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Participate in a School Capacity Public Forum

posted May 10, 2021, 12:36 PM by Hillary Stasonis

The focus of the School Capacity Sub-Committee is to aid the town in making the best decisions regarding the possible renovation, expansion and construction of schools within our community. We will be holding public forums during the month of May in order to provide the community with information regarding these projects and to answer questions and solicit feedback from the community. This feedback will be critical in helping the School Committee finalize its recommendation to the Facilities Master Plan, Phase II Committee. You can also see the planned presentation here.

If you would like to participate, the links for each meeting are listed below:

Thank you, and we hope to see you there.

The Anne Bradstreet Poetry Contest - Submissions due April 30th

posted Apr 14, 2021, 9:58 AM by Hillary Stasonis

This spring, in honor of Anne Bradstreet, North Andover is having a poetry contest! All who live or work or go to school in North Andover are invited to take part. 

Our town is the home of America's first published poet, Anne Bradstreet (1612-1672). Anne arrived here at the very founding of the town in the early 1640's with her husband and their young children. She made her life in that frontier settlement, and made her mark in the world of poetry. Her first collection, "The Tenth Muse Lately Sprung Up in America", was widely read in America and England, an uncommon achievement for a woman in the post-Elizabethan English world. 

Anne lived and raised her family - and wrote her poetry - right here. As a group of poets on the Poet Laureate Committee, Anne is an inspiration to all of us. This is why we named the contest after her.
In her spirit, we are inviting all members of the North Andover community to submit a poem on this theme: 

"A New Vision for America - What is Your Dream?"
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Since we’re poets, we bring you the rules – in rhyme! 😊
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How do I enter? How does it work?
Fear not! We wrote a poem to clear up the murk!
Send us a poem on this special theme – 
A New Vision for America – What Is Your Dream? 
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It can be about the grand or the very smallest of things – 
It can be about people or places – what makes you sing? 
We’re calling North Andover, the old and the young – 
Enter Anne’s poetry contest, it’s new for 2021!
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Use the contest email, choose the right category –
Open to adults, high school, middle, or elementary!
Tell us your dream for America – share the thoughts in your head – 
We’ll invite all the winners – to read on a stage of blue white and red!

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OFFICIAL RULES 
  • Submit a poem on the theme in one of 4 age categories: Elementary, Middle School, High School, Adult 
  • Each person may submit up to two poems 
  • There is no specific style, it can be rhyming or free verse, however the theme speaks to you.
  • Open to all who live or work or go to school in North Andover
  • The top three will be invited to perform their poems and will be announced on the FB North Andover Poets page. 
  • The North Andover Poets FB group will have the rights to publish the poems, subject to the approval of parent/guardian for school age children.
  • The poem copyright remains with the author.
HOW TO SUBMIT YOUR POEM
  • Subject: Age Category (elementary, middle school, high school, adult)
  • Body: your name, email address, mailing address, age category, poem(s)
  • If sending an attached document, include the name and other information in each document
  • Those without email address, ask an adult in the household with email to submit 
CONTEST DATES
  • Open to submissions March 6th through April 30th
  • Winners will be announced May 15th 
  • Outdoors Award ceremony May 22nd - winners will read their poems
Contest is sponsored by the North Andover Poet Laureate Committee

School Committee Community Chat - April 28th @ 9:00 am

posted Mar 2, 2021, 1:27 PM by Hillary Stasonis

The School Committee will have another Community Chat on April 28 from 9 to 10:00 am

Join with Google Meet: meet.google.com/yya-wnwb-fvu
Join by phone: ‪(US) +1 413-561-7866‬ PIN: ‪676 776 103‬#

School Committee Community Chat - Feb 10 @ 2:30pm

posted Jan 11, 2021, 11:39 AM by Hillary Stasonis

The School Committee will have another Community Chat on Wednesday, February 10, 2021 at 2:30 pm. February 10 is a Collaborative Day, so the timing of the Community Chat provides an opportunity for us to hear from students, as well as family and community members. Individuals are always welcome to communicate with elected officials via email as listed on the website.

SC Community Chat
Wednesday, February 102:30 – 3:30pm

Opportunity to Serve on the School Committee School Capacity Planning Subcommittee

posted Nov 27, 2020, 6:42 AM by Hillary Stasonis

This subcommittee will look at the school buildings across the district to consider the best configurations for capacity to best promote teaching and learning for the students of North Andover.


The subcommittee will review the space study to be commissioned by the Superintendent and Town Manager.  The subcommittee will develop options and engage the public to gather input, vet and respond to plans.  The subcommittee will bring its recommendations to the School Committee for a vote by June 2021. 


This work is concurrent with the MSBA funding proposal for the middle school.  The work of this subcommittee will parallel and inform the work of the Facilities Master Plan II Committee.  With Town Meeting approval in May 2022, it is anticipated the town will commission a school building plan to begin work on the first of a series of projects in FY23 to be overseen by the School Building Committee. 


The subcommittee will consist of the subcommittee Chair, the Assistant Superintendent for Facilities, faculty/staff, parents and community members who represent a cross section of the stakeholders with a focus on elementary and middle school interests.The School Committee Chair will serve on the subcommittee ex officio.


Those who wish to serve on the subcommittee can submit a letter of interest to the subcommittee chair, Holly Vietzke-Lynch with their availability, background and reason they wish to serve.  vietzke-lynchh@northandoverpublicschools.com


School Committee Community Chat

posted Nov 10, 2020, 7:12 AM by Hillary Stasonis

Friday, November 13, 9:00 am – 10:00 am

While we cannot welcome the public to School Committee meetings, we do want to be accessible for two-way conversation. Please join School Committee members for a live virtual meeting via Google Meet or by phone - +1 405-293-3514‬ PIN: ‪661 085 929‬#

Thomson Family Guide

posted Sep 24, 2020, 5:01 AM by Hillary Stasonis

Dear Thomson Parents and Caregivers,

We are excited to begin our in person hybrid model tomorrow. Once again a reminder that cohort A students are in person on Monday's and Thursday's and cohort B students are in person on Tuesday's and Friday's. Wednesday's will be our whole school at home learning day. Please take some time to review the Thomson Family Guide which is in the link below. The other link includes information on chromebook charging at home. Students are expected to bring their chromebook to school each in person day, charge them at home and leave the charger at home. See the attached document for more information. 


On the cover page of the guide you will find a link to the North Andover Public Schools student handbook. This handbook is shared each year so please take some time to review that as well. At the end of my welcome letter in the guide we have once again included the Thomson welcome back safety video that was shared the other day. We thought you might find it helpful to have all these documents in one place.

Finally, a couple of notes as you read through the document. Breakfast club and Kid's Stop will begin on October 1st. If you have any questions related to this, please contact community programs at 978-794-3080. Also, you will notice the guide mentions car rider pro for parent pick up. That system is not yet installed so staff members will be recording names as we have done in the past and directing students to cars. We ask for your patience with all dismissal and arrival procedures at the beginning of the year. Things may be slow as we adjust to new routines and balance health and safety. We will be starting our dismissal procedures at 2:45 this year.

Sincerely,
Christopher Raymond
Thomson Principal

New Student Registration Information

posted Jun 24, 2020, 6:14 AM by Hillary Stasonis

Are you new to North Andover, and need to register your child for the 2020-2021 school year? 

Please visit the Student Registration page and register online. Following the online registration, required documentation can delivered to North Andover Public Schools Central Office at 566 Main Street.

Central Office will be open for new registrations on Tuesday, Wednesday, and Thursday from 9:00-12:00. Please have only one family member come in unless they require another person for translation purposes. Please wear a mask when you enter the building. 

Spring 2020 MCAS Testing Schedule

posted Feb 12, 2020, 12:36 PM by Hillary Stasonis

This year's MCAS testing take place on April 13th and 15th; and again on May 11, 13, 18, and 19th. Please see chart below for details on each grade and session. 

English Language Arts - April

Grade Day Date Test
3rd, 4th, 5th Monday April 13 ELA Session 1
3rd, 4th, 5th Wednesday April 15 ELA Session 2
Math & STE - May

Grade Day Date Test
3rd, 4th, 5th Monday May 11 Math Session 1
3rd, 4th, 5th Wednesday May 13 Math Session 2
5th Monday May 18 STE Session 1
5th Tuesday May 19 STE Session 2

Beyond the Classroom

posted Dec 18, 2019, 7:47 AM by Hillary Stasonis

With the three school cancellations in December, we have used up our traditional “snow days” for this year. Our last day of school will be Friday, June 19. For any future snow days, we will be using our Beyond the Classroom assignments.

With Beyond the Classroom, students will complete an assignment at home in lieu of making up the cancelled day in June. (As you might remember, in 2017-18 our students didn’t finish the school year until June 27th!)

So, what happens when school is cancelled again?
If school needs to be cancelled again this school year, it will be announced through the usual channels: on the District Homepage, on Dr. Gilligan's Twitter account, and via phone calls and emails home. In these messages, students and guardians will be directed to the Beyond the Classroom website to find their assignments: Assignments will NOT be due the day students return to school. Instead, students will have at least 1 week to complete the assignment.

Have more questions or need more information? 
Please visit the Frequently Asked Questions page on the Beyond the Classroom website

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