Principal's Post - Week of January 13th

posted Jan 9, 2020, 12:17 PM by Jorge Goncalves   [ updated Jan 12, 2020, 8:08 AM ]

NAMS Geography Bee Results

This past Tuesday, January 7th NAMS hosted a Geography Bee open to all students. Mr. Poirier, along with other teachers, facilitated what we hope to be an annual event. After several rounds of questions, we were able to determine a 1st, 2nd, & 3rd place winner.

Congratulations NAMS Geography Bee winners:

1st place - Mason E.

2nd place - Logan B.

3rd place - Reagan V.

Mason will have an opportunity to advance to the State Finals in April, with a possible shot at the National Geographic Society’s National Championship round in May.

Grade 7 AMS Carnival

Grade 7 students in our Applied Math & Science classes created probability games that were showcased during a student exposition this past week. For more pictures, please be sure to scroll to the end of the blog. We were all very impressed with the effort and creativity that students displayed.

Future NAMS PTAC Meetings

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

  • January 14, 2020 (NEXT MEETING)

  • February 11, 2020

  • March 10, 2020

  • April 14, 2020

  • May 12, 2020

  • June 9, 2020


Friday, January 31st at China Blossom Restaurant

Featuring: Johnny Pizzi, John Perrotta & Jason Merrill

Doors Open at 7:00 p.m.

Showtime: 8:30 p.m.

Tickets:  $25 per person 

Order Now: Only 140 tickets available!

To Purchase Tickets please complete the form which will come home in backpacks next week & send check payable to NAMS PTAC via backpack OR use Venmo:  @Paula-Mistry (PTAC Co-President)

If you would like to sit with others, please purchase tickets together or email request.  Questions: 

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NAMS RAISE theme for January is Empathy!

This month’s RAISE theme is Empathy. Empathy is being aware of and considering another person’s situation, feelings or motives before speaking or taking action. It is a very important life skill to be able to recognize how someone else is feeling. Students are invited to recognize classmates for their empathy by completing a brief recognition form outside of the guidance counselor's office. Think of someone who is able to support others because they recognize how the person is feeling and always find a way to help. We are hoping to recognize a NAMS student each Friday.

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Thank you PTAC and Volunteers

On behalf of all NAMS staff, thank you NAMS PTAC and all of our volunteers for the wonderful holiday brunch you provided last week. Thank you for all of the time, energy, and resources necessary to make this possible.

Drop off & Pick up Reminders

Please be sure to follow our drop-off and pick-up protocols as explained on the maps found here.
Students should not be dropped off in front of the school before 7:40 a.m. or picked up in front of the school before 2:40 p.m.
Students should only be dropped off or picked up along our drop-off & pick-up routes before and after school.
Students should only be dropped off and picked up in the left lane of our drop-off and pick-up routes before and after school.
Please be patient and wait in line to drop off your child.
If you are dropping off or picking up your grade 6 student, please pull up to the green line when picking up or dropping off. Several students may be dropped off and picked up at the same time this way.
If you are dropping off or picking up your grade 7 or 8 student, please pull up to the blue zone. Several students may be dropped off or picked up in the blue zone.

NAMS Online Literary League Magazine

The fall issue is ready for your review at the following address:

Order Your 2019-2020 NAMS Yearbook by clicking on the picture below:

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29th Annual Youth Center 8th Grade Dress-Up Dance

Andover Youth & Recreation Services will be hosting our 29th Annual 8th Grade Dress-Up Dance on Friday, January 24, 2020 from 7:00-9:30 p.m. at the Youth Center. Please adhere to the following guidelines to help us make this another successful event for our 8th graders. If you have any questions, please contact Demi at All questions should be directed to the Youth Center.

  • This dance is for 8th grade residents of North Andover ONLY!

  •  In accordance with NAMS, we ask that attendees do not take the day off of school or get dismissed early on 1/24.

  • Boys are expected to wear shirt, pants, tie, shoes, and blazer or suit jacket if they would like. No hats, sneakers, or jeans. No tuxedos.

  • Girls are expected to dress appropriately. Expensive prom dresses are inappropriate for this event.

  • No Limos!

  • 8th graders are encouraged to come in groups as opposed to bringing dates.

  • The event will be chaperoned by Youth & Recreation Services staff.

  • Baked goods and drinks will be provided by Youth & Recreation Services staff.

  • Youth & Recreation Services staff will take pictures of all the night’s festivities.

  • No participants will be allowed to leave the dance before 9:30pm without a parent/guardian coming into the Youth Center to pick them up.


Tickets are $10 for Youth Center members and $15 for non-members. Tickets will be sold during NAMS 8th Grade lunch on Wednesday 1/22 and Thursday 1/23, as well as after school at the Youth Center on Wednesday 1/22 and Thursday 1/23. Tickets must be presented at the door. Tickets will not be sold at the door!

This annual event has been a major success for the past twenty eight years, and we look forward to another successful event!

Thank you,

North Andover Youth & Recreation Services Staff

Please note: If any family requires assistance in finding their child suitable clothing for this event, please contact Ms. Pease at

Upcoming Events (from the NAMS Calendar)

Monday, January 13, 2020

Tuesday, January 14, 2020

• NAMS PTAC Meeting @ 9:00 a.m.

• 6th & 7th Grade Band Concert @ 7:00 p.m.

Wednesday, January 15, 2020

• 8th Grade Band Concert with Wind Ensemble at NAHS @ 7:00 p.m.

Thursday, January 16, 2020

Friday, January 17, 2020

• No School for Students - Professional Development Day

Monday, January 20, 2020

•  No School for Students and Staff - Martin Luther King, Jr. Day Observed

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Tuesday, January 21, 2020

Wednesday, January 22, 2020

• Full Year Chorus Concert @ 7:00 p.m.

Thursday, January 23, 2020

Friday, January 24, 2020

More AMS Carnival Pictures