Principal's Post - Week of January 14th

posted Jan 11, 2019, 5:47 AM by Jorge Goncalves   [ updated Jan 11, 2019, 9:12 AM ]

Dear NAMS families,

No School Reminder:

There will be no school for students on Friday, January 18th and Monday, January 21st.  Friday, January 18th is a full day of professional development for NA staff and Monday, January 21st is the 3rd Monday in January, which is Martin Luther King Day.

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Early Release Reminder:

We have 1 more early release this month scheduled for Wednesday, January 23, 2019.  Students will be dismissed at 1:05 p.m.

NAMS Music Concerts this Month

We have 2 concerts scheduled for this month on the following dates:

        Full Year Chorus Concert - Tuesday, January 15, 2019 from 7-8 p.m. @ NAMS

        Grade 8 Band Concert - Wednesday, January 16, 2019 from 7-8 p.m. @ NAHS

        Grades 6 & 7 Band Concert - Thursday, January 17, 2019 from 7-8 p.m. @ NAMS

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

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.

Looking Ahead
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Monday, January 14, 2019
Tuesday, January 15, 2019
        Full Year Chorus Concert from 7-8 p.m. @ NAMS
Wednesday, January 16, 2019
        Grade 8 Band Concert - Wednesday, January 16, 2019 from 7-8 p.m. @ NAHS
Thursday, January 17, 2019
        Grades 6 & 7 Band Concert from 7-8 p.m. @ NAMS

Friday, January 18, 2019 - NO SCHOOL FOR STUDENTS (Professional Development Day for Staff)

Monday, January 21, 2019 - NO SCHOOL (Martin Luther King Day)

Tuesday, January 22, 2019

Wednesday, January 23, 2019 - Early Release for Students @ 1:05 p.m.

Thursday, January 24, 2019

Friday, January 25, 2019

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NAMS 2018-2019 Yearbooks

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

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NAMS PTAC Direct Appeal Campaign

If you have not already, please donate to the NAMS PTAC.  You may find the direct appeal letter to NAMS families here which provides all of the different ways that you can donate.  NAMS PTAC relies mainly on direct donations from the NAMS Community to raise the funds necessary to support these programs at the middle school.

Save the Dates:  

Thursday, January 10th - Next PTAC Meeting at 9:00 a.m. in the NAMS Cafeteria

Friday, January 25th- Comedy Night Fundraiser at China Blossom

Wednesday, February 13th - Book Fair along with Family Night

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

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. Purchase your tickets for the holidays!

Please see the attached flyer for more information.


Free Money Programs for PTAC

Sign up now to help raise free $ to support NAMS PTAC programs!
What is Shoparoo? It is a free app for smartphones and tablets that lets anyone turn pictures of shopping receipts into donations to our school. With Shoparoo, every grocery receipt - regardless of the store or products purchased - earns money! 
Dollar amounts spent are converted to ROO points. For every 25,000 ROO Points earned, North Andover Middle School will receive a check!
All you have to do is download the app, select NAMS as your school, and start uploading receipts when you go shopping! 

Shoparoo will donate $1 for the first 20 users of a school. Simply install the app, and upload a receipt to get your instant $1 donation.


As of June 30, 2018, North Andover Middle School earned over $100 using Amazon Smile!

Please sign up for this simple way to earn money for our school if you haven't already!  What is AmazonSmile?  AmazonSmile is a simple and automatic way for you to support our school and the PTO every time you shop, at no cost to you. When you shop at, you’ll find the exact same low prices, vast selection and convenient shopping experience as, with the added bonus that Amazon will donate a portion of the purchase price to our school. You can use your existing Amazon account on Smile, there is no need to set up a new account.  


Box Tops! We’re not done collecting them yet! The program is eligible for grades K – 8. 

Keep collecting them all year round!  Box Tops can be sent into the main office at anytime.

Stop & Shop A+ School Rewards News!

Stop and Shop A+ School Rewards - Please register your card for the 2018-2019 school year! 

Money for North Andover Middle School every time you shop! This program begins on September 7, 2018.  Please register your rewards card at School Rewards. Our 5-digit school ID is 10037. You’ll need your 13-digit Stop & Shop Card number and the School ID # to register.  

To earn points:  Use your Stop & Shop Card each time you shop at Stop & Shop and you will earn CASH for our school. You can track the number of points you are earning for our school by checking your grocery receipt starting September 7, 2018 through March 16, 2019.  At the end of each month, your points are calculated and converted to CASH rewards. These CASH rewards for our school are updated monthly. You can track our progress when you sign in to your online account.  Our school will receive one CASH awards check at the end of the program and can use this cash for our educational needs.  Please take a moment to register your Stop & Shop Card today! Don’t forget to tell your friends and neighbors to do the same!

Bay State Textile Bin

Are you in the process of a back-to-school closet clean out?  There is a white Bay State Textile bin located in the NAMS parking lot to collect household items that may otherwise be discarded, lugged to another bin, or put out on the curb.  Please consider donating your items into this bin!  The contributions are weighed and Bay State Textiles sends a rebate check monthly to the school based on the weight of the donation.  Help support our school while also cleaning house!

Department of Children and Families Needs Foster Homes

Is there room in your home and heart for a foster child? The Department of Children and Families is actively recruiting foster parents for children coming into care from North Andover, MA. We are searching for individuals or families with the love and patience to help foster children. You can be single, married, partnered, divorced or widowed. You can own your home or rent.

We need homes for children aged 0 to 22 which include sibling groups, children with special needs, medically involved children, and infants born exposed to drugs. We are looking for long-term foster homes but also have a need for emergency and respite homes which involve a shorter time commitment on the part of a foster family. Our goal is to provide our foster children with a supportive and healing environment in a home in their own community until they can be reunited with their families or another plan can be made on their behalf. The rewards of providing daily care, guidance and acceptance are immeasurable.

If you are thinking about becoming a foster parent, you can learn more about the application process and the supports provided by the Department by contacting Brenda Fitzgerald, Family Resource Recruiter at or at 978-557-2721.