Principal's Post - Week of January 6th

posted Jan 3, 2020, 3:47 AM by Jorge Goncalves   [ updated Jan 8, 2020, 4:20 AM ]
RAISE Values at NAMS (Respect, Achievement, Inclusion, Service, & Empathy)

The theme for January is Empathy at NAMS. 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. Each morning we will be sharing examples or empathy, asking students to show empathy in different ways, and more. Students are invited to recognize classmates for their empathy by completing a brief recognition form outside of the guidance counselor's office. We are asking them to 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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NAMS Geography Bee

Do you have knowledge of cultures, states, countries or animals? Then you would be the perfect candidate to compete in the North Andover Middle School Geography Bee!  All interested students must register with Mr. Poirier (Room S104) in advance in order to compete on Thursday, January 9 at 2:30 p.m. Top ten winners will advance to the final round with one student becoming the NAMS Geo Bee Champion. This winner 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.

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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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Future NAMS PTAC Meetings (All Tuesdays from 9:00-10:00 a.m. in the Grade 8 Cafeteria)

  • January 14, 2020
  • 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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Beyond the Classroom Days

North Andover Public Schools believes learning can take place beyond the walls of a classroom! We’re excited to share with your our website which describes various learning opportunities. During the 2019-2020 school year, these alternative school days will go into effect after the 3rd school cancellation day. Since we have already needed to cancel school 3 times this year, this plan will go into place after our next cancelled day of school. Our teachers and staff have been working on a wide range of assignments for students to complete on these Beyond the Classroom Days. The following provides some general information. Please visit the Beyond the Classroom website for additional information here or at the following address:

Beyond the Classroom General Information

  • After the 12/2/19, 12/3/19, & 12/17/19 school cancellation days, our last day of school is currently scheduled for Friday, June 19, 2020 and will not be any later than this date.

  • If school needs to be cancelled again this year, students will be assigned independent learning experiences to complete instead of making up cancelled days. These Alternative School Days have been named Beyond the Classroom Days. 

  • The website provides specific information about all Beyond the Classroom expectations.

  • You can view the FAQ’s for answers to questions you might have.
    Click on your child(ren)’s school for specific assignments. Due to copyright restrictions, students will need to log in using their NAPS login. Directions on how to access this via PowerSchool are also on the website.

  • Teachers will be reviewing assignments and expectations with students in advance of another cancelled day of school and will also be sending home hard copies as needed.

Assignments will…

  • Provide students with choice in what assignments they complete or how they complete them

  • Be both online and offline (traditional paper and pencil) 

  • Be consistent across grade level and content areas 

  • Be linked to a standard

  • Be accessible for all students 

  • Be collected and given feedback from teacher

INDEPENDENT school work should be completed within the following time guidelines:

  • Pre-K & K: optional

  • Gr. 1-2: ~ up to 60 minutes

  • Gr. 3-5: ~ up to 90 minutes 

  • Gr. 6-8: ~ up to 20 minutes per subject area 

  • Gr. 9-12: ~ up to 30 minutes per subject area 

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

Upcoming Events (from the NAMS Calendar)

Monday, January 6, 2020

Tuesday, January 7, 2020

Wednesday, January 8, 2020

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

Thursday, January 9, 2020

Friday, January 10, 2020

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

Tuesday, January 21, 2020

Wednesday, January 22, 2020

 Full Year Chorus Concert @ 7:00 p.m.

Thursday, January 23, 2020

Friday, January 24, 2020