Volume 3 - Issue 4 December 1, 2017
Happy December!! I hope it is an enjoyable month for your family as you celebrate the holidays and spend time with family. The only wish I have this holiday season is for a very mild, no snow on weekdays (weekends are fine) winter.
There is a ton going on with the North Andover Public Schools. Unfortunately, all of it is in the process of being decided, so I have no real news to report. I can tell you to be on the lookout for a number of upcoming announcements.
First, we are in the process of negotiating with the Triumph Construction Company to expand the Early Childhood Center. We are excited that they chose to bid the project, as they were the company that built the original ECC. The School Building Committee will be meeting next Wednesday, December 6, 2017 to discuss the negotiations. We remain on schedule to open the building in August, 2018.
Second, we will be launching the search for the next Middle School Principal on Monday, December 4, 2017. As you may know, Dr. McQuade will be retiring at the end of this year after a 14 year tenure here in North Andover. I will be sending a note to all Middle School parents about this process, and we will be looking for volunteers to serve on the search committee.
Finally, the School Committee will be meeting at 6 p.m. on Monday, December 4, 2017 to vote in the next Superintendent.
So, we have a lot going on. Stay tuned. It is an exciting time here in North Andover. Happy Holidays!!
DID YOU KNOW?
The North Andover High School fall sports teams enjoyed a very successful season. Our teams won over 75 percent of their contests. Six of the teams, Girls' Volleyball, Football, Boys' Soccer, Girls' Soccer, Field Hockey and Golf captured Merrimack Valley Conference championships. We had six of our athletes named Player of the Year: Jake McElroy - Football; Mary O'Connor - Girls' Soccer, Sarah Bagley - Field Hockey; Matt Lucy - Golf; Austin Ward - Boys' Soccer; Sophie Meyers - Girls' Volleyball; and Allison Rodriques was named Goalkeeper of the Year.
Four of our coaches, were recognized for their excellence and garnered Coach of the Year honors: Lisa Rasanen - Girls' Soccer; Kyle Wood - Boys' Soccer; Veronica Schaefer - Girls' Volleyball; and John Dubzinski - Football. Rounding out the accolades and proving we have true student athletes, three of our students were selected as Boston Herald All-Scholastic member: Jake McElroy - Football; Austin Ward - Boys' Soccer; and Sarah Bagley - Field Hockey. Congratulations to our Scarlet Knight fall athletes and coaches!!
Our new web master, Hillary Stasonis, has been working to improve the look of the District's website and make it more user friendly. We are especially excited about the Academics area, and I am certain you will find it helpful. You are now able to view your child's curriculum by grade level (K through 5) and by subject area for Middle and High School students. We have included a brief biography for Lorene Marx, Humanities Coordinator, Kara Larcome, STEM Coordinator and me. Click on the DESE Report Card link to see how the district and your school are performing on MCAS testing. Our EL section
for English language learners and their families includes both parent and teacher resources, program forms and notices. If you are new to the district and have a child starting kindergarten, you will not want to miss our information-filled kindergarten pages. There you will find all the important dates concerning the kindergarten information night and registration. There is also a section on how to prepare your child for kindergarten. Our new math resource pages are available for elementary parents and will be especially helpful in supporting your child with the new Eureka Math program.
The Department of Student Services, its programs and school-based professionals, provide prevention and intervention services to Pre-K through adult students (up to age 22 years). Direct services are provided by means such as education, counseling, consultation and individual assessment. Student services are delivered by an integrated team of professionals who are uniquely trained to address the academic, social/ emotional, college and career, and health and wellness development needs of all students. This is a systematic approach that delivers services to students and their families. Student support services are a vital part of comprehensive school program success.
The Department of Student Services is comprised of many departments working independently and collaboratively for students, staff, and families. Highlighted this month are Guidance, and Nursing:
Guidance High School: Steve Nugent, Director HS
Role of High School Counselor
As emphasized in the American School Counseling Association (ASCA) national standards, high school counseling and guidance services are meant to address the barriers students have to learning, both educational learning and life-long learning. High school counseling adopts techniques for addressing all students’ various and many faceted issues that affect their abilities to perform in an educational environment both academically and socially.
It is essential that our high school counselors are able to fully understand the fundamental goals of their position in high school students’ lives. High school counselors are in the business of helping students become citizens who are: a) successful in our fast-paced, growing economy; b) good family providers; c) responsible parents, and; d) involved in their communities. With these goals in mind, high school counselors will assess the needs of high school students by being a part of curriculum development, assessment of educational needs on an individual basis, intervention and counseling for students who are dealing with issues
affecting learning, and helping students explore the world that lies beyond high school graduation.
Nurses: Cheryl Barczak, Director
The schools in North Andover are staffed with registered professional school nurses who are also licensed as educators by the Department of Education. School nurses have a multi-faceted role within the school setting, one that supports the physical, mental, emotional, and social health of students and their success in the learning process. It is the responsibility of school nurses to provide safe, effective, and timely care for all students.
The school nurses are present in your child’s school to be a liaison between home and school and to serve as a health resource for you and your child. The nurses are available to all students for consultation and support including those with developmental, social, emotional, and health care needs. School nurses are a constant figure in your child’s school life, and are continually planning, implementing, evaluating and advocating for the well being of all students. As key members of the educational team, nurses communicate and collaborate with school staff and frequently attend IEP, 504 and other meetings when appropriate. They perform yearly screening services, such as assessments for vision, hearing and scoliosis, and refer to specialists for follow-up as appropriate. They also provide ongoing health education in classrooms, small groups and individually on numerous topics including handwashing and hygiene, dental care, nutrition, puberty, life skills and CPR.
School nurses recognize that the school environment largely reflects the health of the greater community as a whole. They monitor and track trends in illness in the individual schools and inform parents of outbreaks of communicable diseases. The majority of students who visit the nurse’s office with an illness or injury complaint return to the classroom to continue their studies after assessment and treatment.
What: Come one, come all and see the splendor of our illuminated winter gardens. Many holidays and festivals are based on lights, some even being called a Festival of Lights, like Diwali for Hinduism, Sikhism, and Jainism, and Hanukah for Judaism. Christianity also celebrates using lights, seen on a Christmas tree or in a snowcapped windowsill. Visitors are invited to explore the grounds of the Stevens-Coolidge Place as they twinkle and shine with holiday lights that brighten the landscape during this holiday season. Pick up a song book and sing holiday songs or simply listen to others as you warm up with hot cocoa and make s'mores around our outdoor fire pit.
Who: Presented by the Trustees
When: This is a three-weekend event. Full event schedule includes:
Friday, December 8 through Sunday, December 10, 5-7PM
Friday, December 15 through Sunday, December 17, 5-7PM
Friday, December 22 through Saturday, December 23 5-7PM
Where: 137 Andover Street, The Stevens-Coolidge Place, North Andover, MA. Parking lot located across the street from the property.
How: Pre-registration is encouraged. Visit http://www.thetrustees.org/ things-to-do/ and use the drop-down menu to select The Stevens-Coolidge Place, scroll to the Illumination Nights date of your choice from the list of upcoming events and purchase your tickets online. You can also find the Stevens-Coolidge Place on Facebook including a list of upcoming events. Contact Engagement Site Manager, Kate Bibeau at 978-356-4351 X 3202 or email email@example.com with any questions or to join The Trustees and receive your member discount.
Price: Trustees member $5, Nonmember $10, Kids FREE
WINTER SOLSTICE CELEBRATION
What: Celebrating the winter solstice goes back 5,000 years. Join us as we light up the night with a Solstice stroll and celebration at Ward Reservation. Participants will meet in the parking lot for a guided candlelit walk through the woods that will include presented passages from the story "The Shortest Day" by Wendy Pfeffer. After hiking to the top of Holt Hill, which at an elevation of 420 feet above sea level is the highest point in Essex County and offers views of the Boston skyline and even the Blue Hills, the celebration will commence with a gathering around the solstice stones at Holt Hill's summit. This compass-like arrangement of stones indicates the cardinal points on the compass, the points of the summer and winter solstices, and the points of the spring and autumnal equinoxes. Here, participants can warm up by a fire with storytelling by Sandy Hitchens of the Covenant of Unitarian Universalist Pagans and enjoy hot chocolate and s'mores as we welcome the new season under the stars and marvel at the exquisite talents of fire performer Tetra, blending contemporary dance movements with poi spinning.
Who: Presented by the Trustees
When: Thursday, December 21; 6-8PM
Where: Ward Reservation, 65 Prospect Road, Andover, MA.
How: Pre-registration is recommended. Visit http://www.thetrustees.org/ things-to-do/ and use the drop-down menu to select Ward Reservation, scroll to the program title of your choice from the list of upcoming events and purchase your tickets online. You can also find the Stevens-Coolidge Place on Facebook including a list of upcoming events. Contact Engagement Site Manager, Kate Bibeau at 978-356-4351 X 3202 or email firstname.lastname@example.org with any questions or to join The Trustees and take advantage of this special members-only event.
Price: Trustees Member $9. Nonmember $15. Kids FREE
North Andover Public Schools has nine Google calendars: one for each school and a district calendar. In this Tech Tip we’ll go over where you can view each calendar, and how to subscribe to the calendars that interest you. The district calendar is where holidays, vacations, early release-days, and school cancellations (snow days) are listed. Each individual school calendar is maintained by the school administration and shows events specific to that school, such as PTO meetings, concerts, and open houses. Additionally, some events from each calendar are featured on the homepage of the NAPS website, along with events from the Town of North Andover's calendar, if they are open to the public or of interest to the school community at-large.
View on the Website
All of the calendars can be viewed on the NAPS website. If you go to www.northandoverpublicschools.com and select a school from the “Schools” dropdown, and then click the calendar icon, you will see the individual school’s calendar overlaid with the district calendar. This is a great way to see what’s happening at your child’s school in addition to any days off or early-release days. You can also see all eight schools’ calendars overlaid with the district calendar by going to “All Calendars” under the “Quick Links” dropdown on the website. The default appearance is agenda view, but you also toggle between weekly and monthly views. You can further hide/show each calendar on that page by clicking the filter arrow at the top of the calendar. If you have children in more than one school, this is a great way to see every pertinent event at a glance.
Subscribe to a Calendar
If you prefer to view upcoming events in your own personal Google calendar or in an app such as iCal, Outlook, or a calendar app on your phone, you can also subscribe to the NAPS calendars. Events will automatically appear in your calendar as they are added, and they will automatically change when/if they are modified.
For Google users:
- Simply go to the “All Calendars” page under “Quick Links” on the NAPS website.
- At the bottom of the page, beneath the calendar, there is a button that says “+ Google Calendar”.
- Clicking on this button will open up Google Calendar in a new window. (You might be prompted to sign in.)
- From here you can select which calendars you want to subscribe to.
For other apps:
- Most calendar applications support an ICS file supplied by a URL.
- Look for the place to "add", "subscribe" or "follow" a calendar in your application.
- When prompted to supply a URL or web address for the ICS file, consult the table by clicking here to find the appropriate URL for the calendar to which you want to subscribe.
Tweet of the Month
What a fun time at the VEX Robotics Competition today. Go Knights!!!!
School Committee Update
The December School Committee meeting dates are:
December 4, 2017 - 6:00 p.m. at Town Hall
December 7, 2017
December 21, 2017
566 Main Street