Share Your Feedback on the Massachusetts IEP Improvement Project

The Massachusetts Department of Elementary and Secondary Education (DESE) appreciates the feedback you have provided so far on the Massachusetts IEP Improvement Project. As you know from my previous email, we continue to need your help as we continue to make advancements with this initiative.

We are following up with a second survey specific to families, students with IEPs, and other interested parties.  We need your assistance sharing this survey, which is available in English, Spanish, Portuguese, and Haitian Creole. This survey is open now through our deadline of May 18th.

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Special Olympics May 22, 2018

Special Olympics Track and Field day is held annually at North Andover High School. Students from all North Andover schools participate in this day of fun. Events included long jump, 25m dash, and, tennis ball throw. Parents, relatives and friends are invited to come watch the athletes compete.

Come cheer on our athletes!

Financial Planning Q&A Session May 4

May 4 – Financial Planning Q&A Session

Caleb Harty is a Certified Financial Planner that specializes in working with parents that have a child with special needs. He frequently presents to parent groups, including SEPAC’s & Arc’s, he also has several published articles in Exceptional Parent Magazine. His brother-in-law Alex has Down Syndrome, which is a big motivation for the work he does. He lives in North Reading and his office is in Middleton.

Caleb is offering no-charge 45 minute introduction meetings to answer any questions you may have including:

Maximizing government benefits, preserving government benefits via estate planning techniques, financial planning (creating a long term budget for child, how to tax efficiently fund special needs trust: life insurance vs retirement accounts, etc), ABLE accounts pro’s and con’s, planning for all children (college, etc), and more.

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Sign up for directly with Caleb at or 9789725961.

This is not an endorsement from NAPAC. We try to bring to your attention events that might be of interest.

Volunteer for Understanding Our Differences

Understanding Our Differences (UOD) is a nationally recognized, educational program that teaches elementary school children to develop understanding and respect for fellow students and others with physical, sensory or developmental disabilities. Students in grade 3-5 at all elementary schools will participate in two programs this school year. Programs typically start with a 30 minute video or presentation about the disability, followed by 3-4 small group activities that run about an hour, and finish with a speaker and Q&A.

Volunteers Needed

UOD Programs

  • 5th Grade: Autism and Learning Disabilities
  • 4th Grade: Intellectual Disabilities and Physical Disabilities
  • 3rd Grade: Hearing and Visual Impairments

Fast Facts

  • No experience necessary. There will be a 20 minute online training session. Scripts and materials are provided.
  • You do not need to have a child in the school or grade to volunteer.
  • If you have volunteered for a program before, you only need to attend the small group activity segment. Of course you are welcome to attend the entire program.
  • You do need a valid CORI. Here’s a link:

Please contact NAPAC at if you have any questions.

More Dates Coming Soon programs are scheduled for the entire school year. We post volunteer opportunities a couple of months in advance and will add new dates throughout the year.


Family Survey Engagement

NAPAC is sharing the following letter and survey information from Dr. Donna Straight, Assistant Superintendent of Student Services. If you have a student on an IEP, please read.


The North Andover Public School District wants to hear from parents and guardians regarding how well your child’s school is doing to involve you in the special education services provided to your child.

We would like you to complete a brief, online survey to share your experience with your child’s special education services during the current school year (2017 – 2018). This survey is designed to collect information from parents of students with an Individual Education Plan (IEP) only.

The purpose of the survey is to reflect parent feedback on how well the schools are engaging and partnering with parents of students with disabilities.

Please go to and complete the eight-question survey telling us about your current experiences.

The survey is available October 1, 2017 through June 30, 2018. If you require access to a computer, or would prefer to request a paper survey form to fill out, please contact the Student Services Department at 566 Main Street, 978-794-1503. Thank you.


Dr. Donna Straight
Assistant Superintendent of Student Services

Learning Disability Red Flags & Testing – October 22 2-4pm

If you have concerns that your child might have a learning disability, if you have a family history of dyslexia or if you are considering having a neuropsychological evaluation, you won’t want to miss this program.
Eliza Goodell, Ph.D. will present “Neuropsych Testing: Definitions and Diagnoses” followed by Q&A with a panel of parents who have been through the process and have children on IEP and 504 plans.

This event is being co-sponsored by the Stevens Memorial Library and the North Andover Parent Advisory Council (NAPAC). It will take place in the Library’s Community Room.

DATE: Sunday, October 22, 2017

TIME: 2:00 – 4:00pm

LOCATION: Stevens Memorial Library Community Meeting Room. This program is free and open to the public

The North Andover Parent Advisory Council is a volunteer organization of parents and guardians with children on IEP and 504 plans.
Stevens Memorial Library
For more information on Eliza Goodell, Ph.D., please visit

StevensMemLib NAPAC Learning Disability Red Flags Flyer 10-3-17