Principal's Post - Week of February 25th

posted Feb 15, 2019, 7:25 AM by Jorge Goncalves   [ updated Feb 20, 2019, 7:23 AM ]
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

I hope that you all enjoy your February vacation and see you again on Monday, February 25, 2019!

PTAC Restaurant Night Fundraiser
Leave the cooking to The Howling Wolf on Tuesday, February 26th from 4:30-9:00 p.m. and support the NAMS PTAC. 
20% of proceeds will go to the PTAC.  This fundraiser is good for dine in, carry out, or delivery.  
Please bring along the attached flyer.  
The Howling Wolf is located on Rt 114 in the Starbuck's plaza.  

"The Machine" Jesse Green
Our grade 6 students attended a wonderful presentation with "The Machine" Jesse Green this morning. Jesse is a motivational speaker and chainsaw sculptor. Jesse shared how he got started on such a wild and unusual career path, the challenges he faced along the way, and what he learned from it all.  Students found him both engaging and inspirational.  At the end of the assembly, Jesse unveiled NAMS new sculpture, please see below, and students had an opportunity to ask him questions.  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.

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.


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.

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

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.

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:

Saturday, February 16th- Merrimack Hockey Game

Tuesday, February 26th from 4:30-8:00 is NAMS night at The Howling Wolf Mexican Restaurant on Rt 114 in North Andover.

Thursday, March 7th @ 9:00 a.m. - Next PTAC Meeting in the NAMS Cafeteria

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.

Looking Ahead

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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
Jorge Goncalves,
Feb 20, 2019, 7:23 AM