Principal's Post - Week of February 11th

posted Feb 7, 2019, 3:49 PM by Jorge Goncalves
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

Great Attendance at Grade 8 to 9 Transition Night
On behalf of NAHS and Principal Jackson, thank you for coming out to the Grade 8 to 9 Transition Night on Monday, February 4th! There were many NAMS Grade 8 families at this important transition night event as our students begin to prepare for next year.

NAMS Book Fair is Coming & Volunteers are Needed!

Many volunteers are needed to make this a successful event.  Please CLICK HERE to sign-up to help with the fair. Families will also have the ability to order online beginning on February 2, 2019 through the online Book Fair here.  

Please contact Timra Carlson at if you would like further information about the book fair.

The NAMS Book Fair is scheduled for today, Friday, February 8, 2019 through Thursday, February 14, 2019.  Students will be visiting the Book Fair during their English classes on one of the Book Fair Days. The Book Fair will also be open during our NAMS Family Night scheduled for the evening of Wednesday, February 13, 2019.  Families will also have the ability to order online beginning on February 2, 2019 through the online Book Fair here.

Thank you for volunteering!

PTAC Board

NAMS Family Night is scheduled for Wednesday, February 13th from 5:30-7:00 p.m.
All of our NAMS families are invited to join us for NAMS Family Night on February 13th.  Our Related Arts teachers have been working hard to plan this annual event.  There will be refreshments available by our PTAC such as 

All activities are ongoing from 5:30-7:00 p.m. unless otherwise indicated below.

  • 4 Square Volleyball - Gym
  • Digital Safety Quiz - 8th grade cafe 
  • HeARTS and Crafts (make a valentine for your family) - 8th grade cafe
  • Make and shake heart maracas - 8th grade cafe
  • Jazz Band - 7th grade cafe @ 6:30 p.m.
  • A Little Knight Music Chorus performance - 8th grade cafe@ 6:00 p.m.
  • Book Fair - Library from 5:00-7:30 p.m.
  • PTAC Pizza & Chips & RAISE Magnets for sale - 7th grade cafe
  • Heart Health (NAMS Wellness/Nutrition) - 8th grade cafe
  • Mardi Gras bead necklaces - 8th grade cafe
Boxtops for Education
Check out our new NAMS Boxtops collection box! Made by our very own Melissa Barron. Please cut out those boxtops and drop them off in our new boxtops mailbox outside of the main office. This is an easy way to raise money for our school.
Upcoming Grade 6 Assembly - Jesse Green comes to NAMS
Motivational speaker and chainsaw sculptor, Jesse Green, is scheduled to speak with grade 6 students on Friday, February 15, 2019.  Jesse will be sharing how he got started on such a wild and unusual career path, the challenges he faced along the way, what he learned from it all, plus so much more.  Students should find him both engaging and inspirational.  At the end of his presentation, he will be revealing the sculpture that he has been creating for NAMS.  You can learn more about Jesse Green on his website at the following address:
Thank you North Andover Schools Enrichment Council for funding this presentation and a special thanks to Sarah Tomkins & Derek Walsh for bringing this idea to us and then working through all of the logistics involved.
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NAMS Merrimack College Hockey Night

Come join us for a fun night as we watch the Men’s Merrimack College Hockey Team take on the University of Maine!

Saturday, February 16, 2019 at 7:00 p.m. at Lawlor Rink at Merrimack College

Tickets are $15 per person and include admission and a puck for Merrimack’s Chuck-A-Puck!

Additional prizes will be given away at the game so make sure to get your tickets!

TICKETS ARE LIMITED - These discounted tickets will not be available at the door.

If interested, send a check into school with number of tickets you prefer.  Questions email PTAC:

Direction Donations
We are still looking for direct donations to meet our goal.  There are many ways to donate:  send a check to school, Paypal, or now use the convenience of  Venmo  @NorthAndoverMiddleSchPTAC

Save the Dates:

Friday, February 8th through Thursday, February 14th - Book Fair

Wednesday, February 13th - Family Night (Book Fair will be open!)

Saturday, February 16th- Merrimack Hockey Game, see below for more information

Free Money Programs for PTAC
Were you aware of the many ways that you can raise money for our school? Please visit the PTAC website here for more information or read more below.
Thank you again for all of your support!

Mark your calendars - 4th Annual Hot Chocolate House with A Little Knight Music
A Little Knight Music (ALKM) is planning to have their 4th annual Hot Chocolate House on Friday, March 22, 2019 at 5:30 p.m. in the 8th grade side of the cafe. Hot chocolate & snacks will be sold as you enjoy hearing our chorus students perform together as an ensemble as well as in solos & duets. It's a less formal setting than a concert and should conclude by 7:30 p.m.

Quit Vaping/JUULing Text Support for Teens

The Truth Initiative just launched a first-of-its-kind free e-cigarette quit program now available to young vapers looking for helpThe program is tailored by age group to give appropriate recommendations about quitting and also serves as a resource for parents looking to help their children who now vape. It is being launched and integrated into the already successful This is Quitting (app) and BecomeAnEX® digital cessation programs from Truth Initiative.

Teens, adults, and parents of teens seeking help around quitting e-cigarettes/JUULing can text “QUIT” to (202) 804-9884.

Thankfully we are seeing more attention nationally regarding the vaping epidemic including the news from the Today Show and CBS. Commissioner Bharel has a recent informative article how to talk to your kids about vaping in the online NPR blog Cognoscenti.


1st Annual North Andover Junior Merchant's Expo


The North Andover Merchant's Association, along with the Joseph N. Hermann Youth Center, are proud to host the 1st Annual North Andover Junior Merchant's Expo.  This event will provide an opportunity for kids to sell their handmade crafts and artwork or promote their business services.  The event is open to, but not limited to, musicians, lawn care service, computer experts, photography services, and bakers. You will be able to sell your products and promote your business by handing out business cards and showing photos or videos of the service you provide.

We hope this community event supports children as creators and entrepreneurs and encourages them to work with their hands, learn project management skills, put mathematics to use, and explore their creative self-expression.

Event Timing:  April 6, 2019 9 a.m. - 12 p.m.

Event Location: Joseph Herman Youth Center


Sponsored by the North Andover Merchant's Association

Rules and Requirements:

Open to children in grades 4-12 who live in North Andover

Artwork must be made by the artist

Participants must provide their own table and chairs

All children under 15 must be accompanied by an adult

Online application link:

Or request a printable application at

Looking Ahead
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Monday, February 11, 2019

        NAMS Book Fair in Library

Tuesday, February 12, 2019

        NAMS Book Fair in Library

Wednesday, February 13, 2019

        NAMS Book Fair in Library

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

        NAMS Family Night from 5:30-7:00 p.m. (Please see schedule above.)

Thursday, February 14, 2019

        NAMS Book Fair in Library

        Happy Valentine's Day

        North Andover School Committee Meeting @ 7:00 p.m. (NAMS will be presenting an update on our Peer Leader Program.)

Friday, February 15, 2019

Monday, February 18th through Friday, February 22nd - February Vacation (No School)

Monday, February 25, 2019 - Students and Staff Return to School


NAMS 2018-2019 Yearbooks

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

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NAMS MCAS Dates 2019

The following are the dates that we will be administering MCAS exams to our students. I wanted to give you plenty of notice to insure that our students will be in school on the dates of the scheduled MCAS exams.

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