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NAMS Message to Families 9/30/22

Hello NAMS Families,

I hope that this message finds you and your loved ones well. It’s hard to believe that we have completed the 5th week of school this year! Our school is once again a vibrant learning community with students engaged in collaborative learning in our classrooms, socializing with old and new friends, and participating in a wide range of activities after school.


NAMS After School Activities - Fall Session Coming Soon!

Speaking of after school activities, we are in the process of finalizing a list of after school activities to offer our students free of charge for the fall. We are anticipating offering a wide range of clubs and activities that will be meeting once per week on different days of the week this fall for an 8 week session. We will finalize the list of activities, their description, their staff advisor, and the days that they will be meeting soon. We anticipate beginning the week of October 11th.


Parents/Guardians Make A Difference Newsletter

Each month, our district features a new newsletter for parents/guardians at the Pre-K level, elementary level, middle school level, and high school level. You may find all of the newsletters here. Please check out the middle school newsletter and its many resources, strategies, and suggestions. 


MAP Testing Dates

Our NAMS students are scheduled to take the MAP (Measures of Academic Progress) assessments during the next 2 weeks. MAP is an adaptive assessment that is designed to target a student’s academic performance. These tests are tailored to an individual’s current achievement level. This gives each student an opportunity to show what they know and can do. Because the computer adjusts the difficulty of the questions as the test progresses, each student takes a unique test. With this type of unique test, teachers are better able to measure individual student growth throughout the course of the school year and determine where each student may need additional instruction.


What do students need on the day of the assessment?

  • Fully charged Chromebook

  • Something to read in case they finish early

  • A positive attitude


We have identified 1 testing date per grade. All students will be asked to take the MAP Assessment on the dates below. 


  • Grade 8 Math MAP - Monday, October 3rd

  • Grade 7 Math MAP - Thursday, October 6th

  • Grade 6 Math MAP - Friday, October 7th


  • Grade 8 Reading MAP - Tuesday, October 11th

  • Grade 7 Reading MAP - Thursday, October 13th

  • Grade 6 Reading MAP - Friday, October 14th


Wednesday, October 5th is an Early Release Day!

  • Students will be dismissed at 1:05 p.m. on Wednesday, October 5th.


Monthly Book Club at NAMS in collaboration with the Stevens Memorial Library

Meet with your peers to talk about some great books in a fun, relaxing atmosphere!

October’s Book is Amari and the Night Brothers by B.B. Alston

  • Date: Thursday, October 27th

  • Time:  After school from 2:30 - 3:15

  • Where: NAMS Library

How do I sign up? 

You may see Mrs. Reusch in the library 

Books will be available for students to pick up next week!

Any questions should be directed to Ellen Reusch, NAMS Library/Media Specialist



Remaining NAMS Open House Dates - Save the date!

  • Grade 8 - Thursday, October 6, 2022 @ 6:00 p.m.

All parents/guardians are asked to first meet in the auditorium at 6:00 p.m. before meeting with their teams.


NAMS School Council 2022-2023

Staff Representatives

  • Jen Sylvester

  • Joanna Calos

  • Stacy Birdsell

Parent/Guardian Representatives

  • Maureen Crawford Hentz

  • Crystal Dixon

  • Kristyn Perry

Student Representatives

  • TBA

  • TBA



Are you interested in working at NAMS?

We are in the process of reviewing applications and hiring for the following 3 positions. 

  • ISS (Instructional Support Staff - Building Substitutes) - $100 per day with flexible schedule.

You can apply for this position here. Please select the North Andover Middle School position.

  • Teaching Assistant (7:50-2:20) - Information may be found in the contract here.

You can apply to these 2 positions here.


Wishing you all a wonderful weekend,

Jorge Goncalves