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- December 15, 2017

    Early this morning I sent a robo email to parents and staff in reference to a threat made on social media. I wanted to take a moment to thank our Haverhill Police Department for their quick action, excellent communication and support throughout the day on campus. I also wanted to thank the concerned parent who contact the Methuen Police department to report the threat. We encourage all community members that if you hear something, see something to please say something. The safety and security for our students and staff is our first priority. If you have any questions please don’t hesitate to contact me at 978-374-5700 x1101 or x1154.

    Vocational Program

    In March of 2017, Haverhill High School applied for approval of a new secondary-level Chapter 74 Programming and Web Development program. In recent weeks we received notification from Acting Commissioner Jeff Wulfson that Haverhill High School has been granted approval for the new vocational program…Programming and Web Development. This is our second vocational approved program giving another opportunity for students to learn career ready skills.

    Hillie Girls Basketball

    A big shout out to the Girls Basketball Team, who started their season Wednesday night with a big win over a very strong Everett 64 to 49. Our Hillie Girls were amazing and that was an incredible start for them on the road for the first game of the season!

    Hillie Golden Book Award

    We want to take a moment to recognize a Hillie Nation Faculty Members! Monthly a Golden Book Trophy Award from one staff member to another is awarded for positively influencing the working environment and boosting morale in a meaningful way. Last week at the monthly faculty meeting it was awarded to Mrs. Luongo!

    A Christmas Carol

    After weeks of rehearsals….The annual Haverhill High School production of “A Christmas Carol” is here! It opened last night to rave reviews with three additional shows – tomorrow Friday, December 15th at 7:00 p.m., and Saturday, December 16th at 2:00 & 7:00 p.m. Tickets are $8.00 for general admission and $5.00 for students and senior citizens, and they are available at the door. This is such a fabulous production! We encourage all community members to attend this Hillie Fine Arts tradition. Good luck to all our students on stage and behind the scenes! We held two performance this week during the school day and 7th grade students from all our middle schools attended as part of their English curriculum.

     Handmade Ornament Sale

    At all four performances, while supplies last, the HHS Art Club will be having a Handmade Ornament Sale to benefit the Emmaus House.

     Hat, Coat and Mitten Drive

    The Classical Academy has kicked off its annual Hat, Coat, and Mitten Drive! If community members are able… we ask them to bring in their gently used old hats, coats, and mittens to the school any time this week or next through Thursday, December 21st and we will send those along to Ruth’s House and the Emmaus House to help bring some winter warmth to our community members in need.

    Hillie’s Taking Care of our Own

    In addition to reaching out to the community and helping those in need, we also have a need with our own Hillie families. If our community members would like to donate a gift card to local stores like Market Basket, Walmart, Target, CVS or Walgreens… anything…$5, $10 or more…any kind of donation will be appreciated and go a long way to help our Hillie Families this holiday season. Drop them off in the main office by Wednesday the 20th and they will be distributed to the families before the holiday break.

    Hillie Chorus and Band

    The Hillie Chorus and Band have been so busy over the last month. They are so good and each performance is better than the last. From the Santa Parade, to the Christmas Stroll to the Mayors Christmas party at City Hall. So many of them are in A Christmas Carol!. We thank them all for representing Hillie Nation in such a beautiful way.

    Hillie MCJROTC

    We are so proud of our MCJROTC cadets!  This past Thanksgiving the cadets were able to collect more than 500 Thanksgiving day food items to help our Haverhill Families in need. The baskets also included a gift certificate for families to redeem a 20 pound turkey from Market Basket. They have had a full schedule over the last two months. From the color guard attending a majority of our sporting events, to marching in the Veterans Day parade to leading the way at the Santa Parade. They participated in a drill competition at Beverly High School and took time to speak to 105 Nettle 8th grade students about the program and the opportunities it offers. This Saturday, our color guard will be participating in the Wreaths Across America – wreath-laying ceremony at Hilldale Cemetery at 11:00.  We thank Major Martin for his positive influence, direction and leadership given since joining us in August.

    Half Day – Friday

    Friday, December 22, 2017 is a half day. The schedule will be as follows:

    • Period A   7:25-8:15
    • Period EF or FG   8:20-9:08
    • Period GH or HI   9:13-10:01
    • Period J   10:06-10:30

    HHS Late Bus

    Since introducing the late bus three days a week back in September we have added four bus stops which now brings our total to twenty-two stops throughout the city. We have averaged 31 students a day and are so grateful to be able to offer this opportunity to our students. A quick reminder on the how it works:

    • Bus will run every Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday.
    • Bus will depart HHS promptly at 3:15 p.m. from the regular bus lanes.
    • Students must have a LATE BUS PASS from their teacher in order to board the bus.
    • Students are not allowed to roam the hall at the conclusion of their after school commitment.
    • Student must sign in with the administrator in room S13 prior to boarding the bus. (Sign in sheet and bus stop log)
    • This is not a door to door service. Stops are centrally located throughout the city.

    Ø  LEAVES HHS AT 3:15 p.m.

    1. DUNKIN DONUTS – 614 BROADWAY
    2. VARIETY STORE – 864 BROADWAY
    3. RIVER STREET AT MICHAELS FUNTION HALL
    4. RIVER STREET AT JAFFARIAN MOTORS
    5. TILTON SCHOOL – 70 GROVE ST.
    6. LAFAYETTE SQUARE – IN FRONT OF CVS
    7. CITY HALL – 4 SUMMER ST.
    8. HAVERHILL STADIUM – 17 LINCOLN AVE.
    9. CHARLIES VARIETY – 277 GROVELAND ST.
    10. MILLVALE ROAD AND EAST BROADWAY – NEW
    11. WINNEKENNI CASTLE – 347 KENOZA AVE.
    12. DUNKIN DONUTS – 407 AMESBURY RD.
    13. 10th AVE AND MAIN ST.
    14. 440 NORTH AVENUE – NEW
    15. SMILEY SCHOOL – 969 MAIN ST.
    16. 703 MAIN STREET – NEW
    17. FARRWOOD DRIVE –  BRADFORD
    18. FARRWOOD DRIVE –  BRADFORD
    19. DIBURRO’S FUNCTION HALL – 887 BOSTON RD
    20. ACADEMY LANES -725 SOUTH MAIN ST.
    21. OLD BRADFORD COLLEGE -320 SOUTH MAIN ST.
    22. RITE AID – 68 SOUTH MAIN STREET – NEW

    Ø  BUS BEGINS NEW ROUTE FOR MIDDLE SCHOOL

    Safety is the first priority of our school. Riding on the late bus is a privilege, not a right. Students are expected to follow and adhere to all bus rules. Any violations of our policies and rules by a student may result in the suspension of the student’s privilege of riding the late bus.

    December 2017

    • 14, 15, 16 Christmas Carol – Three Performances 7 p.m. each day and one at  2 p.m. Saturday
    • 19 Holiday Movie – Elf – 6:30 p.m. – Auditorium
    • 20 Christmas Cabaret 7:00 p.m. – Auditorium
    • 22 Winter Recess – Early Release
    • 25 Christmas Day – No School
    • 26-29 Winter Recess – No School
    School Counseling Update

    PSAT Score Reports
    PSAT/NMSQT online score reports have been released to students.  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, explore potential careers, and obtain personalized SAT practice plans through Khan Academy.  Any student who is not able to log in to this site may see their counselor for assistance.  Counselors will be meeting with students in small groups to review the online score reporting.
    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. So far, over 40 students have participated in these events and have earned an acceptance to college!  In some instances students have even been awarded merit scholarships on the spot!
    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 Thursday January 11th beginning at 9am for an On The Spot Decision event.  Students who have already applied and students who would like to apply and participate in this event should attend an Information Session in the Counseling Department Conference room on Thursday December 21st at 8am.  It is very important for students to attend this info session as this will be their opportunity to sign up for an appointment and learn about what they need to do to prepare!
    • Mount Ida College will be here Tuesday December 19th at 10:30am
    Scholarship Info
    Tis the season for scholarships!  Seniors, be sure to check the available scholarships on Naviance each week.  Additionally, the HHS Scholarship Portal will open in January.  Stay tuned for more information on how to log in to this database!
    Our two College Access Counselors Ms. Ariella Reidenberg and Mr. Harpreet Singh have been working hard to find additional scholarship opportunities for our seniors and are eager to help them find those scholarships that are good match. All seniors are encouraged to sign up for a one-on-one meeting with the College Access Counselors by clicking here (or copy and paste this link into your browser: https://collegeaccesscounseling.setmore.com/.  Our College Access Counselors are located in the back of the Guidance Office.  Students are welcomed to bring a copy of their senior resume and, if they prefer, a personal laptop to work on scholarship applications.  If you have any questions, please feel free to contact Ms. Ariella Reidenberg at ariella.reidenberg@haverhill-ps.org or Mr. Harpreet Singh at harpreet.singh@haverhill-ps.org.
    Merrimack Valley Credit Union Scholarship Award
    • The Merrimack Valley Credit Union has a great scholarship opportunity.  There are six 2018 Scholarship Awards that will be awarded in the amount of $1,500 to graduating seniors in the Merrimack Valley area this year.  All seniors who intend to enroll full time in a certificate, associate’s, or bachelor’s program are eligible to apply.  Scholarship applications and detailed instructions are available on the Merrimack Valley Credit Union website at www.mvcu.com/scholarship. All applications must be submitted via email.  The deadline to submit your application is February 28th.  If you have questions please contact Jami Dion, Supervisor of Guidance K-12 @ 978-374-5700 ext. 1133 or via email @ jdion@haverhill-ps.org

    Have a wonderful week-end!!!

    Beth Kitsos, Principal

  • Principal’s Weekly Update- December 8, 2017

    Term 2 Progress Reports Will be Issued Monday, December 11th during period J

    HillieMUN (Model UN)

    Today ended the HillieMUN with all of Haverhill’s Middle School (even a home schooled student) going above and beyond in research, writing and debate. JG Whittier took home the Best Delegation trophy. Additionally we had a moving and informative presentation from UNICEF USA’s Jessica Morris and Haverhill High School was awarded from all of New England’s schools the Certificate of Global Citizenship for our  “Outstanding Commitment to Promoting UNICEF’s Mission and the Importance of Global Citizenship”. Thanks to Mr. Zach Simmons for  doing a great job including our four middle schools, Hunking, ABC, JG Whittier, Nettle, and Hillview Montessori and Sacred Hearts in this wonderful program.

    CLASS of 2019

    All this week the Class of 2019 will be selling Holiday Candy Grams during all three lunches in the mall area. One for $1.00 and 5 for $4.00. Send a Holiday Candy Gram to someone and support the Class of 2019. All Candy Grams purchased will be delivered to the recipients in period A on Tuesday, December 12th.

    Hillie’s Got TalentThe Hillie’s Got Talent auditions will be December 19th, 20th and January 2nd & 3rd from 2:30-3:30 in the VIP room. All are welcome! Sign up in the Guidance suite with Ms. Massahos or Ms. Foster!

    HHS “A Christmas Carol” 

    The annual Haverhill High School production of “A Christmas Carol” will be next week on Thursday, December 14th at 7:00 p.m., Friday, December 15th at 7:00 p.m., and Saturday, December 16th at 2:00 & 7:00 p.m. Tickets are $8.00 for general admission and $5.00 for students and senior citizens, and they are available at the door. This is an amazing production! Hope to see everyone there!

    HHS Art Club 

    HHS Art Club will be having a Handmade Ornament Sale to benefit the Emmaus House during all of the performances.​

     HHS Spring Musical!

    It’s time to start thinking about auditions for the spring musical! The HHS spring musical this year is Mary Poppins, and we are looking for actors, singers, and dancers to come out and show us their talent at auditions on Wednesday, January 3rd, and Thursday, January 4th, from 2:15-4:15 in the HHS auditorium. No experience necessary, all are welcome! Please come prepared with an audition song in your vocal range. A track for your song is not required, but is strongly recommended! We look forward to seeing everyone there!

    SUB ESP’s Needed @ HHS

    HHS is looking for substitute ESPs. If you are interested in learning more about this opportunity please contact Ms. Sandra McArthur at 978-374-5712 for more information.

    School Counseling Update
    PSAT Score Reports
    PSAT/NMSQT scores have been uploaded in Naviance.  If students do not remember how to log in to Naviance, they should contact their counselor.  Official PSAT/NMSQT Score Reports will be available online beginning Wednesday December 13th.  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, explore potential careers, and obtain personalized SAT practice plans through Khan Academy.  Any student who is not able to log in to this site may see their counselor for assistance.  Check your email on December 13th to get this important access code!
    On The Spot Admissions Events for Seniors
    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!
    • Northern Essex Community College: Monday December 11th from 9am-12pm
    • Nichols College: Tuesday December 12th at 10am
    • Fitchburg State University: Wednesday December 13th at 10am (rescheduled from 12/5)
    • Mount Ida College: Tuesday December 19th at 10:30am
    Scholarship Info
    Tis the season for scholarships!  Seniors, be sure to check the available scholarships on Naviance each week.  Additionally, the HHS Scholarship Portal will open in January.  Stay tuned for more information on how to log in to this database!
     
    AFL CIO
    • Applications are now available for the AFL-CIO annual scholarship program. This is an exam based program on Labor History. The scholarship exam consists of 30 multiple choice questions and one essay with a response of 250-500 words.  The exam will be administered at HHS on Wednesday February 7, 2018.  Any student interested in pursuing this scholarship award must complete an application and must sign up for the exam in advance.  Details about the scholarship criteria can be found in Naviance.  The deadline to sign up and submit your application in Guidance is Friday December 15th.
    Merrimack Valley Credit Union Scholarship Award
    • The Merrimack Valley Credit Union has a great scholarship opportunity.  There are six 2018 Scholarship Awards that will be awarded in the amount of $1,500 to graduating seniors in the Merrimack Valley area this year.  All seniors who intend to enroll full-time in a certificate, associate’s, or bachelor’s program are eligible to apply.  Scholarship applications and detailed instructions are available on the Merrimack Valley Credit Union website at www.mvcu.com/scholarship. All applications must be submitted via email.  The deadline to submit your application is February 28th.
    For questions about guidance please contact Ms. Jami Dion, Supervisor of Guidance K-12 @ 978-374-5700 ext. 1133 or via email @ jdion@haverhill-ps.org
    Take care and enjoy the week-end!
    Beth Kitsos, Principal

     

  • Administrative Failure Policy

     

    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.

     

    Política sobre Fallo Administrativo

    Con el propósito de reforzar nuestro compromiso a la importancia a la  asistencia de los estudiantes, y adherirnos a las guías estatales sobre asistencia, la Escuela Superior de Haverhill ha creado un enfoque proactivo a los problemas de asistencia, el cual está conectado a nuestras prácticas de calificaciones. Lo siguiente representa nuestro procedimiento para enlazar las calificaciones con nuestros requisitos sobre asistencia:

    Seis (6) o más ausencias no-documentadas, en un periodo de notas, para un curso, resultará en “fallo administrativo” y una adicional pérdida de (.25) de crédito para ese periodo de notas, para dicho curso.  Los créditos se pueden recuperar asistiendo a la Escuela Sabatina. Las ausencias para cualquier periodo de notas deben ser recuperadas para finales del subsecuente periodo de notas; por ejemplo, ausencias durante  Q1 deben ser recuperadas para finales de Q2, etc. Nota: Ya que no quedan días disponibles para  recuperar Q4, las ausencias deben ser recuperadas para finales de Q4. Se espera que cualquier estudiante que tenga 6 o más ausencias injustificadas en un periodo de notas (y por lo tanto en fallo administrativo) asista a la nueva instituida Escuela Sabatina, para recuperar el exceso de ausencias permitidas, en exceso de las 5 permitidas, para cada periodo de notas.

    Con respecto a las clases en las cuales el estudiante ha perdido crédito, debido a un fallo administrativo; el estudiante recibirá su calificación real, y si para la calificación final, está pasando ese curso, esto  “contará” para el requisito especifico  del curso del estudiante o cualquier otra consideración en la secuencia de cursos. Sin embargo, cualquier crédito perdido bajo estas circunstancias, necesariamente necesita ser contado para cursos adicionales en esa materia, con el fin de cumplir los requisitos cumulativos, necesarios en esa materia.

    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.

     

    Llegadas Tarde al Procedimiento de la Clase

    Se espera que los estudiantes se reporten directamente a las clases y no se queden en los pasillos.

    1. Primera Ofensa: Los estudiantes recibirán una advertencia del profesor.
    2. Segunda y Tercera Ofensa: Los estudiantes recibirán la disciplina apropiada del profesor.
    3. A partir de la cuarta ofensa se llevarán a cabo acciones disciplinarias con el asistente del director.

    Ten en cuenta lo siguiente:

    • Llegar más de 15 minutos tarde a una clase equivale a una ausencia no documentada para esa clase.
    • Cada tres (3) llegadas tarde no documentadas a clase (menos de 15 minutos) se contarán como una ausencia no documentada y estará sujeta a la política de falla administrativa.
  • Principal’s Weekly Update- December 1, 2017

    Term 2 Progress Reports Issued 12-11

    Term 2 progress reports will be issued on December 11th during period J. The progress reports will be in paper form and handed out during period J. An important reminder for  students is that six (6) or more undocumented absences in a quarter for a course will result in an “administrative failure”. Students can make up time during Saturday School. Also, first period – period A – which is also home room – begins at 7:25. For the safety and security of staff and students all doors with the exception of the Main Entrance are locked after announcements at 7:26 and students are required to enter the building through the front entrance, by the Main Office and receive a tardy slip. Students are not allowed through side or back doors at any point in the day and there will be consequences to students that open doors for them.

    Saturday School

    Saturday School is happening tomorrow December 2nd. If students need to make up time, then they need to see Mrs. Irons or Mr. Joyce in the Family Resource Center next to the library to save their seat with our Saturday School happening this Saturday morning at Haverhill High!

    HPS Parent Portal

    The HHS Parent Portal is a great way to stay on top of your child’s grades and attendance. I have attached the directions to access the portal below. Please contact me @ bkitsos@haverhill-ps.org if you have questions or trouble accessing the portal.

    Accessing Parent Portal

    HHS Semester I Final Exam Period

    Reminder: Semester 1 final exam period will begin January 17th through January 22nd. The schedule is as follows:

    1/17– Period A-7:30-9:30  AM               Period B- 9:45-11:45- Bus pick up 11:50 AM

    1/18- Period C- 7:30-9:30  AM                Period D-9:45-11:45- Bus pick up 11:50 AM

    1/19- Periods EF & FG -7:30-9:30 AM  Periods GH& HI- 9:45-11:45- Bus pick up 11:50 AM

    1/22- Period J- 7:30-9:30AM       Bus Pickup 9:45 AM

    Students in full year courses which include AP and EMT will have class during their assigned period.

    HHS Presents “A Christmas Carol”

    The HHS Drama Club will present A Christmas Carol on Thursday 12/14, and Friday, 12/15 @ 7:00 pm, and again on Saturday, 12/16 @ 2:00 pm and 7:00 pm. General admission is $8.00 while students and seniors are admitted for $5.00. All proceeds goto the HHS Drama Cub. See the attached flyer below.

    A Christmas Carol Flyer #1

    Key Cub Accepting Donations for the MSPCA

    The Key Club is also accepting donations for the MSPCA Wish list at Nevins Farm. The wish list will be posted throughout the building starting on Friday. They will also be selling “Blankeys” during all three lunches through the month of December. Donate $3.00 to help purchase a blankey to help animals in need at the MSPCA.

    Haverhill High School Hockey

    In a scrimmage, the Haverhill Hillies are taking on Pentucket tomorrow Saturday, December 2nd at 7:00 p.m. at the Veterans Memorial Rink behind Haverhill High. Admission is FREE. During this game the teams will be accepting new, unwrapped toys for children from newborn to 12 years old in support of Ozzie’s Kids of Haverhill. Hillie Nation is giving back to the community again! Thank you to our hockey players for kicking off the season in such a giving way!

    School Counseling Update
    PSAT Score Reports
    PSAT/NMSQT Score Reports will be available online beginning Wednesday December 13th.  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.  Any student who is not able to log in to this site may see their counselor for assistance.  Check your email on December 13th to get this important access code!
    On The Spot Admissions Events for Seniors
    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!
    • Fitchburg State University: Tuesday December 5th at 10am
    • Northern Essex Community College: Monday December 11th from 9am-12pm
    • Nichols College: Tuesday December 12th at 10am
    • Mount Ida College: Tuesday December 19th at 10:30am
    Scholarship Info
    AFL CIO
    • Applications are now available for the AFL-CIO annual scholarship program. This is an exam based program on Labor History. The scholarship exam consists of 30 multiple choice questions and one essay with a response of 250-500 words.  The exam will be administered at HHS on Wednesday February 7, 2018.  Any student interested in pursuing this scholarship award must complete an application and must sign up for the exam in advance.  Details about the scholarship criteria can be found in Naviance.  The deadline to sign up and submit your application in Guidance is Friday December 15th.
    Merrimack Valley Credit Union Scholarship Award
    • The Merrimack Valley Credit Union has a great scholarship opportunity.  There are six 2018 Scholarship Awards that will be awarded in the amount of $1,500 to graduating seniors in the Merrimack Valley area this year.  All seniors who intend to enroll full-time in a certificate, associate’s, or bachelor’s program are eligible to apply.  Scholarship applications and detailed instructions are available on the Merrimack Valley Credit Union website at www.mvcu.com/scholarship. All applications must be submitted via email.  The deadline to submit your application is February 28th.
    FAFSA Financial Aid Workshop
    Chyten Counselors and the HHS Guidance Department will be hosting a FREE financial aid workshop for students and families on December 9th from 2-4pm.  At this workshop, representatives from American Student Assistance (ASA) will lead students and families through the process of completing the FAFSA (Free Application for Federal Student Aid) and CSS PROFILE.  If you would like to attend this free workshop, please click on the following link to register: https://docs.google.com/forms/d/e/1FAIpQLScxWjSklUhruVC4faC0jrm8M_Ld0edSboD0pIARtXpNB-C-0Q/viewform?usp=sf_link   Space is limited so don’t hesitate to sign up.  The link contains a list of information that you must bring with you on the day of the workshop.  If you have any questions please feel free to contact Ariella Reidenberg at ariella.reidenberg@haverhill-ps.org or Harpreet Singh at harpreet.singh@haverhill-ps.org.  
    FREE College Courses Offered at Northern Essex Community College
    Northern Essex Community College is offering FREE courses to students who qualify this spring. Students are able to choose from a list of available classes including Quantitative Reasoning, Intro to Sociology, Journalism I, Applied Math, Intro to Biology, and Intro to Criminal Justice.  Space is limited and students will need to pass the Accuplacer in order to qualify for the course. For more information please see Samantha Massahos (School Counselor/Early College Coordinator) in the guidance department. She can also be reached via email at samantha.massahos@haverhill-ps.org. Don’t miss out on this great opportunity to earn college credit while in high school…..for FREE!
    If you have questions or concerns please contact Jami Dion, Supervisor of Guidance K-12 @ 978-374-5700 ext. 1133 or via email @ jdion@haverhill-ps.org
    Have a wonderful weekend!
    Beth Kitsos, Principal
  • Principal’s Weekly Update- November 22, 2017

    HHS Parent Portal

    To keep up with your child’s grades and attendance, please access the HHS Parent Portal. See attached for directions on how to access this.

    Accessing Parent Portal

    Thanksgiving Baskets

    Mission Accomplished–MCJROTC Thanksgiving Day Food Basket Drive

    With the help of Hillie students and teachers, the MCJROTC cadets were able to collect more than 500 Thanksgiving Day food items to help our Haverhill families in need.  The baskets also included a gift certificate for families to redeem a 20lb turkey from Market Basket.  The MCJROTC cadets hand delivered each basket to the families just in time for the holidays.  Job well done to all of Hillie Nation for thinking about the Haverhill community during this holiday season.  ​

    ROTC Thanksgiving

    HHS Girls Swim and Dive Team

    Congratulations to the HHS Girls Swim team who placed 6th at the MIAA Division I State Championship meet at WPI this past weekend. Senior Megan Carroll placed 4th in the diving portion of the meet. We would also like to congratulate Megan Driscoll for not only placing 3rdin the 100 breaststroke but for also setting a new school record. Congratulations ladies for all you do in and out of the classroom.

    Thanksgiving Football

    Thanksgiving Day Football Game: Kick off will be at 10:00 at Trinity Stadium on Thanksgiving Day. Good luck to Coach O’Connor and the entire Varsity team! We hope everyone can come out and support the team.

    Cyber Café

    In September, the Cyber Café was opened to Seniors and Juniors during their study period. Due to the success of the rollout for Seniors and Juniors and because of their excellent behavior we have decided to expand it to all Sophomores starting this Monday, November 27th during their study period. It will be available periods A, B, C, D and J and is not open during lunch. They must have a special blue pass from their study hall teacher and they are limited to 20 minutes a visit.

    HHS Annual Dodgeball Tournament

    Annual Dodgeball Tournament was held on Tuesday and our winning team who came out on top was the Tune Squad.

    KISS 108FM Turkey Toss

    At 5:00 this morning 43 students boarded a bus to participate as one of only eleven schools in the KISS 108FM Annual Turkey Toss. Joe Efstratios and Dyle Bellemore had the honors representing HHS for the toss and catch. For a short time HHS was in the lead. Unfortunately, HHS came in 3rd place.

    School Counseling Update
    PSAT Score Reports
    PSAT/NMSQT Score Reports will be available online beginning Wednesday December 13th.  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.  Any student who is not able to log in to this site may see their counselor for assistance.  Check your email on December 13th to get this important access code!
    On The Spot Admissions Events for Seniors
    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!
    • Curry College: Tuesday November 28th at 9am- Interested students should speak with Mr. Gwinn (stephen.gwinn@haverhill-ps.org).
    • Western New England University: Thursday November 20th from 9am-1pm- Students are encouraged to submit their Common Application prior to this date using the fee waiver WNEVIP. 
    • Fitchburg State University: Tuesday December 5th at 10am
    • Northern Essex Community College: Monday December 11th from 9am-12pm
    • Nichols College: Tuesday December 12th at 10am
    • Mount Ida College: Tuesday December 19th at 10:30am
    Scholarship Info
    AFL CIO
    • Applications are now available for the AFL-CIO annual scholarship program. This is an exam based program on Labor History. The scholarship exam consists of 30 multiple choice questions and one essay with a response of 250-500 words.  The exam will be administered at HHS on Wednesday February 7, 2018.  Any student interested in pursuing this scholarship award must complete an application and must sign up for the exam in advance.  Details about the scholarship criteria can be found in Naviance.  The deadline to sign up and submit your application in Guidance is Friday December 15th.
    Merrimack Valley Credit Union Scholarship Award
    • The Merrimack Valley Credit Union has a great scholarship opportunity.  There are six 2018 Scholarship Awards that will be awarded in the amount of $1,500 to graduating seniors in the Merrimack Valley area this year.  All seniors who intend to enroll full-time in a certificate, associate’s, or bachelor’s program are eligible to apply.  Scholarship applications and detailed instructions are available on the Merrimack Valley Credit Union website at www.mvcu.com/scholarship. All applications must be submitted via email.  The deadline to submit your application is February 28th.
    FAFSA Financial Aid Workshop
    Chyten Counselors and the HHS Guidance Department will be hosting a FREE financial aid workshop for students and families on December 9th from 2-4pm.  At this workshop, representatives from American Student Assistance (ASA) will lead students and families through the process of completing the FAFSA (Free Application for Federal Student Aid) and CSS PROFILE.  If you would like to attend this free workshop, please click on the following link to register: https://docs.google.com/forms/d/e/1FAIpQLScxWjSklUhruVC4faC0jrm8M_Ld0edSboD0pIARtXpNB-C-0Q/viewform?usp=sf_link   Space is limited so don’t hesitate to sign up.  The link contains a list of information that you must bring with you on the day of the workshop.  If you have any questions please feel free to contact Ariella Reidenberg at ariella.reidenberg@haverhill-ps.org or Harpreet Singh at harpreet.singh@haverhill-ps.org.  
    FREE College Courses Offered at Northern Essex Community College
    Northern Essex Community College is offering FREE courses to students who qualify this spring. Students are able to choose from a list of available classes including Quantitative Reasoning, Intro to Sociology, Journalism I, Applied Math, Intro to Biology, and Intro to Criminal Justice.  Space is limited and students will need to pass the Accuplacer in order to qualify for the course. For more information please see Samantha Massahos (School Counselor/Early College Coordinator) in the guidance department. She can also be reached via email at samantha.massahos@haverhill-ps.org. Don’t miss out on this great opportunity to earn college credit while in high school…..for FREE!!
    If you have questions please contact Jami Dion, Supervisor of Guidance K-12 @ 978-374-5700 ext. 1133 or via email@ jdion@haverhill-ps.org

    Calendar of  Upcoming Events:

    November 2017

    23-24 Thanksgiving Recess

    27 Athletics: Winter Season Opens

    29 Class Ring Information Night – Cafeteria 5:00 p.m. – 7:00 p.m.

    29, 30, December 1 –  Class Ring Information Table – All three lunches

    December 2017

    05 Site Council Meeting 3:00 p.m. Main Entrance Conference Room

    06 Coffee House – 7:00 p.m. Library

    11 Term 2 Progress Reports Issued

    14, 15, 16 – A Christmas Carol – Thursday 7:00 p.m., Friday 7:00 p.m., Saturday 2:00 and 7:00 p.m.

    19 Holiday Movie Night 6:30 Auditorium

    20 Christmas Cabaret 7:00 p.m.

    22 Winter Recess – Early Release at 10:30 a.m.

    25-29 Winter Recess – No School

    From everyone at HHS- Happy Thanksgiving!

    Beth Kitsos, Principal

  • Principal’s Weekly Update- November 17, 2017

    School Psychologist Awareness Week.

    This week, 11/13-11/17 is School Psychologist Awareness Week. In an effort to raise awareness about what school psychologists do and who they are, HHS School Psychologist Susan Donatell thought it might be helpful to share some of the concerns and issues that they typically encounter (from learning disabilities in math to mental health) as school psychologists during School Psychology Awareness Week. This week Mrs. Donatell has provided HHS staff with some information that she thought might be helpful to them as they work with our students. This information is also helpful to parents as well.  Please see the attached articles that will provide you strategies and tips to use when supporting your children in a variety ways. Please feel free to reach out to our school psychologist directly should you have any specific concerns!

    Care for the Caregiver-Parents and Teachers_FinalNASP Mental Health Slow_Learners_Talking_To_Children_About_Violence   Behavior Code – Anxiety

    Freshmen Elections- Class of 2021 Winners

    Elections were held today for freshmen class officers.  Congratulations to:

    Mackenzie Murphy-President

    Vice-President- Carolin Taveras

    Treasurer- Hope Sunsari

    Secretary- Amy Lawless

    Student Council Representatives:

    Catie Chadwick

    Nicholas Leung

    Nina Manzi

    April Maniscalco

    Gabriela Vargas

    Parent Portal 

    I encourage all parents to access the Parent Portal to stay current on your child’s grades and attendance. I have attached directions to access the portal here.

    Accessing Parent Portal

    Unified Basketball Team

    For the first time this fall Haverhill High School sponsored a Unified Basketball Team. This team, supported by the MIAA and by the Special Olympics, brought together students with and without intellectual abilities on the basketball court. They competed against other schools in the Merrimack Valley Conference. A huge congratulations to the boys and girls on the Unified Basketball team. They finished their inaugural season with a record of 7 and 1, beating Andover and North Andover at the tournament Tuesday night.

    JRROTC

    This week our ROTC students collected canned goods and boxed items. The collection bins were located in the main office and outside the cafeteria. Thanksgiving baskets will be put together and delivered to some of our Hillie families just in time for holiday. We will accept donations Monday morning so if you are able please send in your donation to the main office.

    HHS Senior Class Play

    The Class of 2018 is proud to present an evening of theatre featuring The Philadelphia, TheUniversal Language, and The Real Inspector Hound, – Only three more shows this week! Opening night on Wednesday was a huge success!  The last three shows will be tonight Friday the 17th at 7:00 p.m. and on Saturday the 18th at 2:00 p.m. and 7:00 p.m.in the HHS Auditorium. Tickets are $8.00 for general admission and $5.00 for students and seniors.

    HHS Band

    Our Hillie band will be performing in the Santa Parade this Sunday in Haverhill and at our Thanksgiving Day game! We are so happy to have their support at game time and are proud to have them representing us in the Haverhill parade!

    As many of you probably know, our HHS band REALLY need new uniforms. Our band members wear their current uniform with Hillie pride but they are from the 1980’s and are worn and outdated. We are raising money by selling coupon books and discounted gift cards through https://www.gaschoolstore.com/.
    You can use the ID 5134093 and put my name for the “student” you would like to support, unless you know a kid in the band. I’ve also attached a picture of the uniform jacket design we plan to purchase. We would really appreciate if you could help us out!  New uniforms will be great for morale… and who doesn’t love a bargain?

    HHS Band Jackets vegas gold.jpg

    HHS MVP Program

    This week, the MVP (Mentors in Violence Prevention) peer leaders began their work in our health education classes. They spent two days in Ms. Labelle’s and Mrs. Begley’s classes teaching their students about healthy relationships and what healthy choices to make if involved in a tough social situation. In the coming months, this amazing group of young leaders will be visiting our middle schools in Haverhill to bring this program to them.

    HHS Dodgeball Tournament/Turkey Toss

    Our Fall Dodgeball Tournament is scheduled for November 21st starting at 2:30 p.m. in the gymnasium and on Wednesday we will be taking a bus load of Seniors to the annual KISS FM Turkey Toss in Medford leaving HHS at 5:00 in the morning! Good luck to all the players and we can’t wait to hear who will be victorious!

    HHS Cheerleaders

    I am so proud to announce that our Hillie Cheerleaders had an incredible performance in Lowell on Sunday and took home the 2017 MSAA Division 1 Regional Championship. They now move on to the State Championship this Sunday at Worcester State University. Good luck ladies and thank you for always being a great support to all of Hillie Nation!

    Winter Sports

    The winter sports season kicks off on Monday, November 27th. To Winter Athletes of the following sports: Ice Hockey, Wrestling, Basketball, and Gymnastics – Make-ups for baseline concussion testing will be this Monday, November 20th, S-wing computer lab, 2:15 p.m. This will be the final testing date.  Students will not be able to participate without it.

    School Counseling Update
    On The Spot Admissions Events for Seniors
    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!
    • Curry College: Tuesday November 28th at 9am- Interested students should speak with Mr. Gwinn (stephen.gwinn@haverhill-ps.org).
    • Western New England University: Thursday November 20th from 9am-1pm- Students are encouraged to submit their Common Application prior to this date using the fee waiver WNEVIP. 
    • Northern Essex Community College: Monday December 11th from 9am-12pm
    • Nichols College: Tuesday December 12th at 10am
    • Mount Ida College: Tuesday December 19th at 10:30am
     
    FAFSA Financial Aid Workshop
    Chyten Counselors and the HHS Guidance Department will be hosting a FREE financial aid workshop for students and families on December 9th from 2-4pm.  At this workshop, representatives from American Student Assistance (ASA) will lead students and families through the process of completing the FAFSA (Free Application for Federal Student Aid) and CSS PROFILE.  If you would like to attend this free workshop, please click on the following link to register: https://docs.google.com/forms/d/e/1FAIpQLScxWjSklUhruVC4faC0jrm8M_Ld0edSboD0pIARtXpNB-C-0Q/viewform?usp=sf_link   Space is limited so don’t hesitate to sign up.  The link contains a list of information that you must bring with you on the day of the workshop.  If you have any questions please feel free to contact Ariella Reidenberg at ariella.reidenberg@haverhill-ps.org or Harpreet Singh at harpreet.singh@haverhill-ps.org.  
    FREE College Courses Offered at Northern Essex Community College
    Northern Essex Community College is offering FREE courses to students who qualify this spring. Students are able to choose from a list of available classes including Quantitative Reasoning, Intro to Sociology, Journalism I, Applied Math, Intro to Biology, and Intro to Criminal Justice.  Space is limited and students will need to pass the Accuplacer in order to qualify for the course. For more information please see Samantha Massahos (School Counselor/Early College Coordinator) in the guidance department. She can also be reached via email at samantha.massahos@haverhill-ps.org. Don’t miss out on this great opportunity to earn college credit while in high school…..for FREE!!
    If you have questions please contact Jami Dion, Supervisor of Guidance K-12 @ 978-374-5700 ext. 1133 or via email at:
    jdion@haverhill-ps.org

    November 2017

    17 Senior Class Play –  7:00 p.m.

    18 Senior Class Play –  2:00 p.m. and 7:00 p.m.

    21 Dodgeball Tournament 2:30 p.m. – 6:00 p.m.

    22 Early Release 10:30 a.m. – Thanksgiving Holiday / Periods A, B, C, D

    23-24 Thanksgiving Recess

    27 Athletics: Winter Season Opens

    Have a wonderful week-end!

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

  • Administrators and Faculty Email 2017-2018

  • Principal’s Weekly Update- November 9, 2017

    HHS Term I Report Cards will be available in the Parent Portal – Monday, November 13th period J

    HHS term I report card will be electronically distributed via the parent portal on Monday, November 13th. Students without internet access will be given a paper copy. If you need a paper copy please visit the HHS Main Office and add your name to the report card issued log.

    First Term Parent Teacher Conferences (PTC) 11/16

    Term I PTC will be held 11/16 from 6:00 pm-7:30 pm. Sign up forms will be sent home with students on 11/13 and will also be sent home electronically on 11/13 as well. I encourage all parents to sign up to meet with your child’s teachers. If you need any assistance with signing up please contact me at:  bkitsos@haverhill-ps.org

    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.

    A.P. U.S. Government

    The  students of the A.P. U.S. Government course once again went local this year by working hard on several local campaigns. Twenty-seven students put in over 300 hours of door-knocking, phone calls and other campaign activities for 8 different local candidates. The students got to choose for whom they volunteered. Working on the campaign trail gave the students a chance to see, and participate in, the inner workings of a modern-day political campaign.

    Veterans’ Day

    Saturday, November 11th is Veterans’ Day. I wanted to take a moment to thank the following staff members for their service to our country:

    Major Martin – U.S. Marine Corp.

    Gunny Danis – U. S. Marine Corp.

    Mrs. Begley – U.S. Army Reserves

    Ms. Peralta – U. S. Army Reserves

    Mr. Hickey – U. S. Airforce

    Golden Book Trophy Award

    Monthly a Golden Book Trophy Award from one staff member to another is awarded for positively influencing our working environment and boosting morale in a meaningful way. Earlier in the week it was awarded to Mrs. Diskin, Italian Teacher! Congratulations!

    Winter Sports Meeting

    There will be a Winter Sports Pre-Season Meeting this Monday, November 13th at 6:00 p.m. in the gym. After a brief group meeting, students and parents will meet with coaches in the K-Wing. All students interested in participating in a winter sport should attend with at least one parent or guardian. This includes basketball, cheer, gymnastics, ice hockey, indoor track, skiing, boys swimming and wrestling. Coaches will review information regarding tryouts, participation requirements, rules & regulations and much more. Please complete the winter sports registration prior to the meeting.

    MCJROTC Thanksgiving Day Food Baskets

    Help us help families in need this Thanksgiving. Our ROTC students will be collecting canned goods and boxed items from November 13th through November 17th. The collection bins will be set up in the main office and outside the cafeteria.

    An Evening of Theatre

    The Class of 2018 will be presenting an evening of theatre featuring The Philadelphia – a classic romantic comedy, The Universal Language, a short comedic play and The Real Inspector Hound, a play within a play – Four shows on Thursday, November 15th at 7:00 p.m., Friday the 17th at 7:00 p.m. and on Saturday the 18th at 2:00 p.m. and 7:00 p.m. in the HHS Auditorium. Tickets are $8.00 for general admission and $5.00 for students and seniors.

    November 2017

    10 – Veterans’ Day Observed – No School

    13 – Term I Report Cards Released in the Parent Portal at 1:15 p.m.

    13 – Winter Sports Meeting 6:00 p.m. in the Gym

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

    15, 17, 18 – Senior Class Play

    16 – Parent Teacher Conferences 6:00 p.m. – 7:30 p.m.

    17 – Freshmen Elections

    21 – Dodgeball Tournament

    22 – Half Day – Thanksgiving Holiday

    23, 24 – No School

    Information for Seniors
    • There is a great opportunity for seniors interested in applying to U-Mass Dartmouth. We will be hosting an “On the Spot Admissions Day” on Thursday November 16th. Any senior who is interested should see Mr. Alsup in the guidance office Monday morning!
    • 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 questions 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.

    Enjoy the long week-end!

    Beth Kitsos, Principal

  • Principal’s Weekly Update- November 3, 2017

    This has been an incredibly difficult week at Haverhill High. On Sunday evening, Dasia Houtman Routier from our senior class died in a motor vehicle accident. We opened our doors Monday evening October 30th  for our students to meet with our counselors to help them through the shock of this sudden loss in any way we could. All week we offered counseling at any time during the school day for anyone who was struggling. Our counselors will always be available in the weeks ahead to help any student who needs assistance.  I want to take a moment to thank our counselors and administrators for being a great source of strength and support to our students and staff.

    The wake for Dasia is being held today Friday from 4:00 p.m. – 7:00 p.m. at Gondin-Carneval Funeral Home at 129 Kenoza Avenue. On Monday, we will hold a memorial ceremony at 5:00 p.m. here on campus in the auditorium lobby.

    We send a warm Hillie welcome to 3 new staff members officially joining Hillie Nation this week:

    Principal Clerk in the S Wing Office: Ms. Price

    Social Studies Teacher in M12: Ms. Paradis

    English Language Education Teacher in 230: Ms. Greco

     

    HHS Term I Report Cards Issued

    Due to school being canceled on Monday and Tuesday, Term One closed today Friday, November 3rd. Our new report card will be electronically distributed via the parent portal on Monday, November 13th. Students without internet access will be given a paper copy. If you need a paper copy please visit the HHS Main Office and add your name to the report card issued log.

    First Term Parent Teacher Conferences (PTC) 11/16

    Term 1 report cards will be issued on 11/9. Term 1 PTC will be held 11/16 from 6:00 pm-7:30 pm. Sign ups forms will be sent home with students on 11/9 and will also be sent home electronically as well. I encourage all parents to sign up to meet with your child’s teachers. If you need any assistance with signing up please contact me at:  bkitsos@haverhill-ps.org

    Seniors-Yankee Candle Fundraiser

    Seniors Class of 2018: The Yankee Candle Fundraiser has been extended until Wednesday, November 8th.  Students cansee Mrs. McIntyre in K30 to drop off forms or to get additional copies of the paperwork. This fundraiser can help reduce the cost of class dues.

    MCAS ELA and Math Re-Test

    Reminder to all students taking the MCAS ELA retest –students should report to the Cafeteria on Wednesday, Thursday and the following Tuesday, November 8th, 9th and 14th  promptly at 7:25 a.m. for the MCAS ELA retest.

    The individual MCAS results from the 2017 ELA, Math and Science have been received from last spring and will be mailed home in the next few days.

    Messages from the Athletic Department:

    This afternoon (Friday, November 3rd) the new Unified Basketball team will host its first ever game her at Haverhill High. The Hillies will take on Methuen in the main gym at 4:00 p.m. Please come by and cheer them on in their first season home game.

    HHS Football

    Tonight the Hillie Football team will take on Peabody at Trinity Stadium. Kickoff is at 7:00 p.m.

    HHS Cheerleading

    This Sunday, our Hillies Cheerleading Team will compete in the MVC Championship at Central Catholic High School. Performance will be at approximately 1:00 p.m. Head over and watch the Hillies compete for the MVC title! Good luck ladies!

    HHS Girl’s Swimming and Diving

    On Sunday our Hillie Girls Swim and Dive Team have their MVC Championship meet at Worcester Polytech Institute on Sunday! Wishing them and all our teams much success!

    Fine Arts Department

    Our first show of the school year is just around the corner. The Class of 2018 will be presenting an evening of theatre featuring The Philadelphia, The Universal Language and The Real Inspector Hound – The performances are on November 15th at 7:00 p.m., November 17th at 7:00 p.m. and November 18th at 2:00 p.m. and 7:00 p.m. in the HHS Auditorium. Tickets are $8.00 for general admission and $5.00 for students and seniors.

    SCP FLYER #2

    Zombie Dress and Draw-A-Thon

    Last Friday our Hillie Fine Arts Department held a Zombie Dress and Draw-A-Thon. The end product is positively fantastic! Due to the weather earlier in the week they have changed the opening of the exhibit at the NECC Art Gallery to Tuesday, November 7th from 3:00 p.m. to 5:30 p.m. Congratulations to those who participated.

    Last Day of School- June 2018

    Our last day of school is now scheduled on Wednesday, June 13, 2018

    MCJROTC Thanksgiving Day Food Baskets

    Help us help families in need this Thanksgiving. Our ROTC students under the direction of Major Martin will be collecting canned food goods (ex. canned vegetables, soups, etc.) and boxed items (ex. Brownie mix, stuffing mix, cake mix, etc.) from November 11th through November 15th. The collection bins will be set up in the main office and outside the cafeteria..

    Adult Education Classes

    Education is for Adults too!  Continue learning through these Free Education Opportunities for Parents/Guardians/Adults:

    English Classes: For speakers of other languages. Mornings 9am-12pm. Next waitlist registration: Thursday, November 16, 10am at Community Action, Inc., 3 Washington Square, 3rd floor.  Please be on time as late arrivals will not be admitted. For more information, call Alisa Povenmire at 978-373-1971, ext. 216, or emailapovenmire@communityactioninc.org.

    High School Equivalency Preparation: It’s never too late to learn and earn your diploma. A high school diploma is the gateway to better jobs, training, and college. Morning classes 9am – 12pm. Next registration dates: Thursday, November 9 at 10am, and Tuesday, December 12 at 10am at Community Action, Inc., 3 Washington Square, 3rd floor.  Please be on time as late arrivals will not be admitted.  For more information, call Alisa Povenmire at 978-373-1971, ext. 216, or email apovenmire@communityactioninc.org.

    Transition to College Program: Have you wanted to go to college, but worry that you have been out of school too long? Or do you feel like you need an academic boost before you take college classes? If so, the Transition to College Program at Northern Essex Community College is for you! If have a high school diploma (from any country) or a High School Equivalency diploma, and if you can speak and read in English, you may qualify for this FREE college prep program. Please call Alisa Povenmire, Transition to College Coordinator, at 978-659-1272, or emailapovenmire@necc.mass.edu, for more information.

    Information for Seniors
    • College admission representatives are wrapping up their visits 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 November 6th: Assumption College, North Shore Community College, and the University of Maine.  The final college representative visit will be Westfield State University who had to reschedule their original appointment.  Westfield will be here on November 27th.
    • 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.
    • Chyten Counselors and the HHS Guidance Department will be hosting a FREE financial aid workshop for students and families on December 9th from 2-4pm.  At this workshop, representatives from American Student Assistance (ASA) will lead students and families through the process of completing the FAFSA (Free Application for Federal Student Aid) and CSS PROFILE.  If you would like to attend this free workshop, please click on the following link to register: https://docs.google.com/forms/d/e/1FAIpQLScxWjSklUhruVC4faC0jrm8M_Ld0edSboD0pIARtXpNB-C-0Q/viewform?usp=sf_link   Space is limited so don’t hesitate to sign up.  The link contains a list of information that you must bring with you on the day of the workshop.  If you have any questions please feel free to contact Ariella Reidenberg at ariella.reidenberg@haverhill-ps.org or Harpreet Singh at harpreet.singh@haverhill-ps.org.
    If you have questions about guidance please contact Jami Dion, Supervisor of Guidance K-12 @978-374-5700 ext. 1133 or via email @ jdion@haverhill-ps.org
    Enjoy the week-end!
    Beth Kitsos
    Principal

     

  • Principal’s Weekly Update- October 27, 2017

    Hillie Fine Arts Department Sponsoring Zombie Dress and Draw-a-thon Event Tonight- 10/27

    Our Hillie Nation Fine Arts Department is hosting a Zombie Dress and Draw-a-thon tonight in the auditorium lobby. It is open to all HHS students and it certainly looks like a lot of fun! All work created will be on display at the NECC Art Gallery with an opening reception on November 2nd. Thank you Ms. Mullane for coordinating this event and building this partnership with the NECC Fine Arts Department.

    Important : New Report Cards will be electronically available on 11/8

    During the 2016-2017 school year, 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. This has been communicated on several occasions including the September 15, 2017, Principal’s Weekly Update,

    Our new report card will be electronically distributed via the parent portal on Wednesday, November 8th. 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. Students without internet access will be given a paper copy. If you need a hard copy please have your student visit the HHS Main Office and add their name to the report card issued log. We would like to remind parents and guardians that students who participate in the National School Lunch Program (Free and Reduced) may be eligible for a low-cost internet service through Internet Essentials from Comcast.

    First Term Parent Teacher Conferences (PTC) 11/16

    Term 1 report cards will be issued on 11/9. Term 1 PTC will be held 11/16 from 6:00 pm-7:30 pm. Sign ups forms will be sent home with students on 11/9 and will also be sent home electronically as well. I encourage all parents to sign up to meet with your child’s teachers. If you need any assistance with signing up please contact me at:  bkitsos@haverhill-ps.org

    Senior Theatre

    Save the Date! The Class of 2018 will be presenting an evening of theatre featuring The Philadelphia, The Universal Language and The Real Inspector Hound – Four shows Next Month on November 15th, 17th and 18th in the HHS Auditorium. Tickets are $8.00 at the door and $5.00 for students and senior citizens.

    Freshmen Elections

    It is election time. Freshmen students interested in running for Student Council and/or a Class Officer positions can pick up their nomination forms and all forms must be returned by Monday, November 6th. That is a firm deadline. The election will be held on Friday, Nov. 17th. Students interested can see either Mr. Jordan or Ms. Pettis for more information.

    Fundraiser for Girls Basketball

    The Girl’s Basketball Team is hosting  a fundraiser at  the 99 Restaurant Fundraiser on River Street on November 7 from 4-10pm, for the Haverhill High Girls Basketball Program. See attached coupon.

    99 Fundraiser

    Late Bus

    In September we started running a late bus for students who need to stay after for extra help or for participation in their club meetings. This has been quite successful and we are so grateful to be able to offer this opportunity to our students. On Tuesday, October 31st we will be adding three more stops to the late bus route. Here are the details:

    Ø  Bus will run every Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday.

    Ø  Bus will depart HHS promptly at 3:15 p.m. from the regular bus lanes.

    Ø  Students must have a LATE BUS PASS from their teacher in order to board the bus.

    Ø  Students are not allowed to roam the hall at the conclusion of their commitment.

    Ø  Student must sign in with the administrator in room S13 prior to boarding the bus.

    Ø  This is not a door to door service. Stops are centrally located throughout the city.

    Ø  LEAVES HHS AT 3:15 p.m.

    1. DUNKIN DONUTS – 614 BROADWAY
    2. VARIETY STORE – 864 BROADWAY
    3. RIVER STREET AT MICHAELS FUNTION HALL
    4. RIVER STREET AT JAFFARIAN MOTORS
    5. TILTON SCHOOL – 70 GROVE ST.
    6. LAFAYETTE SQUARE – IN FRONT OF CVS
    7. CITY HALL – 4 SUMMER ST.
    8. HAVERHILL STADIUM – 17 LINCOLN AVE.
    9. CHARLIES VARIETY – 277 GROVELAND ST.
    10. MILLVALE ROAD AND EAST BROADWAY – NEW
    11. WINNEKENNI CASTLE – 347 KENOZA AVE.
    12. DUNKIN DONUTS – 407 AMESBURY RD.
    13. 10th AVE AND MAIN ST.
    14. 440 NORTH AVENUE – NEW
    15. SMILEY SCHOOL – 969 MAIN ST.
    16. 703 MAIN STREET – NEW
    17. FARRWOOD DRIVE –  BRADFORD
    18. FARRWOOD DRIVE –  BRADFORD
    19. DIBURRO’S FUNCTION HALL – 887 BOSTON RD
    20. ACADEMY LANES -725 SOUTH MAIN ST.
    21. OLD BRADFORD COLLEGE -320 SOUTH MAIN ST.

    Ø  BUS RETURNS TO COPPOLA

    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 30th: Westfield State University, Assumption College, Hobart and William Smith College, Lesley University, and Southern Vermont College.
    • 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.
    • Chyten Counselors and the HHS Guidance Department will be hosting a financial aid workshop for students and families in December.  At this workshop, representatives from American Student Assistance (ASA) will lead students and families through the process of completing the FAFSA (Free Application for Federal Student Aid).  Date and time for this event will be available next week along with an electronic RSVP link.

     

    • 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 guidance related questions or concerns please contact , Jami Dion, Supervisor of Guidance K-12 @ 978-374-      5700 ext. 1133 or via email @ jdion@haverhill-ps.org
    Have a wonderful week-end!
    Beth Kitsos, Principal
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