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.
Haverhill High School 2016 Classical Academy Breakfast
Student Internship with MassAmerican Energy
Throughout this Spring semester, Senior Shyla Davis has been following her passion and learning about solar energy. Shyla has been meeting with Sven Amirian, Vice President of Business Development at MassAmerican Energy and School Committee Member, to learn about the solar energy industry. Shyla has been learning about many different aspects of the industry. Mr. Amirian is also working with Shyla to design actual systems and proposals using Sketch Up and financial modeling programs for both commercial and residential installations.
Recently, Mr. Amirian hosted a tour of one of the solar installation sites in the Ward Hill Industrial Park. Shyla and another student, Junior Joseph Clohisy, had the opportunity to meet with representatives from Invaleon Solar – one of the companies that installs the solar technology on the rooftops. The students spent time with Tom Wu, Chief Executive Officer, and Chris Melville, Operations Manager. They learned about how quickly the industry can change based on regulations and laws as well as the differences between the various types of solar panels.
HHS would like to extend a huge thank you to Sven Amirian, Tom Wu and Chris Melville for sharing their knowledge and providing this amazing opportunity to our students!
If you are a local business or organization and would like to see how you, the students, and the greater Haverhill community can benefit from experiences such as this, please reach out to Lisa Hunt, HHS Internship Coordinator, at 978.494.4221.
Week of May 1st
Monday, May 1st
Bowling Club, K13
Tuesday, May 2nd
Gay Straight Alliance, 2:15, 117
Wednesday, May 3rd
Junior Assembly, per 3
Fashion and Sewing Club, 2:15, A15
VIP meeting, 2:15 – 3:30, A4
Thursday, May 4th
Art Club, after school, A06
Friday, May 5th
Deadline for Class Officer and Student Council nominations, Mr. Jordan
Last day to buy Prom Tickets, during lunch
2016 Haverhill High School Academic Awards
Please take a moment to watch the 2016 Academic Awards Night held on Wednesday, April 27, 2016. Congratulations to all the winners!
Principal’s Weekly Update- Week Ending 4/29/16
The School Committee Scholarships are now available on the HPS website. You will find the packet is a few places as it is located on the main HPS page under parent and student resources as well as under school counseling tab on the HHS web page. The HHS scholarship portal closes Friday, April 29th. This gives us sufficient time to review the applicants and make decisions about who will be awarded the scholarship. A committee consisting of guidance and teachers will review all candidates. Many of them have strict criteria to follow and we want to be sure to do our due diligence as we decide who will be awarded the scholarship.
3rd term Parent Teacher Conferences will be held tonight at HHS from 6:00 pm-7:30 pm. Students were given sign up sheets on Monday morning and were instructed to make appointments for their parents. Teachers also reached out to parents via email or phone call and requesting they attend. If you do not get a chance to meet with the teacher please contact them via email or phone call to set up another time to conference.
he NAF Academy of Information Technology students went to Juniper Networks on April 27th for a tour. Juniper Networks is a NAF Corporate Partner, meaning they have made a commitment to supporting NAF students by providing real world relevance to the NAF curriculum. We would like to thank Juniper Networks’ staff for the amazing tour and lunch. Students were able to visit various labs including, the Development and Innovation lab (software and hardware engineering), the Proof of Concept lab, the Customer Simulation Lab, Technical Assistance Center (customer service), the Sales floor and the Information Technology Team (internal technical support). The students enjoyed learning about the various technology careers in the networking industry, the training required for each job and different staff members’ background and experience. There were jobs for every personality whether you enjoy working in a team, working independently, if you like predictable day-to-day activities or enjoy solving new problems each day. The Human Resources Department did a presentation for the students covering: workplace etiquette; dress code; interviewing and the importance of finding the right job for your personality so that you enjoy what you do. This gave the students an opportunity to gain an understanding of expectations in the workplace, how to prepare for an interview and the importance of self-evaluation. The tour was rounded off with a sit down luncheon giving the students an opportunity to sit with staff from the various departments and have more personal in-depth conversations. It was wonderful to watch the students engage with the employees and really come out of their shell. We would like to extend a very special thank you to Lisa Thomas of Juniper Networks’ Human Resources department and Tiffany Barfield, Corporate Engagement Manager at NAF for coordinating this wonderful learning experience! The Juniper Networks staff was excited to meet our Academy of Information Technology students and have made a commitment to working with us to develop a 4-year progressive outline of work-based learning opportunities with Juniper.
ESP Nancy Burke continues to keep me updated with the current plans for the school garden. The last growing season was very successful, with the students growing and cooking with what they have grown. The students won 2nd place in pepper and onions, 3rd in carrots, and 4th in Potatoes at the Topsfield Fair. This year they are going to plant carrots, onions, potatoes in the “Stew Garden”. The students will be planting Tomatoes, peppers and spices in the “Stew Garden”. They will also have a “Berry Garden” were Strawberries, Raspberries, and Blue Berries. They plan on growing Corn on the cob, squash, and many more vegetables. Mrs. Burke has applied for more grants. She plans on putting down a patio made from cement pads, to hold a glider swing. She also has a plan to build an outdoor class room, for students to go outside and have lessons, under a small Pergola, with Picnic tables. Mrs. Burke wants the “School Garden” to be a warm and inviting place for all students. Students will be having a “Fall Harvest” come September 28, 2016. That day will be invited guest from The National Educational Association (NEA), Massachusetts Teachers Association (MTA). Mrs. Burke will also be inviting Michelle Obama, as she is very big into school gardens. Who knows if Mrs. Obama will make it but Mrs. Burke will keep all of us posted as to new developments.
As we head in to the last quarter of the school year, I encourage all parents to routinely to check the SchoolBrains parent portal. HHS teachers are expected to post grades and assignments on a weekly basis. You can also communicate directly with the teacher as their email links are right there. Please contact me if you have questions in regards to the portal. if you have trouble getting into the portal please email: email@example.com
Students enrolled in Access 21’s Life Skills program completed their service learning project yesterday afternoon. Project: Helping Homeless Teens. Access 21 students ran a collection drive for specific items to be donated to teens in need at The Emmaus House Family Shelter. We were overwhelmed with donations and were able to donate 32 gift bags (16 for boys & 16 for girls) and 10 copy paper boxes FULL of much-needed supplies. The Emmaus House as very happy to receive the donations and happy to have such a dedicated group of young people supporting their peers in need. Please visit the Access Arts Facebook page at the link below.
Last night HHS hosted our Academic Awards Night. Each teacher was asked to nominate one student to receive the “Most Outstanding Award” and one student to receive the “Most Improved Award”. Teachers had to choose the 2 students from all five of their classes which is on average for most teachers 125 students per teacher to choose from. Approximately 500 people attended last night’s ceremony. HHS is extremely proud of these students and their achievements and successes. I want to thank all parents, guardians, family members and faculty who attended the event.
Finally, Angelis Herman;s mother, Erika Marshall contacted me in regards to her son Angelis Herman passed away earlier this month. Ms. Marshall told me His 17th birthday would have been April 28th. For those of you who knew Angelis personally, you will remember how he loved to smile and how he loved to put a smile on other people’s faces…Angelis believed in Random acts of Kindness. In memory of Angelis, Starting Wednesday through Friday, we are asking students participate in 17 Random Acts of kindness… to think of ways to make someone else smile… I have asked the staff that when they see an act of kindness please recognize it and let the main office know so we can all celebrate this…Mr.Cosgrove shared several examples:
“This morning in the cafeteria he witnessed Cindy Costanza, the cashier being wonderfully patience and kind to a young man regarding his account.He states, “I don’t think this ranks as random as all the ladies and gentlemen of the cafeteria respond each day to our children with patience and kindness but I wanted to say something. I teach teenagers and I know how ‘dangerous’ it can be when they are hungry – and they are hungry most all the time.”
He cites other examples:
Haley F. is a young girl recently enrolled at Haverhill (well late in second quarter). Mr. Cosgrove was immediately thrilled by her wonderful smile and habit of trying to cheer up those around her. She once told him of going over to a student sitting alone in the cafeteria and sitting with them because “no one deserves to be alone.” Haley is going through some tough times right now but if ever there was a child who exemplified acts of kindness , Haley is the One!
Ethan S. continues to be a wonderful friend and support to a special needs student in his Computer Technology class. By helping out a developmentally delayed student, consistently over the last two months Ethan has shown great patience and empathy. He thinks he might have also found a calling.
Personally Mr. Cosgrove wants to thank Angelis for helping us to remember the wonderful acts of humanity which we are surrounded by on a daily basis. It is so easy to be cynical and hardened by the ‘hard cases’.
Thank you Angelis! We will never forget you!
Chorus Loop program
Haverhill High School Fine Arts Academy is once again offering seventh & eighth grade students
the opportunity to take a Chorus class at HHS next autumn during period 1, as a part of the Chorus Loop program. Participation in the course earns the student 1 HHS Fine Arts credit.
For more information please contact: Joe Gori at Jgori@haverhill-ps.org. Forms are also available on the Fine Arts Academy website.
Principal’s weekly Update- Week Ending 4/15/16
Haverhill High School is very proud to announce that our student, Senior Jangel “Jay” Pereyra was named the Youth of the Year at the Greater Haverhill Boys & Girls Club. Club officials are quoted as saying” Jay is an example of an extraordinary young man whom they recognized for his leadership, service to his community, academic excellence and dedication to live a healthy lifestyle. Jay will now complete against other members for the Massachusetts regional and national titles. Jay is another example of the many wonderful students that attend HHS and make all of our school community proud!
English teacher Tim Gregg teaches an elective entitled “Sports Writing and Literature”. This year several of the students in the class entered the annual Will McDonough Writing Contest, sponsored by the Boston Globe which is named in honor of the legendary Boston Globe sportswriter. This year, over 1,200 students from across New England entered. The winners are chosen by Globe Sports Editor, Joe Sullivan. HHS is proud to announce that 5 of his students received an honorable mention. They all finished top 10 in for their grade level.
Brian Haley – Grade 12
Savannah Peters – Grade 12
Keith Cronin – Grade 11
Megan Sullivan – Grade 11
Alexa Richard – Grade 9
For Seniors: The HHS Scholarship Portal will be closing several days earlier than originally posted. Seniors have until Sunday April 24th to review and apply to the many scholarships offered.
Any student taking an AP exam in May will need to complete a pre-administration session. Students may choose from one of four sessions offered:
Friday April 15th at 1:15 pm (J period) in the cafeteria
Monday April 25th at 12:22 pm (H/I period) in the library
Tuesday April 26th at 2:05 pm in the cafeteria
Wednesday April 27th at 7:15 am in the library
Students should not miss their AP class to participate in pre-administration. If a student cannot attend any of the sessions they should let Mrs. Dion know as soon as possible. Mrs. Dion can be found in the Guidance Office.
All juniors met with their guidance counselor to choose their classes for next year. Sophomores will be meeting with their counselors individually during the week of April 25th. Freshmen will meet with their counselor in the first week of May. Students should visit the Community Portal to review their course selections and choose their electives. Instructions on how to access the course recommendations can be found on the HHS website.
The HHS Softball team is having a car wash fundraiser this Saturday, April 16th, at the Water Street Fire Station in downtown Haverhill. It will run from 9:00 am-1:00 pm and the suggested donation is $5. In addition, the players are selling raffle calendars for $10. You have a chance to win money each day in May. If you win, your name is put back into the running to win again, so there are multiple chances to win!
Finally, 3rd term report cards will be issued tomorrow, Friday April 15th. They will also be posted on then portal as well tomorrow. PTC is scheduled for Thursday, April 28th from 6:00 pm – 7:30 pm. Sign up forms will be sent home on Monday, April 25th.
April 18-April 22 is school vacation week. School re-opens Monday, April 25th.
Enjoy the spring break!
Haverhill High School – Job Shadow Day
Week of April 11th
Monday, April 11th
Bowling Club, K13
Tuesday, April 12th
Gay Straight Alliance, 2:15, 117
Wednesday, April 13th
Fashion and Sewing Club, 2:15, A15
VIP meeting, 2:15 – 3:30, A4
Thursday, April 14th
Art Club, after school, A06
Comedy Club, 2:15 – 3:00, TV Production
Friday, April 15th
Report Cards Issued
National Day of Silence
AV Club, after school, A21 – Band Room
Principal’s Weekly Update- Week Ending April 8, 2016
I apologize for the delay in the weekly update. Unfortunately, I have been under the weather since Thursday and finally this morning I am feeling better.
HHS Juniors will be meeting with their guidance counselors during the week of April 11th to confirm their course selections for next year. If your child has not selected courses online yet, please have them visit the Community Portal to do so. Step by step directions can be found on the HHS website. Sophomores and freshmen will be scheduled to meet with their counselors in the weeks after April vacation.
There is an information night on Wednesday April 13th at 6pm in the HHS Auditorium for parents of any student enrolled in and taking an AP exam in May. Important information will cover AP test dates and locations, payment, test administration security, and more. If you have any questions please call Jami Dion at 978-374-5700 ext. 1134. We look forward to seeing you there!
The 12th Annual U-Mass Lowell conference was held April 5-7. Our team represented countries such as the Sweden, Germany, Malaysia, Uruguay, India and the USA. Topics included the refugee crisis, the threat of ISIL, global climate change and the role of NATO. For years Haverhill, as a team, has placed in the top three, this year we earned Third Place against 9 other teams. Many of our students were brand new to the team, and did very, very well. They were deftly guided by our veteran members. Several of our team had their roots in our HillieMUN program, and the Chair of the NATO committee was Haverhill’s own UMass Lowell student Alejandro Lopez, who also founded the HillieMUN program. The Model United Nations Team has four basic components: 1) the NY United National Model United Nations conference that is part of the UN itself, 2) the city wide Middle School Model UN conference (Hillie MUN with each middle school’s team competing with each other), 3) the UMass Lowell Model UN competition at UMass, Lowell, 4) and now the Hillie MUN Team consisting of Haverhill’s Middle schoolers that compete as a single Haverhill Team. That last team Mr. Simmons runs with Mrs Briggs and their first competition is going to be in May in Newburyport. All the teams are student run. They coach each other in the research and writing of position papers that can be from 2 to 9 pages long. They coach each other in collaboration, public speaking and using the rules of debate. Depending on the conference, they will be working with other students from around the region, around the country and around the world. Mr. Simmons and the Advisor from Whittier Tech were alumni of UMass, Lowell and its esteemed Model UN program and were also advisers in founding UMass’s High School conference. I would like to thank Mr. Simmons because of his efforts this program continues to grow in popularity with our students as they hone their skills researching and debating and continue to win or place in the various competitions.
Haverhill High School Girls Volleyball team is hosting a VolleyBowl Family Fundraiser Sunday April 10th at Academy Lanes in Bradford, MA from 10:30 to 3:30. Single bowlers, teams and all ages are welcome. $25pp includes bowling, shoe rental and lunch. Tons of prizes and raffles; Autographed Tom Brad Football and prom package to name a few! To sign up email firstname.lastname@example.org or email@example.com. Walk-ins will be accepted. Visit their facebook page at https://www.facebook.com/HaverhillGirlsVB Other upcoming events include Bingo at Pentucket Lake Middle School on May 15 and a Golf tournament on June 11th at Crystal Lake Golf Club . All proceeds will go toward their KSA Nat’l Tournament at the ESPN Sports Complex in August.
On behalf of Haverhill high School I would like to thank Jessy M. Abramson, Connecting Activities Student Career Specialist for
ValleyWorks Career Center and the MVWIB, for the collaboration between HHS and MVWIB that helped make the Job Shadow Day, March 30, 2016, a successful experience for the Haverhill High School students. HHS students enjoyed spending the day with local professionals in careers of interest. It was a fun and exciting day for the students, the employers, and for Ms. Abramson and other WIB staff who got to witness the students’ positive attitudes and professionalism throughout the whole event. I want to thank the businesses who graciously allowed our students to shadow them as well. Thankfully, the weather was in our favor. Ms. Abramson sent along some of the comments shared in the post survey regarding what they liked the most about the experience:
1. Main Street Animal Hospital – Veterinarian
· “I liked the fact that I get to explore….The vet did a blood test check-up for common diseases…(interested in field) Yes… (career path) It takes about 8 years to become a vet.. I would start off by doing volunteer work at an animal shelter” Candy C.
2. Haverhill District Court House – Criminal Justice
· “ I had a firsthand look in the court system…I liked it all…(interested in field)…Absolutely…(career path) I need to take the SAT and major in English” Gabriella L.
· “Getting to observe and listen in on different court cases, how people do their jobs…(surprised by) How fast paced it was, everything was straight forward…(interested in field) Most, definitely, I would love to do a job in this field or related…(career path) Keep my grades up, get good SAT and ACT grade, take certain college courses” Rudolph J.
3. Little Sprouts – Child Care
· “(liked) working with the kids…(did not like) leaving…(career path) take child care classes” Melicia W.
· “Having fun with kids…I wanted to stay more time…We need to be patient with kids…Yes, I would like something related” Carlysha C.
· “The best about my job shadowing experience is working with kids…I learned that you need to have patience and motivation to take care of children” Lineysha A.
4. Career Resource Center – Social Work
· “(liked) Friendly workers…(surprised) Many people have difficulties with adjusting to new situations…(career path) Go to college for psychology major” Nakira H.
· “ The drive for the company to help people…How much they help people and work one-on-one with them…(interested in field) Yes, absolutely…(career path) Pursue an education in psychology” Alpha C.
5. Magellan – Engineering , Continuous Improvement
· “I liked the exposure to a real job experience…(surprised by) How complex everything was…(career path) Take classes that help me with later college classes that would get me in the field/major I want” Petros F.
· “(I liked) Witnessed how everything worked…(surprised by) The programming needed and all the money they spend… (career path) Related but in automotive…college Computer/Scientist” Hector B.
6. Salon At 13– Cosmetology
· “(liked) That they were really good at doing people’s hair” Gabriella E.
7. Dr. Clancy D. Boynton, DMD – Dentistry
· “I saw how they did a temporary crown… I really liked what I saw and there was hygienist that encourage me to try…I would like to volunteer and learn more about it” Nada F.
8. Mayor Fiorentini– Politician
· “(liked) being in the meetings…(surprised by) how everything works…(career path) go to college” Andrew T.
At the end of the day all 15 students that participated mentioned that based on the exposure gained, they may pursue that field/career in the future. We are all looking forward to next year’s National Job Shadow Day. On Monday, I will post the pictures Jesse sent along on the HHS website.
3rd Term Marks closed, Wednesday, April 6th. Report cards will be issued Friday, April 15th and PTC will be Thursday, April 28, 2016 from 6:00 pm-7:30 pm. Conference sign up sheets will be sent out on Monday, April 25th for students to sign their parents up. Please email the teacher directly if you are asking for a particular time.
Have wonderful rest of the week-end!