

The Sargent Sharks continue to be blessed by the generous spirit of both our PTO and our parents, and this is most recently evidenced in the opening of our new Computer Lab! The PTO’s gift of twenty-five Chromebooks to Sargent School (with charging stations!) is simply amazing!

These next few weeks in the lab will focus on additional ST Math (all students will continue in their classrooms with the current ST Math sessions with their teachers) and after February break, students will work on reading and writing on the Chromebooks during computer lab time.

This lab time gives us the opportunity to have our students access valued technologies that support their learning with a targeted focus in mathematics, reading, and writing. A special thank you to Kris Murray for organizing our parent volunteers, and to our volunteers who are supporting our students in the computer lab for 30-minute sessions, which kicked off this past week.

The scheduled reading/writing sessions will provide teachers with the valuable time to work with small groups of students in expanding their reading skills. Our goal through these weekly 30 minute interventions is data-driven. Teachers will leave their students in the computer lab with parent volunteers. They will then take small groups of students with similar areas of growth in reading to work on a particular skill.

Our teachers’ hard work in collecting data on each and every one of their students now allows them to work with a laser focus on the specific reading needs of every learner. This response to intervention gives students valuable one on one time with their teacher for a 4-6 week period; they will then rejoin their class in the computer lab once the intervention is complete.

This past week provided a window into the expected success of this initiative. It was wonderful to see our students in the lab and in small groups with their teachers, having fun and being fully engaged in their learning! In addition to scheduled lab time with volunteers, teachers are signing up to take their own classes in the computer lab! This will allow our teachers to work on an array of topics related to current teaching happening in classrooms, which will now be complemented with computer lab work around the subject.

Thank you to all of our parents, and to the Sargent PTO, for making this possible!!

Please see these photos from the new lab! Go Sharks!


Karen Murdoch-Lahey
Principal, Annie L. Sargent School

MCAS Testing Schedule Spring 2019

posted Jan 9, 2019, 8:44 AM by Hillary Stasonis   [ updated Jan 9, 2019, 8:46 AM ]

This year MCAS testing will take place on April 2, 3, 4, and 5th, and then again on May 7, 8, 9, 10, 14, and 15th. Take a look at the chart below for more information. 

English Language Arts - April

Grade Day Date Test
3rd Tuesday April 2 ELA Session 1
3rd Wednesday April 3 ELA Session 2
4th, 5th Thursday April 4 ELA Session 1
4th, 5th Friday April 5 ELA Session 2
Makeup Dates:
3rd, 4th, 5th Tuesday April 9 ELA Session 1
3rd, 4th, 5th Wednesday April 10 ELA Session 2
Math & STE - May

Grade Day Date Test
3rd Tuesday May 7 Math Session 1
3rd Wednesday May 8 Math Session 2
4th, 5th Thursday May 9 Math Session 1
4th, 5th Friday May 10 Math Session 2
5th Tuesday May 14 STE Session 1
5th Wednesday May 15 STE Session 2
Makeup Dates:
3rd, 4th, 5th Thursday May 16 Math Session 1
3rd, 4th, 5th Friday May 17 Math Session 2
5th Tuesday May 21 STE Session 1
5th  Wednesday May 22 STE Session 2

Volunteers needed for Understanding Our Differences

posted Jan 2, 2019, 7:13 AM by Hillary Stasonis   [ updated Jan 2, 2019, 7:24 AM ]

Thursday 1/17/2019 - 8:30am - 10:00am - Gr. 5, Autism 

Understanding Our Differences (UOD) is a nationally recognized, educational program that teaches elementary school children to develop understanding and respect for fellow students and others with physical, sensory or developmental disabilities. 

VOLUNTEERS NEEDED for this special program! 
  • Your child does not need to be in the class to volunteer, anyone can!
  • There is a 20 minute online training session for all volunteers. 
  • Volunteers must have a current CORI on file with the elementary schools. Here is a link to the CORI form:

Pants Needed!

posted Nov 26, 2018, 9:39 AM by Hillary Stasonis

Our Sargent School nurse, Mrs. Hedstrom, has requested donations of gently used pull-on pants for both boys and girls in sizes 7-12. A collection bin has been placed in the front entrance of Sargent (near the office) to collect the pants. Please remember, pull-on style only! Thank you!

Coat and Boot Drive happening now through Nov 28th

posted Nov 13, 2018, 8:48 AM by Hillary Stasonis   [ updated Nov 26, 2018, 9:38 AM ]

EXTENDED until 11/28! Sargent will be collecting clean, gently used coats and boots for a holiday drive. The boots and coats will be donated to two local charities, one of which is Catie's Closet. Catie's Closet is an organization serving 54 Massachusetts and New Hampshire schools that provides clothes and toiletries to students ages 4-18 years old, free of charge. These students attend schools that have a poverty rate of 50% or above. Donated items are placed in an unused room within the school as a permanent resource for at-need students, and children are given access to the "closet" in a discreet manner by faculty manners. Let's help them fill the "closet"! A bin for the coats and boots will be placed in the Sargent main lobby this week, and will remain there until Wednesday, November 21st. Thank you in advance for your generous donations as we help those in need this holiday season! Learn more about Catie's Closet by clicking here.

Join us at the LYLEF 3rd Annual Benefit Dinner

posted Nov 5, 2018, 8:28 AM by Hillary Stasonis

The Live Your Learning Educational Fund (LYLEF) was created to support students who lack financial means to take advantage of learning opportunities, both domestic and international. LYLEF opens doors to students, many of whom have not had experiences outside of their own community, who would not be able to participate in these rich educational experiences without financial aid.

Saturday, November 17, 2018 at 6:30 p.m. 

Frick Dining Hall - Brooks School 

Tickets: $125 (limited seating) 


  • 5-course gourmet meal prepared by Chef Katya Salkever
  • Fine beer pairings by Sam Adams co-founder Jim Koch
  • Service by North Andover Public Schools administrators
  • Silent auction and raffle

To purchase tickets visit:

October Newsletter

posted Oct 15, 2018, 12:04 PM by Hillary Stasonis

Dear Sargent Families,

We have enjoyed a wonderful school opening in transitioning 470 students back to school. It has been a whirlwind of fun activity in establishing new routines, seeing familiar faces and making new friends.

This is our second year where we come together as a community outside each morning to do the Pledge of Allegiance. Our flag holders are the students who are celebrating a “birthday” that day. For students with a weekend birthday, we will either celebrate on the Friday before or the Monday after the weekend birthday. On rainy days, the students hold the flag in their classrooms and we do the Pledge of Allegiance over the PA system. It is a wonderful way to come together as a school family. Mr. Shelkowitz, our music teacher, leads the morning announcements and a special birthday song that he has created.

Our Sargent family is blessed with the PTO and its many volunteers. The Sargent Staff and I continue to be amazed by your generosity and kindness. We consistently feel supported by you. We are grateful to the many volunteers who add positive energy to help fuel our school daily. We thank you for giving your time and talents. Our students benefit greatly by your kindness, and the connection we share with you in making Sargent School a family that supports each other; it is impactful, great modeling for our children to see. When family and students partner together, our students soar!

I want to give a special shout out to Mr. Guarente, Ms. Kodys, and Mrs. Keyo. Without them our Fun Run would not have been a success. There is a lot of behind the scene action that takes place, and we are grateful for all of their time in helping to make this event a great accomplishment. The kids had a blast running their laps through mud!

October has brought great learning opportunities in creative and joyful learning environments. Here are a few items to put on your calendar for October:

  • Knights On The Run-Saturday, 10/20/18 Check in at 8am Kids run at 9am Please see the kink We want to keep the running going, from our Fun Run to Knights On The Run!

  • North Andover Enrichment Council, Tuesday, October 23rd “Mainely Stars Planetarium”-Grade 3

  • J.Allen, an internationally recognized speaker on social and emotional education, will be giving a presentation for parents and guardians on Wednesday, October 24th at 6pm in the NAMS auditorium.

  • Halloween Spirit Day Wednesday, October 31st

Students will be allowed to wear their costumes to school with a few restrictions. This is optional (please do not feel like your child has to wear a costume.) This mirrors our “Spirit Day Celebrations” that happen throughout the year on different days. The kids love to dress up on Pajama Day or Patriots Day so we would like to continue this tradition that we started last year. The few restrictions are as follows:

  • Costumes must be school appropriate (All ages considered).
  • No masks or face paint can be worn.
  • No accessories that may be “accidentally” used inappropriately or lost. (Halloween night is a big night and you want to be sure you have all the items in place for Trick or Treating.)
  • Things like Harry Potter glasses, or Mickey Mouse ears are fine. The main thing is no facemasks and no face paint. 
  • I reserve for all teachers the right to make decisions around what is and is not appropriate for teaching and learning, including the request for removal of items like capes, glasses, etc.
  • I will send out a follow up reminder just prior to Halloween. Thank you. 

8th Annual Knights in Training Kid's Run - Saturday October 20th

posted Sep 19, 2018, 9:40 AM by Hillary Stasonis

The North Andover Athletic Association is hosting the 8th Annual Knights on the Run and Knights in Training Kids Run on Saturday, October 20th at NAHS. 

Show your school spirit and get your friends and classmates to join in the fun of the Knights in Training Kid's Run. A special trophy is awarded to the elementary school with the highest participation rate! Last year the THOMSON TIGERS became 2 time champions and proudly claimed the trophy again for 2017. So get ready Atkinson All-Stars, Franklin Dragons, Kittredge Kangaroos, Sargent Sharks, Thomson Tigers, and St. Michael Archangels...
Who will bring home the trophy for 2018?

Registration is available online at

The Knights in Training Kid's Run is open to all participants under the age of 12. Plenty of raffle prizes and refreshments for all and great giveaways for Kids Run participants. Come on out on Oct 20th and show your pride in being a Scarlet Knight!

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