Principal's Post - Week of December 9th

posted Dec 6, 2019, 4:17 AM by Jorge Goncalves   [ updated Dec 6, 2019, 6:56 AM ]

NAMS Musical - Friday & Saturday Shows left!

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.

NAMS Musical Tickets
Tickets for the NAMS Drama production of High School Musical will go on sale during lunches on Monday, December 2nd. 
Tickets are $5 for students, $8 for adults. Members of the cast will selling tickets in the cafeteria during lunches December 2-6, 2019.
Students can pay by cash (exact change is appreciated!) or by checks payable to NAMS Drama. 

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Our annual NAMS Student Leadership Food Drive for Bread & Roses is scheduled to begin on Monday, December 2, 2019 through Wednesday, December 11, 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. 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*
  • Gravy*
  • 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
  • Applesauce
  • 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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NAMS, Thompson, and Kittredge are all highlighted in a recent online article about their composting initiatives. 

Read more about how this initiative has already cut food waste and lessened the town’s trash hauls here or at the following website:

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Order Your 2019-2020 NAMS Yearbook by clicking on the picture below:
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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

Beyond the Classroom Days - The following is being shared with NAMS Families.

North Andover Public Schools believes learning can take place beyond the walls of a classroom! We’re excited to share with your our website which describes various learning opportunities. Last year we created the “BEYOND THE CLASSROOM” school cancellation day initiative, however we did not have enough snow days to use this alternative learning experience. During the 2019-2020 school year, these alternative school days will go into effect after the 3rd school cancellation day. Our teachers and staff have been working on a wide range of assignments for students to complete on these Beyond the Classroom Days. The following provides some general information. Please visit the Beyond the Classroom website for additional information here or at the following address:

Beyond the Classroom General Information

  • After the 12/2/19 and 12/3/19 school cancellation days, our last day of school is currently scheduled for Thursday, June 18, 2020.

  • If school is cancelled 1 additional time, we will make up each of those days with the last possible day of school being Friday, June 19, 2020.

  • If school needs to be cancelled more than a total of 3 times, students will be assigned independent learning experiences to complete instead of making up cancelled days. These Alternative School Days have been named Beyond the Classroom Days. 

  • The website provides specific information about all Beyond the Classroom expectations.

  • You can view the FAQ’s for answers to questions you might have.
    Click on your child(ren)’s school for specific assignments. Due to copyright restrictions, students will need to log in using their NAPS login. Directions on how to access this via PowerSchool are also on the website.

  • Teachers will be reviewing assignments and expectations with students in advance of the 3rd school cancellation day and sending home hard copies as needed.

Assignments will…

  • Provide students with choice in what assignments they complete or how they complete them

  • Be both online and offline (traditional paper and pencil) 

  • Be consistent across grade level and content areas 

  • Be linked to a standard

  • Be accessible for all students 

  • Be collected and given feedback from teacher

INDEPENDENT school work should be completed within the following time guidelines:

  • Pre-K & K: optional

  • Gr. 1-2: ~ up to 60 minutes

  • Gr. 3-5: ~ up to 90 minutes 

  • Gr. 6-8: ~ up to 20 minutes per subject area 

  • Gr. 9-12: ~ up to 30 minutes per subject area 

Please note that the website also includes Superintendent Snow Day Challenges for school cancellation days #1, 2 and 3 as well as Supplemental Learning ideas.

Upcoming Events (from the NAMS Calendar)

Friday, December 6, 2019

 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

Tuesday, December 10, 2019

 Last Day of Trimester 1

 NAMS PTAC Meeting @ 9:00 a.m.

Wednesday, December 11, 2019

 First Day of Trimester 2

Thursday, December 12, 2019

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

 Trimester 1 Grades & Comments will be available after school in PowerSchool

Monday, December 16, 2019

Tuesday, December 17, 2019

 Grade 8 Theatre Espresso Program in Auditorium

Wednesday, December 18, 2019

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

Thursday, December 19, 2019

Friday, December 20, 2019

Holiday Break

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Thursday, January 2, 2020

 Students & Staff Return