Home of the All-Stars
Atkinson Elementary School is an inclusive learning environment growing with positive energy and effort. Our school community embraces the philosophy and goals of North Andover Public Schools around academic and social expectations. Our mission is to cultivate a safe, respectful community of students who can critically-think and communicate effectively while preparing for their next levels of learning.
Atkinson School is the "Home of the All-Stars" and it’s also the birthplace of our town's RAISE values: Respect, Achievement, Inclusion, Service & Empathy. Our students are encouraged to be high achievers and productive citizens and to demonstrate RAISE values everyday. Atkinson educators present our children opportunities for academic and social-emotional growth that build on our community values and beliefs.
We expect our 365 students in grades 1-5 to be the all-stars of today and tomorrow; good and smart people who lead by example. As a community of talented teachers and supportive families, we'll be RAISE-ing the bar as high as we can for our children. This year, we want every all-star kid and adult to go out and prove that RAISE is the Craze!
North Andover Public Schools “Hoax” and "Swatting" Information
November 30, 2023
Dear NAPS Community:
As you may have already seen in the news, there were multiple incidents in school districts across Massachusetts this week, including our neighboring City of Lawrence, where false accounts of a man with a gun at school were reported. These incidents are known as hoax “swatting” reports. Swatting hoaxes are intended to elicit an urgent response from law enforcement and the school district, thus creating fear and disruption.
North Andover has not been part of these situations to date, but we are monitoring this situation and are prepared if a situation may arise in our community. North Andover Public Schools, the North Andover Police Department, and the North Andover Fire Department have plans and protocols in place to respond to any threat, whether it be real or a hoax, and these plans and protocols will be followed if a report is made. Any threat will be treated as legitimate until the NAPD’s investigation proves otherwise.
The North Andover Police and Fire personnel are trained and prepared to take decisive and immediate action if there is a threat to any of our schools. Our school leaders and staff are trained on active shooter and emergency response, and all of these protocols and plans are based on best practices from law enforcement agencies around the country.
It is possible that we will be affected by one of these hoax “swatting” reports at some point. If that happens, we will respond accordingly and then share whatever information we can as soon as it is safe and practical to do so. Please be assured that we have the resources and training to take immediate action, if necessary. In the event of a hoax, we will investigate thoroughly and will prosecute any person responsible to the fullest extent of the law.
Dr. Gregg Gilligan, Superintendent
Charles Gray, Chief of Police
John Weir, Fire Chief
Cc: Lt. Detective Michael Davis, Criminal Investigation Division & School Safety
It is with great pleasure that we announce that the North Andover School Committee and the North Andover Teachers Association (NATA) reached a tentative agreement last night (November 7th) during mediation with the Massachusetts Department of Labor Relations.Through ongoing dialog and collaboration, we achieved a mutually beneficial agreement to ensure the highest quality of education for our students and provide a nurturing environment for their growth and success.