Principal's Post - Week of February 3rd

posted Jan 30, 2020, 3:29 PM by Jorge Goncalves   [ updated Feb 4, 2020, 9:10 AM ]

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 3rd - Respect Yourself

Week of February 10th - Respect Others

Week of February 24th - Respect Your Environment

Friday, February 7th students and staff are encouraged to “Look Good, Feel Good” by wearing something nice.

8th Grade Play Auditions

Attention all 8th grade students - Auditions for the 8th grade play, “Lunchroom,” will be held Wednesday, February 5th, and Thursday, February 6th starting at 2:30 p.m. in room F101.

Rehearsals will be held on Mondays and Thursdays and the performances are scheduled for May 14th, 15th, & 16th. 

If you have any questions, please see Mrs. Cyr or Mrs. Raffalli in room F101.


Postural Screenings are scheduled for this week.

The state of Massachusetts mandates that all students in grades 6 through 8 be screened for scoliosis. Those students who have PE and/or Wellness this semester will be screened either this Thursday, February 6, 2020 or Friday, February 7, 2020.  Physician referrals will be made as needed. 

Parents/guardians may waive this student screening by submitting a written request to the school nurse.

Ms. Hassanien - 

Ms. Pease -

6th Grade Youth Center Dance

There is a 6th Grade Dance at the Youth Center on Friday, February 7th from 7:00- 9:30 p.m.  Cost is $7 for members and $10 for non-members. This dance is ONLY for 6th grade North Andover residents!

The Youth Center will be closing for all members at 4:45 p.m. on Friday, February 7, to set up for the dance.


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.

Attention Grade 8 Families

Please be sure to review the Grade 8 to 9 Transition Information at the end of this blog. Important dates may be found below:

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

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.

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

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)

NAMS Principal's Coffee Chat
Please join us on Tuesday, February 11, 2020 for a Principal's Coffee Chat in the Grade 8 Cafeteria from 8:00-10:00 a.m.
We will be reviewing the entry plan data collected last year and share updates regarding what has been accomplished and what work is in progress.
Coffee and refreshments will be provided by NAMS PTAC.

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


The North Andover Merchant's Association, along with the Joseph N. Hermann Youth Center, is proud to host the 2nd 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.

The community embraced this event last year.  Our hope is that the event can support 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 4, 2020 9:00 a.m. to 12 p.m.

Event Location: Joseph N. Hermann Youth Center

Contact: Sally Finnimore   Phone: 508-277-2312

Sponsored by the North Andover Merchant's Association

Rules and Requirements:

Open to children in grades 4-12 who live in North Andover (or attend a NA school)

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

Prizes will be awarded for Best Overall Merchant based on:

  1. booth presentation
  2. quality of product
  3. customer service skills

Online application link:

Or request a printable application at

Upcoming Events (from the NAMS Calendar)

Week of February 3rd - Respect Yourself

Monday, February 3, 2020

• Grade 8 to 9 Special Education Meeting @ NAHS from 6:00-6:30 p.m.

Grade 8 to 9 Transition Night @ NAHS from 6:30-8:00 p.m.

Tuesday, February 4, 2020

Wednesday, February 5, 2020

Thursday, February 6, 2020

Friday, February 7, 2020

Students and staff are encouraged to “Look Good, Feel Good” by wearing something nice.

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

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

NAMS Book Fair in Library

• Students vs. Staff Basketball Game during Related Arts Classes

February Break - No School Week of February 17, 2020

Week of February 24th - Respect Your Environment

Monday, February 24, 2020

Students & Staff Return

Transition Night Information

North Andover High School (NAHS) welcomes all 8th grade parents and students who are planning to attend the high school to their Transition Night on Monday, February 3, 2020 from 6:30-8:00 p.m. in the NAHS Auditorium to learn more about your student’s transition to NAHS. 

Families will learn about the following:

  • Schedule - Trimesters and Rotating Blocks

  • Courses - College Prep, Honors, Advanced Placement

  • Course selection process and things to consider

  • Short Q & A - general questions 

Following the large group presentation, families will move to small breakout groups with NAHS Department Coordinators who will share information about specific subjects.

  • Applicable departments will have visual flow charts with course offerings available for their sessions

Student Ambassadors will be available for a 45-minute tour of the high school from 5:15 p.m. to 6:00 p.m. for any family who was not able to make a tour in November at the 7th & 8th Grade Open House. Those families wishing to take part in the tours should report to the NAHS Auditorium at 5:15 p.m. The tour is approximately 45 minutes.

There will be a meeting for all families of 8th grade students on Individualized Education Plans (IEPs’) for an introduction of our Special Education program from 6:00-6:30 p.m. prior to the main presentation in the Auditorium.

You may access the letter from Principal Jackson to Grade 8 Families, the presentation, and the agenda for the evening's program below:




NAHS Fall Sports

North Andover High School fall sports begin in August. Football will start 8/21, the rest of the fall sports on 8/24. Registration will begin in July. Practice times and locations for specific sports will also be posted in July. All information can be found on the athletics website here or at the following address: