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Thomson Family Guide

posted Sep 24, 2020, 5:01 AM by Hillary Stasonis

Dear Thomson Parents and Caregivers,

We are excited to begin our in person hybrid model tomorrow. Once again a reminder that cohort A students are in person on Monday's and Thursday's and cohort B students are in person on Tuesday's and Friday's. Wednesday's will be our whole school at home learning day. Please take some time to review the Thomson Family Guide which is in the link below. The other link includes information on chromebook charging at home. Students are expected to bring their chromebook to school each in person day, charge them at home and leave the charger at home. See the attached document for more information. 

On the cover page of the guide you will find a link to the North Andover Public Schools student handbook. This handbook is shared each year so please take some time to review that as well. At the end of my welcome letter in the guide we have once again included the Thomson welcome back safety video that was shared the other day. We thought you might find it helpful to have all these documents in one place.

Finally, a couple of notes as you read through the document. Breakfast club and Kid's Stop will begin on October 1st. If you have any questions related to this, please contact community programs at 978-794-3080. Also, you will notice the guide mentions car rider pro for parent pick up. That system is not yet installed so staff members will be recording names as we have done in the past and directing students to cars. We ask for your patience with all dismissal and arrival procedures at the beginning of the year. Things may be slow as we adjust to new routines and balance health and safety. We will be starting our dismissal procedures at 2:45 this year.

Christopher Raymond
Thomson Principal

New Student Registration Information

posted Jun 24, 2020, 6:14 AM by Hillary Stasonis

Are you new to North Andover, and need to register your child for the 2020-2021 school year? 

Please visit the Student Registration page and register online. Following the online registration, required documentation can delivered to North Andover Public Schools Central Office at 566 Main Street.

Central Office will be open for new registrations on Tuesday, Wednesday, and Thursday from 9:00-12:00. Please have only one family member come in unless they require another person for translation purposes. Please wear a mask when you enter the building. 

Spring 2020 MCAS Testing Schedule

posted Feb 12, 2020, 12:36 PM by Hillary Stasonis

This year's MCAS testing take place on April 13th and 15th; and again on May 11, 13, 18, and 19th. Please see chart below for details on each grade and session. 

English Language Arts - April

Grade Day Date Test
3rd, 4th, 5th Monday April 13 ELA Session 1
3rd, 4th, 5th Wednesday April 15 ELA Session 2
Math & STE - May

Grade Day Date Test
3rd, 4th, 5th Monday May 11 Math Session 1
3rd, 4th, 5th Wednesday May 13 Math Session 2
5th Monday May 18 STE Session 1
5th Tuesday May 19 STE Session 2

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.

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