Principal's Post - Week of April 22nd

posted Apr 11, 2019, 5:38 PM by Jorge Goncalves   [ updated Apr 25, 2019, 7:16 AM ]

Dear NAMS families,

I hope that this message finds you and your families well.  Below you will find important highlights and information about happenings at NAMS.

Please be sure to also check us out on Twitter @NAMiddle

Attention Grade 8 Students & Families

Detailed information regarding Grade 8 End-of-Year Events and trips are ready for your review here.  Please be sure to review the information and complete and return the field trip permission form along with payment. Forms and payment were due by Thursday, April 11, 2019 to your child’s homeroom teacher.

Students Not Attending North Andover in the Fall 2019

If a student will not be attending North Andover Public Schools in September of 2019, parents/guardians will need to notify Mrs. Barron as soon as possible by either email or coming into the main office of NAMS.  At the end of the school year your student’s records will be forwarded to their new school. Please contact Mrs. Barron with any questions at

NAMS Homework Survey
NAMS staff have formed a committee to research and make recommendations regarding homework practices. In addition to researching best practice, we also wish to gather feedback from teachers, parents/guardians, and students (Grades 6-8) via surveys.  Several articles have been posted on our school’s website to inform stakeholders about this topic. Prior to the completion of a survey, we encourage you to read the information found here. Students, staff, and parents/guardians will be emailed the link to the survey on Monday, April 22, 2019.

NEW Recycling Routines at NAMS Lunches

On Monday, April 22, 2019 a new lunchtime recycling routine will be implemented at NAMS that will include the ability to also collect food waste and turn it into soil. To learn more, please check out one of more of the following informational videos and forms:

     Short Recycling Slideshow

Recycling Info. commercial - Made by 6th Grade Student Leaders

Lunch TIme Reference Sheet

Our sciences teachers are educating our students about these changes.  We wanted to be sure you were aware as well. Thank you for your support! Together we can make a difference!

🎥NAMS - A World of Difference Family Movie Night🍿

Please come join us for a free special screening of Hidden Figures. This exhilarating true story takes you along the journey of 3 brilliant African-American women working for NASA. This dynamic trio serve as the brains behind the launch into orbit of astronaut, John Glenn. This inspirational movie crosses all gender and racial lines.

When: Thursday, April 25th

Where: NAMS Auditorium

Time:  Doors will open at 5:30 p.m.

Screening from 6-8:30, with a short intermission in which snacks will sold and enjoyed in the main lobby of the school.

NAMS MCAS Dates 2019

The following are the dates that we will be administering MCAS exams to our students.

✔ Grade 8 ELA (Session 1) - April 8th

✔ Grade 8 ELA (Session 2) - April 9th

Grade 7 ELA (Session 1) - April 23rd

Grade 7 ELA (Session 2) - April 25th

Grade 6 ELA (Session 1) - April 29th

Grade 6 ELA (Session 2) - April 30th

Grade 7 Math (Session 1) - May 6th

Grade 7 Math (Session 2) - May 7th

Grade 8 Math (Session 1) - May 13th

Grade 8 Math (Session 2) - May 14th

Grade 6 Math (Session 1) - May 15th

Grade 6 Math (Session 2) - May 16th

Grade 8 STE (Session 1) - May 20th

Grade 8 STE (Session 2) - May 21st

MCAS Student & Families Reminders

We ask for your help in ensuring that they are ready to do their best for themselves, our school, and our community.

  • Please be sure that your child gets sufficient sleep the night before the exam, see dates above.

  • Please be sure that your child eats a healthy breakfast the day of the exam, see dates above.

  • Please be sure that your child have a book to read in case he/she/they finish the MCAS exam early.

  • Please let your child know that this is just one assessment and they are just asked to do their best.

There are also strict rules regarding what is allowed in the testing environment so we would appreciate your support in making sure that your child complies with the following:

  • No cell phones or other electronic devices (e.g., music players, game consoles, smart watches, any device capable of taking photographs) are allowed.

  • Communicating with other students (e.g., talking, whispering, writing notes) during the testing session is not allowed.

  • Looking at any other student’s computer during the testing session is not allowed.

  • Consulting notes, books, or extra reference sheets or materials during testing

Students are encouraged to have the following:

  • Bottle of water (water only please).  The bottle of water can be on the floor available to students during MCAS.

  • Book to read if they finish before the end of the testing session.  Books will need to be placed in an identified area of the room. Students will have access to their books once they have completed the MCAS exam.

Please encourage students to speak with a staff member with any questions.  

Thank you for your support!

NAMS 2018-2019 Yearbooks

You can order your NAMS 2018-2019 yearbook online now for $35 here.

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Looking Ahead

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Have a wonderful April Break!

Monday, April 22, 2019

Tuesday, April 23, 2019

Grade 7 MCAS ELA - Session 1

Wednesday, April 24, 2019

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

Thursday, April 25, 2019

Grade 7 MCAS ELA - Session 2

Peer Leaders Movie Night (Doors open at 5:30 p.m.) - Showing of Hidden Figures

Friday, April 26, 2019

Monday, April 29, 2019

Grade 7 MCAS ELA - Session 1

Tuesday, April 30, 2019

Grade 7 MCAS ELA - Session 2

Wednesday, May 1, 2019

Peer Leaders Visit Grade 6 Classrooms during Period 1 (Round 2)

Thursday, May 2, 2019

Opening Night for NAMS Spring Play

Friday, May 3, 2019 - Switch Grades 7 & 8 Schedules

Grade 8 Civics Day

NAMS Spring Play