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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!

Meet the Teacher Night: Tuesday, Sept. 25th 2018 from 6:00 - 7:30 pm

posted Sep 11, 2018, 2:10 PM by Hillary Stasonis   [ updated Sep 12, 2018, 12:41 PM ]

1st Grade: 6:00 - 6:30 pm 
2nd Grade: 6:15 - 6:45 pm 
3rd Grade: 6:30 - 7:00 pm 
4th Grade: 6:45 - 7:15 pm 
5th Grade: 7:00 - 7:30 pm

Open House Night is a wonderful opportunity for you to meet the Sargent School staff and our child's teacher. You will get to visit your child's classroom and hear about all of the wonderful things that are planned for the upcoming year. We have scheduled presentation at staggered times to allow you to visit all of your students' classrooms.

Please remember that this is a parent night only and children should not be in attendance for this event. The playground will be closed due to staff using the playground blacktop area for parking. Thus, allowing for parents/guardians to park in the teachers' parking lot. Please be mindful of the parking concerns as you plan your arrival time.

Parent-teacher conferences are scheduled for November 6th. Please note that this evening is not intended for one-on-one conversations about your child.

Light refreshments will be provided by the PTO in the cafeteria. We look forward to partnering with you this year for the success of your child and all the children at Sargent School.

Welcome Letter to Families

posted Sep 4, 2018, 7:29 AM by Hillary Stasonis

Dear Sargent Families, 

I write to welcome you to a new school year filled with endless possibilities for your children in every aspect of their learning! The summer has offered many opportunities for growth, both academically/professionally and in the physical growth of our building with four new classrooms (formerly the K-classrooms) that offer creative space for learning.

Last year in my welcome letter I shared my cornerstones for leading this amazing school. They remain truer today than when I began. Namely, “all that I do must be student-focussed and I cannot do this job alone.” I begin my fifth year at Sargent and second year as Principal, wholeheartedly believing in our school community. This past year has reconfirmed my resolve about the importance of relationships. It is inspiring to see all forms of important relationships being nurtured here. Be it student to student, teacher to student, teacher to parent, and a staff who care deeply for one another ~ it is the secret sauce of a safe and kind community of learners. And I like to throw myself in the mix of all of the above! Relationships form community, and when there is a vibrant, caring community, the cornerstones I mention are easily met. Students are at the center of our work and the conviction we share in working together for the good of our children is the winning formula to cultivate the unlimited potential in every child. It’s about relationships. I want you to know, I am grateful for the gift of the many valuable relationships I have with your children, our extraordinary teachers/staff, and with each of you.

Our teachers have added a bright shine to their classrooms through their thoughtful hard work. Their focus is in creating a welcoming, vibrant classroom. Students’ names are brightly attached to desks and other places in the room to make students feel they are important and that they belong. Our PTO Co-Presidents, Maria Nardella and Amanda Robinson have be amazing in providing tours to welcome our new students/families and assisting me with a wide array of supports to open school; each member of our PTO are incredibly valuable to our vibrant school community. As I drove to school this morning, I was so proud to see the hard work of the wonderful volunteers who have made the outside of our school look well cared for and welcoming. It takes a village and we have the best! Thank you for all for your time and talents!

Additionally, we have worked hard to create four new valuable rooms for learning. The first is our new “Shark Tank” which a sensory/motor development room for all students. Sensory integration plays an important role in the social, emotional, and cognitive development of a child. This colorful, engaging room (marked by a newly painted shark mouth doorway!) has been created by our outstanding physical therapist and occupational therapists to integrate sensory development to assist in achieving student success. It is large enough for an entire class to use or for individual instruction.

We have a new “ Data Room” for teachers to collaborate in and track student progress, complete with research driven data points which are derived from an array of formalized assessments to monitor interventions for student success. We christened this space during our PD last week with resounding enthusiasm from faculty for this valued, professional space. 

Our third space is our “Curriculum Headquarters” I am thrilled to welcome the curriculum coordinators for the North Andover District. We will have the STEM and Humanities Directors as well as our district Math and Reading coaches at Sargent. Collectively they are a powerful resource for our district in servicing all schools. We are grateful to have them headquartered at Sargent as a wealth of information and resources right under our roof!

Our fourth new room is a work in progress, but will be our “Computer/Math Lab.” I am in the process of creatively trying to fund 25 new Chromebooks to be used by students in this space. I am so grateful to collaborate with our PTO in looking to have this spaced supported with volunteers (similar to our library) once we are up and running. This will also compliment the three year ST Math Grant we secured which you will read about in an adjacent informational email.

As you can see, we have been busy this summer! Our top-notch custodial staff worked hard all summer to ensure that classrooms were cleaned to look new for a fun learning environment. I am so grateful to Pat Queenan, Sam Clough and Joe Messina! They have been tremendous in helping to move out the 4 Kindergarten classrooms of furniture and supplies and get these rooms ready for our new initiatives. They have done this during some very hot/humid days, while also  supporting a large summer school/tutoring program and tirelessly working to support a successful inaugural season of Youth Service’s Summer Fun program with its 500 K-2nd graders this summer at Sargent. Way to go gentlemen, you are simply, the best ~ on behalf of our school community, “Thank you!” 

Our school community is fueled on positive energy! Our staff is energized and alive with the anticipation of a wondrously fun, engaging year of learning! Every member of our school team of educators will have laser focus in seeing that your child will feel safe, accepted, and will be a valued friend. We recognize that we must respect and appreciate our similarities and differences in order to grow and flourish as a community. Here’s to a remarkable year of working together in continuing to build positive relationships. I know this caring community will unleash our students’ curiosity for learning in fun and creative ways and will let them know they belong and are valued for who they are.

Gratefully yours,

Sargent School Summer Registration

posted Jul 3, 2018, 6:52 AM by Hillary Stasonis

Welcome new families to the Sargent Elementary School! Prior to coming to the school with registration paperwork, please visit the visit the Student Registration page. (This page is also available from the homepage under the summer links section.) There you can pre-register your child and find out what documents you will need to bring to the school. 

The Sargent school office will be open on the following days and times for you to stop by and drop off paperwork:
  • Tuesday, July 17th from 9:30am - 1:00pm

  • Tuesday, July 24th from 9:30am - 1:00pm

  • Tuesday, July 31st from 9:30am - 1:00pm

  • Tuesday, August 7th from 9:30am - 1:00pm

  • Wednesday, August 8th from 9:30am - 1:00pm

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