Principal's Post - Week of May 13th

posted May 10, 2019, 4:21 AM by Jorge Goncalves   [ updated May 10, 2019, 5:00 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

Happy Mothers' Day to all of our NAMS Moms!

I would like to wish all of our NAMS moms a wonderful Mothers' Day this weekend.

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Thank you for all of your time, efforts, and donations to support our Teachers and Staff this week!
Thank you for Maria Philbin & Catherine Schmitt for coordinating and leading all of the efforts to make this week such a huge success. Thank you also to the countless parents/guardians who helped with the setup and cleanup of the breakfasts, ice cream social, and Friday lunch to show our teachers and staff how much you care.
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Students Not Attending North Andover in the Fall 2019

If a student will not be attending North Andover Public Schools in September of 2019, parents/guardians will need to notify Mrs. Barron as soon as possible by either email or coming into the main office of NAMS.  At the end of the school year your student’s records will be forwarded to their new school. Please contact Mrs. Barron with any questions at

NAMS Yearbooks Still Available

We’re excited to report that the yearbooks are in, and they came out great!

We have a very limited number of extra books available for purchase. These yearbooks will be sold on a first-come, first-serve basis.

Extra yearbooks will be sold for $40 (cash or check made payable to NAMS). Please see Ms. Darmon in room C202 to purchase one of our limited supply of extra yearbooks.

We usually sell out of our books, so please don’t wait to purchase - this truly is the last chance!

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Attention Grade 8 Families - We need your help with Grade 8 End-of-Year Activities

To make these end-of-year events possible for our students, we need your help.

Field Day - Wednesday, June 12th (rain date Thurs 6/13) is a day full of fun and organized activities and will be held at the Youth Center this year. Even though the teachers organize the activities, this day would not be possible without lots of parent volunteers!

Class Night - Tuesday, June 18th is an evening of fun, food, and music for the students to enjoy with their 8th grade teachers. This event includes parent volunteers (set up and clean up) and food donations.

You can help by signing up here or at the following address:

If you have any questions regarding the activities please contact parent volunteers Eleanor Lucarini at , Diane Nikolopoulos at , or Maria Philbin at

Grade 7 Parent/Guardian Informational Meeting for Nature's Classroom

All current grade 7 parents/guardians are invited to an informational meeting regarding the annual Grade 8 trip to Nature’s Classroom scheduled for next fall at 6:30 p.m. on Tuesday, May 21st in the NAMS auditorium. This presentation will be led by NAMS staff along with a presenter from Nature’s classroom. Please save the date and I hope to see you on May 21st at 6:30 p.m.

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NAMS Fine & Performing Arts Night
Date: May 22, 2019 
Where: Stevens Memorial Library
Time: 6:00-8:00 p.m.
Performances by A Little Knight Music Chorus, Jazz Band, Flute Ensemble, Grade 6 3rd Trimester Acting students, & Grade 8 Full Year Chorus.
Displayed artwork from 3rd trimester 6th, 7th, & 8th grade students and spine poetry from NAMS students.
We hope to see you there!

PARKING -This event is very well attended. Please allow for time to find parking. If the weather is nice, plan to park at NAMS and walk to the library. 

Student Arrival Time & Dress Code
Jazz Band arrive at 5:30 p.m., bring your instruments/stands/music & wearing jazz band shirts
Flute Ensemble arrive 6:00 p.m., wearing band shirts & bring your instruments/music stands/music
6th Grade Acting arrive at 6 p.m. and report to the 2nd floor wearing Horton T-Shirts
ALKM arrive at 6:30 p.m. & report to the 2nd floor. Wear your ALKM shirt, tan/khaki shorts for boys or tan/khaki or white shorts for girls.
8th Grade FY Chorus arrive at 6:45 p.m. & report to the 2nd floor. Wear your red NAMS Chorus shirt (or any red shirt if you don't have one), tan/khaki shorts for boys, tan/khaki or white shorts for girls.

NAMS MCAS Dates 2019

The following are the dates that we will be administering MCAS exams to our students.

✔ 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

MCAS Student & Families Reminders

We ask for your help in ensuring that they are ready to do their best for themselves, our school, and our community.

  • Please be sure that your child gets sufficient sleep the night before the exam, see dates above.

  • Please be sure that your child eats a healthy breakfast the day of the exam, see dates above.

  • Please be sure that your child have a book to read in case he/she/they finish the MCAS exam early.

  • Please let your child know that this is just one assessment and they are just asked to do their best.

Students are encouraged to have the following:

  • Bottle of water (water only please).  The bottle of water can be on the floor available to students during MCAS.

  • Book to read if they finish before the end of the testing session.  Books will need to be placed in an identified area of the room. Students will have access to their books once they have completed the MCAS exam.

Thank you for your support!

NAMS Recycling Efforts - Updates
Our updated recycling efforts at NAMS are making a difference thanks to our students. In the last 2 weeks, we have been able to divert 910 lbs. of food from going into the trash.  This food will be composted and turned into soil over time.  In addition, our students have made renewed efforts to recycle and dispose of only our trash.  The amount of trash being removed from NAMS has decreased considerably.

Looking Ahead

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Monday, May 13, 2019

Grade 8 MCAS Math - Session 1

NAMS School Council Meeting @ 2:35 p.m. (Room S101)

Tuesday, May 14, 2019

Grade 8 MCAS Math - Session 2

Wednesday, May 15, 2019

Grade 6 MCAS Math - Session 1

NAMS Grade 8 STEM Fair @ NAHS from 6:00-7:30 p.m.

Thursday, May 16, 2019

Grade 6 MCAS Math - Session 2

Friday, May 17, 2019

Monday, May 20, 2019

Grade 8 MCAS STE - Session 1

Tuesday, May 21, 2019

Grade 8 MCAS STE - Session 2

NAMS Grade 7 Parents/Guardians Nature's Classroom Informational Meeting @ 6:30 p.m. in NAMS Auditorium

Wednesday, May 22, 2019

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

Thursday, May 23, 2019

Grade 8 Picture - Front of School (Periods 1 & 2)

NAMS Fine & Performing Arts Night at Steven's Library from 6:00-8:00 p.m.

Friday, May 24, 2019

Memorial Day Weekend
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Students and Staff Return on Tuesday, May 28, 2019