Principal's Post - Week of September 16th

posted Sep 12, 2019, 3:55 PM by Jorge Goncalves   [ updated Sep 13, 2019, 8:59 AM ]
NAMS Open Houses
Open houses are by grade level and serve as an opportunity for parents/guardians to meet teachers and learn more about curriculum and classroom practices. Open houses begin at 6 p.m. in the auditorium and Team meetings beginning at 6:15 p.m.
7th grade - Thursday, September 19, 2019
8th grade - Thursday, September 26, 2019
☑6th grade - Wednesday, September 11, 2019

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Are you interested in being on the NAMS School Council this year?

We are looking for 3 parents/guardians to be members of this year’s NAMS School Council. 

Each public school has a school council consisting of the school principal, teachers, and parents of students currently attending the school.  The council will work together to help shape the school culture, assist to identify educational needs of the students, develop a school improvement plan and ensure the district plan is implemented.  The NAMS school council will be comprised of 3 teachers, 3 parents/guardians, 2 students, and a community representative. A parent/guardian position may be shared by more than one parent/guardian. 

The NAMS School Council partners with staff, parents/guardians, and students to monitor and update our school goals.

NAMS PTAC is soliciting three parent volunteers (one 2-year term and two 1-year terms) to participate in the NAMS School Council for the school year. 

If you are interested in being a member of this year’s NAMS School Council, please take a moment to provide PTAC with your contact information and reasons why you are interested by completing a quick form here or at the following address: 

Please complete the survey by Monday, September 16, 2019. 

A ballot will be created and a vote will be necessary if more than 2 parents/guardians are interested in the same position. You can learn more about the responsibilities of school councils here.


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.  Our first meeting of the year is scheduled for Tuesday, September 24, 2019 at 9:00 a.m. in the NAMS cafeteria.

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.

Music Parents and Students, NAMA Offers Music Stipends for Tuition and Fee Assistance for the  July 2019-June 2020 Year!
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 and ask your music teacher to sign and submit it to the NAMA stipend committee. Only one stipend per calendar year for each student.  If you attended a music or musical theatre summer program and had fees associated with it, please submit an application for funds! More information about NAMA and how you can volunteer as a music parent can be found at link to the application is also posted in General Forms under the Documents and Forms tab on the NAMA website

The North Andover High School Scarlet Knights Marching Band will host its 10th annual New England Scholastic Band Association (NESBA) home marching band competition on Saturday, September 28th.  Twenty local and regional high school and college bands are scheduled to perform! Don’t miss the show!

Tickets $10 adults, $8 students and seniors. Children ages 5 and under are FREE! A variety of concessions will be available for purchase. All proceeds will benefit NAPS music programs!  Gates open at 12:00pm. The show begins at 1:00pm! Click for Schedule of Bands

Click here for the flyer advertising the event.


Bus Passes

This is a reminder that all students riding a bus to or from school should have their bus pass. Most students have the bus pass affixed to their backpacks with a zip tie. Our bus drivers will be checking for bus passes before allowing students onto their bus.


Students should not arrive at school before 7:10 a.m. Supervision of early arrivals is not available. Parents should make arrangements so that their children are not dropped off at the school prior to 7:10 a.m.  

 At 7:35 a.m. students may enter the corridors to go directly to their lockers, gather their morning materials and then go to homeroom.  When a student arrives on the school grounds, she/he must remain on the school grounds. Leaving school grounds without written permission submitted to the office is not permitted.

Pick-Up & Drop-Off Procedures

You may find the UPDATED Drop Off & Pick Up map on our website or you may access the map directly here. We ask that every parent/guardian exercise utmost care and patience in the drop-off and pick-up areas. 

If your child walks or rides a bike to school, please be sure to review the safety tips found here. If your child rides the bus to or from school, please be sure that your child knows his/her bus number prior to the first day of school.

As we begin the new school year, please be sure to review the following documents:


PowerSchool Login

You and your child can log into your PowerSchool account here or at the following address:


Food Services Information & Reminders

You may access information and forms regarding food services here or at the following address:

  • Meal application forms may be found on this site.

  • Please be sure to remind your child that they will continue to use their PIN numbers to purchase breakfast and/or lunch.

  • Breakfast is served daily, including the first day of school from 7:15-7:35 a.m.


Transportation Information & Reminders

You may find information here or at the following website:


Community Programs Information

You may access information regarding community programs and registration information here or at the following address:

Upcoming Events (from the NAMS Staff Calendar)
Monday, September 16th
•6D Team Building - Morning
•6A Team Building - Afternoon
•NAMS Musical Auditions from 2:30-3:45 p.m.

Tuesday, September 17th
•6C Team Building - Morning
•6B Team Building - Afternoon
•NAMS Musical Auditions from 2:30-3:45 p.m.

Wednesday, September 18th
•Grade 6 Team Building Rain Date

Thursday, September 19th
•Grade 6 Team Building Rain Date
•NAMS Musical Call Backs from 2:30-3:45 p.m.
•Grade 7 Open House from 6:00-7:00 p.m.

Friday, September 20th
•NAMS Cross Country Meet @ Smolak Farms from 3:15-4:30 p.m.
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Monday, September 23rd

Tuesday, September 24th
•PTAC Meeting @ 9:00 a.m.

Wednesday, September 25th
•Early Release for Students @ 1:05 p.m.

Thursday, September 26th
•Team 7B Team Building Activities
•Grade 8 Open House from 6-7 p.m.

Friday, September 27th