KNIGHTLY NEWS

Volume 6 - Issue 5 April, 2021


SUPERINTENDENT'S MESSAGE

It is hard to believe it is April already. As highlighted in my last message, our schools have been diligently preparing for our return to full in-person learning. At their March 18 meeting, the School Committee voted 5-0 to approve the full in-person start dates for our K-5, NAMS and NAHS students listed in the bullet points below:

  • Elementary Students K-5 will return on April 5

  • Middle School Students will return on April 28

  • High School Students will return on April 29

K-12 Return to full in-person learning

Please note the key points listed below as all levels are phased in:

  • Since September of 2020, our practice has been to ensure at least 6 feet of physical distancing between students. As per DESE’s “Guidance,” 3 feet is now the minimum distance required between students.

  • The exception to the 3-foot physical distance standard is when students are unmasked, such as during snack or lunch, where 6 feet of physical distancing will continue to be required.

  • DESE has allowed us to continue the Online Learning Academy for the remainder of this school year. We appreciated the timely responses from families at all levels on their choice of a learning model for the remainder of the year.

  • Greater Lawrence Family Health will be providing NAPS staff their 2nd vaccination on April 10.

Transportation - Thank you to all of our families for completing the recent bus questionnaire. K-5 bus routes will be posted on our Transportation Website the evening of March 31; and if you need additional assistance, please call Transportation Coordinator Lucy McCarthy at 978-794-1503 extension 41275. We

will be providing information on the possibility of adding additional busing for NAMS and NAHS in the coming weeks.

K-5 Elementary Return

  • As K-5 students return to full in-person learning on April 5, it is important to note that Principals have sent information on the arrival process, recess, masks and mask breaks, hand washing/sanitizing and cleaning and dismissal procedures. If you have any questions, you should reach out directly to your school principal.

  • About two-thirds of our K-5 OLA students have chosen to remain in OLA for the remainder of the school year and will be attending OLA 5 days a week.

  • You will receive additional specific information from your building principal regarding daily operations and other pertinent information this week.

NAMS & NAHS Return

The North Andover Middle School will return to full in-person learning on April 28 and North Andover High School will return on April 29. At the March 18 School Committee meeting, grades 6-12 initial return plans were presented. Principal Jackson and Principal Goncalves will provide updates as their teams finalize grades 6-12 plans.

It is important that we continue to use mitigation strategies designed to reduce the likelihood of COVID-19 transmission for in-person learning. Due to our mitigation efforts, we have had great success in preventing in-school transmission, and continued vigilance is critical to a successful shift to full in-person learning.

We are excited to have our students return to their classrooms this April. As always, thank you for your continued support.

DID YOU KNOW

NAHS 30th Reunion Class Celebrates the Class of 2021

This year marks the 30th anniversary of the Class of 1991 receiving their NAHS diplomas. To celebrate this milestone and to show their support for this year’s graduating class, a couple of friends challenged their ’91 classmates to donate $30 to the SOS Committee in honor of their reunion. The NAHS Class of 1991 has raised over $2,200 for the Class of 2021 SOS Graduation Party! Their generosity and support have been amazing.

For those who aren’t familiar with it, the SOS Committee has been providing a safe and exciting overnight graduation party at NAHS for over 25 years. Made up of parent and community volunteers, the committee was formed in 1994 in response to a rise in car accidents involving recently graduated teens. Their mission is to provide every NAHS graduate with an overnight, substance-free event filled with fun and entertaining activities, food, and music – something to look forward to after graduation as a final opportunity to celebrate as a class.

Unfortunately, COVID-19 prevented the committee from providing the Class of 2020 with a graduation celebration. In addition, it has seriously hampered the fundraising efforts that the committee has been able to undertake to fund this year’s celebration. But, fear not! The plans for the Class of 2021’s SOS party

are underway, and although it won’t be an indoor, overnight celebration, it will be a fun-filled afternoon open to every NAHS 2021 graduate on Sunday, the 6th of June.

The SOS Committee is so very grateful to the Class of ’91 as well as to the members of other graduating classes who heard about the challenge and have made donations to help offset the $30,000 cost of the event. Whether you have a student graduating this year or in 10 years, you can help! We need volunteers before, during, and after the June 6 celebration, and we need new members interested in taking on a committee role to ensure this wonderful tradition continues. If you would like more information on how you can volunteer, or donate, please visit the SOS website at https://sites.google.com/site/sosnahs/.

Healthy Happenings Newsletter

From the NAPS Nursing Dept.

We know you will want to check out the latest Healthy Happenings Newsletter this month for new information regarding Illness dismissal, close contacts, the

importance of communication during this transition, and re-evaluating the cleanliness, size and fit of your child's mask.

SOCIAL/EMOTIONAL LEARNING

Please click here to read a very timely and comprehensive article by Dr. Neha Chaudhary on helping your kids prepare for a successful return to school.

Elementary Principals Prepare to Welcome Students Back on April 5


We can't wait to have all of our Bradstreet Bulldogs with us all day starting on April 5! - Principal Goddard

We are so excited to welcome our Atkinson All-Stars back to in-person learning 5 days a week at Atkinson School on Monday, April 5! We’re committed to maintaining an in-person learning environment through the end of the school year. We value our partnership with our families to remain vigilant and support our health and safety. - Principal O'Loughlin

Hey, Hey, Hey, Franklin Families! We're so excited for the "Return 2 Live 5", and I know that this is going to be an incredible end to our year! Welcome back to all of our students returning from OLA - the Dragon's Den will be close to full again! April 5 will be here before we know it, so stay healthy, stay safe and most importantly, keep smiling! - Principal Clarke

To the Kittredge Kangaroos, I take great pride and joy in welcoming you to be fully in-person on April 5. It is exciting to have all children back and to be part of a community of great students, parents, and teachers at Kittredge Elementary! Kittredge Elementary prides itself on being a “Community of Learners” where our students and staff look for opportunities to learn from each other in our daily lives. We are committed to high academic expectations, mutual respect, and social responsibility. - Principal Cushing

The Sharks of Sargent School are excited to have all Sharks under one roof again! We have missed one and all - it's going to be a fantastic Spring together! And as we say at Sargent, "Be Safe and Be Kind" - Principal Lahey

The Thomson School is excited to welcome back all our cohorts to a full five days of in-person learning beginning Monday, April 5. The success of our Tigers throughout this pandemic has been the collaborative efforts of our amazing staff and the hard work of all our families at home. Here’s to seeing all our wonderful students each day and moving our community of learners forward in academic, social-emotional and personal success. Go Thomson!! We are back! - Principal Raymond

We are excited to begin 5 days of synchronous learning for our OLA students on April 5. Students will no longer have the two asynchronous days. Bringing the cohorts together will allow students to learn from each other in a larger group that wasn't possible due to the cohort model. OLA educators and students have been persevering in their virtual environment this school year! Teachers have enjoyed getting to know students from across the district and have done a tremendous job creating engaging and nurturing remote classrooms.

CURRICULUM CORNER

Did you know that our North Andover Public Schools students and their families speak over 35 home languages? Many of our North Andover families are bilingual in Spanish, Portuguese, Chinese, Arabic, Gujarati, Hindi, Korean and many more languages. As a school system, we are so excited to have the gift of such wonderful language diversity in our schools. The mental flexibility involved in knowing two languages is a strong asset. Some of these students are part of our English Learner (EL) program. Our English Learner (EL) programming services almost 100 students across our eight schools. Our EL teachers and tutors support students who speak a language other than English in developing skills in the four domains of language: listening, speaking, reading and writing. The teachers and tutors work both in and outside of the classroom with students to best meet the developing needs of students acquiring a second language. We have EL tutors that work in every school in North Andover for this programming. They work supporting students and developing their academic language in English. Recently, all EL students participated in the ACCESS (Assessing Comprehension and Communication in English State-to-State for English Language Learners) test.

English Language Program Review

During early May the Department of Elementary and Secondary Education’s Office of Public School Monitoring (PSM) will conduct a Tiered Focused Monitoring Review of North Andover Public Schools. The Office of Public School Monitoring visits each district and charter school every three years to monitor compliance with federal and state English Language Education regulations.

In addition to the virtual visit, parent outreach is an important part of the review process. The review chairperson from the Office of Public School Monitoring will send some parents of EL students an online survey that focuses on key areas of their child’s program. Survey results will contribute to the development of a report. Other virtual activities may include interviews of district staff and administrators and reviews of student records.

Within approximately 60 business days after the onsite visit, the review chairperson will provide the North Andover Public Schools with a report with information about areas in which NAPS meets or exceeds regulatory requirements and areas in which the district requires assistance to correct or improve practices. The public will be able to access the report at http://www.doe.mass.edu/psm/tfm/reports/.

STUDENT SERVICES

by Marci Boccuzzi

We are excited to have just received ten Clear Touch Panels for use in some of our preschool, elementary and middle school classrooms. This interactive technology will allow us to improve access to the curriculum and engage students in new ways. Teachers and providers just had their first training on Wednesday, March 24 and they will continue to learn unique ways to utilize this technology and accompanying software to expand learning for our students. We look forward to sharing some lessons in the next newsletter.

What's Happening at Stevens Memorial Library

April is often a cause for celebration: snowstorms usually are done, crocus and other flowers have started to appear. Holy days such as Pesach and Easter can occur in April, depending on their unique calendars. And, like clockwork, it’s National Poetry Month. Do you know what herb associated with many traditional candies is celebrated on April 12? Or, that April also celebrates Friedrich W. A. Frobel’s birthday on April 21?

This April find things to celebrate every day, whether it's something large or something small. A quick internet search for “April celebrations” brings up all sorts of calendars with all sorts of things to celebrate. Make April a time for smiling to yourself or bringing a smile to someone else. Share reasons to smile at #NAcelebrateApril.

If you missed some of the February or March programs, go to Libraries Working Towards Social Justice and North Andover Reads for recordings. And, check back periodically because more recordings may be added.

The Library website is your gateway. Visit Latest Reopening News for Curbside Pickup and Visit by Appointment information.

All online services are available through the website; support is available via email SmlRefServices@NorthAndoverMA.gov or phone 978-688-9505. Staff will respond as they are available. For remote support hours, visit the Library’s Hours & Directions.

Online Services:

  • No Library card, or it needs an update? Email SmlRefServices@NorthAndoverMA.gov or call the Library 978-688-9505 to get started.

  • Not sure what to read? Fill out a Reader Request for personalized recommendations or browse our Digital Book Display. Look for more reading recommendations on the StevensMemLib Youtube channel.

  • Have you looked at the Children’s Virtual Room for virtual field trips or the Teens Virtual Room for webcomics recommendations? Find a virtual story time on our Youtube channel.

  • School papers and projects? Click on E-Library for 30+ online resources in Education; Health/Medical; History; Languages and Literature; Encyclopedias & Reference; Science & Technology; Test Preparation & E-Learning. Teen Librarian Amy would love to help, email her at APopoloski@NorthAndoverMA.gov.

Follow the Library on Facebook and Twitter using “StevensMemLib” to have the news delivered.

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School Committee Corner

by Helen Pickard, Chair

Dear North Andover Community,

March was another very busy month for our schools. With the recommendation of the administration and Board of Health, School Committee voted to approve dates for full in-person learning for all students. We signed a new MOA with NATA. We thanked outgoing member David Torrisi for his service on the committee.

We continue to progress with the multi-year district improvement plan. In March, we heard the NAHS Schedule Change Proposal for a vote in April. The School Capacity Subcommittee will present building project options on April 1. Principals will complete the Elementary Data presentation. The Committee welcomes public input on these and all other business.

To send a group email to all members of the School Committee, please use the School Committee link then click on "All Members" on the left-hand side of the page. Please note that to comply with Open Meeting Laws, group emails sent to all committee members will be answered only by the Chair or the Superintendent of Schools.

In May, we will discuss the Separately Budgeted Recovery Services for all levels. We will make our recommendations on the Warrant for Town Meeting. Please remember, the School Committee approved FY22 operating budget and the COVID Recovery Funds need your VOTE on June 15 to support our schools!

Upcoming:

SC Community Chat Wednesday, April 28, 9-10 am

Join with Google Meet meet.google.com/yya-wnwb-fvu

Join by phone ‪(US) +1 413-561-7866‬ PIN: ‪676 776 103‬#

Hall of Fame Nominations are Due April 30

SEPAC STAR Celebration: Special Education Teacher Award and Recognition

Appreciatively,

Helen Pickard, Chair


Tweet of the Month

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Meeting Dates

NAMS Band

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Football and band are back.... So happy!

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April 1, 2021

April 15, 2021