Friday, March 22, 2013
Due to the high number of snow days, schools will be open during the religious holiday.
North Andover schools will have a half day on Good Friday. The School Committee voted unanimously to add a half day on March 29 -- Good Friday, to Christians -- to the academic calendar. The measure is to compensate for days missed due to the sudden barrage of snow days brought on by our February and March snowstorm-a-week pattern. The Reasoning State law requires 180 days of school per academic year, and the town is short one day. "We looked at the calendar and there are no professional development days left, so that is not an option," School Committee Chair Laurie Burzlaff said. The options were to have school on Good Friday, Memorial Day, a day during April vacation or a Saturday. Superintendent Kevin Hutchinson recommended Good Friday …
Monday, March 18, 2013
Inclement weather has caused delays in testing.
According to the Massachusetts Department of Elementary and Secondary Education, MCAS English Language Arts tests have been postponed to Monday, March 25. The North Andover Superintendent's Office confirmed that his applies to schools statewide, including North Andover. The DESE made the announcement due to pending inclement weather. The tests were to be held on Tuesday, March 19. "We realize that this change may be disruptive for some schools, but for security reasons it is critical that all schools administer the ELA Composition on the same day. Even schools that are unaffected by the storm must wait until Monday, March 25, to administer the test," the DESE wrote on its website.
Friday, March 8, 2013
It's yet another snow day for the students of North Andover.
The snow days just keep piling up for North Andover students. You've got another one today, as North Andover Public Schools are closed, according to Patch news partners 7News. For breaking North Andover news as it happens, sign up for North Andover Patch email alerts.
Wednesday, March 6, 2013
The following was submitted by Gregg Gilligan.
Wednesday, March 6
On behalf of the North Andover School System, we welcome you and your family to North Andover. We take great pride in our schools, our teachers, and staff, and we look forward to providing both a strong educational program and a supportive learning environment for your child. Children must be five years of age by August 31, 2013, to be eligible for kindergarten. (There are no exceptions to this policy). We have scheduled a Kindergarten Information Night for parents/guardians which will be held on Monday, March 11, 2013, from 6:30 p.m. to 7:30 p.m. at the North Andover Middle School. At this meeting you will be receiving important information regarding North Andover's kindergarten program, as well as the process for registering your child …
Friday, March 1, 2013
The following was submitted by Lisa Roberts.
Nationally acclaimed teacher and musician, John Keller, recently visited the elementary schools of North Andover as Johnny the K with his 12-string guitar, unique collection of hats, and his message Character Counts. Sponsored by the North Andover School Enrichment Council, along with generous support from the North Andover Cultural Council, his message came through songs and skits to “stand tall – be strong, be confident; think positive; together we make it better; attitude is everything;” and more. Students, kindergarten through second grade, were engaged throughout the show with his interactive and imaginary style of music. For more information about the North Andover Cultural Council please contact Linda MacDonald at nandovercultural@…
Monday, February 25, 2013
A great season for the Knights.
It's winter sports playoff season, and North Andover has reason to be proud. Four teams are headed to playoffs. Both the boys and girls basketball team as well as girls gymnastics and alpine ski team make the first round of the MIAA playoffs. Here's the run-down:
Thursday, February 21, 2013
the following was submitted by Helen Pickard.
Thursday, February 21
The North Andover High School honors chorus, the Scarlet and Black Singers, are traveling to California April 5-9 to participate in the San Francisco Festival of Gold. Only the nation's most-accomplished musical choirs are invited to perform at this exclusive event. NAHS’s chorus was invited after singing in Philadelphia last spring where they earned gold medals for their performances. “We have an hour long clinic with a famous clinician, will be part of an adjudication with other gold medal groups at St. Ignatius Church, and also get to perform at the renowned Davies Symphony Hall where we are conducted by famous conductors and get to sing with the other gold medal students from across the country,” reports Mrs. Sara Durkin, NAHS chorus …
Monday, February 11, 2013
The fired-then-rehired football coach gives thanks.
Monday, February 11
North Andover Varsity Football Coach John Rafferty hasn't said much since being rehired last week. But Monday morning he published a letter of thank you to the community, posted on the Support Coach Rafferty Facebook page. Rafferty was fired in January, which ignited a groundswell of support for him in the community as well as outrage at school officials. Eventually, after two weeks of growing public pressure, Rafferty was rehired last week. The letter Rafferty wrote reads as follows: To the North Andover Football Community, On behalf of myself and the Knights Coaching Staff, I would like to thank you for your overwhelming support and concern during these recent weeks. We are grateful for the opportunity to coach your sons again. It is …
Sunday, February 10, 2013
The decision was made Sunday evening.
North Andover Public Schools will be closed Monday so crews can clean up after the weekend blizzard. The School Department sent out a reverse 911 alert Sunday evening letting parents know school was cancelled. North Andover got about two feet of snow over the weekend, and many of the town's roads are still a mess, as crews work to clear snow. The kids may be excited. Here are some places for them to go sledding.
Thursday, February 7, 2013
Police and town officials want vehicles off the roads during the storm.
North Andover Public Schools will be closed Friday due to the expected blizzard. The School Department sent out a reverse 911 alert Thursday letting parents know school was cancelled forn Friday. Driving conditions are expected to be extremely hazardous Friday, with periods of very low visibility, and having buses on the roads would put students at risk. The National Weather Service has issued a blizzard watch for most of eastern Massachusetts including North Andover, calling it a "potential historic winter storm." We could see snow falling at 3-to-4 inches per hour and wind gusts of more than 20 miles per hour. Stay with Patch for updates throughout the storm.