Dear North Andover Community,
I would like to take this opportunity to thank you for your continued support of the North Andover Schools, our students, and our staff. The past few years have been challenging for all of us, to say the least. I feel that as a community we were able to meet these challenges and not let them get the best of us. We should all be very proud of what we have accomplished.
As we open the doors for the 2022-2023 school year, I am encouraged that we will keep that momentum going. The Administrative team and I have worked very hard over the summer in preparation for the new school year. We have reviewed and improved several areas of our curriculum delivery, increased our SEL support, and are starting the process for the NAMS and Kittredge School building projects.
I look forward to a very successful year for all of us, as I’m sure you do as well.
I hope you will take a minute to check out some of the helpful information below.
Dr. Gregg T. Gilligan, Superintendent Of Schools
The safety of our students and staff is a top priority, and we are making every effort to provide a safe environment that allows our students to focus on learning. With the help of the Town Manager, we were able to secure the funding to do the security initiatives we had identified as part of our capital request last fall. Work is underway updating the hardware on our doors, as well as installing readers at our designated access points at each school and cameras at each school to improve our visibility coverage. The work has been progressing during the summer, and while we have seen some delays in delivery for cameras and the card/fob readers, we expect these to be resolved shortly. We will probably not have the work completed by the first day of school, but it should not be long after that. We have also been working with the police department as they complete active shooter drills. Such a drill was conducted in the ABECC this week, meaning the police have now completed these drills in all of our schools. This provides them with an important familiarity with the layouts of our buildings. Lastly, during our staff meetings, before the start of school, we will be stressing to our staff the importance of their vigilance in ensuring all doors are closed and locked and that we are always mindful of security. This is in addition to the many drills we conduct with our students and staff during the year.
A reminder that the entries for the Superintendent Summer Reading Challenge are due on September 9.
Bus Transportation: Bus routes will be available on August 25, 2022.
NAPS Food Services Website: Please visit this website for information on how to sign up and order student meals. The USDA has approved free meals for ALL students through the 2022-2023 school year.
All returning students in grades K-12 have been assigned a chromebook and charger for which they are responsible. Students who have not been assigned a chromebook will have one in their homeroom during the first week of school. Students are expected to maintain the device and make sure it is fully charged before bringing it to school each day.
Our district technology team has been and will continue to work to address staff and family technology needs.
Students having technology issues should access NAPS tech support based on the following:
If students are able to log into their NAPS Google account but are experiencing difficulties, they should contact their teacher for support first.
If students are still having trouble, they should submit a help ticket directly from their Google account.
If students are unable to log in to their NAPS Google Account, they or their parents can email tech support at firstname.lastname@example.org
The Town’s Facilities Master Plan Phase II includes five important school projects – the renovations and possible additions to Atkinson Elementary, Franklin Elementary, Kittredge Elementary, and North Andover Middle School as well as the addition of a gym and support spaces to the Anne Bradstreet Early Childhood Center. We are excited that the project of building a new Kittredge Elementary school has been accepted into the Massachusetts School Building Authority (MSBA) program. This will provide state funding for 50% +/- of the cost of this project. The funding for the design for both the Kittredge project and the Middle School addition/renovation was approved at the May 2022 Town Meeting. We will be looking for approval of construction funds for the Middle School project next May (2023) and approval of construction funds for Kittredge the following May (2024). We will follow the same pattern with the other three projects. We will look for approval for funds for the design of the project at Town Meeting and approval of funds for construction the following year.
Please be sure to check the NAPS website often for updated information concerning not only your child’s school but district information as well.