Principal's Post - Week of January 22nd

posted Jan 17, 2019, 10:55 AM by Jorge Goncalves

Dear NAMS families,

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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.

Message from the Transportation Department

This email is being sent as a reminder to all parents and students utilizing the school transportation system that the School Bus policy is that food or drinks are not allowed on the buses.  This has not been consistently enforced, but will be going forward beginning Tuesday, January 22. School Bus drivers have been instructed to not let students bring food or drinks onto the bus. This does not include packed lunches or snacks kept in the backpack or lunch container. Please make your children aware of this change.

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 - 2nd Annual No-Name Calling Week (January 21-25 2019)

No Name calling week is a GLSEN organized week in K-12 schools across the country meant to build a bully free school and to celebrate our differences.

This week aims to educate students on the power of words and the important of treating each other with kindness and respect. During this week our students focus on our North Andover R.A.I.S.E. values and the idea of empowering students to put kindness in every action and to think before they speak by #RAISEABOVE

NA Youth Center 8th grade Dress Up Dance

The Youth Center will host the annual 8th Grade Dress Up dance on Friday, January 25th from 7:00 pm-10:00 pm at the Youth Center. This dance is for North Andover 8th graders only!  Tickets are $10 for members and $15 for non-members. They will be sold during 8th Grade lunches on Tuesday, January 22 and Wednesday, January 23 and after school at the Youth Center on Thursday, January 24th.  No tickets will be sold at the door!

NAMS Book Fair is Coming!

The NAMS Book Fair is scheduled for Friday, February 8, 2019 through Thursday, February 14, 2019.  Students will be visiting the Book Fair during their English classes on one of the Book Fair Days. The Book Fair will also be open during our NAMS Family Night scheduled for the evening of Wednesday, February 13, 2019.  Families will also have the ability to order online beginning on February 2, 2019 through the online Book Fair here.

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

Sunday, January 20, 2019  - Good Luck Patriots in the AFC Championship Game vs. the Kansas City Chiefs!

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

Monday, January 28, 2019

        Grade 8 Team A - NAHS Presentation (7:50-8:40 a.m.)

        Grade 8 Team B - NAHS Presentation (8:45-9:35 a.m.)

Tuesday, January 29, 2019

        Grade 8 Team C - NAHS Presentation (7:50-8:40 a.m.)

Wednesday, January 30, 2019

Thursday, January 31, 2019

Friday, February 1, 2019


NAMS 2018-2019 Yearbooks

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

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Save the Dates:  

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!