Principal's Post - Week of October 7th

posted Oct 3, 2019, 5:32 PM by Jorge Goncalves   [ updated Oct 3, 2019, 5:50 PM ]

MCAS 2019 Results

Individual Student MCAS Reports will be sent home with students on the afternoon of Friday, October 4th. You may find our school's results on our website or hereWe more than doubled our annual target percentage. Our most at-risk students in the state’s designated lowest 25% more than quadrupled their annual target percentage. Staff at NAMS analyze these results and work to continually adjust their practice to address the needs of all of our students.

Youth Center Bus Passes

Any student who wishes to ride a shuttle bus to the Youth Center must have a Youth Center Bus Pass.  Contact the transportation office directly to request the bus pass. Students will be assigned a particular bus to take on Youth Center Days. Buses 3, 13, & 14 drop off at the Youth Center.

Attention Grade 8 Families - Nature's Classroom Reminders

The total cost for this trip is $342. Some of our families made a payment of $50 or more this past spring. If you are unsure what you have already paid, please contact Ms. Barron at

Checks should be made payable to NAMS. When writing a check, please be sure to write your child’s name in the Memo Line.

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NAMS Book Fair
The NAMS Book Fair is scheduled for October 23-25, 2019 and will be open on the evening of October 24th during Geography Night.


Interested in improving your math problem-solving skills?  Join the MATHCOUNTS Math Club! In MATHCOUNTS, learning math is fun, social, and supportive.  We inspire curiosity and build confidence in students of all levels. Members of the MATHCOUNTS Math Club will also get to participate in the MATHCOUNTS competition series, where students from all 50 states will come together to engage in a series of in-person contests.  Our first meeting will be on Friday, October 4 in room S107. If you are interested in attending the first meeting, email Mr. Furey at  Hope to see you there!

Literary Squad

Do you like having fun? Are you a writer?  An artist? Or just like meeting new friends?  Perhaps you would like to have your work published.  If that’s you, come hang out in room F207 to learn more about NAMS Literary Squad!  Bring a snack and a creative mind! We will explore many genres of writing. All grades welcome.  Come to the first meetings when you can; no commitment required. Please see Mrs. Hart/Mrs. Richard in F207 if interested.

Drop-Off & Pick-Up Reminders
Please be sure to follow our drop-off and pick-up protocols as explained on the maps found here.
Students should not be dropped off in front of the school before 7:40 a.m. or picked up in front of the school before 2:40 p.m.
Students should only be dropped off or picked up along our drop-off & pick-up routes before and after school.
Students should only be dropped off and picked up in the left lane of our drop-off and pick-up routes before and after school.
Please be patient and wait in line to drop off your child.
If you are dropping off or picking up your grade 6 student, please pull up to the green line when picking up or dropping off. Several students may be dropped off and picked up at the same time this way.
If you are dropping off or picking up your grade 7 or 8 student, please pull up to the blue zone. Several students may be dropped off or picked up in the blue zone.

Dr. Ferlito at Bradford Orthodontics is giving back to the NAMS PTAC by donating $50 for each student who enrolls in his practice. Additionally, he hopes to support other school efforts. You can visit his website at or check him out on Facebook at or 978-521-6262. Please make sure that you tell his staff that your child attends NAMS.

Community Programs Offerings at NAMS
At the end of this post, you will find many fall offerings for NAMS students through Community Programs. The link is 

North Andover Middle School Parent Teacher Advisory Council

Parent involvement is an essential part of NAMS.  The PTAC (North Andover Middle School Parent Teacher Advisory Council) is a great way to find opportunities that might interest you. NAMS PTAC relies mainly on direct donations from the NAMS Community to raise the funds necessary to support these programs at the middle school. Our fundraising goal this year is $20,000. Please consider making a tax-deductible donation to support the NAMS PTAC. 

All donations are greatly appreciated and we thank you for your support.

Please check out the Direct Donation Flyer here for more information and how to donate.

Please support the North Andover Schools Enrichment Council
NASEC is fully funded by the generous support and donations by families like you.  This non-profit group sponsors the 6th grade Earth Balloon 🌍 at Geography Night and provides fun curriculum-based shows to all students at NAMS.  Last year, the NASEC sponsored Jesse Green and his "Chainsaws, Cheeseburgers, and Rock-n-Roll" show.  His NA Knight sculpture is proudly displayed in the NAMS lobby.  Please fill out the attached donation form to help support the NASEC.

Upcoming Events (from the NAMS Calendar)

Sunday, October 6th

• NAMS Cross Country Meet @ Reading from 9:00-11:00 a.m.

• NAMS Students led by Ms. Liacos sing the National Anthem at the Boston Celtics game at 6:00 p.m.

Monday, October 7th

• Essex Tech Visiting Grade 8 Students in Room C106 from 8:45-9:30 a.m.

• NAMS School Council Meeting @ 2:35 p.m.

Tuesday, October 8th

Yom Kippur - Begins the evening of Tuesday, October 8th and concludes Wednesday evening, October 9th.  

Wednesday, October 9th

• Early Release for Students @ 1:10 p.m.

Thursday, October 10th

Friday, October 11th

• Peer Leader Training from 7:50-12:00 p.m.

NO SCHOOL on Monday, October 14th

Tuesday, October 15th

• Peer Leader Training from 7:50-12:00 p.m.

Wednesday, October 16th

 Team Building 7A

Thursday, October 17th

 Greater Lawrence Technical School Visiting Grade 8 Students in from 9:00-10:00 a.m.

 NAMS Cross Country Meet @ Maudslay State Park, Newburyport

Friday, October 18th

Jorge Goncalves,
Oct 3, 2019, 5:32 PM