Watch the College Planning Video

College Planning Video

Helping Your Student Pack their Disability for College: The challenges of college planning can seem daunting for students with disabilities and their parents. This interactive session helps students and parents understand the key factors to consider when choosing colleges, completing applications, writing essays, seeking accommodations, and transitioning to college.

Presented by Janet Thibeau.
Janet Thibeau is the principal of BTA Education, an educational advocacy and college consulting firm based in West Newbury, MA. Ms. Thibeau also serves as the Northeast Regional Representative for the International Dyslexia Association.

 

SPEAKER: Addiction and the Adolescent Brain January 10

Dr. Ruth Potee will be presenting on the Physiology of Addiction and the Adolescent Brain. The North Andover Police Department will also be setting up their Hidden in Plain Sight display for adults to walk through before the presentation.
DATE: Thursday January 10th at
TIME: 6:30 pm
LOCATION: North Andover High School Auditorium

WORKSHOP: Using the IEP to address non-academic skills Jan. 28

SPECIAL EDUCATION PARENT WORKSHOP – January 28, 2019

Using the IEP to addressnon-academic skills  

  • Need help in developing an IEP that addresses your child’s social, emotional or behavior needs?
  • Have an IEP but wish it could be more effective for your child?

Join ABLED Advocacy, a nonprofit that serves families in the Merrimack Valley, as they offer strategies on creating an IEP that works!

DATE: January 28, 2019

TIME: 7:00 – 8:30 pm

PLACE: Stevens Memorial Library, 345 Main Street, North Andover, MA 01845

REGISTRATION: FREE and open to the public

 

This event is hosted by Parent Support for LD North Andover

Questions?

Email ldnorthandover@gmail.com

4th Annual Wrestle ‘Lympics Nov. 17

The 4th Annual Wrestle ‘Lympics will take place on Friday, November 17 at 6:30pm in the NAHS gym. Tickets are $5 and can be purchased online or at the door. Wrestle ‘Lympics is one of our signature events that celebrates inclusion for our Best Buddies® North Andover Chapter that features exhibition wrestling matches between special athletes and varsity standouts. Youth and high school divisions compete on the center mat under the lights at the North Andover High School gymnasium, with all the fanfare of a traditional wrestling match.

Learn more here: http://www.wrestlelympics.org

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. UOD is an interactive disability awareness curriculum that North Andover Elementary Schools teach to 3rd, 4th and 5th graders. Each year, students participate in 2 to 3 sessions introducing various kinds of disabilities. The programs’ goals are to foster respect, acceptance and compassion for people of all abilities as well as increase tolerance and reduce bullying. It reinforces North Andover’s RAISE values.

You do not need any experience nor a child with a disability. All training takes place online and can be completed in under twenty minutes. You will be done by 10:00 AM most mornings. If you can help please click here: https://www.signupgenius.com/go/10C094AADAD29A02-understanding1  and add your name to any program(s) this year.

Learn more about UOD here and see the full list of program dates: Understanding Our Difference

Take the IEP or 504 Survey

We want to hear from you!

NAPAC will be conducting several surveys this year to gather your feedback, ideas and suggestions on special education issues in North Andover. We need your input!

Please complete one survey per child. If you have multiple children on IEP or 504 plans, please complete a new survey for each child. All responses are confidential.

Take the survey on:

The IEP Annual Review Process

504 Plan Implementation

Thank you,

Kirsten Lovett and Maureen Ryan

September Monthly Meeting Agenda

9/7/18                Monthly Meeting Agenda

  • Welcome and Introductions – All- (5 Minutes)
    • Including New Staff Introductions
  • Report from Special Education Staff- (10 Minutes)
  • Treasurer’s Report- LC- (5 Minutes)
  • Report on Upcoming Support Groups- Topics for September and October- RP- (5 Minutes)
  • Upcoming 504 Workshop -KL- (5 minutes)
  • Update on UOD- Review and going forward- KL and MR- (20 minutes)
  • New business

 

 

All Monthly Meetings are at 9:00am in the large conference room at the NA School Department’s Central Office, 566 Main Street, North Andover.

All are welcome.

Join NAPAC August 23 to Meet with Dr. Gilligan

NAPAC is hosting a BBQ to welcome North Andover’s Superintendent of Schools, Dr. Greg Gilligan. Please join us and share your questions, concerns, and feedback on special education services.

If you can’t make the BBQ, please email us your comments at northandoverpac@gmail.com or complete Dr. Gilligan’s survey here.

DATE: Thursday, August 23, 2018

TIME: 6:00 – 8:00pm

LOCATION: Please RSVP for the location details

RSVP by August 20

Dr. Gilligan’s Entry Letter – Complete the Survey

Provide our new Superintendent Dr. Gilligan with your feedback. Completing his online survey.

Read Dr. Gilligan’s Entry Letter:

 

Dear North Andover School Community,

As we prepare for the start of the 2018-2019 academic year, I would like to introduce myself to the North Andover Public Schools community. Perhaps this is not an introduction for many of you, but rather a reintroduction. For the past twenty years I have been honored to serve this community as a teacher, assistant principal, principal, and assistant superintendent. Recently, I have been privileged to accept the position of Superintendent for North Andover Public Schools.

I am excited to assume this position as of July 1, 2018. I appreciate that the School Committee trusts me to lead our schools and look forward to working with all of you to provide an excellent educational experience for all of our students.  

Specifically, I am writing to ask for your assistance as I transition into my new role. Although I have been both a North Andover Public Schools administrator and community member for many years, I believe a very important part of the transition process is for me to meet with a wide array of community members to hear your feedback on my entry questions and to identify key issues in our schools. To that end, I invite you to provide your input either by joining me at one of the open meetings listed below to discuss the entry questions in person or by completing the online survey.

The online survey is also available on the district website.   

Over the summer break we will be hosting two open meetings to allow community members an opportunity to discuss the entry questions in person. Meeting dates are: July 31 at 1:00 pm at the Stevens Memorial Library and August 14 at 5:00 pm at NAPS Central Office. In addition, NAPS PTOs will be hosting summer meetings for their school communities. Parents will be notified of school specific meetings as soon as dates are finalized.  

I truly appreciate your taking the time to help me in my entry. I am honored to be a partner in your child’s educational experience. I welcome your input and feedback and hope to see you this summer.

Best,

Gregg T. Gilligan, Ed.D

Superintendent of Schools