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NAMS Message to Families - 4/29/22

Educator Appreciation Week - How everyone can get involved!

Next week is Educator Appreciation Week. It is a time for students, families, and colleagues to let staff know how your hard work and the energy you put into your job is appreciated. One of the many things that makes NAMS special can be seen walking around the school - children learning, working, smiling and laughing. NAMS has been and continues to be a special place to work. 


How can students show their appreciation?

Please encourage your child to share their appreciation with staff in person, with a note, with an email, and more.


How can families support our staff?

The NAMS PTAC is looking for volunteers to help set up Teacher Appreciation Week events.  These events take place during the day, but everyone can still help. We also need tons and tons of homemade and/or store-bought items for a fabulous Teacher Appreciation Week lunch for our NAMS teachers on Friday, May 6th.  Feel free to sign up for multiple items and time slots.  We need both food and volunteers for the event on Friday, May 6th that you can sign up for here.


We are hoping to feed 150 staff members (about 50 per lunch period) at the following times:

  • 10:28-10:56

  • 11:19-11:47

  • 12:10-12:38


Please note:

  • If you are making or donating food, please be sure to include an ingredients list.

  • We are hoping to have one vegan main dish, one gluten free main dish and one meat dish for each lunch.  

  • Please send the donation in disposable containers if at all possible.  If you're sending in a crock pot or something that you need back please label it with the following information: Name, Please Don’t Throw Out, and text or call me at…

  • You can send non-perishables into school with your kids any time before Friday.  They should bring the donation to the front office.

  • Have a question?  Need to talk to a person?  Text Maureen Hentz @ 978-886-0109.


Remaining MCAS Testing Dates


Math MCAS Administration

Grade 8 Math - Session 1

  • Tuesday, May 3, 2022

Grade 8 Math - Session 2

  • Wednesday, May 4, 2022

Grade 7 Math - Session 1

  • Monday, May 9, 2022

Grade 7 Math - Session 2

  • Tuesday, May 10, 2022

Grade 6 Math - Session 1

  • Thursday, May 12, 2022

Grade 6 Math - Session 2

  • Friday, May 13, 2022


Science & Technology (STE) MCAS Administration

Grade 8 STE - Session 1

  • Tuesday, May 17, 2022

Grade 8 STE - Session 2

  • Wednesday, May 18, 2022


MCAS Reminders

The following are some important reminders for our students and families:

  • Be sure to encourage your child to have a good night’s sleep prior to their scheduled MCAS exam. 

  • Students must charge their chromebooks overnight so that they are fully charged for MCAS testing.

  • We encourage all students and families to make a concerted effort to be at school on time prior to their scheduled MCAS exam, by 7:45 a.m.  Tardy students may not have the opportunity to test with their homeroom group if they arrive after the start of testing for that day.

  • Please be sure that your child has a healthy breakfast.

  • Students may bring a book or magazine to read after they have completed their test. No electronic devices will not be allowed. 

  • Cell phones and other electronic devices including smart watches are not permitted during the testing sessions. Cell phones and smart watches should be locked in lockers or will need to be given to the test administrator to hold during testing.

  • If a student is absent, he/she/they should expect to be scheduled for a make-up exam when they return to school.

Thank you for your anticipated cooperation and support.



Grade 8 Play (May 5-7, 2022)

NAMS Drama Department presents the grade 8 play - This is a Test!

Showtimes in the NAMS Auditorium:

  • Thursday, May 5th @ 7:00 p.m.

  • Friday, May 6th @ 7:00 p.m.

  • Saturday, May 7th @ 2:00 p.m.

  • Saturday, May 7th @ 7:00 p.m.

Tickets are $8 per adult and $5 per student at the door.



NAMS Dismissal Protocols

If you need to dismiss your children early, please send them to school with a note from the parent/guardian stating the reason and the time for early dismissal.  This note must be brought to the office before homeroom. Parents/Guardians may also email Melissa Barron by 8:00 a.m. with the name of the student being dismissed, the reason for the dismissal, and the time of dismissal at  


If neither a note is brought to the main office or a dismissal email is sent, parents/guardians must pick up their child at the office and fill out a dismissal form. Unexpected dismissals may take additional time due to students being outside away from the building for lunch or outside classes. Due to bus line ups and congested traffic, we strongly discourage parents/guardians from dismissing their child after 1:45 p.m.


Cell Phones/Electronics 

Cell phones, electronic devices, game players, etc. are not allowed during the instructional day. If students bring these items to school, they must be turned off and stored in students’ lockers during school hours. We have locks for sale in the main office for $7.00.

Please do not communicate with your children during the instructional day via their cell phones or other electronic devices.


Student Dismissals due to Illness

If students are not feeling well, they should see our nurses. They should not text their parents/guardians to pick them up. If your child texts you to pick them up, please have them first see the nurses and our nurses will contact you.