Haverhill High School

Home of the Hillies!

The Mission of Haverhill High School is to produce self-directed learners who read, write, and speak effectively in Standard English and who apply analytical and technological skills to interpret information and problem solve.

  • Principal’s Weekly Update- Week Ending 3/24/17

    Tonight, Friday night, March 24, 2017, Athletic Director, Tom O’Brien and a dedicated group of Haverhill High School Athletic Boosters have put together the annual Fundraiser Comedy Night. It will be held at DiBurro’s Function Facility beginning at 7:00 p.m. Before our AD, Tom O’Brien  came to Haverhill we had about 800 students involved in the Athletic program. Because of the combined efforts of both the AD and the HHS Athletic Boosters, HHS has close to 1450 students participating in an expanded and very successful athletic program that have proven to regenerate community support for our schools.

    Grade 10: After School MCAS Math Tutoring Program

    Our MCAS Math Tutoring program starts next Tuesday, 3/28 and will run from 2:30 pm-3:30 pm. The program will run Tuesday’s and Thursday’s until May 11, 2017, which is the week before the May Math MCAS Testing dates. Students will be assigned to either a Tuesday or a Thursday and the group they are assigned to will based on their skill level as well.We do provide a late bus for those who need transport. The bus often comes between 3:40-3:50 and the stops are at different areas across the city. The route is posted on the back of the letters mailed home today with the day your child has been assigned. We have invited any student who did not receive a score of advanced on their last state assessment as well as teacher recommendation. The tutoring is intended to score in either the advanced or proficient category. It is not too late to sign up your student by either phone call at 978-374-5700 xt 1101 or 1102 or email me at bkitsos@haverhill-ps.org. Students who do not pass the 3 MCAS Assessments, ELA, Math and Science will not be able to receive a diploma.

    HHS 2017-2018 Program of Studies (POS)

    We have posted the 2017-2018 POS online for all to view. There are several new and exciting courses for students to participate in. We are currently looking for at least 12 seniors who are interested in taking the EMT Certification course. Students must be 18 years old by next June to be able to sit for the test. Currently there is a $2,000. tuition cost however, if we can get a minimum of 12 students to participate we can offer this course at a cost that is significantly lower than $2000. Once certified students would be able to be employed as an EMT. If your child is interested please have them see their guidance counselor immediately.

    Lab Fee: $90.00- due in 3 payments

     Due at the time of testing:

    Cognitive Exam: $80.00

    Psychomotor Skills Exam: $150.00 

     Due after you pass both cognitive and psychomotor Exam

    State EMT Registration: $150

    Attention Seniors Class of 2017 – “Oh the places you’ll go.”

    Senior year is an exciting time and most of you are getting your college decisions in the mail! Guidance is asking that you please update your Naviance account with all college decisions! Please be sure to do this as they come in. Once you have decided on your college be sure to update Naviance and stop by guidance to fill out a flag to place on our map! “Oh the places you’ll go.” 

    Congratulations to Maddie Buco who was accepted into Holy Cross!

    Congratulations to Matt Connolly who was accepted into Emerson!

    CAPA

    If you guys could help us get the word out we would really appreciate it! We’re using Signup Genius again this year. It worked really well last year. Here is the link.

    http://www.signupgenius.com/go/30e0d4aa9a723a0fa7-tagging

     Spring Sports

    Our spring sports season kicked off last Monday and is in full swing. We have included in our handout a schedule for each of you if you would like to attend a game or meet in the weeks ahead. We thank  Mr. Scully who regularly attends so many of our sporting events. It is always great to see him in the crowd.

    Class of 2021 – Freshman Meet and Greet

    On Tuesday, April 11th in the gymnasium, we are holding a Freshman Meet and Greet for all 8th graders who would like to hear more about becoming a member of Hillie Nation. We will have speakers from our administration, athletics, our academies, transportation, food service, club advisors, along with our freshman teachers and a student panel to talk about all that HHS has to offer. We thank Mr. Faircloth for coordinating the event and we invite all 8th grade students, parents and guardians to the Meet and Greet starting at 6:00.  

    Spring Musical

    Our Spring Musical – The Mystery of Edwin Drood – performances will be held on April 6th, 7th and 8th. Our students on stage and behind the scenes along with our faculty members from the Fine Arts Department have worked so hard over the last three months to prepare for the shows.

     Creative Career Day

    The Fine Arts Academy is proud to present its first ever Creative Career Day!

    We will be hosting over a dozen professionals in the creative arts fields; spanning from local sculptor Dale Rogers to WCVB channel 5 Audio Technician, James Wlodyka. It is our mission to show our students that there are many creative career paths for them to explore, and that their creative talents are valuable. 

    Senior Countdown

    After almost 13 years…about 2,286 school days…our Seniors…Class of 2017 have only 36 school days remaining. We are savoring every minute and are excited about all our events ahead which I will share in April with all of you!

    March 2017

    28   Lenova App Development Competition – NAF Academy of IT – 6:00 – 7:30 p.m. – Library

    29  Classical Academy

     April 2017

    4    Site Council 3:00 p.m. – Main Entrance Conference Room

    4    Early College Information Session 6:00 Library

    5    Annual HHS College Fair 6:00 Library

    6-8 Spring Musical – The Mystery of Edwin Drood

    7    Term 3 Grade Close

    10  Term 4 Begins

    11  Freshman Meet and Greet 6:00 HHS Gymnasium (for all current 8th grade students)

    12  Creative Career Day – Fine Arts Academy 9:00 a.m – 12:00 p.m.

    14  Good Friday – No School – All

    17  Patriots’ Day – No School – All

    18-21 Spring Recess

    24  Report Cards Issued

    25  Academic Awards Grade 9-11 6:00 p.m .Auditorium (By invitation only)

    26  Italian Night 6:00 Auditorium

    27  Parent/Teacher Conferences 6:00 -7:30 p.m.

    School Counseling Update

    Class of 2017, don’t forget to update your counselor and enter the college application decision in your Naviance account!  If you receive any scholarships from a college, please bring us a copy of your merit scholarship letter so that we can brag about your accomplishments!  We are eagerly waiting to see which colleges students are being accepted to and we like to share this news!

    On Tuesday March 28th and Wednesday March 29th, the School Counseling Department will be conducting SBIRT screening (Screening, Brief Intervention, and Referral to Treatment) for grade 9 students enrolled in Health I classes as well as any grade 9 student who was not scheduled for a Health class this year.  This is an evidence based prevention model as well as a way to open an honest dialogue between students and counselors around decision-making and substance use.  SBIRT is part the March 2016 legislation requiring public schools in the Commonwealth to engage in substance use prevention and education.  Screening will be taking place during A, B, HI, and J periods on both days.  

    HHS will host ASVAB testing on March 31st beginning at 7:30am.  The ASVAB, or Armed Services Vocational Aptitude Battery, is a 3 hour exam that is used for two purposes.  The ASVAB is the exam students must take for eligibility determination for military enlistment and job selection.  The ASVAB can also be used by any student, regardless of interest in the military, to asses skills in four major domains (verbal, math, science/technical, and spatial).  This test can also be used as a career exploration tool to help students make informed decisions about potential occupations.  Student scores are not released to the military though this exam.  Any student interested in taking this test should sign up in Guidance by March 24th.

    Northern Essex Community College will be holding “College For A Day” on April 12th at the Haverhill Campus and May 3rd at the Lawrence Campus. Students are invited to experience life in a college setting, follow a college schedule, go to classes and learn more about NECC. Students interested can sign up with their HHS counselor.  

    Important Information for Seniors!  

    • Attorney General Maura Healey launched an education campaign to help students and families in Massachusetts better understand financial aid packages offered by colleges.  In particular, there is a new hotline for students to call and online resources to help them better understand their financial aid award letters.  Students and families with questions or concerns about financial aid award letters should call the Student Loan Assistance Unit’s hotline at 1-888-830-6277  or visit the website  www.mass.gov/ago/StudentAwardLetter.
    • The HHS Scholarship Portal will close on March 31st.  Directions on how to access the portal can be found on the School Counseling Department page on the HHS website http://hhs.haverhill-ps.org/scholarship-database-directions/.
    • Seniors, be sure to check the available scholarships on Naviance each week.  We receive many different scholarship applications and we will post each one on Naviance.  Don’t miss out!

    Upcoming Events/Important Dates

    • March 31st- 7:30am- ASVAB testing  
    • April 4th- 6pm- Early College Information Night in the HHS Library.  Come to learn about the Early College Program and its new dual enrollment options!
    • April 5th- 6pm- Annual HHS College Fair in the HHS Library.  We hope that you can join us to learn about opportunities after high school!

    Summer Opportunities

    • UMass Amherst will host a week-long summer pre-college program from July 23rd – July 29th.  The Media Maker Academy is an exciting opportunity for students to gain hands-on experience utilizing state of the art technology.  Students will learn about remote and studio video, podcasting, lighting, special effects, Premiere editing, storyboarding, scripting, and more.  All students will be provided with an SD card and a finished project for their own portfolio.  For more information visit mass.edu/summer/precollege.
    • Haverhill High School students have the exclusive opportunity to register for summer classes at Northern Essex Community College for only $110 per credit.  Any student interested in taking a course for college credit is invited to attend NECC’s Registration Day on May 11th from 11am-1pm in the HHS Guidance Office.  Eligible students must take the Accuplacer exam and meet established benchmark scores.  For more information please contact Mr. Adam Cutler at acutler@necc.mass.edu or Ms. Samantha Massahos at samantha.massahos@haverhill-ps.org.  
    • Cornell University is offering two Summer College programs for high school students.  The Cornell Engineering Experience is open to current juniors and seniors and provides insight into the engineering design process and emerging engineering developments. Fabricating the Future: Robotics and Artificial Intelligence is open to sophomores, juniors, and seniors and allows students to experiment with 3-D printing and other tools to create small robotic devices.  The application deadline for both programs is May 5th. For more information visit https://www.sce.cornell.edu/sc/programs/index.php. If you have questions about guidance please contact,  Ms. Jami Dion, Supervisor of Guidance K-12 @ 978-374-5700 ext. 1133 or via email @ jdion@haverhill-ps.org

    Have a safe and restful weekend!

    Beth Kitsos

    Principal

  • Haverhill High School Program of Studies FY18

  • Haverhill High School Freshman Meet and Greet – Class of 2021

  • Principal’s Weekly Update- Week Ending 3/17/17

    Updated 3/18/2017- New information in bold italics

    March has not been good to us in terms of weather. But we will continue to be hearty New Englanders and carry on! 

    Six Snow Days

    Our last day of school is now scheduled on Tuesday, June 20, 2017. 

    IMPORTANT: ELA MCAS

    All Sophomores and others: The ELA MCAS will be administered next Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday, March 21, 22 and 23. Student room assignments have been posted in the mall outside the cafeteria and in the corridor outside the 200’s office.  Students should check the posting for their testing room.  

    All students taking the ELA MCAS next week should report to their assigned testing room no later than 7:25 a.m. next Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday.

    Spring Dodgeball Tournament

    Hat’s off and congratulations to all the participants who played in the Spring Dodgeball Tournament yesterday. Congratulations to the winning team: Prestige Worldwide wide..wide..wide..

    Captain: Jack Ouellette, Tom Vaillancourt, Kyle O’Neil, Cooper Gibbs, Owen Keegan, Tyler Campbell, T.J. Corliss, Connor Alessi, Matt Nadeau, Patrick Fitzgibbons and on the injured reserve…Joe Giampa.  The Senior Class especially Mrs. Beaudoin would like to send an enormous thank you to staff: Mr. Ryan Brown, Mrs. Koorapaty, Mrs. Jenkinson, Ms. McLeod and All the Junior Class Officers in the tournament and a special thanks to Audrey Therriault for without her help we could not have run the tournament.

    Parking Concerns

    We have been very fortunate to have available to us for overflow parking the lot at Veterans Memorial Ice Skating Rink during the day for student parking. We have had several instances where students park in the wrong lot. We have notified those students immediately and have made several announcements reminding them to park in the parking area assigned to HHS. Effective Monday cars will be towed if they choose to park in the wrong lot again.

    Freshmen Class Pastry Fundraiser

    Class of 2020! This is the last big weekend push for your Pastry Fundraiser. You have until the end of the day on Monday!

    HHS Senior Singers

    Congratulations to HHS Chorus members Emily Forisso,  Joseph Pazzanese and Chloe Reynolds on their excellent performance on Thursday night, March 16, 2017 at Maria’s Restaurant where they participated in the celebration of 97.9 WHAV Inauguration Ceremony. The event celebrated the tremendous job WHAV President and General Manager, Tim Coco has with the only Haverhill based news source. A shout out to HHS choral director, Mr. Joseph Gori who made sure our students were able to be there.

    2017-2018 HHS Courses

    As you know we have been working hard to continuously improve the academic opportunities for our students. We have made great strides in giving our students the tools, experiences and choices to reach their goals. We have developed a strong academic culture, which helps ensure that students can pursue their post-secondary options.  As part of this natural evolution, I am excited to share that starting in the 2017-2018 school year we will offer a multitude of new semester-long courses. Many of the courses at HHS are already designed by semesters and others will be converted. All core-required courses still necessitate students to take both semesters for graduation purposes. My colleagues and I will be available during our parent-teacher conference on April 27, 2017, from 6:00 p.m. to 7:30 p.m. to answer any questions on grading or any other matters that you may have questions on. Please contact me at 978-374-5700 ext. 1101/1102 or via email bkitsos@haverhill-ps.org if I can provide any further clarification.

    Work-Based Learning Experiences

    On Friday, March 10th, students from our CTE programs (Healthcare Occupations, Academy of IT, and Programming & Web Development) as well as our after school Robotics Team went on a field trip to Holy Family Hospital in Methuen.  Their orthopedic surgeons provided the students with a demonstration of the MAKOplasty robotic machine that is used for knee and hip replacements.  Some of our students were even able to try the machine!  It was a very good demonstration explaining both the anatomy as well as the technology behind these operations.  It was a great day for all involved, including the staff and chaperones.  Thank you Holy Family Hospital for coordinating a wonderful day for our students.

    On Monday, March 13th, we held Round Two of the 2nd Annual Interview Challenge sponsored by the Greater Haverhill Chamber of Commerce.  The five top students from Round One participated in panel interviews with three representatives from local businesses; Ashley Moore from NECC, Alison Colby-Campbell from the Heartbeat of Haverhill and Penny Hamel.  Congratulations to our top three students moving on to Round Three, the final round – Sarah Tavitian, Isabela Yepes and Emily Kelley!  We wish them well in the final round, in which they are competing against the top three students from Timberlane High.  As always, special thanks to Beverly Donovan, President/CEO of the Greater Haverhill Chamber of Commerce for her help in coordinating this competition. If you have any questions about these opportunities please contact , Lisa Hunt, HHS Internship Coordinator @ 978.494.4221 or via email @ lhunt@haverhill-ps.org

     Kudos to HHS Cheerleaders

    Congratulations go out to our HHS Varsity Cheerleaders. They finished 7th this weekend in Division One at the MSSAA 2017 Winter Cheerleading State Competition and won a bid to the Nationals! These girls have worked so hard and finally met their goal of making it to Nationals which has alluded them for years. I would like to recognize the Haverhill High Varsity Cheerleaders and their coaches, Congrats to Head Varsity Coach Laura Murphy and the Assistant Varsity Coach is Maria Francis and cheerleaders: Danielle Barton, Courtney Brown, Darby Connolly, Jacqueline Connolly, Emily Delaney, Olivia Destefano, Jenna Dutton, Morgan Link, Alex Lord, Mary Beth Miller, Grace Morgan, Serina Nunez, Samantha Ovalle, Sierra Rogers, Anna Rossi, Rachel Spencer, Hayley Sullivan, Kayla Thistlewood, Emma Thompson, Abigail Wolfe, and Isabela Yepes.

    Incoming Freshmen Meet and Greet

    Save the date to come to our Incoming Freshmen Meet and Greet. It is scheduled for 4/11 @ 6:00 pm in the HHS Gymnasium. We will have teachers, administrators, the Athletic Director, Academy Representatives, Guidance, student panels, Food Service, and Club Advisors. You will have an opportunity to speak with a panel of current grade 9 students and hear about HHS from the students point of view. Brochures will be sent to middle schools next week to send home to grade 8 students.If you have questions please contact Dan Faircloth, Grade 9 Assistant Principal @ 978-374-5700 Xt. 1138 or via email dfaircloth@haverhill-ps.org

    School Counseling Update

    Despite the snow days, the majority of freshmen met with counselors this week to review their options and select their courses for the 2017-2018 school year.  All remaining freshmen will meet with their counselors on Monday March 20th.  

    The Counseling Department is hosting a College Information Night for the parents/guardians of current juniors.  This presentation will be held on Wednesday March 22nd from 6-8pm in the HHS Auditorium.  Topics will include an overview of the college search process, standardized testing, Naviance, and more. 

    HHS will host ASVAB testing on March 31st beginning at 7:30am.  The ASVAB, or Armed Services Vocational Aptitude Battery, is a 3 hour exam that is used for two purposes.  The ASVAB is the exam students must take for eligibility determination for military enlistment and job selection.  The ASVAB can also be used by any student, regardless of interest in the military, to asses skills in four major domains (verbal, math, science/technical, and spatial).  This test can also be used as a career exploration tool to help students make informed decisions about potential occupations.  Student scores are not released to the military though this exam.  Any student interested in taking this test should sign up in Guidance by March 24th.

    Northern Essex Community College will be holding “College For A Day” on April 12th at the Haverhill Campus and May 3rd at the Lawrence Campus. Students are invited to experience life in a college setting, follow a college schedule, go to classes and learn more about NECC. Students interested can sign up with their HHS counselor.  

    Important Information for Seniors!  

    • Attorney General Maura Healey launched an education campaign to help students and families in Massachusetts better understand financial aid packages offered by colleges.  In particular, there is a new hotline for students to call and online resources to help them better understand their financial aid award letters.  Students and families with questions or concerns about financial aid award letters should call the Student Loan Assistance Unit’s hotline at 1-888-830-6277  or visit the website  www.mass.gov/ago/StudentAwardLetter.
    • The HHS Scholarship Portal will close on March 31st.  Directions on how to access the portal can be found on the School Counseling Department page on the HHS website http://hhs.haverhill-ps.org/scholarship-database-directions/.
    • Seniors, be sure to check the available scholarships on Naviance each week.  We receive many different scholarship applications and we will post each one on Naviance.  Don’t miss out!

    Upcoming Events/Important Dates

    • March 22nd- 6pm- Junior Parent College Information Night in the HHS Auditorium.
    • March 31st- 7:30am- ASVAB testing  
    • April 4th- 6pm- Early College Information Night in the HHS Library.  Come to learn about the Early College Program and its new dual enrollment options!
    • April 5th- 6pm- Annual HHS College Fair in the HHS Library.  We hope that you can join us to learn about opportunities after high school!

    Summer Opportunities

    • UMass Amherst will host a week long summer pre-college program from July 23rd – July 29th.  The Media Maker Academy is an exciting opportunity for students to gain hands-on experience utilizing state of the art technology.  Students will learn about remote and studio video, podcasting, lighting, special effects, Premiere editing, storyboarding, scripting, and more.  All students will be provided with an SD card and a finished project for their own portfolio.  For more information visit mass.edu/summer/precollege.
    • Haverhill High School students have the exclusive opportunity to register for summer classes at Northern Essex Community College for only $110 per credit.  Any student interested in taking a course for college credit is invited to attend NECC’s Registration Day on May 11th from 11am-1pm in the HHS Guidance Office.  Eligible students must take the Accuplacer exam and meet established benchmark scores.  For more information please contact Mr. Adam Cutler at acutler@necc.mass.edu or Ms. Samantha Massahos at samantha.massahos@haverhill-ps.org.  
    • Cornell University is offering two Summer College programs for high school students.  The Cornell Engineering Experience is open to current juniors and seniors and provides insight into the engineering design process and emerging engineering developments. Fabricating the Future: Robotics and Artificial Intelligence is open to sophomores, juniors, and seniors and allows students to experiment with 3-D printing and other tools to create small robotic devices.  The application deadline for both programs is May 5th. For more information visit https://www.sce.cornell.edu/sc/programs/index.php. If you have questions please contact the Supervisor of Guidance K-12, Jami Dion @ 978-374-5700 ext. 1133 or via email @ jdion@haverhill-ps.org

    Please have a safe and restful week-end!

    Beth Kitsos- Principal

    978-374-5700 xt. 1101/1102 or via email @ bkitsos@haverhill-ps.org

     

     

     

     

  • Principal’s Weekly Update- Week Ending 3/10/2017

    Attention Band Members

    Attention: All student who were to participate in the Lawrence St. Patrick’s Day Parade. The parade has been canceled due to the cold weather approaching the area. Mr. T. will let us know if they plan to reschedule.

    Cheyton Test Prep

    The Cheyton S.A.T. and A.C.T. prep courses continue this Saturday. All students are to enter through the main entrance and I thank them all for participating in this excellent opportunity.  

    Spring Sports Season

    Our spring sports season begins on March 20th. The Athletic Department will be holding a spring sports pre-season meeting on Monday, March 13th at 6:00 starting in the main gym.

    HHS Internship Program- Interview Challenge

    On Wednesday, March 8th, HHS Internship Program held Round One of the 2nd Annual Interview Challenge sponsored by the Greater Haverhill Chamber of Commerce.  Fourteen students were interviewed by area business people and five will move on to Round Two, which takes place on Monday, March 13th.  Congratulations to our five students moving on to Round Two: George Dimopoulos, Emily Kelley, Leah Maguire, Sarah Tavitian and Isabela Yepes!  Thank you to the business representatives that took time out of their busy day to interview our students: Lisa Brady from Modern Woodmen of America, Melissa Cerasuolo from Haverhill Bank, Alison Colby-Campbell from The Heartbeat of Haverhill, Martin Corona from Bethany Community Services, Michael Joy from Opportunity Works, George Moriarty from Northern Essex Community College and Jim Smith from MTM Insurance.  Special thanks to Beverly Donovan, President/CEO of the Greater Haverhill Chamber of Commerce for helping to coordinate this valuable experience for our students. If you have questions about the HHS Internship Program please contact our Internship Coordinator, Ms. Lisa Hunt @ lhunt@haverhill-ps.org

    Spring Musical

    We want to thank everyone who has been participating in the rehearsals on stage and behind scenes for the Spring Musical The Mystery of Edwin Drood. We are hearing that it is a hoot and holler and we look forward to opening night on April 6th.

    Pastry Fundraiser

    Class of 2020: The Pastry Fundraiser is running through March 20th. Please be sure to ask your family, friends and neighbors and do all you can to support your class! Any questions please see Mrs. Foster in the guidance suite.

    Comedy Night

    The Haverhill High School Athletic department is holding their 9th Annual Comedy Night on March 24, 2017, at 7:00 p.m. at DiBurro’s Function Facility. Tickets are $25.00. To purchase tickets on-line please visit www.hillies.org and click on the Athletics tab.

    Spring Dodgeball Tournament

    Back by popular demand our Dodgeball Tournament will be held on Tuesday (weather permitting). We would love for you all to come out and watch our teams in action after school.

    The Yellow Dress- Sophomores

    This week a dating violence prevention play called The Yellow Dress was viewed by the sophomore class. The Yellow Dress is a powerful one woman play that stimulates a thought-provoking discussion about relationships. Two sessions were held and it truly was impactful. I hope that parents and guardians have an opportunity to speak with their student about this event.

    School Counseling Update

    All sophomores met with counselors this week to review their options and select their courses for the 2017-2018 school year.  Freshmen are scheduled to select courses next week.  In the meantime, all members of the freshmen class should log in to the Student Portal and choose their potential electives.  Parents are encouraged to log in to the Portal as well to review the courses and help your son or daughter elect classes that best meet his/her interests.  Directions on how students and parents access course recommendations can be found on the HHS website.    

    The Counseling Department is hosting a College Information Night for the parents/guardians of current juniors.  This presentation will be held on Wednesday March 22nd from 6-8pm in the HHS Library.  Topics will include an overview of the college search process, standardized testing, Naviance, and more. 

    HHS will host ASVAB testing on March 31st beginning at 7:30am.  The ASVAB, or Armed Services Vocational Aptitude Battery, is a 3 hour exam that is used for two purposes.  The ASVAB is the exam students must take for eligibility determination for military enlistment and job selection.  The ASVAB can also be used by any student, regardless of interest in the military, to asses skills in four major domains (verbal, math, science/technical, and spatial).  This test can also be used as a career exploration tool to help students make informed decisions about potential occupations.  Student scores are not released to the military though this exam.  Any student interested in taking this test should sign up in Guidance by March 24th.

      Important Information for Seniors!  

    Scholarship Information

      • The HHS Scholarship Portal will close on March 31st.  Directions on how to access the portal can be found on the School Counseling Department page on the HHS website http://hhs.haverhill-ps.org/scholarship-database-directions/.  
      • Seniors, be sure to check the available scholarships on Naviance each week.  We receive many different scholarship applications and we will post each one on Naviance.  Don’t miss out!

    Upcoming Events/Important Dates

    • March 22nd- 6pm- Junior Parent College Information Night in the HHS Library.
    • March 31st- 7:30am- ASVAB testing  
    • April 4th- 6pm- Early College Information Night in the HHS Library.  Come to learn about the Early College Program and its new dual enrollment options!
    • April 5th- 6pm- Annual HHS College Fair in the HHS Library.  We hope that you can join us to learn about opportunities after high school!

    Summer Opportunities

    • UMass Amherst will host a week long summer pre-college program from July 23rd – July 29th.  The Media Maker Academy is an exciting opportunity for students to gain hands-on experience utilizing state of the art technology.  Students will learn about remote and studio video, podcasting, lighting, special effects, Premiere editing, storyboarding, scripting, and more.  All students will be provided with an SD card and a finished project for their own portfolio.  For more information visit mass.edu/summer/precollege. If you have questions about guidance please contact the Supervisor of Guidance K-12, Jami Dion, @ 978-374-5700 ext. 1133 or via email @ jdion@haverhill-ps.org

             Please have a safe and restful week end! 

             Beth Kitsos, Principal- 978-374-5700, xt: 1101 or 1102 or email: bkitsos@haverhill-ps.org

  • Principal’s Weekly Update- Week Ending 3/3/2017

    Today, 3/3,  HHS issued 3rd term Progress Reports. If you did not receive one, please email espero@haverhill-ps.org and she can send you an electronic one on Monday.

    Students of the Month

    Please check out the names of the January 2017 Students of the Month posted above in the Student of the Month tab. Each month, teachers recognize students who are chosen for their contributions to our school and community and demonstrate commitment  to both academics as well as social responsibility.

    NAF Academy of Information Technology 

    On Tuesday our NAF Academy of IT students met with their business mentors to receive feedback on the work they’ve been doing for the Lenovo App Development Competition.  The students are working on their Apps in teams.  Each team has a business mentor to help guide them through the design and implementation.  The final competition event will take place on Tuesday, March 14th at 6pm in the HHS Library, where the students will be demonstrating their apps for judging.  We would like to extend a huge thank you to the mentors for taking the time out of their busy day to work with our students:  Vadim Beliak, Andrew Dysart , Jeff Rask, Gordon Reynolds, Richard Smyth, Chris Valliere and Joe Veilleux.

    Late Bus

    I am pleased to announce that two more stops have been added to our late bus schedule. We have seen a tremendous increase in students taking advantage of this great opportunity offered every Tuesday and Thursday. We are now up to 17 stops. Students must have a pass from their teacher in order to take the bus and all students must sign in with the teacher on duty in the main entrance conference room. Please note that this is not a door to door service and that there are specific stops throughout the city. Please see our schedule below.

    LEAVES HHS AT 3:45

    1.     DUNKIN DONUTS – 614 BROADWAY

    2.     VARIETY STORE – 864 BROADWAY

    3.    RIVER STREET AT JAFFARIAN MOTORS

    4.    TILTON SCHOOL – 70 GROVE STREET (NEW)

    5.    LAFAYETTE SQUARE – IN FRONT OF CVS

    6.    CITY HALL – 4 SUMMER ST

    7.     HAVERHILL STADIUM – 17 LINCOLN AVE

    8.     CHARLIES VARIETY – 277 GROVELAND ST

    9.    WINNEKENNI CASTLE – 347 KENOZA AVE (NEW)

    10.  DUNKIN DONUTS – 407 AMESBURY RD

    11.  10th AVE AND MAIN STREET

    12.  SMILEY SCHOOL – 969 MAIN ST

    13.  FARRWOOD DRIVE –  BRADFORD

    14.   FARRWOOD DRIVE –  BRADFORD

    15. DIBURRO’S FUNCTION HALL – 887 BOSTON RD

    16.  ACADEMY LANES -725 SOUTH MAIN ST

    17.  OLD BRADFORD COLLEGE -320 SOUTH MAIN ST

    BUS RETURNS TO COPPOLA

    Seniors – Class of 2017

    Seniors had an assembly this past Wednesday and information was shared on what’s ahead in their final weeks at Haverhill High School. Below please find the link to the timeline.

    Seniors Class of 2017 Important Dates 1.31.17

    The Massachusetts Celebration of National Girls and Women in Sports Day

    The Massachusetts Celebration of National Girls and Women in Sports Day was held on Friday, February 3rd at Faneuil Hall in Boston. We are proud to announce that representing all female athletes at Haverhill High at this event from the Class of 2017 were Katie Lynch and Abbey Battini.

    The Yellow Dress

    On Thursday, March 9, 2017, we will bring a dating violence prevention play called The Yellow Dress to Haverhill High School to be viewed by the sophomore class. The Yellow Dress is a powerful one woman play that stimulates a thought-provoking discussion about relationships. A letter was sent home to all sophomore parents and guardians this week. I thank Matt Steinberg, Assistant Principal for bringing us this important program.

    ESP of the Year

    I wanted to take a moment to congratulate Nancy Burke for being selected the 2017 MTA Education Support Professional of the Year. We are positively thrilled at her success all she does for the HHS students.

    The Seed Keeper Project

    The Seed keeper Company launched the Seed Keeper Project. The goal of their program, now in its seventh year, is to celebrate school gardens by awarding a Seed Keeper Home Farmer to a school in every state. I am pleased to announce that due to the efforts of Nancy Burke, Haverhill High School was selected to be the recipient for the state of Massachusetts.

    Read Across America

    This week we had 75 students visit our elementary schools to read to students in grades K-2. It was well received and we continue to hear great compliments on our students demeanor, positive energy and kindnesses to our future Hillies! Mrs. Ray and three of her Dr. Seuss characters visit all thirteen school. We so appreciate Mrs. Ray for her hard work and effort coordinating this event. 

    Dr. Seuss 2017 Dr. Seuss 2017 2

    Comedy Night

    The Haverhill High School Athletic department is holding their 9th Annual Comedy Night on March 24, 2017, at 7:00 p.m. at DiBurro’s Function Facility. Tickets are $25.00. To purchase tickets on-line please visit www.hillies.org and click on the Athletics tab. 

    Identification

    I wanted to give all parents, guardians and guests a friendly reminder that when visiting Haverhill High School during school hours or directly after school for meetings it is critical that in order to gain access beyond the security kiosk that you present a government issued ID. Without proper identification you will not be allowed access to the building. Employees of the Haverhill Public School visiting HHS must also sign in and wear their HPS ID at all times.

    What I did on my winter vacation…

    Four HHS seniors and members of the Classical Academy,  Maddie Buco, Sam Kiernan, Connor and Aidan Wertz, were part of a 14 person delegation from Haverhill (with the UU Church of Haverhill) to Ciudad Sandino, Nicaragua. Nicaragua is the third poorest country in Central America largely due to frequent natural disasters.

    The trip was educational and service related: they spent mornings with Nicaragua professors learning about politics, history, and socioeconomic movements and afternoons were spent building an addition to a clinic building that serves one of the poorest communities in Managua.  They spent time also with clinic workers during health visits in the community, and traveled to a mountain coffee cooperative that was started in the years after the Contra wars in an attempt to bring peace and economic sustainability to the rural community.   The group found all Nicaraguan people they met to be were very welcoming and hopeful.   The students held fundraisers and supported the rest of the cost of the trip with their own funds.

    It was an unforgettable and amazing learning and eye-opening experience for all who attended, especially the students.

    HHS MVP Team

    On March 1st, 25 grade 10 students visited Faneuil Hall in Boston to celebrate the kickoff for the White Ribbon campaign, a program to end gender-based violence begun by the Jane Doe Project ten years ago. The students are part of the MVP: Game Change program that is a grant-funded program from the Kraft Foundation and the Massachusetts Attorney General’s Office and facilitated by Assistant Principal Matt Steinberg along with Student Support Counselor Andy Polanco and Guidance Counselor Samantha Massahos.

    The 25 students heard moving, powerful speeches from Governor Charlie Baker, local sports celebrities and other notable figures in Massachusetts legislature about encouraging what it means to be a man, and ending the cycle of violence against women by men. After the ceremony, the students marched to City Hall to proclaim White Ribbon Day in the state of Massachusetts and look forward to getting Haverhill High’s own White Ribbon banner in the near future.

     

    White Ribbon Day #3 White Ribbon Day #2 White Ribbon Day #1 

    School Counseling Update

    Juniors met with counselors this week to review their options and select their courses for the 2017-2018 school year.  All sophomores are scheduled to select courses next week.  In the next week, all members of the freshmen class should log in to the Student Portal and choose their potential electives.  Parents are encouraged to log in to the Portal as well to review the courses and help your son or daughter elect classes that best meet his/her interests.  Directions on how students and parents access course recommendations can be found on the HHS website.  Freshmen will meet with their counselors during the week of March 13th.  

    Important Information for Seniors!  

    Scholarship Information

      • The HHS Scholarship Portal is open from January 3rd through March 31st.  Directions on how to access the portal can be found on the School Counseling Department page on the HHS website http://hhs.haverhill-ps.org/scholarship-database-directions/.  
      • Seniors, be sure to check the available scholarships on Naviance each week.  We receive many different scholarship applications and we will post each one on Naviance.  Don’t miss out!

    General Reminders for Seniors

    Many of those seniors who applied Early Action or Early Decision to colleges have heard back with a decision.  Don’t forget to update your counselor and enter the college application decision in your Naviance account!  If you receive any scholarships from a college, please bring us a copy of your merit scholarship letter so that we can brag about your accomplishments!  We are eagerly waiting to see which colleges students are being accepted to and we like to share this news!

    Upcoming Events/Important Dates

    • March 22nd- 6pm- Junior Parent College Information Night in the HHS Library.  
    • April 4th- 6pm- Early College Information Night in the HHS Library.  Come to learn about the Early College Program and its new dual enrollment options!
    • April 5th- 6pm- Annual HHS College Fair in the HHS Library.  We hope that you can join us to learn about opportunities after high school!

    Summer Opportunities

    • The United States Naval Academy offers two summer programs for high school students each year.  Additional information and applications for these programs should be completed online at https://www.usna.edu/Admissions/Programs/index.php.  
      • Summer Seminar– This is a competitive and fast-paced course for students who have completed their junior year of high school.  Summer Seminar is ideal for students who are interested in pursuing an appointment to one of the service academies.  Students will learn about life and academics at the Naval Academy.  Online applications are now open for students interested in pursuing the Summer Seminar. 
      • Summer STEM Program Interested in Engineering?  Are you curious about what it takes to become an Engineer?  Are you passionate about Math and Science?  Are you going to be a sophomore or junior next year?  If you answered “yes” to any of these questions, the Summer STEM Program might be for you!  This is a first come, first served opportunity so do not wait to apply!
    • Worcester Polytechnic Institute offers two summer programs: WPI Frontiers and WPI Launch.  WPI Frontiers is an on-campus, residential, research and learning experience for rising juniors and seniors.  This program blends science, technology, and engineering programs with humanities and arts workshops.  WPI Launch is a learning and research opportunity for students entering their freshman or sophomore year.  This program offers workshops in biology, chemistry, computer science, engineering technology, interactive media and game development, and more.  To see all summer opportunities at WPI visit wpi.edu/+summer.Applications are available at wpi.edu/+frontiers and are due with supporting materials by April 15th.   If you have questions or concerns in regards to the guidance department, please contact Jami Dion, Supervisor of Guidance K-12 @ 978-374-5700 ext. 1133 or via email @ jdion@haverhill-ps.org

             Have a wonderful weekend!

             Beth Kitsos, Principal

             978-374-5700 xt. 1101 or 1102 or email: bkitsos@haverhill-ps.org

     

  • Principal’s Weekly Update- Week Ending 2/17/17

    February has not been kind to the non-snow lovers in New England so far. However, the forecast for Sunday looks more promising.

    Grading Practices

    Last night I presented to SC about how HHS has been transitioning to a standards based grading system.  During the presentation it became clear that SC had heard from several parents that were unaware of this transition. I have mentioned it in previous weekly emails, but am putting it at the beginning so it is the first thing that everyone reads. The grading practices transition phase began last year, 2015-2016 with staff discussion over the course of many faculty meetings followed by use of curriculum meeting time for staff to work collaboratively on creating common syllabi for commonly taught courses. This continued earlier this school year and were completed and are in place this year. This year, all teachers were directed to speak to students about the new grading practices in all of their classes and explain what it meant, why we were transitioning to it, and how this transition was to take place. The basic premise of standard-based grading is that a grade indicates how much learning of a subject matter has taken place. It does not include the path the student has taken to reach a particular level of achievement (e.g., class participation, behavior, homework). It presupposes that re-takes are allowed/encouraged. It stresses intrinsic motivation – not extrinsic. I am looking to offer a workshop to present the information to parents and other interested community stakeholders in the near future and will announce the date as soon as it is set. The transition to mastery-based grading has been initiated in stages as part of a three (3) year plan:

    Year I: 2015-2016

    • Three full faculty meetings discussing data and research on grading practices.
    • The creation of common grading rubrics for commonly taught classes

    Year II: 2016-2017

    • Faculty-wide revisions of syllabi.
    • Move to “90-10” mastery grading rubrics.
    • Voluntary departmental moves to common grading rubrics (math, science, ELA and foreign language).

    Year III: 2017-2018

    • Move to 100% mastery grades

    MCAS ELA Tutoring Program

    The grade 10 ELA MCAS Tutoring program has been well attended by students. It is a free opportunity for all grade 10 students to attend to successfully reach the highest possible score on this assessment. We hope to bring all students to advanced or proficient. Immediately after the ELA MCAS Tutoring ends the MCAS Math tutoring will commence. We will be inviting all students with the goal of having all reach the advanced or proficient category. Look for those invitations in early March.

    Term III Information:

    With the four snow days we have made adjustments to our timeline for issuing progress reports, report cards and our parent teacher conferences for Terms 3 and 4. All changes will be posted on our webpage but we wanted to share Term 3.

    Term 3 Progress reports will now be issued on March 3rd.

    Term 3 Report Cards will be issued on April 13th

    Term 3 Parent Teacher Conferences will be held on April 27th. 

    Northern Essex Community College Ceremony

    Last Wednesday, February 8th,  28 of our Haverhill High Seniors attended a ceremony at NECC honoring them for their success in the Early College Program. The Early College Program is a partnership between Haverhill High and NECC and it provides our students with the opportunity to take general education college courses and receive both high school and college credit. Our 28 students’ received credits totaling 721 college credits. Senior Isabella Callahan herself earned 40 credits.

    Juniors- Chyten SAT vs. ACT Comparison Test

    The SAT vs ACT Comparison test was administered to Juniors yesterday. The administrators look forward to seeing the results in the very near future and sharing that information with the students and parents. This report will give students insight into which test format is best for them and what preparation they will need in order to score within the range for their goals.

    HHS CTE Staff Recognized

    The Greater Haverhill Chamber of Commerce held their 26th Annual Business Awards earlier in the month and this year’s recipient for Education went to Haverhill High School’s Career Technical Education and Internship Programs. Congratulations to all who made it happen with a special thank you to Victoria Kelley and Lisa Hunt for working with our community leaders and local businesses to help identify the labor needs in the Merrimack Valley and for building relationships with over 90 businesses in our community over the last seven years.

    Fine Arts Department:

    Auditions have been held, roles have been assigned and rehearsals are in full swing for our spring musical in April – The Mystery of Edwin Drood. Our theater department puts on three shows a year and this one looks to be another great success for us. It is amazing the amount of hours that go into our productions.

    School Counseling Update

    Due to the recent snow days, the timeline for students to choose courses for the 2017-2018 school year have been moved back one week.  When we return from February break, all juniors will meet with their school counselors to review their options and choose their classes for their senior year.  All sophomores and juniors should log in to the Student Portal and choose their potential electives.  Directions on how students and parents access course recommendations can be found on the HHS website.  Sophomores will meet with their counselors during the week of March 6th and freshman will meet with their counselors during the week of March 13th.  

    Mid-year reports were submitted to college admission offices.  This is an important piece of information that is requested of college admission offices for all applicants.  For a number of students, this is the final piece of information that is submitted prior to a college rendering an admission decision for those who applied Regular Decision.  Final admission decisions are released in mid to late March for students who applied under the Regular Decision deadlines.  

    Important Information for Seniors!  

    Scholarship Information

      • The HHS Scholarship Portal is open from January 3rd through March 31st.  Directions on how to access the portal can be found on the School Counseling Department page on the HHS website http://hhs.haverhill-ps.org/scholarship-database-directions/.  
      • Seniors, be sure to check the available scholarships on Naviance each week.  We receive many different scholarship applications and we will post each one on Naviance.  Don’t miss out!

    General Reminders for Seniors

    Many of those seniors who applied Early Action or Early Decision to colleges have heard back with a decision.  Don’t forget to update your counselor and enter the college application decision in your Naviance account!  If you receive any scholarships from a college, please bring us a copy of your merit scholarship letter so that we can brag about your accomplishments!  We are eagerly waiting to see which colleges students are being accepted to and we like to share this news!

    Upcoming Events/Important Dates

    • February 28th- Late registration deadline to sign up for the March SAT
    • March 22nd- 6pm- Junior Parent College Information Night in the HHS Library.  
    • April 4th- 6pm- Early College Information Night in the HHS Library.  Come to learn about the Early College Program and its new dual enrollment options!
    • April 5th- 6pm- Annual HHS College Fair in the HHS Library.  We hope that you can join us to learn about opportunities after high school!

    Summer Opportunities

    • The United States Naval Academy offers two summer programs for high school students each year.  Additional information and applications for these programs should be completed online at https://www.usna.edu/Admissions/Programs/index.php.  
      • Summer Seminar– This is a competitive and fast-paced course for students who have completed their junior year of high school.  Summer Seminar is ideal for students who are interested in pursuing an appointment to one of the service academies.  Students will learn about life and academics at the Naval Academy.  Online applications are now open for students interested in pursuing the Summer Seminar. 
      • Summer STEM program: Interested in Engineering?  Are you curious about what it takes to become an Engineer?  Are you passionate about Math and Science?  Are you going to be a sophomore or junior next year?  If you answered “yes” to any of these questions, the Summer STEM Program might be for you!  This is a first come, first served opportunity so do not wait to apply!
    • The Francis College of Engineering at U-Mass Lowell will host two overnight, week-long summer camps for high school students in July.  Students will have the chance to live on campus for a week and discover the many facets of engineering though hands-on projects and interactions with students and faculty.  Students will work in one of the new 3D-Printing or CNC Machining labs.  The cost for the camp includes all overnight accommodations as well as meals and supplies.  There are financial scholarships available.  For more information, visit https://www.uml.edu/Engineering/stem-pipeline/Engineering-summer-camp/default.aspx.  Registration opens February 1st.

             If you have any questions regarding guidance please contact the Supervisor of Guidance K-12 Dion @ 978-374-5700 ext.         1133 or via email @ jdion@haverhill-ps.org

    I am away next week and will not be available by either phone or email. The main office will be open at 978-374-5700 xt. 1101 or 1102 .

    Stay warm and safe over vacation!

    School re-opens February 27th!

     

     

  • Principal’s Weekly Update- Week Ending 2/10/17

    NO SATURDAY SCHOOL TOMORROW, 2/11/17

    February has certainly come in like a lion.  With the start of second semester, HHS has been extremely busy. Teachers are making course recommendations and in the next week or so juniors, sophomores and freshmen will make course requests. Early next week the course descriptions will be available online for students to review before they make their requests.

    First Period – Period A-Homeroom

    Period A, which is also home room – begins at 7:25. For the safety and security of staff and students, all doors with the exception of the Main Entrance are locked after 7:25.  All students are then required to enter the building through the front entrance, by the Main Office and receive a tardy slip. Students are tardy to class if they are NOT in their period A class by 7:25. Every 3 tardy’s equal 1 absence. Students will receive administrative failure for a class if they are absent more than 5 times to the class. Please review the HHS handbook, which is on the HHS website for more details.

    Comparison Test for Juniors Postponed to Wednesday, 2/15

     The SAT vs. ACT Comparison test which was supposed to be given to juniors today, has been postponed to Wednesday, February 15th.  Scores from the comparison test will be made available to you the following week. This report will give you insight into which test format best favors your son or daughter and what preparation will be needed in order to score within range of their goals. We feel this is a great opportunity for our juniors, and encourage all students taking this test to do their best.

    Haverhill High School-Northern Essex Community College (NECC) Early College Program

    Class of 2017 Early College Recognition Ceremony 

    On Wednesday, February 8th, HHS and NECC held the Early College Recognition Ceremony at the NECC Technology Center at 6:00 pm. The ceremony was to recognize the Twenty-seven seniors in the program who earned at least 27 college credits over the past three years. Several students earned more credits and one student was able to earn 40 credits by taking summer courses over duration of the three-year program. I had the honor of presenting the 27 students their certificates along with NECC President Dr. Lane Glenn, James Scully, Superintendent of Schools, and adjunct NECC professor, Jon Mangion.

    2017-2018 Dual Enrollment Opportunities

    Next year,  HHS will be continuing its partnership with NECC. Although HHS is changing the model we offer, the current students (juniors who will be seniors) in the Early College program will finish out this model as seniors. New next year,  juniors and seniors  will have the opportunity to be apart of a Dual Enrollment Cohort or take individual Dual Enrollment courses at  the Northern Essex Campus. To learn more about these opportunities please join us for our Dual Enrollment Information Night, April 4th at 6pm in the HHS library. We will discuss cost, transportation, the program model and more! On Friday, May 19th we will be hosting Accuplacer testing in the HHS Library at 7:30am. Students who are interested in the new dual enrollment cohort or students who are interested in taking dual enrollment college courses at NECC will need to take this test in order to potentially qualify for these opportunities. Please see your guidance counselor for more information or to sign up for the test.

    Model UN

    The Model UN team’s comedy show “What’s so funny?” will be on held on February 16th at 7:00 in the auditorium. Tickets will be $5.00 at the door. All proceeds support the many activities the Model UN students participate in.

    Classical Academy Class of 2021

    The deadline for grade 8 students to submit their transcripts and letters of recommendation was February 1st. Over the next week, a committee will review the many applicants to the Classical Academy program. The letter of acceptance or deferment will be mailed out shortly before the vacation.

    Seniors Class of 2017

    Have you been measured for your cap and gown? If you are a senior and are attending graduation on Friday, June 2nd and have not been measured please go to the 200’s office so Mrs. Shaffer can get your measurements before vacation. Reminder notices for students went into staff mailboxes Monday evening.

    HHS Career Technical Education (CTE) Program Staff Honored

    The Greater Haverhill Chamber of Commerce held their 26th Annual Business Awards last Friday and this year’s recipient for Education went to Haverhill High School’s Career Technical Education and Internship Programs. Congratulations to all who made it happen with a special thank you to Victoria Kelley, HHS Career Academy Coordinator and Lisa Hunt, HHS Internship Coordinator,  for working with our community leaders and local businesses to help identify the labor needs in the Merrimack Valley and for building relationships with over 90 businesses in our community over the last seven-year.

    HHS BAND @ HILLIES HOCKEY SENIOR NIGHT & BAND PARENT MEETING

    On Wednesday, February 15th The HHS “Hillie Nation” Band along with members of the Middle School Jazz Band will perform at the Hillies Hockey “Senior Night”game at 7:00 pm in the HHS rink. This will be our last hockey game in our second season of performing at this exciting high energy event so we need all our Hillie Nation Band members in the house! Report time is 6PM at HHS. Performance attire is casual-black sweatshirts and jeans are suggested. Dress warm in layers-it’s an ice rink and can be a little chilly at first but will heat up once the hockey and the music and the crowd get going!

    The game will be preceded by the Haverhill Band Parents Meeting at 5Pm in the HHS Band Room. All parents of Haverhill band members are invited to attend and participate. Get involved! We have big dreams for the Haverhill band and need your help to make them happen! Thank you for your continued support of the Haverhill Band program. If you have any questions or concerns feel free to contact Band Director, Dean Tsioropoulos @ dtsioropoulos@haverhill-ps.org.

    Upcoming March Band Events:

    Lawrence St. Patrick’s Day Parade March 11th

    After school parade Rehearsals Wed. March 1st  (new band members only) & Wed. March 8th (all band members)

    Next Haverhill Band Parent Meeting: Wednesday, March 8th 5PM (immediately following parade rehearsal)

    School Counseling Update

    Next week, all juniors will be meeting with their school counselors to review their options and choose their classes for the 2017-2018 school year.  To prepare for these meetings, juniors should log in to the Student Portal and choose their potential electives.  Directions on how students and parents access course recommendations can be found on the HHS website.  Sophomores will meet with their counselors during the week of February 27th and freshman will meet with their counselors during the week of March 6th.  

    Important Information for Seniors!  

    Scholarship Information

      • The HHS Scholarship Portal opened on Tuesday January 3rd!  Directions on how to access the portal can be found on the School Counseling Department page on the HHS website http://hhs.haverhill-ps.org/scholarship-database-directions/.  
      • Tis the season for scholarships!  Seniors, be sure to check the available scholarships on Naviance each week.  Between now and February we receive many different scholarship applications and we will post each one on Naviance.  Don’t miss out!

    General Reminders for Seniors

    Many of those seniors who applied Early Action or Early Decision to colleges have heard back with a decision.  Don’t forget to update your counselor and enter the college application decision in your Naviance account!  If you receive any scholarships from a college, please bring us a copy of your merit scholarship letter so that we can brag about your accomplishments!  We are eagerly waiting to see which colleges students are being accepted to and we like to share this news!

    Summer Opportunities

    • The United States Naval Academy offers two summer programs for high school students each year.  Additional information and applications for these programs should be completed online at https://www.usna.edu/Admissions/Programs/index.php.  
      • Summer Seminar– This is a competitive and fast-paced course for students who have completed their junior year of high school.  Summer Seminar is ideal for students who are interested in pursuing an appointment to one of the service academies.  Students will learn about life and academics at the Naval Academy.  Online applications are now open for students interested in pursuing the Summer Seminar. 
      • Summer STEM program Interested in Engineering?  Are you curious about what it takes to become an Engineer?  Are you passionate about Math and Science?  Are you going to be a sophomore or junior next year?  If you answered “yes” to any of these questions, the Summer STEM Program might be for you!  This is a first come, first served opportunity so do not wait to apply!
    • The Francis College of Engineering at UMass Lowell will host two overnight, week-long summer camps for high school students in July.  Students will have the chance to live on campus for a week and discover the many facets of engineering though hands-on projects and interactions with students and faculty.  Students will work in one of the new 3D-Printing or CNC Machining labs.  The cost for the camp includes all overnight accommodations as well as meals and supplies.  There are financial scholarships available.  For more information, visit https://www.uml.edu/Engineering/stem-pipeline/Engineering-summer-camp/default.aspx.  Registration opens February 1st. If you have any questions in regards to guidance please contact Ms. Jami Dion, Supervisor of Guidance K-12, 978-374-5700 ext. 1133 or via email @ jdion@haverhill-ps.org 

    If you have any questions or concerns, please contact me either by phone at 978-374-5700 xt. 1101 or 1102 or via email @ bkitsos@haverhill-ps.org

    Please remember to drive safely and stay warm!

  • Haverhill High School – Student Course Selection 2017-2018

  • Principal’s Weekly Update- Week Ending 2/3

    It is hard to believe February is already here. Term 3 has started. Term 2 Parent-Teacher conferences will be held tonight starting at 6:00 pm.   I want to recognize two of our staff members who will be honored tomorrow by the Greater Haverhill Chamber of Commerce. Lisa Hunt, HHS Internship Coordinator and Victoria Kelly, HHS Career Academy Coordinator have been selected as the 2016 Annual Business Award recipients in the category of education. They will be recognized tomorrow morning at the annual 26th Annual Business Awards Breakfast. Congratulations to both!

    Sad News

    I have some sad news to share.  One of our former English teachers, Mr. Ernie Andrews, passed away unexpectedly in Connecticut earlier this week. Mr. Andrews taught English here at HHS for about 5 years. Mr. Andrews left us in March of 2016. There will be a candlelight vigil here tomorrow night at 6:00 pm in the front of the school in his memory.

    CVTE Applications Due- 2/8/17

    Students interested in applying to the HHS National Academy Foundation of Informational Technology (CVTE),  Health Occupations or Programming and Web Development Programs (CTE) are due February 8th.With the February 8th dealine looming for the applications,  HHS staff and students visited the 4 middle schools, Hillview Montessori and Sacred Hearts to share information about all of the wonderful programs and opportunities to be had here at HHS. If you have questions please contact Career Academy Coordinator, Victoria Kelly @ vkelly@haverhill-ps.org or Dean of STEM- Science, Ed Roberts @ eroberts@haverhill-ps.org

    Class of 2018 Exciting opportunity presentation tonight at 5:30 – HHS Auditorium

    Haverhill Public Schools has created an ACT and SAT score improvement program in partnership with Chyten Education to prepare our juniors for the June ACT and SAT tests. Haverhill is providing 150 free scholarships to this program which will be held at Haverhill High School starting in March. Classes will be held on Saturdays in two-hour increments. The first 100 spaces will be given on a first come, first served basis. In the next few weeks you will receive some email correspondence from Chyten to provide greater detail about their program offerings. They will  be present tonight, Thursday evening, February 2nd in conjunction with conference night.  From 5:30 to 6:00 Chyten representatives will be in the HHS auditorium to introduce themselves and the services they offer.  They will also be available in the main lobby until 7:30 to answer any questions you have. During the regular school day on Friday, February 10th all juniors will take an ACT vs. SAT Comparison Test.  Scores from the comparison test will be made available to you the following week. This report will give you insight into which test format best favors your son or daughter and what preparation will be needed in order to score within range of their goals. We feel this is a great opportunity for our juniors, and look forward to seeing the success this preparation will bring to the HHS Class of 2018!

    Class of 2018 Balfour Ring Night

    The Class of 2018 Balfour Ring Night will be held Monday February 6th in the cafeteria from 5-7pm.  If students have any questions or need a packet please see Mrs. McIntyre (K30) or Mrs. Jenkinson (M23).

    MCAS Bio Re-test 

     All students taking the MCAS February Biology test should report to the cafeteria on Monday and Tuesday, February 6th and 7th, promptly at 7:25 AM, for the MCAS Biology re-test.

    Attention Seniors Class of 2017:

    The dates, times and locations of all your spring events have been posted on the website with hard copies available in the main entrance. Senior banquet, prom, chapel and more. It’s all there!

    Model UN

    The Model UN group will be having a comedy night at Haverhill High School in the auditorium on February 16, 2017 at 7:00. Ticket will be $5.00 at the door.

    School Counseling Update

    Course Recommendations for 2017-2018

    Beginning next week, all teachers at HHS will be recommending course levels for their students for the 2017-2018 school year.  Students will be assigned a specific week by grade in which they can go into the Student Portal to review the recommendations of teachers as well as select additional classes and electives.  The Class of 2018 will be the first to select courses.  All juniors will be able to log in to the Student Portal and choose their classes from Monday February 6th through Friday February 10th.  Directions on how students and parents can access course recommendations can be found on the HHS website.  Juniors will meet with their school counselors individually to review course selections during the week of February 13th.  Sophomores will meet with their counselors during the week of February 27th and freshman will meet with their counselors during the week of March 6th.  

    Important Information for Seniors!  

    Scholarship Information

      • The HHS Scholarship Portal opened on Tuesday January 3rd!  Directions on how to access the portal can be found on the School Counseling Department page on the HHS website http://hhs.haverhill-ps.org/scholarship-database-directions/.  
      • Tis the season for scholarships!  Seniors, be sure to check the available scholarships on Naviance each week.  Between now and February we receive many different scholarship applications and we will post each one on Naviance.  Don’t miss out!

    General Reminders for Seniors

    Many of those seniors who applied Early Action or Early Decision to colleges have heard back with a decision.  Don’t forget to update your counselor and enter the college application decision in your Naviance account!  If you receive any scholarships from a college, please bring us a copy of your merit scholarship letter so that we can brag about your accomplishments!  We are eagerly waiting to see which colleges students are being accepted to and we like to share this news!

    Representatives from Northern Essex Community College hold Information Sessions in the Counseling Office on the 2nd and 4th Thursday of every month.  Sessions run from 11am to 1pm.  Seniors are invited to attend any of these sessions to learn more about the admission process, academic programs, and how to proactively prepare yourself to be a college student.  

    Summer Opportunities

    • The United States Naval Academy offers two summer programs for high school students each year.  Additional information and applications for these programs should be completed online at https://www.usna.edu/Admissions/Programs/index.php.  
      • Summer Seminar– This is a competitive and fast-paced course for students who have completed their junior year of high school.  Summer Seminar is ideal for students who are interested in pursuing an appointment to one of the service academies.  Students will learn about life and academics at the Naval Academy.  Online applications are now open for students interested in pursuing the Summer Seminar. 
      • Summer STEM Program- Interested in Engineering?  Are you curious about what it takes to become an Engineer?  Are you passionate about Math and Science?  Are you going to be a sophomore or junior next year?  If you answered “yes” to any of these questions, the Summer STEM Program might be for you!  This is a first come, first served opportunity so do not wait to apply!
    • The Francis College of Engineering at UMass Lowell will host two overnight, week-long summer camps for high school students in July.  Students will have the chance to live on campus for a week and discover the many facets of engineering though hands-on projects and interactions with students and faculty.  Students will work in one of the new 3D-Printing or CNC Machining labs.  The cost for the camp includes all overnight accommodations as well as meals and supplies.  There are financial scholarships available.  For more information, visit https://www.uml.edu/Engineering/stem-pipeline/Engineering-summer-camp/default.aspx.  Registration opens February 1st. If you have any questions in regards to guidance please contact the Supervisor of Guidance K-12, Ms. Jami Dion @ 978-374-5700 ext. 1133 or via email @ jdion@haverhill-ps.org
    • Finally, tomorrow, Friday 2/3 is New England Patriots Day at HHS. I hope everyone can wear their Patriots gear or red, white and blue to support the team!

    Have a wonderful week-end!

     

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