Principal's Post - Week of February 24th

posted Feb 14, 2020, 3:55 AM by Jorge Goncalves   [ updated Feb 26, 2020, 5:27 AM ]
NAMS Principal Coffee Chat (2/25 Evening)

This past Tuesday, February 11th, we held a NAMS Principal Coffee Chat. Recognizing that some parents/guardians weren't 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 the next Principal Coffee Chat on 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.

Refreshments will be provided by NAMS PTAC.

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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 24th - Respect Your Environment.

Student Challenge: Who can keep their wing (Carrier-8, Freeman-7, & Symmes-6) and cafeteria cleanest the week of February 24th?


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

Future NAMS PTAC Meetings

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

  • March 10, 2020

  • April 14, 2020

  • May 12, 2020

  • June 9, 2020

Register now for the 7th Annual Matthew Harty Mito Classic - Street Hockey Fundraiser 
The 7th Annual Matthew Harty Mito Classic will be held at the North Andover Youth Center Thursday, April 16, 2019 beginning at 3:00 p.m.
Play street hockey to help raise funds to help those with mitochondrial disease go to camp. You can sign up a team and learn more about this fundraiser here.

Support Our Seniors (SOS) Needs You Help!

SOS is a fun-filled, substance-free, overnight party held each year at North Andover High School on the night of Graduation. It marks the conclusion of an activity-filled Senior Week, making the SOS party a very special event! Each year, members of the Senior Class celebrate together while enjoying a wide range of activities, food, music, and entertainment. 

The SOS party is planned and run by a dedicated group of board members and dozens of volunteers.

There are many ways that parents of students of ALL ages can help. Many volunteers are needed before, during, and after the event to insure it runs smoothly. You can help keep this wonderful tradition going!

How can you learn more and sign up to help?

SOS Website:


Twitter: @SOSNAHS


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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Opportunity for Music Families -

NAMA Offers Music Stipends for Tuition and Fee Assistance

The North Andover Music Association can help with the cost of tuition or application fees for NAPS music students attending music honors programs, music training programs, and summer music or music theatre camps or programs.

If you are interested in applying for a stipend please fill out the NAMA Stipend Application found here and ask your music teacher to sign and submit it to the NAMA stipend committee. 

Only one stipend with a maximum amount of $100 per calendar year for each student.  We are currently accepting stipend applications for the July 2019 - June 2020 AND the July 2020 - June 2021 years.  

If you attended a music or musical theatre summer program and had fees associated with it this past year, please submit an application for funds!  If you have registered for any 2020 summer programs already, please submit an application as well!

More information about NAMA and how you can volunteer as a music parent can be found at  

A link to the application is also posted in General Forms under the Documents and Forms tab on the NAMA website

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 (Parent/Guardian Volunteers will be Needed!)

(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)

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

RAISE Theme for March is ACHIEVEMENT

Monday, March 2, 2020

Tuesday, March 3, 2020

• Trimester 2 Chorus Concert from 7-8 p.m.

Wednesday, March 4, 2020

• Grade 8 Presentation in Auditorium from 11:15-12:35 p.m. (Will's World - Shakespeare Performance)

Thursday, March 5, 2020

Friday, March 6, 2020

• Peer Leader Field Trip to Youth Congress Summit for all Peer Leaders

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 14, 2020, 3:55 AM