KNIGHTLY NEWS

Volume 3 - Issue 2 October 1, 2017

Superintendent Price paddle boarding at Steven's Pond with 6th grade students.

SUPERINTENDENT'S MESSAGE

Welcome to the redesigned Knightly News. We have changed the format so that it is easier to view on mobile phones, tablets and computers. We hope you find the format easier to access, and, as always, we welcome any feedback.

The year has gotten off to a strong start with our K-6 teachers implementing our new Eureka Math Program. As detailed in the email I shared last week, we are making real progress in terms of the ECC expansion to include Kindergarten. Additionally, the Massachusetts School Building Administration (MSBA) visited our Middle School last week to assess our needs in terms of expanding the school to better meet our requirements. In fact, we were among 44 districts they visited (out of 84 applicants) based on the needs articulated in our Statement of Interest. Ultimately, the MSBA collaborates with approximately 15 to 20 districts to help support building projects through its reimbursement program. We will hear by early December if we are invited into the program .

As you can see, there is a lot going on in our district this fall. Please know we are working hard everyday to ensure that all of our students are having an excellent educational experience here in North Andover.


ECC EXPANSION UPDATE

Please use the following link to view a flyer about the expansion of the ECC to include 16 Kindergarten classrooms. In short, the School Building Committee has approved the schematic design, and we are preparing to go out to bid. As planned, we are on schedule to open for the beginning of school in September 2018. We are working with a team of consultants to address traffic and parking during the construction and after the project is complete. In addition to the flyer, we have established a website to provide more information about the project, which you can access at http://nak12.net/ecc-expansion.

DID YOU KNOW

NESBA Marching Band Competition

North Andover High School

Saturday, October 14 at 5:00 PM

Gates open at 4:00 PM

Tickets: Adults $10, Students and Seniors $8

Concessions will be available for purchase

All proceeds to benefit North Andover Public School music programs

For more information, visit www.northandovermusic.org

7th Annual Knights in Training

Kids' Run

Saturday, October 21

Each year a special trophy is awarded to the one North Andover elementary school with the highest participation rate! Last year the THOMSON TIGERS dethroned the 4-time champion ATKINSON ALL-STARS...it was an incredible achievement.

Who will bring home the trophy for 2017?

The Knights in Training Kids’ Run (for kids under 12) will be held at NAHS on Saturday, Oct. 21 as part of the 2017 Homecoming celebration.

Registration Fee: $10.00

Check-in begins at 8:00 am

Kids’ Run begins at 9:00 am

*ALL participants receive a race bib at check-in, a Knights on the Run band bracelet and lots of great giveaways!

Register online at www.knightsrun5k.com

Questions? Email: knightsrun5k@gmail.com


DISTRICT SPOTLIGHT by C.Parent

In a remarkable feat of endurance and speed, Superintendent, Jen Price, and her intrepid Assistant Superintendent, Gregg Gilligan, set off on their bicycles at 8:15 on the morning of September 13 in an attempt to visit all 8 schools before lunch. In order to silence a number of skeptical colleagues in the Central Office, their trip was documented with pictures from each location.

The daring duo began their odyssey at the Sargent School because - “If they could make it there, they could make it anywhere” – think literally, it’s the farthest school from the Central Office.

Always prepared, Principal Joe Clarke and his amazing Administrative Assistant, Jean McAloon, officially welcomed the impromptu visitors to the Franklin School.

The next stop was the Atkinson School, where RAISE values originated, and Principal Greg Landry is proud to display the mural as a daily reminder of their importance.

This young man at the Early Childhood Center dutifully poses with the two strangers who have invaded his classroom.

The 6th grade gym class at the M.S. is held in suspended animation as they wait for Mr. Gilligan to pull off some "quality" wheelies.

A doubtful group of kindergarten students in Mrs. Sciamanna's class at the Thomson School could not believe the two bicyclists are actually in charge of the schools.

While riding by Mike's Market, they pause to pay homeage to the Scarlet Knight.

The lure of Heavenly Donuts was too much to resist for the thirsty twosome as they headed up Main Street.

A quick stop by Town Hall to greet the Town Clerk and Town Manager's Assistant is a must.

Mr. Gilligan's curiosity gets the better of him as he watches the Fire Dept. practice life-saving drills.

H.S. Athletic Director, Laura Habacker takes their visit in stride as she is greeted by the duo on the high school track.

One last stop with Mr. Cushing and the dynamic 5th grade team at the Kittredge School, before heading back to the Central Office across the street.


They barely made it through the door around noon, before collapsing on the floor in the reception area of the Central Office. While these two educators modeled an important lesson - you can accomplish anything you set your mind to, they also learned a little something - they're not as young as they used to be.

CURRICULUM CORNER

Peer Observation will be the professional focus of North Andover High School teachers this year. The district’s Leadership Team met this summer and identified six areas concerning collaboration to focus on during our early release days this year. The focus areas include teaching and improved learning for all students and have a direct connection to our Strategic Plan.

NAHS will be spending time on the area of Opening Practice by conducting Peer Observations. Each trimester, one week is identified for teachers to observe and meet with a colleague to discuss practice. The goal is for teachers to provide other teachers effective feedback to assist each other in specific, identified areas that they want to improve in. All pairs will have time to reflect on lessons and take away methods to aid in their teaching practice. Having a culture where teachers can see each other succeed and offer feedback will help the high school grow as a team. The process will also allow teachers to model working together in front of students.



THE STEVENS COOLIDGE PLACE

October is for the kids! Not sure how to get the toddlers, tweens and teens outside this fall? Look no further than the Stevens-Coolidge Place in North Andover. With a full assortment of weekday and weekend programming from the magical to the experiential to the seasonal, there’s plenty of family fun to be had in the great outdoors! Build a fairy house? Check. Kite flying and leaf finding? Check. Non-Scary Halloween fun? Check. We’re going strong all year long so you can breathe the fresh air and refuel your brain/soul/body.

Teddy Bear Picnic Sunday, October 8, 1-3 pm

Family Fun Day Columbus Day, Monday October 9, 10 am- 2 pm

Flower Fairy & Elf Festival Saturday, October 14, 10 am- Noon

Fall Foliage Fun Day (at Ward Reservation) Saturday, Oct 14, 11 am-2 pm

Stevens-Coolidge Pumpkin Trail Saturday, October 28, 5-8 pm and Sunday, October 29, 5-8 pm

Nature Playgroup Thursday, October 19, 9:30 am-11am

All events can be found here: http://www.thetrustees.org/things-to-do/ Or on the Stevens-Coolidge Facebook page.

Tweet of the Month

Thanks to Moe Downey for his 9 years of service at Thomson. An amazing educator.

School Committee Update

The October School Committee meeting dates are:

  • October 5, 2017 at 7:00 p.m.
  • October 19, 2017 at 7:00 p.m.

Conference Room

566 Main Street