KNIGHTLY NEWS

Volume 3 - Issue 10 June 1, 2018

SUPERINTENDENT'S MESSAGE

As the school year draws to a close, I want to take a moment to thank all of you for your support and encouragement over the last three years. I have truly enjoyed the privilege of serving as your Superintendent. North Andover is a special community, and it has been an honor to be part of it. There are not many jobs where you get paid to ride around in a hay wagon (or a scooter), get to eat pizza (from Stachey’s of course) with kids, cheer loudly at sporting events, listen to fantastic music (substitute plays, art, etc.), have award winning robots throw balls at you at School Committee meetings, and help support amazing educators/families/kids.

My time here has truly been a gift. Thank you!!

I am so excited to leave this district in the hands of Dr. Gregg Gilligan. I am confident that our transition will be smooth. I am equally confident that he will be an outstanding Superintendent. Gregg is committed to this community, its values, its schools and its families. North Andover is so lucky to have him as its next leader. The future is bright for North Andover.

I wish you all the best.


DID YOU KNOW

The North Andover School District was named among the best communities for music education by the NAMM Foundation (National Association of Music Merchants). North Andover was one of only 14 MA school districts to be chosen and one of 583 in the nation . The Foundation's award program recognizes outstanding efforts by teachers, administrators, parents, students and community leaders who have made music education part of a well-rounded education. Designations are made to districts and schools that demonstrate an exceptionally high commitment and access to music education.

Kittredge, Sargent and Thomson Elementary Schools were recently awarded a MA STEM HUB Grant. These schools will be part of the inaugural group of 25 new schools to participate in the implementation of ST Math. ST Math is a visual instructional program that builds a deep conceptual understanding of math through rigorous learning and creative problem solving to engage, motivate and challenge K-6 students toward higher achievement. ST Math’s digital learning complements Eureka math lessons and provides another way for student to build their math understanding.

You Are Invited

Race Amity Day will be celebrated in North Andover on Sunday, June 10, 2018, from 10 a.m. to 12 noon in the NAHS courtyard and cafe. The North Andover Public Schools, in conjunction with the Stevens Memorial Library, have some exciting cultural activities planned. Please click here to see what it's all about!

DIstrict spotlight

Having received one of the top honors at the Southern New England Regionals earlier in the year, Team 99567D (Timmy Briley, Zach Goldman, Keenan Gosselin, Zoe Levin, Alex Miller and Luke Ralph) of the North Andover Middle School Robotics Club was invited to compete at the VEX World Championships in Louisville, KY at the end of April. To assist them, 8th grade standout club members, Daniel Mittelman and Caralynn Spinosa accompanied as Team Advisers. With their bot, “Tin Man v4.0”, in tow, Team D descended upon the Kentucky Exposition Center to add their names to the list of competitors who have graced the famous arena where greats like Muhammad Ali once competed. They worked side by side with teams from all over the world communicating strategies with pictures, Google Translate and humor.

Their performance on the field was a team best and their division ranking of 33 out of 92 was one of the highest of all middle school teams to compete from the New England region; a truly impressive feat considering this was their first time at the big show. In addition to battling it out with other bots, they took part in games and challenges put forth by event sponsors Google, Northrop Grumman, Dell and UPS and marched with other teams from the United States in the Parade of Nations.

Many of these students have shared that partaking in this event with all its pomp and circumstance has been the highlight of their middle school careers thus far. As everyone boarded planes to return back to MA you could hear the passionate buzzings about the new robots they hope to build to compete in next season’s challenge, “Turning Point.”

CURRICULUM CORNER

Superintendent's Summer Reading Challenge

Welcome to the North Andover Public Schools

Summer Reading Challenge!

This year's Summer Reading Challenge connects to the Massachusetts’ Summer Reading Theme of

“Libraries Rock”

Select a book to read from the grade appropriate reading list below. After you have read the book use this link to answer the questions and submit your entry

Elementary Reading List

Grades 6 Reading List

Grade 7 Reading List

Grade 8 Reading List

Grades 9-12 Reading List

Entries are due by September 15. Winners will be announced at the end of September and prizes will include a Stachey’s lunch delivered by the Superintendent of Schools or a Scholastic book of your choice. Good luck!


ACADEMIC ACHIEVEMENT AND ENDEAVORS

This past April, the NAHS Economics Club, under the supvervision of Daniel Oberlander, Advisor, had four teams participate in the National Economics Challenge, a timed, multiple-choice test sponsored by the Council for Economic Education. Despite being placed in the advanced division in the club’s second year of participation, the team of Alex Martel, Avinash Kumar, Gabriel Papa and Soumil Dhayagude came in third place in the state. The club hopes that this can help promote the subject of economics at NAHS, and while the team did not qualify for the National Finals, we hope to have more teams continue the success next year!


Donna Straight, Assistant superintendent of Student Services

On May 22, 2018 we co-hosted our 1st Annual Andover-North Andover Special Olympics Track & Field School Day Games. The event was a tremendous success! We're so proud of all our athletes for their participation and accomplishments . . . it's a big day for so many of our athletes and their families. Thank you to Kathy Keith for all her efforts! She worked tirelessly with both districts and the Massachusetts Special Olympics organization to make this happen.

None of this would have been possible without the incredible efforts of all our volunteers, staff, the North Andover Police and Fire Department, the Andover school district, and the outreach of the Massachusetts Special Olympics. Congratulations to them for celebrating 50 years and congratulations to all our athletes!

Special Olympics Opening Ceremonies

Top Finishers of 50-Yard Dash

Andover Schools join Special Olympics

T-shirt dedicated to memory of Cassandra Dupont, Matthew Harty and Caydon Pichardo

Tweet of the Month

Thank you to Lowell 5 for their support of FitMoney, our financial literacy program. $100 given to the Franklin School for opening the most savings accounts.

School Committee Update

The June School Committee meetings are:

June 7, 2018 - 7 pm

and

June 21, 2018 - 7 pm

566 Main Street

Central Office Conference Room