Principal's Post - Week of November 25th

posted Nov 22, 2019, 3:40 AM by Jorge Goncalves   [ updated Nov 26, 2019, 8:59 AM ]

Supporting our Soldiers - LAST CALL!

In conjunction with the North Andover Reads program and the focus on service, the S.O.S. Club (Support our Soldiers) at NAHS would like to collect items for care packages. They intend on sending care packages to deployed service members, including NAHS alumni from Tuesday, November 12th through Wednesday, November 27th. Please see the flyer for more information regarding what items we are hoping to collect. Collection bins are in the main lobby of NAMS.

Author Visit - Rob Buyea & Book Order Form

Due: Monday, November 25, 2019

The North Andover Schools Enrichment Council (NASEC) is pleased to announce that Rob Buyea (North Andover resident and parent) will be visiting the 6th graders in December. 

Rob Buyea is an American children's fiction author best known for his Mr. Terupt series of novels. In 2011 Buyea won an E.B. White Read Aloud Award for Because of Mr. Terupt. Buyea is now a full time author, residing with his wife, three daughters, and two dogs in North Andover Massachusetts.

You can learn more about Rob at his website:

In conjunction with this author's visit, we are offering an opportunity to purchase his books with a 40% discount. If you would like to take advantage of this opportunity, please fill out and return the order form with your payment of cash or check (made out to NASEC) to the main office at NAMS by November 25, 2019.

Checks should be made out to NASEC (40% discount is already reflected on the order form).

Books will arrive in the middle of December and will need to be picked up from NAMS or can go home with students in their backpack.

Any questions, please contact Karen Melota or Aya Goldman at or

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Rotary Club Fundraiser
December 7th at 7 p.m. at the North Andover High School, Warren Miller Entertainment confirms that the joys of winter are eternal with its 70th full-length feature film, “Timeless,” presented by Volkswagen. The North Andover Rotary is sponsoring this epic ski film and by buying a $15 ticket to the show, you will receive a mid-week ski ticket to Sugarbush and an early/end of the season ticket to Killington! Click on the link below to learn more and buy your tickets:  


North Andover Middle School Parent Teacher Advisory Council

Parent involvement is an essential part of NAMS.  The PTAC (North Andover Middle School Parent Teacher Advisory Council) is a great way to find opportunities that might interest you. NAMS PTAC relies mainly on direct donations from the NAMS Community to raise the funds necessary to support these programs at the middle school. Our fundraising goal this year is $20,000. Please consider making a tax-deductible donation to support the NAMS PTAC. 

All donations are greatly appreciated and we thank you for your support.

Please check out the Direct Donation Flyer here for more information and how to donate.

Future NAMS PTAC Meetings (All Tuesdays from 9:00-10:00 a.m. in the Grade 8 Cafeteria)

 December 10, 2019

 January 14, 2020

 February 11, 2020

 March 10, 2020

 April 14, 2020

 May 12, 2020

 June 9, 2020

NAMS Musical Coming Soon!

High School Musical is scheduled for the following dates and times:

 Thursday, December 5, 2019 @ 7:00 p.m.

 Friday, December 6, 2019 @ 7:00 p.m.

• Saturday, December 7, 2019 @ 2:00 p.m.

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Our annual NAMS Student Leadership Food Drive for Bread & Roses is scheduled to begin on Monday, December 2, 2019 through Friday, December 6, 2019. There will be collection boxes placed in all NAMS homerooms. Last year, NAMS donated 4,441 lbs. of food and we are hoping to make an even bigger impact this year. We will need your help to reach our goal of 5,000 lbs. of food.

Bread & Roses is a soup kitchen in Lawrence, MA that has long been a center of hope and caring to the thousands of people in the Merrimack Valley who are struggling for survival. Their primary purpose is to ease the hunger of people in our community by providing a well-balanced, nutritious evening meal.  Last year, Bread & Roses was able to feed over 76,000 people. 

Below you will find a list of food items that have been requested Bread & Roses.  

Canned vegetables*

Cranberry sauce*

Canned tuna, salmon, chicken*

Canned soup or beef stew*


Saltine crackers*

Instant Oatmeal [packets]*

Chicken and beef broth* 

Spices - (garlic powder, adobo, sazon, oregano, basil, salt)*

Canned fruit

Juice boxes

Shelf-stable fruit cups


Tomato/spaghetti sauce

Vegetable cooking spray

 Pasta and rice products

Mac & cheese mix 

Cereal - low sugar/high fiber 

Shelf-stable milk

Dry milk 

Canned beans/peas

Peanut butter 

Ranch salad dressing

Splenda/Sweet N Low

Paper products: napkins, paper lunch bags

Ziploc bags - all sizes (Quart and Gallon)

Gift cards for Market Basket or Stop & Shop

*Most Needed Items

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History Camps through Community Programs

There will be two upcoming History Camps for NAMS students in December:

1. History Camp to Salem, MA on Friday, December 27th

2. History Camp to Boston on Monday, December 30th

For more information, please visit the following website:

Please contact Mr. McGravey with any questions at

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Upcoming Events (from the NAMS Calendar)

Monday, November 25th

Tuesday, November 26th

Wednesday, November 27th

Thanksgiving Break

Thursday, November 28th - No School

Friday, November 29th - No School

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Monday, December 2, 2019

Tuesday, December 3, 2019

 Trimester 1 Chorus Concert from 7:00-8:00 p.m.

Wednesday, December 4, 2019

 Early Release for Students @ 1:05 p.m.

Thursday, December 5, 2019

 NAMS Musical from 7:00-9:00 p.m.

Friday, December 6, 2019

 Last Day of Trimester 1

 NAMS Musical from 7:00-9:00 p.m.

Saturday, December 7, 2019

 NAMS Musical from 2:00-4:00 p.m.

Monday, December 9, 2019

 First Day of Trimester 2

Tuesday, December 10, 2019

 NAMS PTAC Meeting @ 9:00 a.m.

Wednesday, December 11, 2019

Thursday, December 12, 2019

 Trimester 1 Grades & Comments available for NAMS students and families in PowerSchool

Friday, December 13, 2019

 Grade 7 Trip to North Shore Music Theater

 Grade 6 Author Presentation (Rob Buyea) in Auditorium from 11:18-12:08 p.m.

 Rob Buyea Book Signing from 12:08-12:35 in auditorium and after school in library