Principal's Post - Week of January 21st

posted Jan 17, 2020, 8:44 AM by Jorge Goncalves   [ updated Jan 22, 2020, 1:58 PM ]

Have you ordered a NAMS 2019-2020 yearbook yet?

It's not too late to order a NAMS yearbook for the 2019-2020 school year but time is running out to do so. The last day to order a NAMS yearbook is Friday, January 31, 2020. If you have not already ordered a copy, click here to order and ensure your child has a copy when the books arrive in the spring or go to the following address:

Image result for yearbook sale

NAMS No Name-Calling/Celebrate Kindness Week - January 20-24, 2020 

The NAMS GSA, with the help of Student Leadership, are gearing up for our 3rd Annual No Name-Calling/Celebrate Kindness Week the week of January 20th. Over the course of the week, our school community will participate with schools across the country to consider the weight of our words and to educate students on the importance of showing empathy through kindness and respect. 

The themes for each day next week will be as follows:

Tuesday - Hats Off to No Name Calling Week 

Wear a hat to school to show your support for No-Name Calling.

Wednesday - Sock It to Bullying!

Wear wild and crazy socks to show off what makes you your awesome individual self.

Thursday - Peace Out & Spread the Kindness

Wear your symbol of peace, tie-dye shirts or rainbow colors to show your support of differences.

Friday - Power in Numbers

Wear our NAMS school colors of red and black and/or Scarlet Knights attire or your favorite band or singing group to show your part in a community.

Appreciation Station

During all 3 lunches, students in the GSA & Student Leadership will have an Appreciation Station set up in which students will be invited to add to our Kindness Chain (strips of paper that make a paper chain) about what they are thankful/grateful for. This chain will be added to the banner created by the GSA students entitled, Be the “I” in Kind, which will be hung in the Symmes Lobby. 

For more information about Kindness week, please visit the following website:


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!

You can purchase tickets in one of 2 ways:

1.  Please complete the order form found here and return to the main office of NAMS. Checks should be made payable to NAMS PTAC.
2.  Venmo @Paula-Mistry (PTAC Co-President) and in comments put name(s) for tickets and number of tickets.

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

Image result for comedy night

Please send questions to

NA Project 351 Ambassador 2020 - Benjamin Abbott

Project 351 began in 2011, when former Massachusetts Governor Deval Patrick sought to celebrate his second inaugural with a focus on young people and community. The concept of Project 351, which had been developed by Carolyn Casey, reflected Governor Patrick’s belief in the Beloved Community and the unlimited potential of young people. His embrace led to the realization of Project 351 as a one-day celebration of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr., statewide unity, and youth leadership. By day’s end, a movement of hope-in-action had been founded. And, with it, an invitation to serve and lead for eighth graders in each of Massachusetts' 351 cities and towns. From that day forward, Project 351 Ambassadors would unite the entire state as one team, one community in service to causes greater than self. With the enthusiastic and engaged leadership of Governor Charlie Baker, Project 351 is a grassroots, youth-led, school-based movement for positive change. One that advances Social and Emotional Learning objectives, scales transformative impact for a portfolio of nonprofit innovators, and develops a rising generation of upstanders, bridge builders, and change makers. Today, the Ambassador and Alumni community stands 3,381 strong, with more than 600,000 lives positively impacted through service. With Project 351 enrichment, training, and mentorship, Ambassadors dedicate a year to build unity, cultivate kindness, and transform lives and communities through service. As they serve, they develop the courage, compassion, and capabilities to lead awe-inspiring change.

We are so very proud of our NAMS Project 351 finalists: Logan, Ben, Abby, Rose, Gabrielle, & Vittora. Congratulations to Ben for being selected as our 2019 Project 351 Ambassador after an rigorous application and interview process. Thank you to Mr. Kaplan, Ms. Sparks, Mr. Wrigley, and Ms. Murphy for being on the selection committee.

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)

Future NAMS PTAC Meetings

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

  • February 11, 2020

  • March 10, 2020

  • April 14, 2020

  • May 12, 2020

  • June 9, 2020

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)

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

Image result for martin luther king jr quotes

Tuesday, January 21, 2020

Wednesday, January 22, 2020

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

Thursday, January 23, 2020

Friday, January 24, 2020

Monday, January 27, 2020

NAHS Guidance Visits Grade 8 Students to Discuss NAHS Schedule & Electives During 1st 2 Classes

Tuesday, January 28, 2020

NAHS Guidance Visits Grade 8 Students to Discuss NAHS Schedule & Electives During 1st 2 Classes

Wednesday, January 29, 2020

• Early Release for Students @ 1:05 p.m.

Thursday, January 30, 2020

Friday, January 31, 2020

• 2nd Annual Parents Comedy Night Out to Support NAMS PTAC @ China Blossom (Doors open at 7:00 p.m. and shows begin at 8:30 p.m.)

Jorge Goncalves,
Jan 17, 2020, 8:44 AM
Jorge Goncalves,
Jan 17, 2020, 8:44 AM