Principal's Post - Week of March 11th

posted Mar 8, 2019, 3:50 AM by Jorge Goncalves   [ updated Mar 8, 2019, 8:57 AM ]
Dear NAMS families,
I hope that this message finds you and your families well. Below you will find important highlights and information about happenings at NAMS.
Please be sure to also check us out on Twitter @NAMiddle

Early Release Reminder for March 13th
Students will be dismissed at 1:05 p.m. on Wednesday, March 13th.

Student Expectations Assemblies
This past week, we held student assemblies with each of our grade levels.  These are great assemblies to hold at the beginning and around the midpoint of the school year.  The purpose of the assemblies was to review our RAISE values with students and to remind them of our expectations in regards to be academics, behavior, collaboration, and building a sense of family in our school.

Daylight Saving Time Reminder
Please remember to move your clocks forward Saturday, March 9th into Sunday, March 10th for Daylight Savings Time.
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Register now for the 6th Annual Matthew Harty Mito Classic - Street Hockey Fundraiser 
The 6th Annual Matthew Harty Mito Classic will be held at the North Andover Youth Center April 9, 2019 beginning at 3:00 p.m.
Play street hockey to help raise funds to help those with mitochondrial disease go to camp. See the school website for more information on how to sign up and register your team online. Please check out the attached flyer for more information.  You can sign up a team and learn more about this fundraiser here.

Trimester 2 Chorus Concert
All students currently enrolled in Trimester 2 Chorus have their scheduled concert on Tuesday, March 19th at 7 p.m. This is a mandatory concert for students in Trimester 2 Chorus class.
Please note: Students in Full Year Chorus DO NOT participate in this event.

4th Annual Hot Chocolate House with A Little Knight Music (Friday, March 22, 2019)
A Little Knight Music (ALKM) is planning to have their 4th annual Hot Chocolate House on Friday, March 22, 2019 at 5:30 p.m. in the 8th grade side of the cafe. Students in A Little Knight Music Chorus perform together as an ensemble, and as soloists. Hot Chocolate and treats will be served. t's a less formal setting than a concert and should conclude by 7:30 p.m. Tickets are $5 each and will be sold during lunches beginning on Monday, March 18th.

A message from the SOS (Support our Seniors) Committee

What is SOS?  SOS stands for Support our Seniors, but was originally known as "Save our Students".  In 1994, in response to a rise in horrific car accidents involving recently graduated teens, the parents and community of North Andover joined together to plan the first SOS party, providing every NAHS graduate with an overnight, substance free, celebratory event filled with fun and interesting activities, food, and music, to look forward to after graduation.

Currently, plans for the 26th annual SOS are underway!  The event requires a village of volunteers, and your help is needed to ensure that this cherished tradition continues.  Parents with children of any age are asked to volunteer as a way to “pay it forward”, allowing parents of every NAHS senior to rest assured that their child has a safe place to celebrate on graduation night.  Whether you will have a graduate this year or in 10 years, you can help by volunteering before, during, or after the June 7th party, by purchasing an item or making a donation to help offset the $30,000 cost, or taking on a committee role.

For more information on volunteering, donating, purchasing, or event registration, please visit the brand new SOS website at  

“Like” SOS on Facebook at

Email for more information on committee roles and volunteer needs.

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.
Direction Donations
We are still looking for direct donations to meet our goal.  There are many ways to donate:  send a check to school, Paypal, or now use the convenience of  Venmo @NorthAndoverMiddleSch-PTAC 
Thank you again for all of your support!
Please follow and be sure to like our NAMS PTAC on Facebook @ North Andover Middle School PTAC

Looking Ahead

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Monday, March 11, 2019

        NAMS School Council @ 2:35 p.m.

Tuesday, March 12, 2019

Wednesday, March 13, 2019

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

Thursday, March 14, 2019

Friday, March 15, 2019

Monday, March 18, 2019

Tuesday, March 19, 2019

        Trimester 2 Chorus Concert from 7-8 p.m.

Wednesday, March 20, 2019

Thursday, March 21, 2019

Friday, March 22, 2019

        Last Day of Trimester 2

        4th Annual Hot Chocolate House with A Little Knight Music from 5:30-7:30 p.m.

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

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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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Quit Vaping/JUULing Text Support for Teens

The Truth Initiative just launched a first-of-its-kind free e-cigarette quit program now available to young vapers looking for helpThe program is tailored by age group to give appropriate recommendations about quitting and also serves as a resource for parents looking to help their children who now vape. It is being launched and integrated into the already successful This is Quitting (app) and BecomeAnEX® digital cessation programs from Truth Initiative.

Teens, adults, and parents of teens seeking help around quitting e-cigarettes/JUULing can text “QUIT” to (202) 804-9884.

Thankfully we are seeing more attention nationally regarding the vaping epidemic including the news from the Today Show and CBS. Commissioner Bharel has a recent informative article how to talk to your kids about vaping in the online NPR blog Cognoscenti.


Boxtops for Education
Check out our new NAMS Boxtops collection box! Made by our very own Melissa Barron. Please cut out those boxtops and drop them off in our new boxtops mailbox outside of the main office. This is an easy way to raise money for our school.

1st Annual North Andover Junior Merchant's Expo


The North Andover Merchant's Association, along with the Joseph N. Hermann Youth Center, are proud to host the 1st Annual North Andover Junior Merchant's Expo.  This event will provide an opportunity for kids to sell their handmade crafts and artwork or promote their business services.  The event is open to, but not limited to, musicians, lawn care service, computer experts, photography services, and bakers. You will be able to sell your products and promote your business by handing out business cards and showing photos or videos of the service you provide.

We hope this community event supports children as creators and entrepreneurs and encourages them to work with their hands, learn project management skills, put mathematics to use, and explore their creative self-expression.

Event Timing:  April 6, 2019 9 a.m. - 12 p.m.

Event Location: Joseph Herman Youth Center


Sponsored by the North Andover Merchant's Association

Rules and Requirements:

Open to children in grades 4-12 who live in North Andover

Artwork must be made by the artist

Participants must provide their own table and chairs

All children under 15 must be accompanied by an adult

Online application link:

Or request a printable application at

Jorge Goncalves,
Mar 8, 2019, 3:50 AM