Principal's Post - Week of February 10th

posted Feb 6, 2020, 3:35 PM by Jorge Goncalves   [ updated Feb 24, 2020, 8:48 AM ]

NAMS Book Fair is Back!

The book fair is back!  Please join us February 10-14, 2020 in the Library for our week-long Book Fair before we kick off February vacation.  The fair will be open every day before, during, and after school as well as during Family Night on Wednesday, February 12, 2020.  If you would like to volunteer to help the children find and purchase books, please follow the sign up link 2020-Feb_Scholastic Book Fair and fill in as many times that you can work.  If you have any questions, please contact Timra Carlson at

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NAMS Principal Coffee Chat (2/11 Morning or 2/25 Evening)

Recognizing that some parents/guardians won't be able to attend a morning Coffee Chat, we have scheduled an evening Coffee Chat as well. Thank you to those parents/guardians who contacted me to request an evening chat.

Please join us for one of 2 Principal Coffee Chats on Tuesday, February 11, 2020 at 8:30 a.m. (NAMS Cafeteria) or Tuesday, February 25th @ 7:00 p.m. (NAMS Library).

We will be reviewing the entry plan data collected last year and sharing updates regarding what has been accomplished and what work is in progress.

Coffee and refreshments will be provided by NAMS PTAC.

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Future NAMS PTAC Meetings

All Tuesdays from 9:00-10:00 a.m. in the Grade 8 Cafeteria

  • February 11, 2020 - This meeting will be a Principal's Coffee instead of a formal PTAC meeting. Mr. Goncalves will review entry plan data from last year and provide NAMS Families with updates on what has been accomplished and what is in progress.

  • March 10, 2020

  • April 14, 2020

  • May 12, 2020

  • June 9, 2020

History Camp During February Vacation
NAMS Community Programs is proud to present a History Camp trip over February vacation on Wednesday, February 19th from 8:30 a.m. until 4:00 p.m. to Harvard University. We will be leaving NAMS and heading over to Harvard Square for a 90 minute guided walking tour of Harvard University, shopping, and lunch in the Square. The day will end with a tour of Harvard Law School from current law students. All information can be found here or at the following address: 
Please contact Mr. McGravey if you have any questions at

You are invited to participated in Power of Self-Education's 4th Annual Black History Month Celebration on February 29th

Power of Self-Education (POSE) Inc. is excited to announce its 4th Annual Black History Month Celebration, to be held in partnership with the Haverhill Public Library located at 99 Main St. Haverhill, MA 01830 from 1-4 p.m. This celebration looks to the past and present accomplishments of Blacks in American history, as POSE aims to bring all people together to rejoice in celebration. On February 29th you are invited to come witness and enjoy an afternoon of food, music and culture, featuring spoken word, poetry, dance, literature and narratives that showcase the black experience. This interracial/multiracial event denotes resilience, love, sacrifice, commitment, and the spirit of the human heart. At this time POSE is seeking folks of ALL ages, races and gender identities who might want to participate in our open program. If you are interested in participating please contact or call Kat at 978-457-3676. If you know someone who might be interested please feel free to forward this information along to them. Thank you for your time.

Katrina Hobbs Everett


Power of Self Education (POSE) Inc.

RAISE Theme for February is RESPECT

North Andover students will demonstrate respect. They will think about others before speaking or taking any action. They will appreciate the contributions of others, while showing respect for themselves, other people, personal and/or community property and the environment.

Week of February 10th - Respect Others

Week of February 24th - Respect Your Environment


YMCA Family Events Calendar for February

The calendar below also includes a family flick and float and a family dance, all at the Y. Our local YMCA would love the opportunity to engage and interact with as many families within our communities, providing them with a fun and safe environment for quality family time. Access to these events is free for members and a small fee for non-members. If you have any questions please don’t hesitate to reach out to Lindsey Lerit at her contact information below.

Lindsey Lerit, Membership Director 

165 Haverhill Street
Andover, MA 01810
(P)978 685 3541 ext. 407 (D)978 651 3469  (F)978 685 0126

Yellowstone Summer Trip Open to 7th & 8th Grade Students:




June 20, 2020 through July 1, 2020

This summer field course will take place on the campus of the Teton Mountain School in Jackson, Wyoming.   Jackson is just outside Teton National Park and an hour south of Yellowstone National Park, both of which are areas renowned for their biological and geological wonders.  Teton Mountain School is a field school that specializes in teaching science programs about the Teton/Yellowstone ecosystems to k-12 students. There are two spots left.  If you are interested, please swing by Mr Richard's room (C204) to get more information.

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Transition Information for Current Grade 8 Families

January 27 & 28, 2020 

NAHS guidance counselors visit NAMS to discuss electives & HS schedules

Monday, February 3, 2020 

6:00-6:30 p.m. Meeting for Grade 8 Families with students on an IEP in the NAHS Auditorium

6:30-8:00 p.m. Transition Night in NAHS Auditorium for all Grade 8 Students and Families (Please see information below from Principal Jackson regarding Transition Night.)

Friday, February 7, 2020

Grade 8 Students should return to Homeroom Teacher Green Sheets with Course Elective choices for NAHS. Attached you will find the form.

Friday, March 13, 2020

Grade 8 Students and Families may see NAHS course recommendations in PowerSchool beginning at 2:30 p.m.

Friday, March 27, 2020

Last Day of Trimester 2 @ NAMS

Deadline @ 2:30 p.m. for 8th graders to submit Course Override Forms to their homeroom teacher.

Grade 8 2020 End-of-Year Dates

Thursday, May 21st

Grade 8 Panoramic Picture @ 8:00 a.m.

Tuesday, June 9th

Move-Up Day (Grade 5 Students Visit NAMS and Grade 8 Students Visit NAHS)

Friday, June 12th

Promotion Practice #1 & Yearbook Signing

Monday, June 15th

Boat Cruise

Tuesday, June 16th

Promotion Practice #2 & Name That Tune Challenge

(Field Day - Rain Date)

Wednesday, June 17th

Field Day

(Promotion Practice #2 & Name That Tune Challenge if Field Day is moved.)

Thursday, June 18th

Promotion Ceremonies

Team 8A from 8:00-9:00 a.m.

Team 8B from 9:15-10:15 a.m.

Team 8C from 10:30-11:30 a.m.

Class Night

All Teams from 6:30-8:30 p.m.

Friday, June 19th

Last Day of School - Early Release @ 11:05 a.m.

July, 2020

Fall Sports Registration will open.

Practice times and locations for fall sports will be posted. (Please see below for more information.) 

Friday, August 21, 2020

NAHS Football Season begins

Monday, August 24, 2020

NAHS Fall Sports begin

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Upcoming Events (from the NAMS Calendar)

NAMS Book Fair in Library from February 10-14, 2020

Week of February 10th - Respect Others

Monday, February 10, 2020

NAMS Book Fair in Library

• NAMS School Council Meeting @ 2:35 p.m.

Tuesday, February 11, 2020

NAMS Book Fair in Library

• NAMS Principal Coffee Chat with NAMS Families in Grade 8 Cafe from 8:30-10:00 a.m.

MathCounts Competition at NAHS from 3:30-7:30 p.m.

Wednesday, February 12, 2020

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

NAMS Book Fair in Library during the day and in the evening from 5:30-7:00 p.m.

• NAMS Family Fun Night from 5:30-7:00 p.m.

Thursday, February 13, 2020

NAMS Book Fair in Library

Friday, February 14, 2020

• Valentine's Day 💘

• Students can wear pajamas at school.

NAMS Book Fair in Library

• Staff vs. Student Basketball Game during all RAs

February Break - No School Week of February 17, 2020

Week of February 24th - Respect Your Environment

Monday, February 24, 2020

Students & Staff Return

Tuesday, February 25, 2020

Wednesday, February 26, 2020

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

Thursday, February 27, 2020

Friday, February 28, 2020

NAMS MCAS Dates - Spring 2020

Grade 8 ELA - Session 1 (Tuesday, April 7, 2020)    

Grade 8 ELA - Session 2 (Thursday, April 9, 2020) 

Grade 7 ELA - Session 1 (Tuesday, April 14, 2020)

Grade 7 ELA - Session 2 (Wednesday, April 15, 2020)

Grade 6 ELA - Session 1 (Thursday, April 16, 2020)

Grade 6 ELA - Session 2 (Friday, April 17, 2020)

Grade 7 Math - Session 1 (Thursday, May 7, 2020)

Grade 7 Math - Session 2 (Friday, May 8, 2020)   

Grade 8 Math - Session 1 (Monday, May 11, 2020)

Grade 8 Math - Session 2 (Tuesday, May 12, 2020)

Grade 6 Math - Session 1 (Thursday, May 14, 2020)

Grade 6 Math - Session 2 (Friday, May 15, 2020)

Grade 8 STE - Session 1 (Monday, May 18, 2020)

Grade 8 STE - Session 2 (Tuesday, May 19, 2020)

Jorge Goncalves,
Feb 6, 2020, 3:35 PM