Principal's Post - Week of March 2nd

posted Feb 28, 2020, 4:05 AM by Jorge Goncalves   [ updated Mar 11, 2020, 1:17 PM ]

NAMS Principal Coffee Chat Follow Up

This past month we held 2 Principal Coffee Chats on the morning of February 11th and the evening of February 25th. Both meetings were well attended by NAMS parents/guardians. I reviewed the my entry plan data I collected and organized in July of 2018 and then highlighted many of our accomplishments over the last 2 years. Attached you will find the entry plan data collected and the talking points I reviewed at these meetings. Thank you PTAC for providing refreshments for these meetings and for all of the parents/guardians who were able to attend.

RAISE Theme for March is ACHIEVEMENT

North Andover students will demonstrate achievement. They will exercise their best effort and judgment in all activities in which they participate and will set goals that promote positive academic, social, and personal development.

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Future NAMS PTAC Meetings

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

  • March 10, 2020

  • April 14, 2020

  • May 12, 2020

  • June 9, 2020

ALS Fundraiser @ Fuddruckers
Friday, March 13th from 5:00-8:00 p.m.
In addition to enjoying dinner and supporting a great cause, you will also be entered to win one of many amazing raffle items.

RAFFLE ITEMS so far...
1, HANDCRAFTED CRIBBAGE BOARD: Handcrafted by John Faucher - $75 value
2. COLLAGEN FACIAL BY HEATHER SWEENEY: Donated by Heather Sweeney - $105 value
3. HANDCRAFTED PEN: Handcrafted by Melissa Barron - $30 value
4. HANDCRAFTED BOWL & TEA LIGHT CANDLE HOLDER : Handcrafted by Jon Kaplan - $60 value
5. HAND-PAINTED CANVAS BAG WITH BEACH TOWEL: Donated by Amy Clough - $40 value
6. ALS ONE CONVERSE ALL STAR SNEAKERS - 1 PAIR SIZE 5.5 mens/7.5 womens : Donated by ALS ONE -$75 value
7. HOWLING WOLF: Gift Card - $25 value
9. BELLA VITA SALON & SPA: Gift Card - $50 value
10. BEACH GLASS NECKLACE: Handcrafted by Wendy Francke - $30 value
11. JADE RESTAURANT GIFT CERTIFICATE: Donated by Rachael Parsons - $25 value
12. PENDANT BY CADENCE CREATIVE JEWELRY: Donated by Cadence Roberts - $15 value
13. FRINGE SALON OF ANDOVER: Gift Certificate to be used toward service in one visit - $100 value
14. LAUNCH TRAMPOLINE PARK (METHUEN): Launch t-shirt, frisbee, color changing cup, cell phone pocket and 3 jumping passes - $60 value
15. RODAN & FIELDS REVERSE REGIMEN:  Donated by Andrea Liacos - $200 value
16. BOARD & BRUSH AMESBURY: Workshop Gift Certificate - $68 value
17. XBOX LIVE 3 MONTHS:  Gift Card: Donated by Mimi and B - $25 value
18. KISMET CONSULTING 1 HOUR LIFE COACHING SESSION: Donated by Kristine Steinberg - $400 value
19. HANDCRAFTED WOODEN ALS ONE CUTTING BOARD: Donated by Elinor Goodwin - $50 value  
20. JCOUTURE HAIR AT SALON INVANTI - WASH, CUT & BLOWDRY: Donated by Jen Tagliaferro - $60 value 
21. CIAO BOW WOW: Gift Card with surprises for your dog and cat - $125 value 
22. BURTON’S GRILLE RESTAURANT: Gift Card - $50 value
23. FLATBREAD COMPANY IN AMESBURY: Gift Card - $50 value
24. GAME TIME LANES & ENTERTAINMENT: Gift Cards for Bowling, Games and Virtual Game - $38 value each - 2 winners
26. MAD MAGGIES: 6’X3” ICE CREAM CAKE $24 value

Support Our Seniors (SOS) Needs You Help!

SOS is a fun-filled, substance-free, overnight party held each year at North Andover High School on the night of Graduation. It marks the conclusion of an activity-filled Senior Week, making the SOS party a very special event! Each year, members of the Senior Class celebrate together while enjoying a wide range of activities, food, music, and entertainment. 

The SOS party is planned and run by a dedicated group of board members and dozens of volunteers.

There are many ways that parents of students of ALL ages can help. Many volunteers are needed before, during, and after the event to insure it runs smoothly. You can help keep this wonderful tradition going!

How can you learn more and sign up to help?

SOS Website:


Twitter: @SOSNAHS


Register now for the 7th Annual Matthew Harty Mito Classic - Street Hockey Fundraiser 
The 7th Annual Matthew Harty Mito Classic will be held at the North Andover Youth Center Thursday, April 16, 2019 beginning at 3:00 p.m.
Play street hockey to help raise funds to help those with mitochondrial disease go to camp. You can sign up a team and learn more about this fundraiser here.

Opportunity for Music Families -

NAMA Offers Music Stipends for Tuition and Fee Assistance

The North Andover Music Association can help with the cost of tuition or application fees for NAPS music students attending music honors programs, music training programs, and summer music or music theatre camps or programs.

If you are interested in applying for a stipend please fill out the NAMA Stipend Application found here and ask your music teacher to sign and submit it to the NAMA stipend committee. 

Only one stipend with a maximum amount of $100 per calendar year for each student.  We are currently accepting stipend applications for the July 2019 - June 2020 AND the July 2020 - June 2021 years.  

If you attended a music or musical theatre summer program and had fees associated with it this past year, please submit an application for funds!  If you have registered for any 2020 summer programs already, please submit an application as well!

More information about NAMA and how you can volunteer as a music parent can be found at  

A link to the application is also posted in General Forms under the Documents and Forms tab on the NAMA website

Upcoming Events (from the NAMS Calendar)

RAISE Theme for March is ACHIEVEMENT

Monday, March 2, 2020

Tuesday, March 3, 2020

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

Wednesday, March 4, 2020

• Grade 8 Presentation in Auditorium from 11:30-12:30 p.m. (Will's World)

Thursday, March 5, 2020

Friday, March 6, 2020

Monday, March 9, 2020

• 1/2 Team 8B to EMK Museum

NAMS School Council Meeting @ 2:35 p.m. in room S101

Tuesday, March 10, 2020

• 1/2 Team 8B to EMK Museum

• PTAC Meeting in Grade 8 Cafeteria @ 9:00 a.m.

Wednesday, March 11, 2020

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

• Rob Surette Presentation for Grade 7 in Auditorium from 9:25-10:25 a.m. (This presentation will take place during Grade 7 RAs.)

Thursday, March 12, 2020

• 1/2 Team 8A to EMK Museum

Friday, March 13, 2020

• 1/2 Team 8A to EMK Museum

NAMS Opens PowerSchool Portal @ 2:30 p.m. for Grade 8 Student/Parent View of Recommendations

Monday, March 16, 2020

Tuesday, March 17, 2020

Wednesday, March 18, 2020

Thursday, March 19, 2020

• 1/2 Team 8C to EMK Museum

Friday, March 20, 2020

• 1/2 Team 8C to EMK Museum

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)

Transition Information for Current Grade 8 Families

January 27 & 28, 2020 

NAHS guidance counselors visit NAMS to discuss electives & HS schedules

Monday, February 3, 2020 

6:00-6:30 p.m. Meeting for Grade 8 Families with students on an IEP in the NAHS Auditorium

6:30-8:00 p.m. Transition Night in NAHS Auditorium for all Grade 8 Students and Families (Please see information below from Principal Jackson regarding Transition Night.)

Friday, February 7, 2020

Grade 8 Students should return to Homeroom Teacher Green Sheets with Course Elective choices for NAHS. Attached you will find the form.

Friday, March 13, 2020

Grade 8 Students and Families may see NAHS course recommendations in PowerSchool beginning at 2:30 p.m.

Friday, March 27, 2020

Last Day of Trimester 2 @ NAMS

Deadline @ 2:30 p.m. for 8th graders to submit Course Override Forms to their homeroom teacher.

Grade 8 2020 End-of-Year Dates

Thursday, May 21st

Grade 8 Panoramic Picture @ 8:00 a.m.

Tuesday, June 9th

Move-Up Day (Grade 5 Students Visit NAMS and Grade 8 Students Visit NAHS)

Friday, June 12th

Promotion Practice #1 & Yearbook Signing

Monday, June 15th

Boat Cruise

Tuesday, June 16th

Promotion Practice #2 & Name That Tune Challenge

(Field Day - Rain Date)

Wednesday, June 17th

Field Day (Parent/Guardian Volunteers will be Needed!)

(Promotion Practice #2 & Name That Tune Challenge if Field Day is moved.)

Thursday, June 18th

Promotion Ceremonies

Team 8A from 8:00-9:00 a.m.

Team 8B from 9:15-10:15 a.m.

Team 8C from 10:30-11:30 a.m.

Class Night

All Teams from 6:30-8:30 p.m.

Friday, June 19th

Last Day of School - Early Release @ 11:05 a.m.

July, 2020

Fall Sports Registration will open.

Practice times and locations for fall sports will be posted. (Please see below for more information.) 

August 17-21, 2020

Marching Band Camp @ NAHS

Friday, August 21, 2020

NAHS Football Season begins

Monday, August 24, 2020

NAHS Fall Sports begin

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Jorge Goncalves,
Feb 28, 2020, 4:05 AM