Principal's Post - Week of May 6th

posted May 3, 2019, 4:04 AM by Jorge Goncalves   [ updated May 8, 2019, 8:08 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

REMINDER: Wednesday, May 8th is an early release day; students will be dismissed at 1:05 p.m.

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Your Help Requested for NAMS Teacher & Staff Appreciation Week

It is that time of year when we recognize the hardworking staff at NAMS for all that they do!
As a big thank you, we will be providing breakfast each morning, and a light lunch on Friday for the teachers and staff at NAMS the week of May 6th.  
We are soliciting donations of items needed for the week and are also looking for volunteers to help with set-up and clean-up.  
Please CLICK HERE if you are are able to make a donation and/or volunteer some time.
Feel free to use Venmo to make a donation:  @NorthAndoverMiddleSch-PTAC  
Please deliver all items to NAMS by 6:30 a.m. for breakfast items, and 10:00 a.m. for the Friday lunch items. Please do not send in breakfast donations with your child, as they will arrive too late. If morning delivery is a problem, we are happy to arrange an evening drop off or pick-up; just email Maria Philbin or Catherine Schmitt at to coordinate.
Thanks in advance for your help in celebrating our wonderful NAMS staff!
PTAC Board
Last PTAC Meeting of the Year is Wednesday, May 8, 2019 @ 9:00 a.m. in the Grade 8 Cafeteria.  
Please be sure to sign in at the main office when you arrive.

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. This presentation will be led by NAMS staff along with a presenter from Nature’s classroom beginning at 6:30 p.m. on Tuesday, May 21st in the NAMS auditorium. 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 ALKM, Jazz Band, & 3rd Trimester Acting students.
Displayed  artwork from 3rd trimester 6th, 7th, & 8th grade students and spine poetry from NAMS students.
We hope to see you there!

NAMS Sock Drive

Please consider donating new pairs of socks for our NAMS sock drive.  The donated socks will be going to local veterans and homeless shelters.  Any size socks would be greatly appreciated. There is a collection bin outside of the main office. We will be collecting socks until Friday, May 10, 2019.

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 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!

Looking Ahead

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Week of May 6th - Teacher and Staff Appreciation Week!

Breakfast will be provided each day in the Teachers' Room, ice cream will be provided at the staff meeting on Wednesday, and a light lunch on Friday, May 10th will also be provided thanks to PTAC and all of our Parent/Guardian volunteers. THANK YOU SO MUCH!

Monday, May 6, 2019

Grade 7 MCAS Math - Session 1

Tuesday, May 7, 2019

Grade 7 MCAS Math - Session 2

Wednesday, May 8, 2019 - Early Release @ 1:05 p.m. for Students

PTAC Meeting @ 9:00 a.m. (This is the last PTAC meeting of the year!)

Staff Meeting from 1:20-2:20 p.m.

Thursday, May 9, 2019

Friday, May 10, 2019

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