Principal's Post - Week of October 1st

posted Sep 28, 2018, 8:30 AM by Jorge Goncalves

Principal's Post 10/01/18

Dear NAMS Families,

October finds students becoming more engaged in both coursework and activities that challenge them academically and help develop their social skills. To the staff and parents/guardians who have helped in making this transition a success – I thank you! 

Postural Screening

The state of Massachusetts mandates that all students in grades 6 through 8 be screened for scoliosis. Those students who have PE and /or Wellness this semester will be screened next Tuesday, October 2, 2018 and Wednesday, October 3, 2018.  Physician referrals will be made as needed. 

Parents and guardians may waive this student screening by submitting a written request to the school nurse.

Ms. Hassanien -

Ms. Pease -

Geography Night Scheduled for Thursday, October 4, 2018

NAMS's 10th Annual Family Geography Night is scheduled for Thursday, October 4th from 6-8 p.m.

    View the inflatable EarthView Globe

    Explore the Giant South American Floor Map

    View Cultural Performances

    Make Landform Cookies

    And so much more!

NAMS Book Fair is scheduled for Wednesday, October 3rd through Friday, October 5th

Our NAMS Book Fair will be held in the NAMS Library during the school days on Wednesday, October 3rd through Friday, October 5th and will also be open during Geography Night on the evening of Thursday, October 4th.  Students will have the opportunity to visit the fair during school hours as well as during Geography Night on Thursday, October 4th.

The event brings to our school a wonderful selection of fun, engaging, and affordable books kids want to read. Giving kids access to good books and the opportunity to choose books will motivate them to read more! Reading for pleasure makes a big difference to children’s educational performance as they develop a broader vocabulary, increase general knowledge, and develop a better understanding of other cultures.

“Books are the quietest and most constant of friends; they are the most accessible and wisest of counselors, and the most patient of teachers.”

-Charles W. Elio

If you are willing and able to volunteer your time to help the students check out books, you can sign up for a slot or even two here or at the following address:

If you want more information about the book fair, please contact Timra Carlson at

Bytes of Code

Are you interested in learning about coding and animation, digital art, and digital music? If so, then check out the Bytes of Code classes to be held at Stevens Memorial Library this fall. These drop-in classes are open to all students ages 11 - 18, and a different topic will be covered each week. No need to register and you can attend just one class or multiple classes. The first class will be held this Wednesday, September 26, 2:40 - 3:40 pm. More information is available on the Stevens Memorial Library’s website.

Girls Who Code

Any grade 6-12 girls who are interested in technology are encouraged to submit an application for the Girls Who Code program at Stevens Memorial Library. No previous coding experience is required! The program will be held on Tuesdays, 6:00-8:00 p.m., September 25th to April 23rd. Lottery Applications for this exciting program are available in the NAMS Library or in the Teen Room at Stevens Memorial Library. All applications must be returned to Stevens Memorial Library by Friday, September 21, 2018.