Principal's Post - Week of April 29th

posted Apr 26, 2019, 3:54 AM by Jorge Goncalves   [ updated Apr 26, 2019, 8:12 AM ]

Dear NAMS families,

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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

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

Your Help Requested for NAMS Teacher & Staff Appreciation Week

It is that time of year when we recognize the hardworking staff at NAMS for all that they do!
As a big thank you, we will be providing breakfast each morning, and a light lunch on Friday for the teachers and staff at NAMS the week of May 6th.  
We are soliciting donations of items needed for the week and are also looking for volunteers to help with set-up and clean-up.  
Please CLICK HERE if you are are able to make a donation and/or volunteer some time.  
Please deliver all items to NAMS by 6:30 a.m. for breakfast items, and 10:00 a.m. for the Friday lunch items. Please do not send in breakfast donations with your child, as they will arrive too late. If morning delivery is a problem, we are happy to arrange an evening drop off or pick-up; just email Maria Philbin or Catherine Schmitt at to coordinate.
Thanks in advance for your help in celebrating our wonderful NAMS staff!
PTAC Board

Attention Grade 8 Families - We need your help with Grade 8 End-of-Year Activities

If you have already completed and returned the permission forms for the Grade 8 End-of-Year activities, thank you!  We still have a few missing permission forms from students that we are hoping to collect before the end of the week. Attached you will find a copy of the Grade 8 End-of-Year Events packet should you need another copy.  

To make these end-of-year events possible for our students, we need your help.

Field Day - Wednesday, June 12th (rain date Thurs 6/13) is a day full of fun and organized activities and will be held at the Youth Center this year. Even though the teachers organize the activities, this day would not be possible without lots of parent volunteers!

Class Night - Tuesday, June 18th is an evening of fun, food, and music for the students to enjoy with their 8th grade teachers. This event includes parent volunteers (set up and clean up) and food donations.

You can help by signing up here or at the following address:

If you have any questions regarding the activities please contact parent volunteers Eleanor Lucarini at , Diane Nikolopoulos at , or Maria Philbin at

NAMS Fine & Performing Arts Night
Date: May 22, 2019 
Where: Stevens Memorial Library
Time: 6:00-8:00 p.m.
Performances by ALKM, Jazz Band, 3rd trimester Acting students
Displayed  artwork from 3rd trimester 6th, 7th, & 8th grade students 
and spine poetry from NAMS students
We hope to see you there!

NAMS Homework Committee

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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. These surveys were emailed to staff, students, and parents/guardians at the beginning of the week. Several articles may be found below to inform stakeholders about this topic. Prior to the completion of a survey, we encourage students, staff, and parents/guardian to read these articles. information. Thank you in advance for helping us gather information on this important topic.

Homework Articles

Five questions to ask before assigning Homework - Miller, Ditch that Textbook

What’s the right amount of homework? - Terada, Edutopia

The Case for and against Homework - Marzano & Pickering, Ed Leadership

Rethinking Homework - Kohn

Is Homework a necessary evil? - Weir, APA

NAMS PTAC is once again partnering with Prime Time Sports to bring you great North Andover apparel.


Username: Knights

Password: Fundraiser19 

Please note the Username and Password are case sensitive.

To save on shipping costs, all orders will be delivered to NAMS and will be available for pick-up the week of June 3rd. Pickup details will be provided the week prior. There is a handling fee applied to each order.

The store is open until Wednesday, May 2nd.  All orders must be received by the 2nd.

Please let me know if you have any questions or trouble ordering - Liz McDevitt at  

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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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

Week of May 6th - Teacher and Staff Appreciation Week!

Breakfast will be provided each day in the Teachers' Room and a light lunch on Friday, May 10th will also be provided thanks to PTAC and all of our Parent/Guardian volunteers.

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Monday, May 6, 2019

Grade 7 MCAS Math - Session 1

Tuesday, May 7, 2019

Grade 7 MCAS Math - Session 2

Wednesday, May 8, 2019 - Early Release @ 1:05 p.m. for Students

PTAC Meeting @ 9:00 a.m. (This is the last PTAC meeting of the year!)

Staff Meeting from 1:20-2:20 p.m.

Thursday, May 9, 2019

Friday, May 10, 2019

Jorge Goncalves,
Apr 26, 2019, 8:12 AM