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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.

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  • Haverhill High School – Second Semester Electives

    Below you will find the second semester electives that still have seats available. Please make an appointment with your guidance counselor as soon as possible if you would like to add an elective.

    2nd Semester Electives with Open Seats 1.17.17

  • Week of Jan 16th

    Monday, January 16th

    No School

    Tuesday, January 17th 

    GLI, 2:05, 220

    Italian Club, 2:05, K13

    Key Club, 2:05, A13

    Science & Ecology Club, 2:05, K31

    Snowboard Club, 3:30 – 7:00, Bradford Ski

    Sports #Hillienation

    Girls Varsity Basketball vs Tewksbury, 7pm, HHS Gym

    Wednesday, January 18th

    Academic Decathlon, 2:05, 108

    Internship Final Presentations, 2:15-5pm
    Math Club, 2:05, K20

    Gamers Club, 2:05, M14

    Creative Writing Club, 2:15 – 3:30, 202

    Drama Club, 2:15 – 4:15, A-19 or Auditorium

    German club, 2:05, F13

    Sports #Hillienation

    Girls Varsity Gymnastics vs Lowell, 7pm, Haverhill YMCA

     Boys Varsity Wrestling vs Methuen, 7pm, HHS Gym

    Thursday, January 19th

    SADD, 2:05, 203

    Art Club, 2:15, room A6

    Book Club, 2:15 – 3:00, room 202

    Interact Club, 2:05, M12

    VIP, 2:15 – 4:00, A4

    Foreign Language National Honor Society, 2:05, K13

     Friday, January 20th

    Term 3 begins

    Breathe” Stress Relief Sessions, 1st, 2nd, 3rd Lunch, Auditorium

    AV Club, 2:10 pm, TV Studio

    Dance Team, A21

    Sports #Hillienation

    Boys Varsity Basketball vs Andover, 7pm, HHS Gym

    Saturday, January 21st

    Sports #Hillienation

    Girls Varsity Ice Hockey vs Cambridge Rindge & Latin, 4pm, HHS Rink

  • Principal’s Weekly Update- Week Ending 1/13

    Second semester begins on Friday January 20th.  This means that students with semester courses in their schedule will need to report to new classrooms on Friday.  All second semester courses can be viewed in the Student Portal on School Brains.  Schedules for second semester classes will not be printed this year.  Students should log in and check their Student Portal account to see which classes they have in the new term as well as which classroom they are located in.  You can find this information by choosing “Schedule” the Student Portal menu bar.  Select Term 3 and click on “Display Schedule”.  The start time and classroom location will pop up when you hover over the name of your class.  Any student who does need a printed schedule can obtain one in the Main Office.  If you are missing a class on your schedule, you should see your guidance counselor BEFORE the semester begins! 

    FIRST CVTE PROGRAM AT HHS

    Haverhill High School is proud to announce that our Information Support Services and Networking (ISSN) has officially been granted Vocational status from Mitchell Chester, The Commissioner of Education for the Commonwealth of Massachusetts. This is the first Certified Chapter 74 Career Vocational Technical Education Program (CVTE) to be offered at Haverhill High School.  The new CVTE program at HHS will prepare students to attend highly competitive universities and colleges, as well as access Advanced Placement courses, complete certificate programs or immediately enter the high-demand STEM workforce. I’m really excited and proud to be able to offer such a high quality program to our students. I believe this is just one more example of how Haverhill High School is offering more and more opportunities to all students. More details about the program will follow in upcoming weekly updates.  This opportunity would not be possible without a collaborative effort and I want to recognize the many partners that helped make this possible:  Victoria Kelley, Career Academy Coordinator; Edward Roberts, Dean of STEM, IT Teachers Lance Gomes and Cliff Ashbrook, Lisa Hunt, Internship Coordinator; Brian Nagel, iSchool Technology Facilitator; Jennifer Foster, Guidance Counselor; Henry Toromoreno, Librarian; Michael Rossetti, Gr 10 Assistant Principal and the district support of our Supt. of Schools, Mr. James Scully, the Asst. Supt. of Schools Mr. Jared Fulgoni and the Director of Strategy, Accountability and ELE, Dr. Darshan Thakkar. Thanks to the many parents and local businesses who are members of the advisory board and have supported HHS since the beginning of this project.

    SOPHOMORE MCAS PREP COURSE

    Letters went out last week to Sophomores offering an MCAS prep course to help strengthen students core skills and it is offered to students at all academic levels. It is important to all of us that students have an opportunity to elevate to the next level and take advantage of the opportunities available to them with successful MCAS scores.  In a review of our grade 10 students most recent grade 7 MCAS and grade 8 PARCC score’s in ELA as well as current teacher feedback for students who did not have any previous state assessment scores , we have developed an MCAS Prep course to occur from January 24 to March 16, after school on Tuesdays and Thursdays. Transportation will be provided if needed with the late bus. The course is developed to bring students to the next level. We have invited all students who were proficient and believe with extra prep could potentially score in the advanced category and be eligible for the John and Abigail Adams Scholarship. Students who were in the Needs Improvement category with MCAS prep can potentially move into high proficient or even advanced. For students who struggled, it is imperative that they participate so and they too can potentially achieve advanced or proficient. I know many parents pay for SAT or ACT prep and this is a free prep course.   I encourage you and your child to make this commitment to attend and together we can support your child in  reaching their highest potential on this state assessment. Keep in mind that attending every session is important for academic progress to be achieved. A licensed teacher will provide tutoring, and the instruction will be targeted to your child’s academic needs. High school students in Massachusetts must pass the Grade 10 ELA, Math and Science MCAS in order to graduate high school with a diploma. 

    Athletics Department:

    Currently our Hillie Athletic Department offers 35 sports programs and fields over 58 different teams. We want to increase that to 59 for the FY18 school year. We are excited and hopeful that we will see a big interest and be able to add a Hillie Girls Golf team to the mix next year. We have a sign-up sheet for those students who would like more information.

    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.

     Our annual student Talent show is happening on Thursday, January 26th at 6:00 in the auditorium. We will have 22 students performing various acts from vocals, to rap, dance, comedy, piano solos, some performing their original music and more. Our students will be on stage and also coordinating all the efforts behind the scenes. Hope to see you there!

    Seniors – Class of 2017

    Hard to believe that Seniors have only 78 days left at Haverhill High School. Our HHS Scholarship portal opened last week for all Seniors and on Tuesday they will be fitted for their caps and gowns.

    School Counseling Update

    Important Information for Seniors!  

    On the Spot Admissions Events

    The Counseling Office at HHS has worked hard to establish On the Spot Admission events for seniors this year.  These events provide students with a chance to meet one on one with an admission representative, review application materials and the financial aid process, as well as receive an admissions decision.  See the schedule below for a list of colleges coming to HHS!  Interested seniors should see their counselor to sign up!

    • Fisher College, located in Boston, visited HHS this past week.  We are very happy to announce that seven students received their acceptances and two of these students will even be invited to join the Honors Program! Congratulations goes out to these seniors! 
    • Northern Essex Community College will be at HHS on Tuesday January 17th at 10am.  Many students have already signed up for this event!  Students interested in attending this session should see their counselor to sign up for an appointment with an admission representative.  

    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/.  All senior English teachers distributed copies of the HHS Scholarship Database Directions in class this past week.  Seniors should take advantage of the many scholarship opportunities we have available!
      • 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!
      • The Merrimack Valley Credit Union has a NEW scholarship opportunity.  The 2017 Scholarship Award will be awarded in the amount of $1,500 to one graduating senior this year.  All seniors intend to enroll full time in a certificate, associate’s, or bachelor’s program at an accredited institution are eligible to apply.  Scholarship applications are available on Naviance and in the counseling office.  The deadline to submit your application materials to the counseling office is February 17th.  

    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!
    • A Summer Opportunities Fair and a Gap Year Fair will be held at Philips Academy on January 22, 2017 from 12-3pm.  Representatives from over 100 local, national, and international programs will be in attendance.  This is a free event and will be held in the Smith Center.

    Sophomores and juniors!  Boston University is hosting a Winter Visit Day on Friday February 24th from 9am to 3pm.  This event will include an in-depth information session, covering everything from student life to study abroad opportunities to the admission process.  Attendees will have an opportunity to tour the campus and residential community and learn about specific academic programs.  Lunch will be provided in the dining halls.  For more information about this event and to RSVP, please visit their website at http://www.bu.edu/admissions/visit-us/winter-visit-day/. If you have any questions in regards to guidance please contact the Jami Dion, Supervisor of Guidance K-12 @ 978-374-5700 ext. 1133 or via email @jdion@haverhill-ps.org

    Reminder: No school on Monday 1/16 to celebrate  Dr.  Martin Luther King, Jr. Day.

    School re-opens Tuesday, 1/17!

    Have a safe and restful Weekend!

    Go Pats!!!

     

     

  • Principal’s Weekly Update- Week Ending 1/6/17

    HHS is back in session and heading into the last few weeks before second term marks close on January 19th. Mid term exams started yesterday, 1/5 and will continue on through 1/20. The schedule is posted on the website as well as all over the school.

    With 2nd semester almost upon us, it is important for students to make sure they have chosen their electives for the second semester. If students have empty spaces or study halls in their schedules they should schedule an appointment with their guidance counselor as soon as possible to review the courses that still have open seats. Second term starts 1/20/17.

    Our ELL students will begin their ACCESS Testing on January 9th and continues through the first week in February.  Federal and state laws require that English language learner (ELL) students be assessed annually to measure their proficiency in reading, writing, listening, and speaking English, as well as the progress they are making in learning English. In fulfillment of these laws, ELL students are required to participate in ACCESS for ELLs tests, which replaced MEPA tests beginning in the 2012-2013 school year.

    IMPORTANT FOR GRADE 10 STUDENTS: HHS has mailed out invitations to grade 10 students to attend our ELA MCAS tutoring program after school on Tuesdays and Thursdays from 2:30-3:30. The program will run from January 24 to March 16. Transportation will be provided with the late bus.

    Seniors Class of 2017! The HHS Scholarship Portal is open for all seniors.  Senior English teachers are distributing the instructions to this database in English classes.  Seniors, you are highly encouraged to sign in to this website using your computer login information and apply to any and all scholarships for which you meet the criteria.  The scholarship portal will close on March 31st- please start the process as soon as possible and don’t wait until the last-minute!

     On January 10th starting at 10 am a representative from Fisher College will be in the guidance conference room to do the “On the Spot” Acceptance Day for students.  Student who are interested please get a pass from your teacher to visit the guidance suite and sign up with your guidance counselor. For more information please check Naviance for more details. 

    Recently, the senior class raffled off tickets to a Boston Celtic game. Senior Jorge Laboy won the tickets of our Celtic raffle and had his picture taken on the court at the game. Visit the HHS website for the picture.

    TONIGHT is the first home game for the boys basketball team vs. Lowell at 7 p.m. in the gym. Come on out and support your team.

    SAVE THE DATE 1/26/17: Please join us for Hillies Got Talent, Talent show on Thursday, January 26th starting at 6:30 pm in the HHS auditorium. HHS has so very many talented students that this should be a great show.

     Girls Ice hockey is currently undefeated and will be taking on Methuen Saturday, 4PM at home. Hope to see you there!

    Attention: Grade 8 Students: The Haverhill High School Fine Arts Academy is excited to offer you a chance to join our NEW ART STUDIO class as part of the Arts LOOP program. This opportunity is open to all 8th grade students who wish to explore painting, drawing, sculpture and printmaking! Students will come to HHS during first period 7:20- 8:15 and will be transported back to their middle schools. Students will receive and Honors level credit upon completion of the class. Don’t miss out on this opportunity as space is limited to 15! Any questions? Please email: Ellen Mullane, Dean of Fine Arts at: emullane@haverhill-ps.org

    On December 22, 2016 HHS mailed out the letters to grade 8 students who took the Classical Academy Entrance exam.  The letters home indicated either that the student has met the initial benchmark invites students to submit materials for the next phase of review.  This letter also includes two forms: the teacher recommendation and the request for report cards/attendance history.  BOTH of these forms must be completed and sent back to us by February 1st.  At that point we will make final decisions and mail them out most likely by the beginning of March along with an invitation to the spring open house (date TBA). If you have questions please contact the Supervisor of Social Studies and Foreign Language, Rashaun Martin @:rmartin@haverhill-ps.org

    School Counseling Update

    Important Information for Seniors!  

    On the Spot Admissions Events

    The Counseling Office at HHS has worked hard to establish several On the Spot Admission events for seniors this year.  These events provide students with a chance to meet one on one with an admission representative, review application materials and the financial aid process, as well as receive an admissions decision.  See the schedule below for a list of colleges coming to HHS!  Interested seniors should see their counselor to sign up!

    • Fisher College, located in Boston, will be at HHS on Tuesday January 10th at 10am.  Students should see their counselor for an application and to schedule their appointment. 
    • Northern Essex Community College will be at HHS on Tuesday January 17th at 10am.  A number of students have already signed up for this event!  Students interested in attending this session should see their counselor to sign up!  

    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/.  All senior English teachers distributed copies of the HHS Scholarship Database Directions in class this past week.  Seniors should take advantage of the many scholarship opportunities we have available!
      • 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!
      • The Merrimack Valley Credit Union has a NEW scholarship opportunity.  The 2017 Scholarship Award will be awarded in the amount of $1,500 to one graduating senior this year.  All seniors intend to enroll full-time in a certificate, associate’s, or bachelor’s program at an accredited institution are eligible to apply.  Scholarship applications are available on Naviance and in the counseling office.  The deadline to submit your application materials to the counseling office is February 17th.  

    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!

    Sophomores and juniors!  Boston University is hosting a Winter Visit Day on Friday February 24th from 9am to 3pm.  This event will include an in-depth information session, covering everything from student life to study abroad opportunities to the admission process.  Attendees will have an opportunity to tour the campus and residential community and learn about specific academic programs.  Lunch will be provided in the dining halls.  For more information about this event and to RSVP, please visit their website at http://www.bu.edu/admissions/visit-us/winter-visit-day/.

     

     

  • Principal’s Weekly Update- Week Ending 12/22

    The holiday break is upon us. Even with the reduced day I am happy to report that today’s attendance at HHS was good compared to last year’s on the early release day!

    A special thank you to our Juniors former Hunking North students who attended the Hunking School Celebration yesterday. You were fantastic in every way!

    Sign-ups for the Haverhill High School Talent Show Auditions are outside of Miss Massahos’ office in Guidance. Auditions will be Tuesday, January 3rd at 3:20 p.m. in the auditorium and Wednesday, January 4th at 2:30 p.m. in the auditorium. Hope to see you there! 

    Auditions for this year’s spring musical, “The Mystery of Edwin Drood”, will be held on Wednesday, January 4th and Thursday, January 5th from 2:15 to 3:30 in room A19. All those who will be auditioning please be sure you are prepared to sing a song, of your own choosing, at the audition.

     Saturday School – will resume on Saturday, January 7th. Please see Mr. Joyce or Mrs. Irons if you have any questions or need to attend.

    Posted on the HHS website are the students recognized for the November Students’ of the Month. Please visit the HHS website to review the list.

     Mid-terms begin on Thursday, January 5th. The schedule is posted on the webpage

    HHS continues the late bus for students who stay after for extra help or clubs. The bus will pick up students in the circle by the main entrance and all students must have a bus pass from their teacher in order to take the bus home. If you are released early from your teacher we ask that you wait quietly in the main entrance conference room. Please remember that there are specific stops and this is not a door to door service. In addition to the 10th Avenue and Main Street stop added just before the break, Mrs. Kitsos’ has added River Street at Jaffarian Motors.

    The Italian teachers Ms. Polichetti-Diskin and Ms. Laffey, have created an Italian newsletter. I am sharing the link with you below. Please check it out.

    https://hhsitalian.wordpress.com/

    School Counseling Update

    Important Information for Seniors!  

    On the Spot Admissions Events

    The Counseling Office at HHS has worked hard to establish several On the Spot Admission events for seniors this year.  These events provide students with a chance to meet one on one with an admission representative, review application materials and the financial aid process, as well as receive an admissions decision.  See the schedule below for a list of colleges coming to HHS!  Interested seniors should see their counselor to sign up!

    • Salem State University was here at HHS on Monday December 19th.  We are proud to announce that 11 members of the senior class received their acceptances during this event!  Congratulations goes out to these very happy seniors!
    • Fisher College, located in Boston, will be at HHS on Tuesday January 10th at 10am.  Students should see their counselor for an application and to schedule their appointment.   

    Scholarship Information

      • The HHS Scholarship Portal will open 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/.  All senior English teachers will receive copies of the HHS Scholarship Database Directions to distribute in class when we return from break.  Seniors should take advantage of the many scholarship opportunities we have available!
      • 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!
      • The Merrimack Valley Credit Union has a NEW scholarship opportunity.  The 2017 Scholarship Award will be awarded in the amount of $1,500 to one graduating senior this year.  All seniors intend to enroll full-time in a certificate, associate’s, or bachelor’s program at an accredited institution are eligible to apply.  Scholarship applications are available on Naviance and in the counseling office.  The deadline to submit your application materials to the counseling office is February 17th.  

    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!

    Students considering the Mass Transfer program were you begin your college education at a community college and then transfer to a 4-yr. state university, an important announcement was made this week.  Governor Baker and leaders of MA public colleges and universities released the following message for students and families worried about college costs: if you can make a commitment to complete your college education in four-year, they will help you save an average of 40% off the cost of a traditional bachelor’s degree.  

    How it works: 

    • Start at one of the 15 Massachusetts Community Colleges and enroll in one of the dozens of Associate to Bachelor’s (A2B) Mapped degree programs
    • Maintain a 3.0 GPA and finish the program within 2 1/2 years
    • Transfer to a State University or UMass campus and continue full-time

    Students will get:

    • A freeze on mandatory fees for up to 4 1/2 years
    • A MassTransfer tuition credit worth an average of $1,200 at a state university or UMass campus
    • A 10% rebate after each successfully completed semester
    • An associate degree and a bachelor’s degree at an average cost of $28,618 before financial aid- less than many students pay to attend college for a single year

    To learn more about the Commonwealth Commitment, please visit the Massachusetts Department of Higher Education’s website at www.mass.edu/macomcom.

    PSAT/NMSQT Score Reports are now available online at studentscores.collegeboard.org.  Any grade 10 or 11 student who took the PSAT/NMSQT in October and who provided an email address on their answer sheet will be able to log in to the College Board website with the access code and view their score reports online.  If you did not receive your access code via email you can still create a College Board account if you don’t already have one, log in, provide some basic information about yourself and you will be connected with your scores.  Be sure to link your College Board account with Khan Academy to take full advantage of the personalized FREE SAT prep services!  Any student who is not able to log in to this site may see their counselor for assistance.  

    From all staff at HHS we hope all of our students and their families have a safe and happy holiday break!

    We will see you back here on January 3, 2017!

  • Haverhill High School – Italian Winter Newsletter

  • Haverhill High School – Mid Terms Schedule

  • Haverhill High School – Late Bus Schedule

  • Principal’s Weekly Update- Week Ending 12/16

    I’m happy to report that all of us here at HHS have survived the cold temperatures of today. Hopefully, we don’t have too many of these extremely frigid days. With one week to go before the holiday we have been very busy. A reminder to parents that student attendance is important. Please review the administrative failure policy below and the opportunity to attend Saturday School to make up the time.

    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. 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.

    Student Performances:

    Our Fine Arts department has been busy this holiday season. From the sold out Christmas Carol shows to the numerous calls for members of our chorus and band to perform at various events this month, our students have truly given back to the community with their musical gifts. We thank them and Mr. Gori, Mr. Tsiropoulos, Mr. Salvi, Ms. Blim, Mr. Pazsko, Ms. Yabe, Ms. Polson, and Dean of Fine Arts, Ms. Mullane for everything they do to promote the growth of our Fine Arts Academy. Also, thanks to our AV Club under the supervision of Mr. Brandon and the students for ensuring that the lights and sound are working properly.

    Coming next week,  HHS will host Cabaret La Hillie. Mr. Gori and Mr. Salvi are doing a FREE musical performance to celebrate the season! It will be a cabaret vibe with all the holiday cheer and sparkle. Come celebrate the season and our talented Hillie students on HHS Auditorium on December 20th at 7:00 p.m.

    Model UN

    Mr. Simmons again has brought together students from seven schools; Hunking, Nettle, Consentino, Whittier, Hillview, St. Joseph’s and Sacred Hearts. Those students joined the HHS Model UN team for a two-day session serving as delegates from countries they were assigned. This was extremely beneficial to the students helping them to learn and understand various cultures in addition to helping them improve their public speaking skills. We thank Mayor Fiorentini, Attorney Magliochetti and Superintendent Scully for joining us at this event.

    Assembly:

    Essex County Sheriff’s Department brought three inmates to HHS  for a testimonial style presentation with our Sophomore students including conversations surrounding drug and alcohol use and ways to stay above the fray this week. The three could be described as one who came from privilege, one who attended a private school and one who was a sports star…all three had everything in front of them, made the wrong choices and lost it all. It truly was an emotional and engaging conversation that affected our students in a positive way. I would like to thank  Mr. Polanco, Mr. Faircloth and Mr. Rossetti for bringing us this important session.

     National Foreign Language Honor Society:

    This week twenty-nine Haverhill High School students were inducted into the National Foreign Language Honor Society representing the following languages: French, German, Italian, Latin and Spanish. The NFLHS is a new opportunity for students to take part in and joins the National Honor Society and the National Business Honor Society at HHS.

     Late Bus:

    We have started a late bus for students who need to stay after on Tuesday’s and Thursday’s for extended learning time with their teachers or for their club activities. The bus leaves HHS at 3:45 every day and now has 13 stops throughout the city. This week we added the 10th Avenue and Main Street stop.

     Winter Sports:

    Winter sports is in full swing and off to a great start. Boy’s and Girl’s hockey teams have celebrated wins along with our wrestling team and girls basketball. Our winter sports schedule is on our webpage and we welcome all of you at any of the games or meets.

     Grant

    Congratulations again to Nancy Burke for receiving a $300 grant from the Student Council to purchase weights and bands for the adaptive gym class in the multi-support classroom.

     Work-Based Learning Event

    This past week, Charles River Laboratories welcomed one of our Juniors, McKayla Arsenault, into their facility for a Job Shadow Day.  McKayla had the opportunity to tour the various laboratories and spend time with professionals having different roles and responsibilities.  This opportunity provided McKayla with the ability to further explore career possibilities in the direction she is hoping to pursue after high school.  HHS would like to thank Charles River Laboratories, and especially Jason Burrill and Danielle Cleasby for setting up and coordinating the day.  Anyone interested in learning more about the work based learning opportunities at HHS, please email Lisa Hunt @ lhunt@haverhill-ps.org.

    School Counseling Update

    Important Information for Seniors!  

    On the Spot Admissions Events

    The Counseling Office at HHS has worked hard to establish several On the Spot Admission events for seniors this year.  These events provide students with a chance to meet one on one with an admission representative, review application materials and the financial aid process, as well as receive an admissions decision.  See the schedule below for a list of colleges coming to HHS!  Interested seniors should see their counselor to sign up!

    • Salem State University will be at HHS on Monday December 19th beginning at 9am for an On the Spot Decision event.  Students who signed up for this event will receive a pass with their appointment time in their first period class on Monday.  Good luck to these seniors!  
    • Fisher College (located in Boston) will be at HHS on Tuesday January 10th at 10am.  Students should see their counselor for an application and to schedule their appointment.   

    Scholarship Information

      • 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!
      • The HHS Scholarship Portal will open on Tuesday January 3rd!  Directions on how to access the portal can be found on the School Counseling Department page on the HHS website.  Seniors should take advantage of the many scholarship opportunities we have available!
      • The Merrimack Valley Credit Union has a NEW scholarship opportunity.  The 2017 Scholarship Award will be awarded in the amount of $1,500 to one graduating senior this year.  All seniors intend to enroll full time in a certificate, associate’s, or bachelor’s program at an accredited institution are eligible to apply.  Scholarship applications are available on Naviance and in the counseling office.  The deadline to submit your application materials to the counseling office is February 17th.  

    General Reminders for Seniors

    January 1st deadlines are rapidly approaching.  Seniors, be sure to turn in all transcript requests for any college/university applications with a January 1st deadline.  Similarly, be sure to send your SAT scores to these colleges through College Board this weekend.  It can take colleges up to 2 weeks or more to receive your scores once you send them through College Board.  The sooner you send these scores, the sooner the colleges will get them.  Counselors will submit all supplemental materials (transcript, letters of recommendation, etc) before they leave for winter break.  Failure to turn in your transcript requests next week for a January 1st deadline will result in your supplemental materials being submitted late, which may impact your application status.  It is the responsibility of the student to pay careful attention to all deadlines!

    PSAT/NMSQT Score Reports are now available online at studentscores.collegeboard.org.  Any grade 10 or 11 student who took the PSAT/NMSQT in October and who provided an email address on their answer sheet will be able to log in to the College Board website with the access code and view their score reports online.  If you did not receive your access code via email you can still create a College Board account if you don’t already have one, log in, provide some basic information about yourself and you will be connected with your scores.  Be sure to link your College Board account with Khan Academy to take full advantage of the personalized FREE SAT prep services!  Any student who is not able to log in to this site may see their counselor for assistance.  Paper score reports and test booklets will be distributed next week to students who took the PSAT/NMSQT.

    The Department of Medical Sciences and Education at Boston University has developed a new 8-week program for high school students to gain hands on experience in medical education.  This program is called Boston University Introduction to Careers in Medicine (BU ICM).  This program is taught by clinical educators and features topics such as Anatomy, Histology, Surgery and Emergency Medicine.  The BU ICM program is open to high school students in grades 9-12 who would like to explore the field of medicine.  Admission is based on a completed on-line application which includes a personal statement, high school transcript, and one letter of recommendation from a teacher.  The program dates are Sundays in March and April 2017 from 10am-2pm on the BU campus.  The cost for tuition is $2,000.  Interested students should visit the following link: www.bumc.bu.edu/msed/bu-icm.  The application deadline is February 9, 2017.  

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