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

  • Principal’s Weekly Update- Week Ending 12/9/16

    Term 2 progress reports were distributed yesterday, 12/8 during period J. If you did not receive one please contact the main office @978-374-5700 xt 1101 or 1102 or email me at bkitsos@haverhill-ps.org

    HHS is now offering a late bus on Tuesdays and Thursdays. This bus is also for students staying after for their club meetings. The bus will pick up students in the circle by the main entrance between 3:35 and 3:45 and all students must have a bus pass from their teacher in order to take the bus home. If a student is released early from a teacher we ask that they wait quietly in the main entrance conference room. All students must check in with the teacher in the main entrance conference room. Please note that this is not door to door service. There are specific bus stops being made throughout the city. We will fine tune the route to meet the needs of the building in the near future.

    Christmas Carol – Three shows remaining. Friday 12/9 and Saturday at 2:00 p.m. (matinee:) and 7:00 p.m.

    Senior Pictures are due for the yearbook on December 15th. If your Senior had their pictures taken at Mark Lawrence you do NOT have to upload the photo. Information is on our webpage

    As mentioned last week, the HHS National Business Honor Society and students in Money Matters went on a tour of the State House provided by Rep. Brian Dempsey’s office. Later that day they participated with other schools in a Common Cents competition. This was a financial literacy competition between two teams. It was filmed as an actual television show so students had to put up with lighting, adjustments, and retakes! The students were asked a series of financial literacy/personal finance questions. Prizes were awarded and lunch was served after the show ended. Unfortunately, HHS did not win however, students had a great time. 

    Today, we took a moment to share with our students a few words about the life of Senator John Glenn. It is important  for students on multiple fronts to know about him: he was a combat-decorated veteran of two wars; he was a courageous test pilot, one of first 7 American astronauts (“The Right Stuff”),  he was the first American to orbit the earth (Friendship 7 – coolness and focus in face of suspected detachment of heat shield), he had 24 distinguished years in US Senate (determination – elected only on third attempt to win this office), and he returned to space at age 77. Senator Glenn was also a great American distinguished by qualities which can inspire and guide young people today.

    School Counseling Update

    Important Information for Seniors!  

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

    • Northern Essex Community College conducted their annual On the Spot Acceptance Day at HHS on Thursday, December 8th from 10am-12pm.  Thirty-six students participated and have been accepted for the Fall of 2017!  Congratulations to those seniors!  More dates will follow for additional On the Spot Admissions appointment.  
    • Salem State University will be at HHS on Monday December 19th 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 Tuesday December 13th at 9am.  It is very important for students to attend this event as this will be their opportunity to sign up for an appointment and learn about what they need to do to prepare!
    • Fisher College (located in Boston) will be at HHS on Tuesday January 10th at 10am.  Students should see their counselor for an application and to schedule their appointment.   
    • Scholarship Info!  
      • Applications are now available for the AFL-CIO annual scholarship program. This is an exam based program on Labor History. All seniors are eligible. Visit Naviance or talk to a school counselor for additional information. The deadline to sign up is December 16th.  
      • The Merrimack Valley Credit Union has a NEW scholarship opportunity.  The 2017 Scholarship Award will be awarded in the amount of $1,500 to one graduating senior this year.  All seniors intend to enroll full time in a certificate, associate’s, or bachelor’s program at an accredited institution are eligible to apply.  Scholarship applications are available on Naviance and in the counseling office.  The deadline to submit your application materials to the counseling office is February 17th.  

    PSAT/NMSQT Score Reports will be available online beginning Monday December 12th.  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 12th to get this important access code!

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

    Upcoming Important dates:

    12/15- Senior Pictures due

    12/20- Christmas Concert @ HHS

    12/23- early release for the holiday break

    1/3- School re-opens

    Have a wonderful week-end!

  • Week of Dec 5th

    Monday, December 5th

    Academic Decathlon, after school, 108

    Dance Team , 2:15, A21

    AV Club  2:15 to 3:15  TV Studio

    Tuesday, December 6th

    GLI, 2:05, 220

    Italian Club, 2:05, K13

    Key Club, 2:05, A13

    Science & Ecology Club, 2:05, K31

    Wednesday, December 7th

    Math Club, 2:05, K20

    Gamers Club, 2:05, M14

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

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

    Coffee House, 7pm – 9pm, Library

    Thursday, December 8th

    Progress Reports Delivered, Per J

    SADD, 2:05, 203

    Art Club, 2:15, room A6

    Book Club, 2:15 – 3:00, room 202

    Interact Club, 2:05, M12

    VIP, 2:15 – 4:00, A4

    A Christmas Carol, 7pm, Auditorium

     Friday, December 9th

    AV Club, 2:10 pm, TV Studio

    Dance Team, A21

    A Christmas Carol, 7pm, Auditorium

    Saturday, December 10th

    A Christmas Carol, 2pm & 7pm, Auditorium

  • Principal’s Weekly Update- Week Ending 12/2/16

    I hope everyone had a wonderful Thanksgiving. Time is flying by and next week, 12/8  students will receive term 2 progress reports. I am happy to announce that HHS has a late bus on Tuesday’s and Thursday’s to provide transport home for students who need to stay after for extra help. Students who stay for help get a bus pass from the teachers they stay with and when the help is over they go to the main office conference room and wait for the bus under teacher supervision. The bus arrives out by the Thinker between 3:30 pm-3;45 pm. Already, many students are taking advantage if this opportunity and the attendance on Tuesday was 12 and on Thursday it was 25. HHS also has a Saturday School for students who have unexcused absences to make up the missed work and time. Students sign up in advance and they must get the work missed to be completed at Saturday school. It starts promptly at 8:30 Am and ends at 11:30 Am. There is no transportation for this. Attendance has also increased as many are taking advantage of this opportunity to make up any unexcused absences. I am planning to provide MCAS tutoring for grade 10 ELA, Math and Science students as we get closer to those exams. Stay tuned for details.

    Work-Based Learning Event:

    On December 1st, the Sophomore cohort of the NAF Academy of IT, as well as the AP Computer Science class, welcomed a guest speaker from Juniper Networks, Ira Wolf.  Mr. Wolf discussed the importance of teamwork in software development projects.  He expressed the need for strong communication, both verbal and written.  The students found the discussion to be both informative and motivational!  Juniper Networks has partnered with NAF to bring work-based learning opportunities to high school students.  HHS would like to thank Ira Wolf and Juniper Networks for taking the time to share important career information with our students.Any parent interested in learning more about the work based learning opportunities please email Lisa Hunt @ lhunt@haverhill-ps.org

    The National Business Honor Society and students in Money Matters left this morning for a tour of the State House provided by Rep. Brian Dempsey’s office. Later other participating schools will arrive and snacks will be available for students before the Common Cents program begins! This will be a financial literacy competition between two teams. It is filmed as an actual television show so students will have to put up with lighting, adjustments, and retakes! They are then asked a series of financial literacy/personal finance questions and the games begin. Prizes are awarded and lunch is served after the show ends. Wish our HHS student participants lots of luck and watch for our show on television. Good luck to Ms. Finn and her students!

    The sophomore class will be having an assembly with the Essex County Sheriff’s Department on Thursday December 15th between 8:20 & 10:20 am.  It will be a testimonial style presentation that will include conversations surrounding drug and alcohol use and ways to stay above the fray. The Essex County Sheriff’s Department Pre-Release and Re-entry Center has been providing communication to schools over the past 10 years.  When the program participants go to the schools they usually bring 2-3 inmates, depending on what the school wants.  The inmates tell their stories and how they ended up where they are today.  There are officers with the inmates at all times.  Over the past 3 years this program has been presented in the following schools: Methuen Schools, Marsh School, Timmony School, Tenney School, Methuen High School – Destructive Decision Class, Newburyport High School, Saugus High School- for a Pre-Prom Forum, Gloucester High School- Pre-Prom, Lawrence High School, Sacred Heart Haverhill with Robert Pistone, Detective Haverhill Police Department, Amesbury High School, Salem High School, and Essex Technical High School.  Please contact Dan Faircloth @dfaircloth@haverhill-ps.org with any questions or if you’d like your student to be opted out.”

    Tomorrow, 12/3, the HPS Concert, Marching and Jazz band will be performing at the annual Christmas Stroll held from 12:00 pm-6:00 pm on Merrimack Street. Santa arrives at 5:30 pm. If you have time, I encourage all to attend.

    The HHS Drama Department under the supervision of Joe Gori will perform Charles Dickens classic story, A Christmas Carol in the HHS Auditorium starting Thursday, 12/8@ 7:00 pm, Friday, 12/9 @ 7:00 pm and Saturday 12/10 @ 2:00 pm and 7:00 pm. General admission is $8.00, students and seniors $5.00. Tickets are available at the door. All proceeds go to the HHS drama department.

    The October Students’ of the Month have been posted on the HHS website. Congratulations to all who were nominated. Nominations are open for November and will be posted soon.

    School Counseling Update

    Important Information for Seniors!  

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

    • Northern Essex Community College will conduct their annual On the Spot Acceptance Day at HHS on Thursday, December 8th from 10am-12pm.  Students who previously expressed interest in Northern Essex were automatically scheduled for an appointment by their counselors.  If any other students are interested, they should sign up in the Counseling Office.
    • Fisher College (located in Boston) will be at HHS on Tuesday January 10th at 10am.  Students should see their counselor for an application and to schedule their appointment.   
    • Scholarship Info!  
      • Applications are now available for the AFL-CIO annual scholarship program. This is an exam based program on Labor History. All seniors are eligible. Visit Naviance or talk to a school counselor for additional information. The deadline to sign up is December 16th.  
      • The Merrimack Valley Credit Union has a NEW scholarship opportunity.  The 2017 Scholarship Award will be awarded in the amount of $1,500 to one graduating senior this year.  All seniors intend to enroll full time in a certificate, associate’s, or bachelor’s program at an accredited institution are eligible to apply.  Scholarship applications are available on Naviance and in the counseling office.  The deadline to submit your application materials to the counseling office is February 17th.  

    PSAT/NMSQT Score Reports will be available online beginning Monday December 12th.  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 12th to get this important access code!

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

    Interested students should visit the following link: www.bumc.bu.edu/msed/bu-icm.  The application deadline is February 9, 2017.  

    Upcoming Important dates:

    12/8- Term 2 Progress reports issued period J

    12/8- Christmas Carol- 7:00 pm

    12/9- Christmas Carol- 7:00 pm

    12/10- Christmas Carol- 2:00 pm & 7:00 pm

    12/20- HHS Christmas Concert

    Enjoy the week-end!

  • Principal’s Weekly Update- Week Ending 11/18/16

    It’s hard to believe that we are halfway through the month of November. Next week we will celebrate the Thanksgiving holiday so there will not be an update.

    HHS completed the first round of the MCAS ELA and Math retakes. We should receive the results in mid January.

    Last night HHS hosted the term one Parent/Teacher conferences from 6:00pm-7:30 pm. I am happy to report a great turnout. Please remember you can contact teachers via email directly from the parent portal. If you need help gaining access to the portal please email: portalsupport@haverhill-ps.org

    HHS and Jessy Abramson from Valley Works have started Connecting Activities services at Haverhill High School this year!  Connecting Activities is a state-wide initiative which has successfully assisted youth in improving school performance as well as introducing them to work, career, and advanced study options.  It’s designed to enhance, complement and support other programs in the school and community, so that youth experience a range of opportunities as they develop college and career readiness throughout their high school years.

    Service goals:

    To deliver Work-Readiness workshops to students during classroom, advisory periods or afterschool per teacher or program staff request.

    To visit the Haverhill High School on Tuesday’s and the 1st and 2nd Thursday of the month, during the students lunch period (from 10:30 am to 1:30 pm, beginning next Tuesday,  to provide individual services.

    To be located/available at the school library or another common place as consider appropriate.  Where students can meet me, and where I can access a copier/printer/computer with the student if possible.

     Overview of school services planned:

    Workshop topics include: career interest profile, online/job applications, interviewing skills and resume writing.   

    Workshops room/date/length to be coordinated with/by the school staff requesting the workshop.

    Preferably on a Tuesday or a Thursday, before or after the school lunch, during advisory period or afterschool hours, to end before 5:00PM.

    One-on-One meetings with students to support their transition to work or higher education.  Topics covered include identifying and learning about careers of interest, creating a résumé, and navigating online tools such as MassCIS, MyNextMove and GetMyFuture.

    Career Exploration by shadowing careers of interest during Job Shadow Day. 

    Recruitment for the 2017 Summer YouthWorks program (beginning approximately in March)

     In addition to the above services, if possible, Ms. Abramson will try to be present at a few school events which parents attend to provide information about ValleyWorks services to them.  

    I wanted to share with you that last week for Veterans Day,  Hillie Nation wanted to do something to recognize our own staff members who have served in the Armed Forces.  We were proud to have three of our very own lead us in the Pledge of Allegiance. On Monday, Health Teacher Mrs. Begley, who served in the Army Reserves as a Lieutenant Colonel kicked off our week. On Wednesday, Mrs. Peraulta, ELE Teacher who was a Staff Sergeant for 15 years in the Army Reserves lead the school. Last Thursday on the 241st birthday of the U.S. Marine Corp we were honored to have Gunnery Sergeant Danis, our Jr. ROTC instructor, who served for 23 years in the United States Marine Corp prior to coming to HHS lead us in the Pledge.  It was quite the emotional moment.

    School Counseling Update

    Important Information for Seniors!  

    • The deadline to register for the December SAT was November 3rd.  However, students can register through November 22nd under the late deadline (additional fees apply).  Students must register online through the CollegeBoard website at https://collegereadiness.collegeboard.org/sat.
    • Northern Essex Community College will conduct their annual On the Spot Acceptance Day at HHS on Thursday, December 8th from 10am-12pm.  Students who previously expressed interest in Northern Essex were automatically scheduled for an appointment by their counselors.  If any other students are interested, they can sign up in the Counseling Office.
    • Scholarship Info!  Applications are now available for the AFL-CIO annual scholarship program. This is an exam based program on Labor History. All seniors are eligible. Visit Naviance or talk to a school counselor for additional information. The deadline to sign up is December 16th.  

    PSAT/NMSQT Score Reports will be available online beginning Monday December 12th.  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 12th to get this important access code!

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

    If you have any questions or concerns related to guidance please contact our Supervisor of Guidance K-12, Ms. Jami Dion,  978-374-5700 ext. 1133

    Work-Based Learning Events:

    HHS was fortunate to welcome two guest speakers from Holy Family Hospital over the past several weeks.  On November 1st, Carol Olson, Human Resource Advisor, shared information about HIPAA, hiring procedures within healthcare, as well as important tips that make up a good employee.  On November 10th, we welcomed Lynne Randell, Site Manager Imaging Services, who spoke about the various opportunities within the field of Radiology.  The students were attentive and respectful during both events.  This was a great opportunity for our students to interact with professionals in the industry.  Special thanks to the guest speakers and to Rev. Suzy Goodspeed, Director of Spiritual Care and Volunteer Director, who works tirelessly with Lisa Hunt, our Internship Coordinator, to bring these types of special opportunities to our students.

    From our Drama Department: Our Senior Play – a comedy – Arsenic and Old Lace opened Wednesday night to rave reviews and there will be three additional performances: tonight,  Friday at 7:00 p.m. and Saturday at 2:00 and 7:00 p.m. Hope to see you there. In December back by popular demand a community favorite will be the holiday classic – A Christmas Carol – This production involves students from the entire district of all ages not just the high school. Please save the date, tell a friend and we hope to see you on December 8th, 9th or 10th.

    Athletics: The winter sports season is just around the corner. Basketball, Cheer, Gymnastics, Hockey, Indoor Track, Skiing, Boys Swimming and Wrestling kicks off with an informational meeting Monday night at 6:00 in the auditorium.

    Haverhill High School is in the process of establishing and launching an Athletic Hall of Fame. Hillie Athletic Director Mr. O’Brien said “This is a perfect time to formally recognize those who have brought distinction and honor to Haverhill High School. There are so many Hillies out there who deserve recognition for their tremendous accomplishments and contributions.” For more information and details about this exciting new adventure please visit our website. The deadline for nominations is December 1st.

    The annual Dodgeball Tournament is on Tuesday, November 22nd starting after school at 2:30. This has become a favorite afterschool activity for so many!

    This week we took a moment to recognize our Paraprofessionals during  National Education Support Professionals Day.  Our ESP’s are critical to the success of the school day. We thanked them for their hard work and effort put in each and every day. Many of them work with are most fragile students and we are so very grateful for their commitment to the students success and growth.

    Congratulations to the 118 students of the Class of 2017 who have qualified to receive the John and Abigail Adams Scholarship based on their performance on the high school MCAS English Language Arts, Mathematics, and Science and Technology/Engineering tests.

    Our Freshmen – Class of 2020 held elections  today for their Class Officers and Student Council representatives. The winners will be announced later today and I will share that with you during the next update.

    Our all City Marching Band – Grades 7-12 will be performing in this Sunday’s Santa Parade. We wish them good weather and much success! at 9:00 am Sunday an announcement will be made whether the parade will be postponed due to the forecast of inclement weather. If that happens the rain date is the 26th of November. 

    Next Wednesday students will be released at 10:30 AM

    All of the staff here at HHS wish you a safe and happy Thanksgiving break!

  • Principal’s Weekly Update- Week Ending 11/11/2016

    HHS distributed term 1 report cards today during period J. They are also visible in the parent portal. If you don’t have access to the parent portal please contact portalsupport@haverhill-ps.org and they will assist you in setting up your account. This access will give you up to date information on your students academics, attendance and any behavior issues. Teachers emails are also available on their page where they post their grades and assignments. On Monday students will be given a form to have teachers sign up parents for conferences to be held next Thursday, 11/17 from 6:00 pm-7:30 pm.

    A few days ago, YMCA Regional Executive Director Tracy Fuller announced the nominees for this year’s Educator of the Year Award.  This year 12 Haverhill Public Schools’ staff members have been recognized either by a peer, parent, or other professional for being outstanding at educating our youth today. I am proud to announce that two of the nominees are teachers here at HHS. Mrs. Jean Ray, Spanish teacher and Mr. Cliff Ashbrook, Technology teacher are among the twelve nominated teachers. Both of these teachers exemplify what it means to be a great teacher. They are kind, compassionate, empathetic, and positive in all of their interactions. Both Ms. Ray and Mr. Ashbrook  work hard to build relationships, friendships, and a community of learners. Haverhill High is lucky to have them as part of their teaching staff.

    Saturday School: There is no Saturday school this Saturday, 11/12 due to the holiday weekend.

    Our Haverhill High School Cheerleading Team will be participating in the Regional Cheer Competition being held this Sunday, November 13, at Lowell High School.  Competition starts at 10:30 a.m.

     Class of 2017 – Yankee Candle Orders: Seniors your Yankee Candle orders are due on Monday, November 14th to Mrs. Beaudoin – Remember the top two sellers get their own prom ticket FREE!

     The winter sports season is just around the corner. Basketball, Cheer, Gymnastics, Hockey, Indoor Track, Skiing, Boys Swimming and Wrestling. If you are interested in participating please attend an informational meeting on November 21st at 6:00 in the auditorium.

    School Counseling Update

    College admission representative visits are winding down at HHS.  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.  Our last scheduled visit will be Emmanuel College on November 15th.  

    Attention seniors!  The deadline to register for the December SAT was November 3rd.  However, students can register through November 22nd under the late deadline (additional fees apply).  Students must register online through the CollegeBoard website at https://collegereadiness.collegeboard.org/sat.

    Northern Essex Community College will conduct their annual On the Spot Acceptance Day at HHS on Thursday, December 8th from 10am-12pm.  Students who previously expressed interest in Northern Essex were automatically scheduled for an appointment by their counselors.  If any other students are interested, they can sign up in the Counseling Office.

    Finally, tomorrow is Veteran’s Day.  Schools in Haverhill are closed. Please take a moment to remember all of the men and women in our armed forces that have been called to duty. They have risked their lives to ensure the freedoms we all enjoy. This day honors the sacrifices they have made, leaving their homes, their children and their families so that we can continue to have the freedoms that other people do not have.

    Have a safe and happy long week-end!

    Upcoming Important dates: 

    11/11- Veteran’s Day- No School

    11/16- Senior Class Play- Arsenic and Old Lace- 7:00 pm (admission $5.00 Seniors/students & $8.00)

    11/17- PTC- 6:00 pm-7:30 pm

    11/18- Senior Class Play- Arsenic and Old Lace 7:00 pm(admission $5.00 Seniors/students & $8.00)

    11/19- Senior Class Play- Arsenic and Old Lace- 2:00 pm/7:00 pm(admission $5.00 Seniors/students & $8.00)

    11/22- Dodgeball Tournament- 3:00 pm-6:00 pm

    11/23- 10:30 Release Thanksgiving break

    11/24- No School- Thanksgiving

    11/25- No School

    11/28- School resumes

  • Haverhill High School – Hillies Shop

    Hillie jackets and fleeces are available for special order until Wednesday, November 9, 2016. Come in and fill out your order form between 8:15 a.m .and 1:15 p.m. Payment is due at the time of order

    HILLIES SHOP – STADIUM JACKETS AND FLEECES TO ORDER

  • Principal’s Weekly Update- Week Ending 11/4/16

    It is hard to believe that term 1 is over. Grades closed on 11/2. Term 1 report cards will be issued on Thursday, 11/10 during period J. Parent/teacher conferences will be held the following Thursday, 11/17 from 6:00 pm-7:30 pm. Students will be given sign up sheets when they return to school on Monday, 11/14 and students will be signing up parents with each teacher. I encourage you to communicate with the teacher via email requesting a time in case your child “forgets” to sign you up. These conferences are five minutes long so if you think you need more time please communicate with the teacher to schedule a longer time either during another school day or after school or via conference call if you are unable to come to the school during the hours the teacher is available. Please continue to monitor your child’s progress by checking the parent portal in schoolbrains and if you need to set up the account to get in please email: portalsupport@haverhill-ps.org .

    This year HHS has implemented Saturday School in an effort to provide students that have unexcused absences or tardies an opportunity to make up the unexcused time so they do not receive an administrative failure. All Saturday school attendees must sign up with Mrs. Maureen Irons or Mr. John Joyce by the Thursday of that week if they plan on attending that following Saturday; students cannot attend without being on the list. Students must arrive on time, 8:30 am and have the work for the classes they are making up. It is the responsibility of the student to get the missing work. See below the 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.

    Do you enjoy Live Irish Music, Coffee, Plenty of Food, Well Designed T-Shirts and an opportunity to support some truly deserving students who really work hard to Overcome many of life’s challenges. Come join many of your professional peers here at 415 Primrose St at 10AM this Sunday to support our 4th Annual 5K Run/Walk. It will be professionally timed and we have great medals for the place winners! Your Superintendent, Mr. James Scully will kick off the race! The music starts at 10:15AM. Ronan Quinn is well-known and plays throughout the Boston Area. If you have any questions please call John DePolo at 978 -374-3482. Sign up at running4free.com. Go to Run to Overcome…The charge is $25. You can also pay on Sunday $30. Challenge yourself! Registration begins at 9AM. Dress in Red, White and Blue as we honor our veterans!

    Empty Bowl Fundraiser
    The Heartbeat of Haverhill has NEVER seen a first time event pull together as flawlessly as the Empty Bowls fundraiser created by the Haverhill High School Arts (@Hillie FineArts Dept) Dept. http://hhs.haverhill-ps.org/fine-arts-academy-courses/
    Everything was so well thought out that we’re convinced they called for the cold rainy weather to increase the need for soup!
    This first time event benefited Emmaus shelters http://emmausinc.org/ and programs to end homelessness. Gretchen Arntz, Chief Development Officer at Emmaus told THOH that Emmaus had nothing to do with the planning. They got to come and have soup like every other guest and yet take home such an invaluable contribution just as the cold weather starts edging into the Merrimack Valley. THOH loved this event, and wishes they did a monthly (in winter) soup dinner so we could try more flavors of soup, and HHS Art Dept could fund more charities. You can bet we would reserve our bowls in advance – since they were out of the ceramic bowls when we arrived shortly before 6pm. But we still got a wonderful experience out of it without the bowl. The Heartbeat of Haverhill commends HHS Arts Department for supporting Emmaus, getting me out of cooking dinner, and doing such an awesome job. You guys aced this!

    Freshmen – Class of 2020
    Freshmen elections for class officers and student council are just around the corner. The nomination papers will be available thru November 10th in Mr. Jordan’s room M19 and Ms. Foster’s office in guidance. All nomination papers are due by November 14th.

    Reminder to all students taking the MCAS Mathematics Re-test –students should report to the cafeteria on Wednesday and Thursday, November 9 and 10 promptly at 7:25 a.m

    Hillie Gear
    HHS has the perfect Holiday present for a Hillie–yourself or someone else! The School Store is selling two types of jackets with the H Hillie logo on the front. The jackets will be on display in the Hillies Shop so you can go down and take a look. These are nice jackets and prefect for all the Hillies in your life! See the link below for all your holiday needs.

    HILLIES SHOP – STADIUM JACKETS AND FLEECES TO ORDER

    School Counseling Update

    College admission representative visits are winding down at HHS. The remaining 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 7th: Washington College and Johnson and Wales.

    Attention seniors! The deadline to register for the December SAT was November 3rd. However, students can still register under the late deadline (additional fees apply). Students must register online through the CollegeBoard website at https://collegereadiness.collegeboard.org/sat.

    The Classical Academy Entrance Exam is being held on Saturday November 5th at 8:30am at each of the four middle schools. The entrance exam is the first step in being considered for the Classical Academy. We have over 150 eighth graders from a variety of area middle schools registered for this event! We wish them luck!

    Upcoming Important Dates:
    11/5- Classical Academy Entrance Exam at all 4 middle schools @ 8:30 AM
    11/5- SAT Testing @ HHS- Students registered through College Board
    11/7- Senior Class group picture
    11/8- Election Day- No School students Staff PD
    11/9- Last day to order Hillie Jackets and fleeces from the Hillie School Store- See Attached brochure below
    11/9-11/10- MCAS Math Re-test
    11/10- 1st term report cards issued period J
    11/11- Veteran’s Day- No School
    11/16- Senior Class Play-Arsenic & Old Lace 7:00 pm HHS Auditorium
    11/17- PTC from 6:00 pm-7:30 pm
    11/18- Senior Class Play- 7:00 pm HHS Auditorium
    11/19- Senior Class Play-2:00 pm & 7:00 pm- HHS Auditorium

    Don’t forget to set your clocks back one hour tomorrow night.

  • HHS Class of 2017 – John and Abigail Adams Scholarship

    Congratulations to the 118 students of the Class of 2017 who have qualified to receive the John and Abigail Adams Scholarship based on their performance on the high school MCAS English Language Arts, Mathematics, and Science and Technology/Engineering tests.

    Adams Scholarship 2017

  • Principal’s Weekly Update- Week Ending 10/28

    HHS ends the week on a positive note. We received notification that 118 of our 400 seniors were awarded the four year John and Abigail Adams Scholarships. All students who received this award are eligible to receive this upon their acceptance to a participating Massachusetts public institution of higher education, including the four undergraduate campuses of the University of Massachusetts, all nine state universities and all fifteen community colleges. The exact amount each student receives will depend on the institution in which they enroll. We will be mailing the award letters home next week.

    Next week HHS will be administering the ELA MCAS re-test to students who have not yet passed. This will be held Wednesday, Thursday and Friday, November 2, 3 and 4.The following week HHS will administer the Math MCAS re-test.

    A few weeks back one of the teachers brought to our attention of a family of one of our students that was in need of clothing and other things. I want to recognize several people from the community who stepped up and donated money and gift cards to help them out. A big thank you to: Raimond Gertsev, Caitlin Murphy, Krista Murphy, Kathleen Grinnell, Mariko Lytell, Heather Ingrando, Nwachalu Ekpecham, Ellen Bridges, Donna Jacobites and Liz Portanova. Thank you all for your generosity!

    Athletics
    The Haverhill sports teams have had a great fall, led by the football team. The Hillies had one of the best seasons in school history They finished undefeated in conference play and clinch the 2016 Merrimack Valley Conference Division 1 Title. The Hillies are currently ranked No. 3 in the state. They start the MIAA Division 1 North playoffs this weekend. The Hillies will host perennial power Everett at 6:00 PM on Saturday night at Trinity Stadium. Tickets are $7 for adults and $5 for students.
    The girls soccer team is on a roll heading into the playoffs. The Hillies have won seven straight games to improve to 12-5-1 overall. They are finishing up the regular season over at Trinity Stadium tonight against Andover and will start the playoffs next week.
    The girls’ swim and dive team has won six straight meets including a huge 94-92 win over MVC power Chelmsford. The Hillies finish the regular season at home against Central Catholic tomorrow.
    The cheerleading team had an outstanding performance at the 2016 Tewkbury Cheerleading Invitational over the weekend. The Hillies tied for first place in the event.
    The golf team had a great showing at the Merrimack Valley Conference Championship held at Vesper Country Club last Thursday. Jared Tucker placed second with a score of 75 and the Hillies placed third as a team.
    The Hillie crew team will compete in the Massachusetts Public Schools Rowing Association Fall Championship this weekend. The Regatta will be held this Sunday in Lowell at 9:30 AM.
    The girls’ volleyball team also clinched a spot in the MIAA Playoffs. The Hillies are now 11-9 overall will start the playoffs next week.

    Fine Arts
    The Empty Bowl fundraiser was a complete success. Ms. Mullane, Dean of Fine Arts reported that we raised three times our goal!
    We sold out of all the bowls that the students made at 5:45! It did not deter people at all, they kept coming and coming. People were so enthusiastic about the fundraiser that they donated and joyfully ate the soup and listened to the amazing musical performances by our students. I want to recognize several key staff members that made this event a success. Ms. Alice Yabe is the mastermind behind this event. Alice started last year on this project and was working tirelessly up until people started to come to the doors last night! Alice, all of your time and energy clearly paid off as so many people showed up to support such a worthy cause. A few more shout outs to all of our Empty Bowl Heroes!
    Thank you to all of the staff who came out last night and donated to the cause! It was so awesome to see all of you showing some A-wing love! Ms. Blim, thank you for being the go-to girl last night. Helping out literally everywhere! Mr. Gori, thank you for the beautiful performances. So many people remarked at how professional and composed the students were. The AV CLUB ROCKED!
    Mrs. Tilden for making an amazingly delicious acorn squash soup! So many people wanted your recipe! Thank you for helping during the event as well. Mr. T, I had no idea you were a chef! Thank you for the hearty potato leek soup! Mr. Hickey for contributing the delicious Italian wedding soup that everyone loved! And a special thanks to Grandma Gleason who made the Chicken Orzo soup!

    School Counseling Update
    College admission representatives are visiting HHS each day. 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 31st: Curry College, Rivier University, Southern New Hampshire University, and Endicott College.

    Parents and students are invited to attend a free seminar on paying for college, which will be held on November 1st at 6:30pm in the HHS Library. This seminar is offered through MEFA, the Commonwealth’s authority on planning, saving, and paying for college. An experienced MEFA representative will provide an overview of the college financing process, including types of financial aid, how to apply, and financing options for your family. Before the seminar, be sure to visit MEFA’s website- www.mefa.org- to download a copy of the seminar presentation in English or Spanish and explore other tools and resources to assist you in the college planning process.

    The Capt. Edward C. Bryant New England Service Academy Night will be held on Wednesday November 2nd from 6:30-9pm at the Danversport Yacht Club. This is an excellent opportunity for students who are exploring the Service Academies or Senior and Junior Military Colleges to receive information about the application and scholarship process. Congressional staff will be present to discuss the Academy appointment, selection, and nomination process. Additionally, Academy Cadets and Midshipmen will be present to speak with students and their families. The Danversport Grille & Bistro will be open at 5pm for families arriving early who would like to have dinner prior to the program. For additional information about this program you may contact LTC Lee Hughes at 802-485-2712 or at hughesl@norwich.edu.

    Attention seniors! The deadline to register for the December SAT is November 3rd. Students must register online through the CollegeBoard website at https://collegereadiness.collegeboard.org/sat.

    On Monday October 24th and Tuesday October 25th the School Counseling Department conducted SBIRT screening (Screening, Brief Intervention, and Referral to Treatment) for grade 9 students enrolled in Health I classes. This is an evidence based prevention model as well as a way to open an honest dialogue between students and counselors around decision-making and substance use. SBIRT is part the March 2016 legislation requiring public schools in the Commonwealth to engage in substance use prevention and education. Screening was a success and students had the opportunity to meet members of the counseling department in the process. Our next round of screening will take place during second semester.

    Upcoming Dates:
    11/2- Term 1 grades close
    11/2-11/4- ELA MCAS Retest
    11/3- term 2 Begins
    11/5- Classical Academy testing at the 4 middle Schools
    11/5- SAT Testing- Register online through College Board
    11/8- Election Day- No School students- PD for Staff
    11/9-11/10- Math MCAS Retest
    11/10- term 1 report cards issued
    11/11- Veteran’s Day- No School-

    Have a wonderful weekend!

  • Principal’s Weekly Update-Week Ending 10/21

    Spirit week is wrapping up with the homecoming game tonight at Trinity Stadium at 7:00 pm when the Hillies take on the Lawrence High School Lancers. Tomorrow night is the Homecoming Dance from 7:00 pm-10:00 pm in the HHS cafeteria. Tickets are $5.00 at the door. This dance is for HHS students only. Please make sure to pick your student up promptly at 10:00 pm. Due to predicted inclement weather, the Bonfire was rescheduled from Thursday, 10/20 to next Wednesday, 10/26 from 7:00 pm-9:00 pm. Again, please pick up your child promptly at 9:00 pm.

    On November 2nd, term 1 grades close. I have included the administrative failure policy in each weekly email as attendance in school is an important factor in student success. As often as possible, please schedule appointments for students after 2:00 pm to eliminate students missing valuable instructional time. Taking a student out of class for appointments, or other things will have an impact on their time on learning. I have again included the admin failure policy for you to review. If you have questions please contact any administrator.
    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.

    Please remember that you can check on your student’s progress, attendance and discipline through the SchoolBrains Parent Portal. If you haven’t set up your account please email portalsupport@haverhill-ps.org and they will assist you in setting up your account with the proper the log in information and password.

    School Counseling Update

    The HHS Counseling Department administered the PSAT/NMSQT on Wednesday October 19th to 260 students in grades 10 and 11. This was the largest turnout for PSAT testing in several years. Students will receive an access code in December to obtain their scores online if they provided their email address on their PSAT answer sheet. If students did not provide an email address, counselors will be able to access student score reports when they become available.

    College admission representatives are visiting HHS each day. 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 24th: Plymouth State University, Keene State College, Bryant University, UMass Amherst, Lasell College, Barry University, Newbury College, University of New Hampshire (rescheduled from 10/19), and Suffolk University.

    On Monday October 24th and Tuesday October 25th the School Counseling Department will be conducting SBIRT screening (Screening, Brief Intervention, and Referral to Treatment) for grade 9 students enrolled in Health I classes. This is an evidence based prevention model as well as a way to open an honest dialogue between students and counselors around decision-making and substance use. SBIRT is part the March 2016 legislation requiring public schools in the Commonwealth to engage in substance use prevention and education. Screening will be taking place during A, HI, and J periods on both days.

    AP Student Expectations Agreement forms and AP exam deposits are due on October 28th. Any student enrolled in AP course(s) must submit a $45 deposit per exam. The completed form and payment can be turned in to the School Counseling Department. Payment may be made in the form of cash or check (payable to Haverhill High School). Please contact Mrs. Dion with any questions or concerns.

    Parents and students are invited to attend a free seminar on paying for college, which will be held on November 1st at 6:30pm in the HHS Library. This seminar is offered through MEFA, the Commonwealth’s authority on planning, saving, and paying for college. An experienced MEFA representative will provide an overview of the college financing process, including types of financial aid, how to apply, and financing options for your family. Before the seminar, be sure to visit MEFA’s website- www.mea.org- to download a copy of the seminar presentation in English or Spanish and explore other tools and resources to assist you in the college planning process.

    The Capt. Edward C. Bryant New England Service Academy Night will be held on Wednesday November 2nd from 6:30-9pm at the Danversport Yacht Club. This is an excellent opportunity for students who are exploring the Service Academies or Senior and Junior Military Colleges to receive information about the application and scholarship process. Congressional staff will be present to discuss the Academy appointment, selection, and nomination process. Additionally, Academy Cadets and Midshipmen will be present to speak with students and their families. The Danversport Grille & Bistro will be open at 5pm for families arriving early who would like to have dinner prior to the program. For additional information about this program you may contact LTC Lee Hughes at 802-485-2712 or at hughesl@norwich.edu.

    Finally, I shared with you via email earlier today about a Facebook posting that was reported to HHS. The Haverhill Police Department was notified and it was investigated and found to be nonspecific. Please know that we take all matters of safety and security very seriously and will always investigate anything reported to us. I will keep parents informed as quickly as possible during these events.

    Upcoming Dates:
    10/26- HHS Bonfire- HHS Field 7:00-9:00 pm
    11/1- College Financing Seminar- 6:30 pm HHS Library
    11/2- Term 1 grades close
    11/2-11/4- ELA MCAS Re-Test
    11/5- SAT Testing- Students register @ College Board
    11/7-11/9- Math MCAS Re-Test
    11/8- Election Day- No School students- Staff PD Day

    Have a good Week end!

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