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Beyond the Classroom

posted Dec 18, 2019, 7:47 AM by Hillary Stasonis

With the three school cancellations in December, we have used up our traditional “snow days” for this year. Our last day of school will be Friday, June 19. For any future snow days, we will be using our Beyond the Classroom assignments.

With Beyond the Classroom, students will complete an assignment at home in lieu of making up the cancelled day in June. (As you might remember, in 2017-18 our students didn’t finish the school year until June 27th!)

So, what happens when school is cancelled again?
If school needs to be cancelled again this school year, it will be announced through the usual channels: on the District Homepage, on Dr. Gilligan's Twitter account, and via phone calls and emails home. In these messages, students and guardians will be directed to the Beyond the Classroom website to find their assignments: Assignments will NOT be due the day students return to school. Instead, students will have at least 1 week to complete the assignment.

Have more questions or need more information? 
Please visit the Frequently Asked Questions page on the Beyond the Classroom website

Thomson in the News: "School Composting Program Sees Quick Success"

posted Dec 4, 2019, 8:12 AM by Hillary Stasonis

Thomson, Kittredge, and North Andover Middle School have been engaged in a composting initiative that has already cut food waste and lessened the town’s trash hauls. Recently this program was featured in an article in the North Andover Citizen, read more here:

Upcoming Events: Literacy Development & K-5 Math Help

posted Oct 7, 2019, 9:56 AM by Hillary Stasonis

Join us for two upcoming events for parents: "K-5 Math: Models and Strategies" on October 28th and "Raising a Reader" on November 5th
K-5 Math: Models and Strategies
October 28th - 9am and 7pm
NAPS Central Office, 566 Main Street, North Andover

Are you struggling to support your student with the “new math”? Do you feel like they are speaking a different language? You are not alone!

Please join Kara Larcome and Jen Hudak, North Andover STEM Director and Math Coach, to experience the “new math.” Learn about Eureka Math and the Massachusetts Mathematics Standards so that you and your student can have a common understanding!

Registration Required:
We want to make sure we have enough resources thus registration is required. Please sign up for one time as the program will be the same for both sessions.

Raising a Reader: Strategies for supporting reading at home
November 5th - 9am and 7pm
NAPS Central Office, 566 Main Street, North Andover

Come meet Kristen Ando, Anne Joyce and Jaclyn Taylor, North Andover's curriculum coordinator and elementary literacy coaches, to learn about ways you can help develop your child's literacy skills and promote a love of reading.

Volunteer for Understanding Our Differences

posted Oct 7, 2019, 7:59 AM by Hillary Stasonis

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. UOD is an interactive disability awareness curriculum that North Andover Elementary Schools teach to 3rd, 4th and 5th graders. Each year, students participate in 2 to 3 sessions introducing various kinds of disabilities. The programs’ goals are to foster respect, acceptance and compassion for people of all abilities as well as increase tolerance and reduce bullying. It reinforces North Andover’s RAISE values.

Thomson's UOD Dates:

Date School Time Program 
10/22/19Thomson School8:45 am – 10:45 amDeafness Program (3rd grade)
10/24/19 Thomson School8:45 am- 10:45 amPhysical Disability (4th Grade)
10/25/19Thomson School8:45 am – 10:45 amAutism (5th Grade)
12/9/19Thomson School8:45 am- 10:45 amChronic Medical (3rd Grade)
12/11/19Thomson School8:45 am – 10:45 amIntellectual Disability (4th Grade)
12/12/19Thomson School8:45 am – 10:45 amLearning Disability(5th Grade)

1st Grade Orientation August 29th 1:30pm

posted Aug 21, 2019, 8:16 AM by Hillary Stasonis

Incoming 1st grade students are invited to tour their new school, visit their classroom and meet their teacher. 

Recommended Summer Reading List 2019 for Students Entering Grades K-5

posted May 28, 2019, 9:27 AM by Hillary Stasonis   [ updated Jun 24, 2019, 7:47 AM ]

We are shooting for the moon this summer with our reading goals as we team up with the public library for our Summer Reading Theme, “A Universe of Stories!” The books on this list are just suggestions! There are NO specific required titles for kids to read. Feel free to choose appropriate books for your unique reader. When deciding on books, have your child read a page out loud to see if it’s a good fit. If they struggle with more than a few words, it’s probably too difficult and may be a better choice for a read-aloud.

Thomson is part of The Green Team!

posted May 8, 2019, 9:04 AM by Hillary Stasonis

Cafeteria recycling and composting began in April. Learn more about this great program here.

Drop-It-And-Go! April 27th

posted Mar 25, 2019, 10:58 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

MCAS Testing Schedule Spring 2019

posted Feb 13, 2019, 6:27 AM by Hillary Stasonis   [ updated Feb 13, 2019, 6:27 AM ]

This year MCAS testing will take place on April 8, 9, 25, and 26th, and then again on May 2, 3, 9, 10, 16, and 17th. Take a look at the chart below for more information. 

English Language Arts - April

Grade Day Date Test
3rd, 4th Thursday April 25 ELA Session 1
3rd, 4th Friday April 26 ELA Session 2
5th Monday April 8 ELA Session 1
5th Tuesday April 9 ELA Session 2

Math & STE - May

Grade Day Date Test
3rd, 4th Thursday May 9 Math Session 1
3rd, 4th Friday May 10 Math Session 2
5th Thursday May 2 Math Session 1
5th Friday May 3 Math Session 2
5th Thursday May 16 STE Session 1
5th Friday May 17 STE Session 2

December Reminders

posted Dec 26, 2018, 7:44 PM by Hillary Stasonis

Happy Holidays and Happy New Years to all our parents and caregivers. I wish you safe travels and lots of fun times with friends and family. Many of our students have been telling me about their holiday plans and even with all their excitement they have been working hard to stay focused in class.

Just a reminder that Friday, December 21st is a half-day with dismissal at 11:50am. School will resume on Wednesday, January 2nd after the break. Report cards for students in grades 1-5 went home in backpacks last Friday.

Now that we are entering the winter season it is a good time to remind you of our start times in the event of a delayed opening. For a 2-hour delay the children can start arriving at 10:10am and we will start our day at 10:25am. If your child rides the bus, plan on the bus being about 2 hours later than the usual pickup time.

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