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Our Mission

We are an educational organization of life long learners involving students, educators, parents and our community. Together we strive to create a welcoming environment that prioritizes academic excellence, creativity and mutual respect. We embrace diversity and encourage positive risk taking and community building. We are persistent in becoming an exemplary high performing comprehensive middle school.

North Andover Middle School provides a developmental middle school approach to learning. We recognize individual learning styles as we focus on process writing, mathematics using manipulatives, and the inquiry approach in all subjects, including science and social studies. Our classroom environments support critical and creative thinking, cooperative and individual learning with a strong emphasis on interdisciplinary curriculum.

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    NAMS Message to Families 5/17/24

    Good afternoon NAMS Families,

    Thank you all for your patience, cooperation, and support yesterday! I was so glad to hear that school would be able to reopen today. I was so impressed with how well our students and staff handled every moment of the day yesterday. Although we plan and prepare for such events, we never can know how ready we are until we need to implement our plans. Thank you to our leadership team, NAHS staff, NAFD, NAPD, town officials, transportation department, food services, and our staff and students for all of their support.

    This week’s message is ready for your review here. In this message, you will find the following information:

    • Supporting Our Students - For Families & Staff

    • Attention Grade 8 Families - Field Day Donations & Volunteers Needed!

    • Students Not Attending North Andover in the Fall 2024

    • MAP Testing - Spring 2024

    • MCAS Testing Dates 2024

    • NAMS Building Project

    • Literary League - Spring Issue Available Now!

    • Support Our Seniors (SOS) Needs Your Help!

    • Booster Cheerleading Registration is Open for Fall 2024

    • NAMS Spirit Wear Available!

    Have a wonderful weekend,

    Jorge Goncalves

    Principal

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    NAMS Message to Families 5/10/24

    Good afternoon NAMS Families,

    I hope that this message finds you and your loved ones well! To all of our NAMS Moms, I would like to wish you a wonderful Mothers Day Weekend!

    This week’s message is ready for your review here. In this message, you will find the following information:

    • Happy Mothers Day Weekend to All of Our NAMS Moms!

    • Have you ordered your NAMS Yearbook yet?

    • Thank you for appreciating our Educators this week!

    • Students Not Attending North Andover in the Fall 2024

    • Upcoming SEPAC Events and Survey

    • Literary League - Spring Issue Available Now!

    • MCAS Testing Dates 2024

    • MCAS - Let's work together!

    • NAMS Building Project

    • Support Our Seniors (SOS) Needs Your Help!

    • Booster Cheerleading Registration is Open for Fall 2024

    • NAMS Spirit Wear Available!

    Wishing you a wonderful weekend,

    Jorge Goncalves

    Principal

    Read More about NAMS Message to Families 5/10/24
    NAMS Message to Families 5/3/24

    Good afternoon NAMS Families,

    I hope that this message finds you and your loved ones well. Next week is Educator Appreciation Week and we need your help to show how much we appreciate our NAMS staff.

    You can learn how you help show appreciation for our staff and so much more in this week’s newsletter found here. In this week’s newsletter, you will read about the following:

    • Students Not Attending North Andover in the Fall 2024

    • Volunteers & Donations Needed for Educator Appreciation Week! May 6-10, 2024

    • MCAS - Let's work together!

    • MCAS Testing Dates 2024

    • Upcoming SEPAC Events and Survey

    • NAMS Building Project

    • Support Our Seniors (SOS) Needs Your Help!

    • Booster Cheerleading Registration is Open for Fall 2024

    • Anne Bradstreet Poetry Contest 2024

    • After Hours - Spring Session 2024

    • Have you ordered your NAMS Yearbook yet?

    • NAMS Spirit Wear Available!

    Have a great weekend,

    Jorge Goncalves

    Principal

    Read More about NAMS Message to Families 5/3/24
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    Dear North Andover Public Schools Families,


    We are writing to you today to update you on the status of the recently discovered North Andover Public Schools budget deficit for the FY’24 budget, as well as the impact of that on the planned FY’25 budget that will be voted upon at Town Meeting in a couple of weeks.   Most importantly, we want to assure you that as a School Committee, we are working diligently and directly to address these problems and that our highest priority is to ensure that the education of our children continues at the highest quality for the remainder of this school year and into the next.  Importantly, the School Committee will present the same bottom line budget at Town Meeting that we approved in February.   


    The impact of this deficit, as well as the burden it has placed on our community, are serious matters that must be further explored.  Following the best practices in situations like this, it was appropriate and in full conformance with the Superintendent’s contract, to place the Superintendent on fully paid administrative leave, so that an independent review conducted by a neutral third party could be made into the matter.   The Superintendent receives full compensation and benefits during this time period, and the administrative leave is not punitive and is without prejudice.   At the April 25th meeting, many statements were made during public comment that inaccurately portrayed the situation as well as the actions of the committee.  In the coming days, we plan to clarify and address many of those statements and will communicate via the NAPS web site.  We appreciate the community having patience as we work together in the best interests of the district.
    We intend for this review to be conducted as soon as practically possible and to be completed as soon as possible.  Among the goals of the review is to ensure this does not repeat in the future, to determine how such a large deficit could not be discovered and identified sooner, whether our financial systems and processes that are in place are adequate or need improvement, and whether any changes in our organizational structure are necessary.   


    The School Committee was notified in the February 1st meeting that there was pressure on the budget, and about $1.5M of expenses that were anticipated to be in excess of their budgeted amounts.    The next notice of a problem was not until April 18th, and the scope is much larger, a net $3.1M deficit remains.   We worked with the Town Manager and have already sought bids from professional consulting services firms to conduct a complete review of the situation.  We intend to engage a firm as soon as possible to begin this work and act that it be completed as soon as possible. The deliverable will be a comprehensive written report of their findings, conclusions, and recommendations.


    We want to assure the public that if involuntary staff reductions become necessary, we will be fully transparent as to the process used to determine those reductions.


    Ms. Pamela Lathrop, presently our Assistant Superintendent of Teaching and Learning, has agreed to serve as Acting Superintendent for this interim period.  Ms. Lathrop is an accomplished educator and administrator.   We ask that you support her and the professional administrative staff during this challenging period of time.


    Sincerely,

    North Andover School Committee
     

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