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- October 20, 2017

    Seniors Class of 2018

    The Yankee Candle fundraiser began today.  Seniors can pick up their packets in room K30. The sale ends on Thursday November 2nd.  All money raised goes to reduce the cost for class dues, prom, and senior activities.

    Fall Festival

    Haverhill High’s very first Fall Festival will be held in the cafeteria and the 100’s on Thursday October 26th starting at 5:00! There will be live music, food, arts and crafts and the Haunted Hallway in the 100’s! $5 per person at the door.

    Hillie Nation Band

    The Hillie Nation Band will perform in its first away game in many years tonight when our Hillies play the Lawrence Lancers. Good luck to all our Hillie musicians and our varsity team.

    China Exchange Program

    Attention Students: Do you want to travel to China in April 2018? There has been a price reduction for those interested! To learn more please attend an informational meeting open to parents and students on October 31st at 6:00 in the Main Office Conference Room.

    Community Service Project

    I want to take a moment to congratulate and thank Julia Clohisy, Sarah Spencer and Elise Avolio who completed a mural at Tatterstall Farms through our Classical Academy and Art Club. Their work will be feature in the near future in the Eagle Tribune.

    Start of Day

    I have seen an increase in students tardy to school in recent days. I am asking that all parents and guardians speak with your child about the importance of arriving to class (not just on campus) on time.

    As written in our student handbook:

    Tardiness to School    

    Students are expected to be in their classrooms at 7:20 a.m. Students arriving to school after 7:25 a.m. must enter through the main entrance and check in at the main office. Only tardiness accompanied by a medical or legal note shall be considered documented. Chronic tardiness may result in temporary or permanent suspension of parking privileges and/or referral to their Assistant Principal. Students who are unable to attend regular school sessions may not attend or participate in extra-curricular activities.

    Tardiness to Class Procedure

    Students are expected to report directly to classes and not linger in hallways.

    1. First Offense: Students will receive a warning from the teacher.
    2. Second and Third Offense: Students will receive appropriate discipline from the teacher.
    3. Fourth and subsequent offenses will result in a disciplinary referral to an assistant principal.

    Please Note:

    • Over 15 minutes late to class equals one undocumented absence from class.
    • Every three (3) undocumented tardies to class (less than 15 minutes) will be counted as one undocumented absence and be subject to the administrative failure policy.

    Saturday School

    Our next Saturday School to make up time will be held on Saturday, October 28th. Any student in need please see Mr. Joyce or Mrs. Irons in the Family Resource Center next week.

    School Counseling Update

    • AP Student Expectations Agreement forms and AP exam deposits were due today, October 20th.  Any student enrolled in AP course(s) must submit a $45 deposit per exam.  If any student needs to submit the form late, they may still do so next week.  The completed form and payment can be turned in to the School Counseling Department.  Payment may be made in the form of cash or check (payable to Haverhill High School).  Please contact Mrs. Dion with any questions or concerns.

     

    • This is a reminder that Term 1 grades close at the end of the month.  Most courses at HHS are semester-based which means that any final grades in Semester 1 courses consist of Term 1 and Term 2 grades.  Students should keep on top of their assignments and connect with their teachers to make sure all work is submitted before the marking period closes!
    Information for Seniors
    • College admission representatives are visiting HHS this fall.  All scheduled visits are listed in Naviance under the “Colleges” tab.  Students can sign up to meet with a college representative directly through Naviance or by signing up in the counseling office.  Students must sign up a minimum of one day in advance and will receive a pass to attend this appointment in their first period class.  Representatives from the following institutions will visit during the week of October 16th: Endicott College, Stetson University, Massachusetts College of Liberal Arts, Boston College, Rivier University, Fitchburg State University, Emerson College, and Johnson & Wales University.
    • Northern Essex will be available to students one Thursday every month in the back of the Guidance Office during lunches.  Students will have access to an admissions representative where they can ask quesitons and learn more information about NECC.  Additionally, admissions representatives come to HHS for On the Spot Acceptance Days.  The first of these will be held on December 11th.
    • The second annual Cape Ann Regional Portfolio Night will be held on October 23rd from 6:30-8:30pm in the Hubbard and Maddocks Galleries at the Rockport Association and Museum.  This event provides students with the opportunity to meet and have their portfolio reviewed by Admissions Counselors from AICAD Schools (Association for Independent Colleges of Art and Design) and to gain a better understanding of post-secondary opportunities in art and design.  Colleges in attendance will include Lesley University College of Art and Design, Maryland Institute College of Art, Montserrat College of Art, School of the Museum of Fine Arts, Tyler School of Art at Temple University, and more.  Students should bring a working portfolio consisting of 10-15 pieces or a sketchbook.
    • The Ron Brown Scholar Program seeks to identify students who will make significant contributions to society.  Applicants should demonstrate academic achievement, exihibit leadership ability, participate in community service activities, and have demonstrated financial need.  To be eligible, applicants must be U.S. citizens or permanent residents, Black/African-American, and current high school seniors.  Each year, 20 or more students are selected as Ron Brown Scholars and receive $10,000 annually for four years.  To be given early consideration students must apply by November 1st.  The final deadline to submit scholarship materials is January 9th.  Students who are interested in applying should visit the School Counseling Office for a copy of the application.
    If you have guidance related questions please contact Jami Dion, Supervisor of Guidance K-12 @978-374-5700 ext. 1133 or via email @ jdion@haverhill-ps.org

    Looking Ahead:

    November 2017

    01 Term I Marks Close

    02 Term II Begins

    04 SAT Testing – Scheduled through College Board

    07 No School – Students Only – Staff Professional Development Day

    08 Report Cards Issued in Parent Portal

    10 Veterans Day Observed – No School

     

    Have a wonderful weekend!

    Beth Kitsos, Principal- bkitsos@haverhill-ps.org

  • Principal’s Weekly Update- October 13, 2017

    HHS Welcomes New Assistant Principal 

    The new grade 11 Assistant Principal Mr. Anthony Curet joined Hillie Nation on Tuesday, October 10. Mr. Curet comes from Methuen High School where he had experience as a teacher, an interim Assistant Principal and Interim Athletic Director. Mr. Curet is located in the M wing office. All of us here at HHS are happy he has become a member of Hillie Nation!

    HHS Hosting Academy Night

    We welcome all current HHS students  and parents and all Haverhill middle school students and parents to the annual HHS Academy Night on 10/18 from 6:00-7:30pm. The evening will highlight the many different programs that HHS offers to students along with athletics and other extracurricular activities. Students and parents will start in the library for a brief meeting then walk the halls to visit various stations learning more about HHS. Our School Store, the iSchool, our Cosmo room and more will be open for all of them to visit. This is always a big night for us and we welcome everyone to the school. know you will be amazed at all HHS has to offer our students and families. Please come!

    Academy Night Parent Flyer 2017

    Security Guard

    Haverhill High School has posted for a Security Guard position. This position will be from 2:00 p.m. – 10:00 p.m. Monday through Friday. Hours may shift depending on functions at our school. If you are interested please come to the HHS main office for more information.

    Jr. ROTC

    Gunny Danis and Major Martin took 20 cadets to Salem (MA) High School to compete in a regional physical fitness type event called a Raider Competition.  Our cadets performed extremely well and placed 3rd overall.  I’m so proud of them and I can tell they were proud of their hard work and accomplishments as well.

     

     

     

     

     

    Free and Reduced Lunch

    I would like to take a moment to remind our Hillie Families that all Free and Reduced forms were due this week. This for all new and renewed forms. We encourage all families who need assistance to complete this form. It is not too late and we wanted to remind parents that if something financially changes throughout the year they can at any time complete the form to try to receive assistance. Parents and Guardians can get the form from our website, in our main office or they can contact Ms. Jordan in the Food Service department.

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    Tutoring Center

    Our Tutoring Center opened this week in the A Wing. We have two rooms, one for ELA and one for Math. These are staffed by retired teachers and students are referred there by teachers. We are looking forward to the success it will bring to all students who attend these one on one or small group sessions.

     

    National Honor Societies

    In early September, 64 Hillies who were inducted into the National Honor Society and 12 Hillies inducted into the National Business Honor Society. On Thursday October 19th – 32 Hillies will be inducted into our National Foreign Language Honor Society. Congratulations to all our students!

    Career Technical Education (CTE)

    HHS Career Technical Education Program applications are now available on the Haverhill High School website under the Career Technical Education tab.​

    CTE programs are a sequence of rigorous technical courses aligned with industry standards. College and career planning activities and work-based learning opportunities are embedded into all programs. Students will be positioned to enter highly competitive college/university degree-granting programs; complete post-secondary certificate programs or immediately enter the high-demand STEM workforce. Current CTE programs include Healthcare Occupations; NAF Academy of Information Technology; and Programming & Web Development. Due to the cohort structure of CTE programs, students cannot be enrolled in both Classical and CTE programs.  Requirements: Application, Interview, Cohort Structure

    HHS MVP Gamechanger Program

    On Thursday October 12, HHS students Domingo Houston, Lydia Osmer, Kristen Clohecy and Maggie Huertas from the Haverhill High MVP program traveled to Gillette Stadium for a MVP: Game Change Leadership Summit hosted by the New England Patriots and the Massachusetts Attorney General’s Office. Domingo, Maggie, Lydia and Kristen have been named “Captains” of the HHS MVP chapter for the 2017-2018 school year and they networked with other Massachusetts schools in the program. They are excited to bring back fresh ideas for the MVP group, including ways in which the MVP program will be presented in all four Haverhill middle schools in the coming months. A special thanks to Guidance counselor Samantha Massahos and Grade 12 Assistant Principal Matt Steinberg for bringing this wonderful program toHHS.

     

    HHS 2017/18 CTE/CVTE program application dates

    Application release date October 16, 2017

    Application due date February 7, 2018

    Interviews will be held March 5, through March 12, 2018

    Application Decisions March 19, 2018​​

    If you have questions please contact Victoria Kelly, Career Academy Coordinator @ vkelly@haverhill-ps.org

    School Counseling Update

    • AP Student Expectations Agreement forms and AP exam deposits are due on October 20th.  Forms were distributed at the AP Kickoff Parent Meeting last night and were given to AP teachers this week for those students who still need a copy.  Any student enrolled in AP course(s) must submit a $45 deposit per exam.  The completed form and payment can be turned in to the School Counseling Department.  Payment may be made in the form of cash or check (payable to Haverhill High School).  Please contact Mrs. Dion with any questions or concerns.
    • The Classical Academy Entrance Exam will be administered on Thursday November 2nd at 9am in each of the middle schools.  If you have a child in the 8th grade who would like to register to take this exam, click on the following link:  https://goo.gl/forms/GB9Cu3gkegUvoA8X2.  The deadline to register for this exam is 5pm today, October 13th.
    • Information for Seniors
    • Attention Class of 2018!  If you have November 1st deadlines you must submit your Transcript Request Form to your counselor no later than Monday, October 16th.  Failure to submit your transcript request forms could delay the release of your school application materials.
    • College admission representatives are visiting HHS this fall.  All scheduled visits are listed in Naviance under the “Colleges” tab.  Students can sign up to meet with a college representative directly through Naviance or by signing up in the counseling office.  Students must sign up a minimum of one day in advance and will receive a pass to attend this appointment in their first period class.  Representatives from the following institutions will visit during the week of October 16th: UMass Boston, Great Bay Community College, Bryant University, Brandeis University, Western New England University, St. Joseph’s College-ME, Keene State (rescheduled from previous date), Curry College, and University of Maine- Farmington.
    • The second annual Cape Ann Regional Portfolio Night will be held on October 23rd from 6:30-8:30pm in the Hubbard and Maddocks Galleries at the Rockport Association and Museum.  This event provides students with the opportunity to meet and have their portfolio reviewed by Admissions Counselors from AICAD Schools (Association for Independent Colleges of Art and Design) and to gain a better understanding of post-secondary opportunities in art and design.  Colleges in attendance will include Lesley University College of Art and Design, Maryland Institute College of Art, Montserrat College of Art, School of the Museum of Fine Arts, Tyler School of Art at Temple University, and more.  Students should bring a working portfolio consisting of 10-15 pieces or a sketchbook.
    • The Ron Brown Scholar Program seeks to identify students who will make significant contributions to society.  Applicants should demonstrate academic achievement, exhibit leadership ability, participate in community service activities, and have demonstrated financial need.  To be eligible, applicants must be U.S. citizens or permanent residents, Black/African-American, and current high school seniors.  Each year, 20 or more students are selected as Ron Brown Scholars and receive $10,000 annually for four years.  To be given early consideration students must apply by November 1st.  The final deadline to submit scholarship materials is January 9th.  Students who are interested in applying should visit the School Counseling Office for a copy of the application.
    • If you have questions please contact Jami Dion, Supervisor of Guidance K-12
      @978-374-5700 ext. 1133 or jdion@haverhill-ps.org
    Have a wonderful weekend!
    Beth Kitsos, Principal
    bkitsos@haverhill-ps.org
  • Principal’s Weekly Update- October 6, 2017

    The Columbus Day weekend is upon us. HHS has been very busy with so many activities.

    Free and Reduced Lunch Forms Due 

    A quick reminder that Free and Reduced lunch forms are due October 12th. This includes all renewals. The forms are available in our main office and on the website. See link for forms.

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    Picture Re-Take Day- 10/13

    Friday, 10/13-Picture re-take day for students and staff that didn’t get their pictures taken last month. See attached form

    picture form

    YMCA Teacher of the Year

    It is time again to recognize excellent educators. Please nominate a teacher who possesses all of the qualities that make an excellent teacher.    The Haverhill YMCA’s 9th annual Educator of the Year will be held at DiBurros on Thursday, November 16th at 5:30 pm. See attached nomination forms.

    Educator of the year nomination

    HHS Hosting Academy Night October 18th from 6:00-7:30 pm

    HHS is hosting the Annual Academy Night. Join us and learn about all the different opportunities both curricular and extra curricular for our students. See flyer below.

    Academy Night Parent Flyer 2017

    Mercedes Baseball and Softball Academy Flyer

    Mercedes Baseball:Softball

    Unified Basketball Team

    Haverhill High School is sponsoring a Unified Basketball Team this fall. This team, supported by the MIAA and by the Special Olympics, brings together students with and without intellectual abilities on the basketball court. We will be competing against other schools in the Merrimack Valley Conference. To sign up, please visit the HHS Athletics web site or stop by the athletic department located in the pool building for more information. The first practice will be held this Wednesday, October 11 from 2:30 – 4:00 PM in the main gym.

    School Counseling Update

    • Parents and students are invited to attend a free MEFA College Financing Seminar, which will be held on October 12th at 6:30pm.  This seminar is offered through MEFA, the Commonwealth’s authority on planning, saving, and paying for college.  An experienced MEFA representative will provide an overview of the college financing process, including types of financial aid, how to apply, and financing options for your family.  Before the seminar, be sure to visit MEFA’s website- www.mefa.org– to download a copy of the seminar presentation in English or Spanish and explore other tools and resources to assist you in the college planning process.  There will be two sessions held simultaneously in English and Spanish.  The English presentation will be held in the HHS Auditorium.  The Spanish presentation will be held in the Main Office Conference Room.
    • The counseling office will be administering the PSAT/NMSQT to registered students in grades 10 and 11 on Wednesday October 11th.  Testing will begin promptly at 7:25am and will end at 11am.  Students should report directly to the M-wing on the day of testing.  Any student who registered for the PSAT must complete a Pre-Administration session where basic demographic information is entered on answer sheets.  Students who missed last week’s sessions will be contacted by their counselor on Tuesday.
    • AP Student Expectations Agreement forms and AP exam deposits are due on October 20th.  Forms were distributed at the AP Kickoff Parent Meeting last night and were given to AP teachers this week for those students who still need a copy.  Any student enrolled in AP course(s) must submit a $45 deposit per exam.  The completed form and payment can be turned in to the School Counseling Department.  Payment may be made in the form of cash or check (payable to Haverhill High School).  Please contact Mrs. Dion with any questions or concerns.
    Information for Seniors
    • College admission representatives are visiting HHS this fall.  All scheduled visits are listed in Naviance under the “Colleges” tab.  Students can sign up to meet with a college representative directly through Naviance or by signing up in the counseling office.  Students must sign up a minimum of one day in advance and will receive a pass to attend this appointment in their first period class.  Representatives from the following institutions will visit during the week of October 10th: Springfield College, Keene State College, Framingham State College, University of New Hampshire, Southern New Hampshire University, University of New Haven, University of Connecticut, UMaine Farmington, Colby Sawyer, Plymouth State University, UMass Amherst, and North Shore Community College.

     

    • The second annual Cape Ann Regional Portfolio Night will be held on October 23rd from 6:30-8:30pm in the Hubbard and Maddocks Galleries at the Rockport Association and Museum.  This event provides students with the opportunity to meet and have their portfolio reviewed by Admissions Counselors from AICAD Schools (Association for Independent Colleges of Art and Design) and to gain a better understanding of post-secondary opportunities in art and design.  Colleges in attendance will include Lesley University College of Art and Design, Maryland Institute College of Art, Montserrat College of Art, School of the Museum of Fine Arts, Tyler School of Art at Temple University, and more.  Students should bring a working portfolio consisting of 10-15 pieces or a sketchbook.
    • The Ron Brown Scholar Program seeks to identify students who will make significant contributions to society.  Applicants should demonstrate academic achievement, exhibit leadership ability, participate in community service activities, and have demonstrated financial need.  To be eligible, applicants must be U.S. citizens or permanent residents, Black/African-American, and current high school seniors.  Each year, 20 or more students are selected as Ron Brown Scholars and receive $10,000 annually for four years.  To be given early consideration students must apply by November 1st.  The final deadline to submit scholarship materials is January 9th.  Students who are interested in applying should visit the School Counseling Office for a copy of the application. If you have questions please contact the Supervisor of Guidance K-12, Jami Dion @ 978-374-5700 ext. 1133

    Looking forward to the three-day weekend ahead of us. See everyone on Tuesday.

    Beth Kitsos, Principal

  • Principal’s Weekly Update- 9/29/17

    Term 1 Progress Reports Issued

    Term 1 Progress reports were issued to all students. This progress report will show your child’s current grade at midterm as well as information on performance indicators in 2 categories: Student Engagement and Work Completion. If you did not receive one please contact the main office @ 978-374-5700 XT 1101 or 1102

    Hillie Girl’s Volleyball Mattress Fundraiser

    When: Sunday October 1, 2017 from 10:00 am-5:00 pm

    Location: HHS Gymnasium

    All proceeds will support our girl’s Volleyball Team’s 2018 Disney Orlando Tournament.  where they will represent HHS in Orlando Florida.

    Hillie Thank You!

    A big Hillie thank you to Barbara Ziminski, from the Haverhill Garden Club, here in the city, who stopped by Haverhill High School and donated a brand new wheel barrow, and garden hose, for the students to use in the gardens.

    Hillie Shout Out!

    Congratulations to grade 9 student Carlito Colon, who took first prize in the coloring contest, at Topsfield Fair.  Carlito, is our braille student!  You can find it on the Topsfield Fair Facebook page!

    Walk for Peace

    On Saturday Mr. Polanco and our VIP team will be participating in the Haverhill Walk for Peace starting at Swasey Field and walking to Silver Hill Elementary School from 1:00 to 3:30. We hope if you are available you will be able to join our incredible VIP team and other community members on Saturday at 1:00.

    Hillie Crew Team

    Good luck to our Hillie Crew Team on their first competition of the year this weekend! Let’s take home the medal in the Textile River Regatta in Lowell this weekend!

    School Counseling Update

    • The PSAT/NMSQT will be offered to students in grades 10 and 11 on Wednesday October 11th at 7:25am.  Students who take the PSAT receive important feedback on individual strengths and weaknesses as well as a personalized study plan for the SAT.  Juniors who take the PSAT are considered for eligibility through the National Merit Scholarship Program.  The cost for this test is $16.  Payment can be made via cash, check (made payable to Haverhill High School), or bank check/money order.  There are a limited number of spaces available.  The last day to sign up is Monday October 2nd.

     

    • AP Student Expectations Agreement forms and AP exam deposits are due on October 20th.  Forms were distributed at the AP Kickoff Parent Meeting last night and were given to AP teachers this week for those students who still need a copy.  Any student enrolled in AP course(s) must submit a $45 deposit per exam.  The completed form and payment can be turned in to the School Counseling Department.  Payment may be made in the form of cash or check (payable to Haverhill High School).  Please contact Mrs. Dion with any questions or concerns.
    Information for Seniors
    • College admission representatives are visiting HHS this fall.  All scheduled visits are listed in Naviance under the “Colleges” tab.  Students can sign up to meet with a college representative directly through Naviance or by signing up in the counseling office.  Students must sign up a minimum of one day in advance and will receive a pass to attend this appointment in their first period class.  Representatives from the following institutions will visit during the week of October 2nd: Saint Anselm College, Juniata College, Merrimack College, Newbury College, UMass Lowell, Suffolk University, Norwich University, Wentworth Institute of Technology, George Mason University, New England College, University of Rhode Island, Stonehill College, and the University of New England.

     

    • Boston University is hosting several Fall Visit Days for students.  These events will include an information session, covering everything from student life to study abroad opportunities to what makes an application competitive for admission.  Students and their families will also tour residence halls, hear from a faculty member, and eat lunch in a dining hall.  The events are scheduled for October 6th and 27th and run from 9am-1pm.  Visit http://www.bu.edu/admissions/visit-us/discover-bu-in-the-fall/ for more information and to RSVP.

     

    • The Ron Brown Scholar Program seeks to identify students who will make significant contributions to society.  Applicants should demonstrate academic achievement, exihibit leadership ability, participate in community service activities, and have demonstrated financial need.  To be eligible, applicants must be U.S. citizens or permanent residents, Black/African-American, and current high school seniors.  Each year, 20 or more students are selected as Ron Brown Scholars and receive $10,000 annually for four years.  To be given early consideration students must apply by November 1st.  The final deadline to submit scholarship materials is January 9th.  Students who are interested in applying should visit the School Counseling Office for a copy of the application.
    • Upcoming Events:
      • MEFA College Financing Seminar– Thursday October 12th at 6:30pm in the HHS Auditorium (English presentation) and the Main Office Conference Room (Spanish presentation)

    Hillie Happenings!

    September 2017

    10/30 VIP – Walk for Peace 1:00 p.m. – 3:30 p.m. From Swasey Filed to Silver Hill School

    Homecoming Game  vs. Methuen – 2:00 p.m. at Trinity Stadium

    Homecoming Dance – Cafeteria – Students enter from the E Lot – 7:00 p.m. – 10:00 p.m. – Students must be picked up PROMPTLY at 10:00 p.m.

    Tickets will be $5.00 at the door.

    October 2017

    10/04 Tutoring Center Opens

    10/06 Early Release for Students – Staff Professional Development Day

    10/07 SAT Testing –Scheduled through CollegeBoard

    10/09 Columbus Day – No School

    10/11 PSAT Testing 7:30 a.m.

    10/12 FY17 Free and Reduced Lunch Expires

    10/12 MEFA College Financing Seminar 6:00 Auditorium

    10/13 Picture Retake Day – Auditorium

    10/18 Academy Information Night – Grades 608 Auditorium

    10/19 Foreign Language National Honor Society Induction 7:00 Library

    10/20 AP Students – Agreement Forms and Deposits Due

    10/28 ACT Test

    Have a wonderful Week-end!

     

     

  • Principal’s Weekly Update- 9/22/17

    Term 1 progress reports will be issued period J on Thursday, September 28, 2017.

    Administrative Failure Policy

    In order to reinforce our commitment to the value of daily student attendance and to adhere to the state attendance guidelines, Haverhill High School has created a proactive approach to attendance issues that is connected to our philosophy towards grading practices. The following represents our procedure for tying grades into our attendance requirements:

    Six (6) or more undocumented absences in a quarter for a course will result in an “administrative failure” and a loss of credit (.25) for that quarter for that course. (See below list of documented and undocumented absences) Credits can be made up by attending Saturday School. Absences for any given quarter must be made up by the end of the succeeding quarter; for example, Q1 absences must be made up by the end of Q2, etc. Note: As there are no days available after Q4 to make up absences for this quarter, the absences must then be made up by the end of Q4. It is expected that any student who has 6 or more unexcused absences in a quarter (and thus an administrative failure) will attend the newly instituted Saturday School to make up any absences in excess of the allowable 5 for each quarter.

    Regarding classes for which a student has lost credit due to an administrative failure: the student will receive their actual grade(s) and, if passing for the final grade, that course will “count” towards the student’s specific course requirements or other course sequence considerations. However, any lost credit in these situations will still need to be accounted for through additional courses in that subject area in order to meet our cumulative graduation credits requirements. Please reference the Haverhill High School credits requirements per subject area.

    Documented and Undocumented Absences

    Documented Absences

    Students absent for the following reasons with written documentation will be allowed makeup work with full credit.

    Reason                                                                   Required Documentation

    Student Illness                                                    Doctor/Nurse Note

    Death in Family                                                  Documented

    Religious Holiday                                               Note from parent

    Court Appearance                                               Note from Court

    Two College Visits Per Year                              Note from parent or college

    Documentation must be submitted to the main office within two days of returning to school. 

    Undocumented Absences

    If documentation is not brought into school within two days of returning, the student’s absences will be considered undocumented.  Other examples of undocumented absences include caring for siblings, oversleeping, missed bus, car problem, parent notes, and family trips or vacations.  Makeup work with full credit for undocumented days absent will be at the teachers’ discretion.

    Students are expected to attend each class daily, those students who accrue over 5 absences will be subject to administrative failure policy in that class. 

    Students who are not in school for at least half of the day by state law are considered absent.  Those students that arrive after 10:45 a.m. will have their attendance marked as Tardy/Absent and those that leave prior to that time will be recorded as Dismissed/Absent.

    If a student is absent five (5) or more consecutive days, or is showing a pattern of excessive absenteeism a doctor’s note is by required.

    Ten-Day Consecutive Absences

    Consecutive absences of ten (10) days without notification to the school will result in a letter informing the student of pending removal from school enrollment. Students and/or parents have ten (10) days to then notify the school of continued attendance.

    No student sixteen years of age or older shall be considered to have permanently left public school unless an administrator of the school which such student last attended has sent notice within a period of the ten days from the student’s tenth consecutive absence to the parent or guardian of such student in both the primary language of such parent or guardian and English, stating that such student and his parent or guardian may meet with the school committee or its designated representatives prior to the student permanently leaving school, within ten days after the sending of the notice.

    Tardiness to Class Procedure

    Students are expected to report directly to classes and not linger in hallways.

    1. First Offense: Students will receive a warning from the teacher.
    2. Second and Third Offense: Students will receive appropriate discipline from the teacher.
    3. Fourth and subsequent offenses will result in a disciplinary referral to an assistant principal.

    Please Note:

    • Over 15 minutes late to class equals one undocumented absence from class.
    • Every three (3) undocumented tardies to class (less than 15 minutes) will be counted as one undocumented absence and be subject to the administrative failure policy.

    SchoolBrains – Parent Portal

    If you do not have access to the parent portal then please contact our main office at 978-374-5700 to verify your email address in the database. When that is verified then please email: portalsupport@haverhill-ps.org to request a password.

    Free and Reduced Lunch Forms

    A reminder that all Free and Reduced Lunch Forms (NEW AND RENEWALS) are due by October 11th. The forms are available on our website, in the main office and through contacting Ms. Jordan at zjordan@haverhill-ps.org in our food service department. It does take time to process the documents so please get them in as quickly as possible so there is no break services received.

    Hillie Nation Band

    After school band class meets every Tuesday from 2:15-3:30 in the band room. This class is for all HHS Band members currently enrolled in band AND for all band members who were unable to fit band class into their schedules. All Band members will receive a  half credit  for successfully completing the requirements of the class. There is also a 3:15 late bus for students requiring transportation.​ There is also an all-city band rehearsal for all HHS band members Wednesday after school until 4:45.

    School Counseling Update

    • The counseling office will be administering the PSAT/NMSQT to students in grades 10 and 11 on Wednesday October 11th at 7:25am.  Participation is not mandatory, but it is encouraged.  The PSAT is a standardized test that measures a student’s reading, writing, and math skills needed for college.  Students who take the PSAT receive important feedback on individual strengths and weaknesses as well as a personalized study plan for the SAT.  Juniors who take the PSAT are considered for eligibility through the National Merit Scholarship Program.  Students can sign up for the PSAT beginning next week in the counseling office.  The cost for this test is $16.  Payment can be made via cash, check (made payable to Haverhill High School), or bank check/money order.  There are a limited number of spaces available for this testing so please do not wait to register.  The deadline to register has been extended to October 2nd.

     

    • AP Student Expectations Agreement forms and AP exam deposits are due on October 20th.  Forms were distributed at the AP Kickoff Parent Meeting last night and will be given to AP teachers next week for those students who still need a copy.  Any student enrolled in AP course(s) must submit a $45 deposit per exam.  The completed form and payment can be turned in to the School Counseling Department.  Payment may be made in the form of cash or check (payable to Haverhill High School).  Please contact Mrs. Dion with any questions or concerns.
    Information for Seniors
    • On Wednesday September 27th at 6pm, the counseling office will host a Senior Parent College Information event.  This presentation will be held in the HHS Library and will cover the many facets of the college application process including standardized testing, letters of recommendation, and the admissions timeline.

     

    • College admission representatives are visiting HHS this fall.  All scheduled visits are listed in Naviance under the “Colleges” tab.  Students can sign up to meet with a college representative directly through Naviance or by signing up in the counseling office.  Students must sign up a minimum of one day in advance and will receive a pass to attend this appointment in their first period class.  Representatives from the following institutions will visit during the week of September 25th: University of St. Andrews in Scotland and Emmanuel College in Boston.

     

    • Boston University is hosting several Fall Visit Days for students.  These events will include an information session, covering everything from student life to study abroad opportunities to what makes an application competitive for admission.  Students and their families will also tour residence halls, hear from a faculty member, and eat lunch in a dining hall.  The events are scheduled for October 6th and 27th and run from 9am-1pm.  Visit http://www.bu.edu/admissions/visit-us/discover-bu-in-the-fall/ for more information and to RSVP.
    • Curry College will be hosting a workshop for high school students and their families titled “Navigating the College Search Process for Students with Learning Differences, AD/HD, and Executive Functioning Challenges”.  This workshop will take place on Tuesday October 3rd from 7-8:30pm on the Curry College campus in Milton.  For more information or to register for this event contact Michelle Bracken, Associate Director of Admission at bracken@curry.edu.
    • The Ron Brown Scholar Program seeks to identify students who will make significant contributions to society.  Applicants should demonstrate academic achievement, exhibit leadership ability, participate in community service activities, and have demonstrated financial need.  To be eligible, applicants must be U.S. citizens or permanent residents, Black/African-American, and current high school seniors.  Each year, 20 or more students are selected as Ron Brown Scholars and receive $10,000 annually for four years.  To be given early consideration students must apply by November 1st.  The final deadline to submit scholarship materials is January 9th.  Students who are interested in applying should visit the School Counseling Office for a copy of the application.
    • Upcoming Events:
      • MEFA College Financing Seminar– Thursday October 12th at 6:30pm in the HHS Auditorium (English presentation) and the Main Office Conference Room (Spanish presentation)
       If you have any questions please contact, Jami Dion, Supervisor of Guidance K-12 @ 978-374-5700 ext. 1133 or viam email @ jdion@haverhill-ps.org

    Hillie Happenings!

    September

    9/23 Saturday School Begins – Main Entrance Conference Room 8:30 a.m. – 11:30 a.m.

    Students must sign up with Mrs. Irons or Mr. Joyce prior to attending.

    9/25 Spirit Week –  Pajama Day

    9/26 Spirit Week – Mismatch Day

    Late Bus 3:15 p.m. – S13

    9/27 Spirit Week – Way Back Wednesday

    • Seniors – the 80’s!
    • Juniors – the 60’s!
    • Sophomores – the 90’s!
    • Freshmen – the 50’s!

    Late Bus 3:15 p.m. – S13

    9/27  Senior Parent College Information Night – Library – 6:00 p.m.

    9/28 Tropical Paradise Day – Wear your favorite tropical attire and all the money collected from Penny Wars that day will            be donated to the American Red Cross for Hurricane Relief.

    9/28 Term One – Progress Reports Issued

    Late Bus 3:15 p.m. – S13

    9/28 Bonfire – at HHS from 7:00 p.m. – 9:00 p.m. – Students must be picked up PROMPTLY at 9:00 p.m.

    9/29 Class T-Shirt Day or wear your Brown and Gold!

    9/29 Juniors and Seniors – Pep Rally 1:15 p.m. in the Gym

    9/30 VIP – Walk for Peace 1:00 p.m. – 3:30 p.m. From Swasey Filed to Silver Hill School

    9/30 Homecoming Game  vs. Methuen – 2:00 p.m. at Trinity Stadium

    9/30 Homecoming Dance – Cafeteria – Students enter from the E Lot – 7:00 p.m. – 10:00 p.m. – Students must be      picked up PROMPTLY at 10:00 p.m. Tickets will be $5.00 at the door.

    Enjoy the weekend!

    Beth Kitsos,Principal

    978-374-5700 xt. 1101 or 1154 or via email @ bkitsos@haverhill-ps.org

  • Hillie Happenings

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  • Principal’s Weekly Update- 9/15

    Ernest DiBurro Clubhouse

    Last night, 9/15,  our HHS community, along with our city and state officials celebrated the grand opening of the Ernest DiBurro Clubhouse at Trinity Stadium. Through Mr. DiBurro’s vision, kindness and great generosity this facility has become a reality. Ernie’s generosity has allowed our athletic programs and facilities to flourish which will serve many for years to come. HHS will always be so grateful to Mr. DiBurro!

    Juniors and Seniors: HHS Test Prep Program

    We are eagerly anticipating the start of our partnership with Chyten Education for our juniors and seniors.  The senior program was originally set to begin on Monday September 18th.  To ensure that all final details are in place, we will be pushing back the start date for two weeks.  We will provide more information to both students and parents in the coming weeks.  Thank you for your patience and we look forward to bringing this great opportunity to Haverhill High School!

    HHS Semester Courses

    This year, 2017-2018 HHS has redesigned all classes, (except AP) into semester courses. In a letter to parents dated March 2017 it was explained that HHS will offer a multitude of new semester-long courses. Many of the courses at HHS were already designed by semesters and others were converted. All core-required courses still necessitate students to take both semesters for graduation purposes.

    HHS Wellness Program

    Last year HHS administration along with our wellness department met with student council representatives to discuss how we can bring our PE program to the next level. The outcome of these meetings was the elimination of PE II,  replacing it with a series of electives that get our students were interested in while also getting them to move and be more engaged. The new electives include:  CPR, Lifeguarding, Weightlifting, Yoga, and Personal Health and Fitness.

    HHS Progress Report and Report Card
    During 2016-2017, a team of HHS teachers worked for several months creating a report card that focuses more grading attention on actual mastery of subject matter than to the “path” to mastery. How much a student knows, understands, and is able to do as it relates to a subject need to be stressed more than “how hard” – or not one tries. While effort, participation, behavior, etc. are all important and worthy of discussion, they should be discouraged from being included in a grading rubric. A letter was sent home to parents in January 2016 informing parents of this plan.  During this school year, 2017-2018 HHS will use the redesigned report card and progress report. The plan is to send a hard copy of the progress reports home with students while report cards will be available in the parent portal. Students without internet access will be given a hard copy. HHS will be sending home another letter next week with this updated information.
    HHS NHS and NBHS
    Congratulations to 64 Hillies who were inducted into the National Honor Society last night and 12 Hillies inducted into the National Business Honor Society. It was a beautiful ceremony! Looking forward to all you will achieve this school year for Hillie Nation and our community. Congratulations again!
    Classical Academy
    The Classical Academy Parents Association would like to invite freshman parents to join our mailing list and Facebook group. Just send an email to HHSCAPA@gmail.com or search for “Haverhill High School Classical Academy” on Facebook.
    HHS Girl’s Volleyball

    On Sunday, October 1, 2017, the Haverhill HS Girls Volleyball Team is pleased to host a unique fundraising event, our fourth annual mattress sale! Our goal is to sell over 100 mattresses, with proceeds going directly to their Disney Trip. EVERY sale will help the students in the Haverhill High School Volleyball Team!

    When: Saturday, October 1, 2017
    Where: Haverhill High School Gym, 137 Monument St, Haverhill  from  10AM – 5PM

    If you need a new mattress before this sale or have any questions, please contact Jack Isaacs of Custom Fundraising Solutions at:  jisaacs@customfundraisingsolutions.com.

     

    School Counseling Update

    • The counseling office will be administering the PSAT/NMSQT to students in grades 10 and 11 on Wednesday October 11th at 7:25am.  Participation is not mandatory, but it is encouraged.  The PSAT is a standardized test that measures a student’s reading, writing, and math skills needed for college.  Students who take the PSAT receive important feedback on individual strengths and weaknesses as well as a personalized study plan for the SAT.  Juniors who take the PSAT are considered for eligibility through the National Merit Scholarship Program.  Students can sign up for the PSAT beginning next week in the counseling office.  The cost for this test is $16.  Payment can be made via cash, check (made payable to Haverhill High School), or bank check/money order.  There are a limited number of spaces available for this testing so please do not wait to register.  The deadline to register has been extended to October 2nd.

     

    • There will be a brief, 20 minute meeting, for parents/guardians of students currently enrolled in Advanced Placement (AP) classes at the conclusion of the Meet the Faculty Night on September 21st.  The meeting will begin at approximately 7:35pm and will be located in the Auditorium.  This meeting will discuss the AP exam deposits and fees, the AP agreement contract, enhanced support services for students, and the exam schedule for May.
    Information for Seniors
    • College admission representatives are visiting HHS this fall.  All scheduled visits are listed in Naviance under the “Colleges” tab.  Students can sign up to meet with a college representative directly through Naviance or by signing up in the counseling office.  Students must sign up a minimum of one day in advance and will receive a pass to attend this appointment in their first period class.  Representatives from the following institutions will visit during the week of September 18th: Southern Maine Community College, Lasell College, and Champlain College.

     

    • Boston University is hosting several Fall Visit Days for students.  These events will include an information session, covering everything from student life to study abroad opportunities to what makes an application competitive for admission.  Students and their families will also tour residence halls, hear from a faculty member, and eat lunch in a dining hall.  The events are scheduled for October 6th and 27th and run from 9am-1pm.  Visit http://www.bu.edu/admissions/visit-us/discover-bu-in-the-fall/ for more information and to RSVP.

     

    • Curry College will be hosting a workshop for high school students and their families titled “Navigating the College Search Process for Students with Learning Differences, AD/HD, and Executive Functioning Challenges”.  This workshop will take place on Tuesday October 3rd from 7-8:30pm on the Curry College campus in Milton.  For more information or to register for this event contact Michelle Bracken, Associate Director of Admission at bracken@curry.edu.
    • The Ron Brown Scholar Program seeks to identify students who will make significant contributions to society.  Applicants should demonstrate academic achievement, exihibit leadership ability, participate in community service activities, and have demonstrated financial need.  To be eligible, applicants must be U.S. citizens or permanent residents, Black/African-American, and current high school seniors.  Each year, 20 or more students are selected as Ron Brown Scholars and receive $10,000 annually for four years.  To be given early consideration students must apply by November 1st.  The final deadline to submit scholarship materials is January 9th.  Students who are interested in applying should visit the School Counseling Office for a copy of the application.
    • Upcoming Events:
      • Senior Parent College Information Night– Wednesday September 27th at 6pm in the Library
      • MEFA College Financing Seminar– Thursday October 12th at 6:30pm in the HHS Auditorium (English presentation) and the Main Office Conference Room (Spanish presentation)

    For questions about the HHS School Counseling Program, please contact Jami Dion, Supervisor of Guidance K-12 @ 978-374-5700 ext. 1133 or via email @ jdion@haverhill-ps.org

    Hillie Happenings:

    September 

     

    9/21      Meet the Administrators – 5:30 p.m. Main Entrance Conference Room

    Meet the Faculty – 6:00 p.m. – 7:30 p.m.

                 Our Hillie Store will be open – Please note they only take cash or checks.

    Advance Placement Parent Meeting – 7:35 p.m. – Auditorium

    9/23    Saturday School Beings – Main Entrance Conference Room 8:30 a.m. – 11:30 a.m.

    Students must sign up with Mrs. Irons or Mr. Joyce prior to attending.

    9/25   Spirit Week –  Pajama Day

    9/26 Spirit Week – Mismatch Day

    9/27 Spirit Week – Way Back Wednesday

    • Seniors – the 80’s!
    • Juniors – the 60’s!
    • Sophomores – the 90’s!
    • Freshmen – the 50’s!

    9/28 Tropical Paradise Day – Wear your favorite tropical attire and all the money collected from Penny Wars that day will              be donated to the American Red Cross for Hurricane Relief.

    9/28  Term One – Progress Reports Issued

    9/28 Bonfire – at HHS from 7:00 p.m. – 9:00 p.m.

    9/29 Class T-Shirt Day

    9/29 Juniors and Seniors – Pep Rally 1:15 p.m. in the Gym

    9/30 VIP – Walk for Peace 1:00 p.m. – 3:30 p.m.

    9/30  Homecoming Game  vs. Methuen – 2:00 p.m. at Trinity Stadium

    9/30  Homecoming Dance – Cafeteria – Students enter from the E Lot – 7:00 p.m. – 10:00 p.m. –

    **Students must be picked up from the dance PROMPTLY at 10:00 p.m.

    Have a wonderful weekend!

    Beth Kitsos
    Principal
    Haverhill High School
    978-374-5700 ext: 1103
    bkitsos@haverhill-ps.org
    twitter: bkitsos1

    “If your actions inspire others to dream more, learn more, do more and become more, you are a leader.” 
    John Quincy Adams

    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 9/8/17

    HHS is so fortunate to have a faculty who is committed not only during the school day to our students but after hours with our clubs. We are daily making announcements extending the invitation for our student to join and participate in the many clubs that HHS offers. Please encourage your child to join in on our extracurricular activities.

    Tuesday, September 12th

    Film Club – Room F20 with Mr. Brown

    Key Club – Room A13 with Mr. Hickey

    Art Club – Room A6 with Ms. Blim

    Band – Band Room – Every Tuesday after school with Mr. Tsioropoulos

    Wednesday, September 13th

    Freshmen Student Government – Room M17  with Ms. Pettis

    Ultimate Frisbee – Room F15 with Senor Elliott

    HHS Recognized by DESE

    The hard work done by the dedicated HHS staff has been recognized by DESE. The article below was shared by DESE in their August 2017 Monthly Instructional Support Newsletter!

    District Spotlight: Haverhill Public Schools

    There is a buzz in the content area classrooms of Haverhill High School (HHS).

    After being placed in Level 3 status, teachers and administrators at HHS engaged in a close collaborative examination of their MCAS data to determine their next steps. They visualized their data by test question by using different colors to highlight proficient, just under proficient, and low scores. HHS’s Data Specialist then aligned the results to the Massachusetts ELA/Literacy Curriculum Framework to determine key levers for curricular alignment and overall improvement.

    ESE’s Northeast District and School Assistance Center (DSAC) Team helped to implement and integrate the ELA/Literacy framework into history, science and math classrooms. HHS scheduled full days of professional development once a week with ESE – one or two periods each of English, History and Science teachers together. A school administrator participated in every professional development session, demonstrating that not only is everyone in the work together, but that everyone is a teacher of literacy.

    During professional development, staff examined MCAS passages and questions. Teams then identified the reasons why students did not answer questions correctly and connected passages to content areas. For example, staff identified that students were not consistently citing evidence from passages properly. By modeling teaching strategies with each group, the staff was able to take these best practices to their respective classrooms.

    HHS was also responsive to feedback from the state. For example, in classroom observations, ESE noted that teachers were asking too few higher-order questions, which was hampering student engagement and discussion. HHS immediately designed professional development sessions that focused on the practice of asking higher-order questions. Teachers brought their lesson materials to these sessions and worked collaboratively to plan higher-order questions for their lessons and units. Teachers then workshopped these questions with each other and monitored the subsequent amount of discourse. It was a “light bulb” moment for the team. Student engagement and productive discourse quickly increased. Teachers were excited to invite ESE staff back to see the improvements; many happily reported that they were no longer fielding one-word responses.

    HHS continues to be successful due to a number of factors, including:   

    • Trust shared by participants  
    • Gracious acceptance of constructive criticism and suggestions  
    • Shared understanding that literacy is the foundation for all learning. Reading and writing strategies are necessary for all classrooms 
    • Commitment to speaking and listening to one another on a regular basis, which leads to greater collaboration 

    During a Monitoring Site Visit in the spring, ESE noted that the climate at HHS is upbeat and that students are engaged. We appreciate their hard work and willingness to share their best practices! ESE will continue to support the effective implementation of the ELA/Literacy Curriculum Frameworks in a variety of ways during the school year. Please stay tuned! 

    “ATTENTION ALL HHS BAND MEMBERS!

    THE HILLIE NATION BAND HAD ITS FIRST WEEKLY AFTER SCHOOL PRACTICE ON TUESDAY, SEPTEMBER 6th from 2:15-3:30 IN THE BAND ROOM. THESE REHEARSALS ARE FOR ALL HHS BAND MEMBERS CURRENTLY ENROLLED IN BAND CLASS AND FOR ALL BAND MEMBERS WHO WERE UNABLE TO FIT BAND INTO THEIR SCHEDULES. THE HILLIE NATION BAND WAS  PREPARING FOR PERFORMANCES AT HILLIES FOOTBALL GAMES INCLUDING THEIR EXCITING “LONG LIVE QUEEN”​ HALFTIME FIELD SHOW”.

    Early College Program

    The HHS/NECC Early College Partnership started this week. Approximately 65 juniors and seniors who qualified for admission to this program began classes on Wednesday. A kick-off ceremony was held Tuesday, September 5 at the Haverhill campus where our students were welcomed by NECC President Dr. Lane Glenn and Dr. Noemi Custodia-Lora as well as other NECC staff. Students participated in Q & A session with NECC staff, were given their upcoming class schedules and had a tour of the campus. The trip ended with a cake welcoming all of them.

    Athletics

    Our athletic teams are in full swing and we wanted to be sure we shared a friendly reminder to all our students who attend the games. When at all Hillie events including athletic events, the administration expects all Haverhill Hillies to represent the school as the great young men and women we know that you all are. That being said, any derogatory language or gestures at the opposing team, fans, or referees from our student section will be dealt with swiftly and severely. If a student is caught using profanity or gestures, they will be asked to leave immediately from the arena. Also, they may face school consequences the following school day. Please show your Hillie Pride in appropriate ways!

    Good luck this weekend to all of our athletic teams and we hope to see our Hillie community tomorrow at Trinity Stadium with Coach O’Connor and the Varsity football team for their home opener at 2:00 p.m. against St. John’s Prep.

    MVP:Game Change 

    The MVP:Game Change student leaders, along with Mr. Steinberg and Ms. Massahos, are proud to announce that Haverhill High has been chosen for “Phase 3” of the peer leadership program through the Massachusetts Attorney General’s Office. In Phase 3, HHS students in the MVP leadership program will be trained on bringing their program on domestic violence and peer-to-peer healthy relationship building to middle school students throughout Haverhill. The training for the HHS students will begin on Sept. 18th for two days, with the hope that the MVP students will be in the middle schools by mid to late fall, facilitating discussions for students in grades 6-8 on these sensitive subjects

    Haverhill VIP Team (Violence Intervention & Prevention)

    This year, our Haverhill VIP Team is collaborating with the neighborhood group, Urban Kindness and the Mt. Washington Alliance. The event is free and open to the entire community. The event strives to raise awareness and celebrate the commitment of efforts within our community that address and prevent the impact of violence. Many students will be working hard to promote, perform and assist with the day’s activities. It provides a tremendous opportunity to highlight strong school-community engagement!

    The walk begins at 1:00 pm, rain or shine, at Swasey Field and ends at Silver Hill Elementary School with a celebration for all. We will  have music, snacks, zumba, games, youth speakers, face & pumpkin painting and info on community resources at the celebration. We will also be throwing color powder at 3 different times along the route. The kids LOVED that last year!

    Other Events:

    National Honor Society Induction Ceremony will be held on Thursday, September 14th starting at 6:30 p.m. in the Auditorium.

    Meet the Faculty will be held on Thursday, September 21st from 6:00 p.m. – 7:30 p.m.

    Advance Placement Meeting will be held in the Auditorium at 7:35 following the Meet the Faculty night.

    Progress Reports will be issued on September 28th.

    Homecoming – School Spirit Week will be September 25th through September 30th.

    School Counseling Update

    • The school counseling office welcomes Ms. Jennifer Cannon to the department.  Ms. Cannon is taking over for Mr. Downing.  Her caseload will include students in grade 9 and 10 with last names beginning with Ce – E and students in grades 11 and 12 with last names beginning Cl – El.  She can be reached at extension 1127 or via email at jennifer.cannon@haverhill-ps.org.  We are very excited to have her join our team!
    • Last year we announced a new partnership with Chyten Education to provide more opportunities for our students.  This year we will be offering test prep services, college application support, and essay writing workshops to all members of the junior and senior classes.  This is a wonderful opportunity for all of our students to assist them in opening the doors to a wide array of post-secondary options.  More information and details around the junior and senior programs will be coming soon.
    • The Add/Drop period for students to change classes or electives closes on Monday September 11th.  When picking courses last spring, students were advised to carefully choose their subjects and electives as making any changes once the master schedule is created can be difficult.  There are a limited amount of spaces in remaining electives and students may not always be able to switch into their top choices.
    • The counseling office will be administering the PSAT/NMSQT to students in grades 10 and 11 on Wednesday October 11th at 7:25am.  Participation is not mandatory, but it is encouraged.  The PSAT is a standardized test that measures a student’s reading, writing, and math skills needed for college.  Students who take the PSAT receive important feedback on individual strengths and weaknesses as well as a personalized study plan for the SAT.  Juniors who take the PSAT are considered for eligibility through the National Merit Scholarship Program.  Students can sign up for the PSAT beginning next week in the counseling office.  The cost for this test is $16.  Payment can be made via cash, check (made payable to Haverhill High School), or bank check/money order.  There are a limited number of spaces available for this testing so please do not wait to register.  The deadline to register is September 29th.
    • There will be a brief, 20 minute meeting, for parents/guardians of students currently enrolled in Advanced Placement (AP) classes at the conclusion of the Meet the Faculty Night on September 21st.  The meeting will begin at approximately 7:35pm and will be located in the Auditorium.  This meeting will discuss the AP exam deposits and fees, the AP agreement contract, and the exam schedule for May.
    • College admission representatives are visiting HHS this fall.  All scheduled visits are listed in Naviance under the “Colleges” tab.  Students can sign up to meet with a college representative directly through Naviance or by signing up in the counseling office.  Students must sign up a minimum of one day in advance and will receive a pass to attend this appointment in their first period class.  To kick off the college visits, a representative from Massachusetts College of Pharmacy and Health Sciences will be coming to HHS on Wednesday September 13th.
    • Upcoming Events (details coming soon!)
      • Senior Parent College Information Night- Wednesday September 27th
      • MEFA College Financing Seminar- Thursday October 12th
    Have a great week-end!
  • Principal’s Weekly Update- Week Ending September 1, 2017

    It’s hard to believe that summer is almost over. I hope everyone had a great vacation. There have been some changes here at HHS over the summer. With the departure of Associate Principal Kevin McLaughlin and freshmen Assistant Principal Dan Faircloth, who both moved on to take administrative positions elsewhere, it became an opportunity to review and think about the current HHS leadership structure and see if there was a different way to better serve our students and families. Starting this year, the HHS leadership team redesign consists of four AP’s,  each will be responsible for a different grade. They will stay with the same grade and loop with their students until that class graduates. The benefits of looping are many including building strong relationships with students, building strong relationships with parents/families and having more in-depth knowledge and a deeper understanding of their student needs. The current leadership team consists of veteran assistant principal’s  for grade 12, Mr. Matt Steinberg, and grade 11, Mr. Mike Rossetti. Brand new to the HHS administrative team are:

    Tamara Lobo – Assistant Principal Grade 9 at Haverhill High School

    Tamara Lobo will be the Assistant Principal, for Grade 9. Tamara is coming to us from Lawrence High School in the Upper School Academy where she served as a teacher of Biology and Chemistry since 2012. In addition to her teaching position, Tamara was the Science Department Head and served as an Acting Assistant Principal for a short time. She received her Certificate of Advance Graduate Study (CAGS) in School Leadership from American International College. She also received her Masters in Education in Secondary Education Biology from Boston College. We are so glad she is joining our Haverhill High School team.

    Ryan Brown – Assistant Principal Grade 10 at Haverhill High School

     Ryan Brown, a Biology Teacher at Haverhill High School since 2011 has been promoted to Assistant Principal of Grade 10. Ryan received his Masters of Science in Biology at the University of New Hampshire and is currently working on his Doctorate of Education at Rivier University. We are thrilled to have been able to promote from within our community and are confident he will contribute to the success of Haverhill High School in his new role. We wish him all the best on his new journey.

    Staff Changes 2017-2018

    HHS has seen many staff changes this new year. We have had several retirements as well as staff that have moved away to take other positions. We wish them well in their future endeavors. I am happy to welcome the new staff here to HHS. In a few weeks we will have all the staff emails up on the HHS website and I encourage much communication between parents and teachers.

    FRESHMEN ORIENTATION

    I was pleased to see the huge turnout of parents and students for the Freshmen Orientation held on August 17th. In the excitement of the evening, I did not officially welcome three of our local schools. To rectify that I am giving an official Hillie welcome Shout Out to:

    Hillview Hornets!!!

    Sacred Hearts Hawks!

    St. Joseph’s Saints

    STUDENT INFORMATION

    Student information sheets (green sheets) were mailed home in August. If you haven’t done so already please review, make any necessary changes and return to the school on Tuesday.

     HHS HANDBOOK

    Again this year Haverhill High School – in our efforts to reduce costs and reduce our carbon footprint- is offering the Student Handbook on-line only for review.  This will eliminate using over 60,000 pages of paper for this one handbook. It is available on the front page of our HHS Webpage and on the Parent/Student Resources page. The signature page is also available for parents to print and return to us.

    HHS MEET THE FACULTY 

    Meet the Faculty is scheduled on Thursday, September 21st from 6:00 p.m. – 7:30 p.m. It is our hope that all parents and guardians will continue as they did in the elementary and middle school years to participate in our Meet the Faculty and Parent-Teacher conference throughout the years here at Haverhill High school.

    ADVANCED PLACEMENT PARENT MEETING 

    A meeting will held for all AP parents at 7:30 p.m. in the auditorium after the Meet the Faculty session concludes.

     CLASS OF 2018

    Attention Seniors Class of 2018: There is currently a four-year, full-ride scholarship opportunity to top-tier colleges students through Quest Bridge! There is a deadline of September 27th for this scholarship! Reach out to Mr. Singh with the Chyten Group in the back of the Guidance Office with any questions!

     Middle School Language and Arts Loop

    Middle School Foreign Language and our Fine Arts Loop program kicks off on Wednesday. Those 8th grade students will be joining us during A period and will earn credits prior to attending their Freshmen year.  Our music program is also recruiting grade 7-8 students who want sing to join our chorus. Similar to the Language program, middle school students can participate in the HHS chorus during period A. They take the same buses back to their respective middle schools at the end of period A. Any students interested in joining the HHS chorus should email the Dean of Fine Arts, Ellen Mullane @ emullane@haverhill-ps.org

    Students who participate in either of these opportunities and attend HHS for high school can earn a fine art/foreign language credit. These students will enter high school already having 1-2 honors credits before their 9th grade year even starts. 

    Parent Portal Access

    Please make sure you have access to the HHS Parent Portal to stay current and on top of your students academic progress throughout this year. Working together we can make sure your child is successful and taking advantage of all the opportunities that HHS has to offer! If you do not have access yet email: portalsupport@haverhill-ps.org

    You must provide them with your students name and grade.

    School Counseling Update

    • The school counseling office welcomes Ms. Jennifer Cannon to the department.  Ms. Cannon is taking over for Mr. Downing.  Her caseload will include students in grade 9 and 10 with last names beginning with Ce – E and students in grades 11 and 12 with last names beginning Cl – El.  She can be reached at extension 1127 or via email at jennifer.cannon@haverhill-ps.org.  We are very excited to have her join our team!
    • Last year we announced a new partnership with Chyten Education to provide more opportunities for our students.  This year we will be offering test prep services, college application support, and essay writing workshops to all members of the junior and senior classes.  This is a wonderful opportunity for all of our students to assist them in opening the doors to a wide array of post-secondary options.  More information and details around the junior and senior programs will be coming soon.
    • Counselors have been busy making adjustments to student schedules to ensure that all students are placed in the correct classes and that everyone has a full course load.  The Add/Drop period for students to change classes or electives opened today and will remain open until Monday September 11.  Students looking to change an elective should come to the counseling office during the period in which they are looking to make a change.  When picking courses last spring, students were advised to carefully choose their subjects and electives as making any changes once the master schedule is created can be difficult.  There are a limited amount of spaces in remaining electives and students may not always be able to switch into their top choices.  Counselors will work with students on adding and dropping electives until the 11th.  
    • The counseling office will be administering the PSAT/NMSQT to students in grades 10 and 11 on Wednesday October 11th at 7:25am.  Participation is not mandatory, but it is encouraged.  The PSAT is a standardized test that measures a student’s reading, writing, and math skills needed for college.  Students who take the PSAT receive important feedback on individual strengths and weaknesses as well as a personalized study plan for the SAT.  Juniors who take the PSAT are considered for eligibility through the National Merit Scholarship Program.  Students can sign up for the PSAT beginning next week in the counseling office.  The cost for this test is $16.  Payment can be made via cash, check (made payable to Haverhill High School), or bank check/money order.  There are a limited number of spaces available for this testing so please do not wait to register.  The deadline to register is September 29th.
    • There will be a brief, 20 minute meeting, for parents/guardians of students currently enrolled in Advanced Placement (AP) classes at the conclusion of the Meet the Faculty Night on September 21st.  The meeting will begin at approximately 7:35pm and will be located in the Auditorium.  This meeting will discuss the AP exam deposits and fees, the AP agreement contract, and the exam schedule for May.  Any questions please contact Ms. Jami Dion, Supervisor of Guidance K-12 @978-374-5700 ext. 1133 or via email at jdion@haverhill-ps.org

    Have a wonderful Labor Day weekend!

    Beth Kitsos

    Principal

  • Haverhill High School Student Handbook 2017-2018

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