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NAMS Message to Families - 5/6/22

Thank you PTAC & NAMS Families!

Thank you to our NAMS PTAC Executive Board for leading and coordinating all of the Educator Appreciation gifts and activities this week. Thank you too to all of our NAMS families who volunteered their time, donated items, and made monetary donations to fund all of the activities this past week.

PTAC Executive Board

Maureen Crawford Hentz - Co-president

Melissa Belbusti - Co-president

Andrea Ramirez - Treasurer

Michelle Goldberg - Secretary / Webmaster


Grade 8 Play (May 5-7, 2022)

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

Remaining Showtimes in the NAMS Auditorium:

  • 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.


Nurses Appreciation Week is May 6-12, 2022

School Nurse Appreciation Day is Wednesday, May 11th.

We are very fortunate to have amazing nurses in North Andover Public Schools and especially at NAMS. Please join me in thanking Kathleen Pease & Jessica Wolfe along with part-time nurses Elizabeth Hassanein & Mary Pallazola.


Early Release - Wednesday, May 11th

Students will be dismissed at 1:05 p.m. on Wednesday, May 11, 2022.


Remaining MCAS Testing Dates


Math MCAS Administration

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.


Results of NAMS Student & Parent/Guardian Surveys

In March, we asked students and parents/guardians to complete surveys to provide us with information about the middle school experience for our students and families. Using this data, we can make informed decisions about our current practices and to also develop goals and action areas moving forward.

You may find a summary of the results here.

You may find the student survey results here.

You may find the parent/guardian survey results here.




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.