Haverhill High School


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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.

  • HHS Junior Wins First Place in Inaugural Interview Challenge!

    The third and final round of the Greater Haverhill Chamber of Commerce’s Interview Challenge is complete.  The Interview Challenge was comprised of three rounds.  Haverhill High School and Timberlane Regional High School participated in this inaugural Challenge.  During Round One, 15 HHS students and 20 Timberlane students attended one-on-one interviews.  Five HHS students and five Timberlane students were selected to move on to Round Two, which consisted of a panel interview (three interviewers).  Three students from each school were selected to move on to the final Round Three, which had students contacting their interviewer to schedule their interview, research the company, go to the business for their interview, and follow up with a thank you note.  The top three winners have been announced and Haverhill High School is so proud of Louis Oller, HHS Junior, who took first place!  Second and Third place went to students from Timberlane.  The competition was tough and all participants were strong and conducted themselves in a very professional manner.  The students were recognized at the “State of the City” Municipal Breakfast, which took place at Maria’s Restaurant on Monday, May 25th.  Congratulations Louis and Thank You to every student that participated and represented Haverhill High School in such a wonderful way!  We would also like to extend a huge thank you to the Greater Haverhill Chamber of Commerce for sponsoring this event, as well as the interviewers:

    Stacey Bruzzese, President, Greater Haverhill Chamber of Commerce
    Gerard Casal, Associate Director, MBA-North Campus, Suffolk University
    Melissa Cerasuolo, Office Manager, Gold Leaf Jewelry
    Beverly Donovan, Director of Economic Development, Greater Haverhill Chamber of Commerce​
    John Guerin, Former Mayor of Haverhill; Capital Campaign Director, Opportunity Works
    Sumner Misenheimer, Branch Manager, SCORE
    George Moriarty, Executive Director, Center for Corporate & Community Education, Northern Essex Community College
    Kerri Sheeran Perry, Director of Development, Community Action, Inc.
    Louis Oller - Accepting his Award from Superintendent Scully

    Louis Oller – Accepting his Award from Superintendent Scully

    Louis Oller with his mother Mercedes Oller

    Louis Oller with his mother Mercedes Oller


  • Principal’s Weekly Update- Week Ending May 20, 2016

    The seniors are in the final weeks of completing grade 12. Senior grades close May 23rd. Upcoming events and dates include the
    Senior prom on Tuesday, May 24th at the Danversport Yacht Club, the R. Elaine Croston Poetry Reading Contest on Friday, May 27th, followed by Senior Sign out and Chapel practice. Senior Chapel is May 31st at 11:00 AM. Senior Banquet will be held June 1 followed by graduation on June 3rd at 6:00 PM at Trinity Stadium. Graduating seniors will receive 4 tickets for field seating and unlimited seating in the stands.

    The Night of Stars was held last night in the HHS cafeteria. HHS was able to award over $120,000. in scholarships to 138 students. Over 300 parents and other family members as well as many HHS staff members were in attendance to this event.

    Grade 10 students have completed the MCAS Math assessment this week. June 2-3 some grade 9 and some grade 10 students will be taking the Science MCAS Assessment.

    Haverhill Public Schools citywide Fine Arts showcase will be held Monday, May 23rd from 4:00 pm-7:00 pm in the HHS Auditorium and first floor corridor. Musical performances and visual art displays will be showcased as well.

    The junior class will be sponsoring an Electronic Recycling Drive tomorrow, Saturday, My 21st from 9:00 AM-1:00 PM on the Monument Street side of HHS. Bring any and all used electronics: TV’s, laptops, phones, game consoles, lawnmowers, etc. Drop everything off for under $10.00.

    The Office of Admission at Merrimack College will be hosting a NEACAC College Fair on Tuesday May 24th from 6:30-8:30pm. This program will be held in the Lawler Arena within the Merrimack Athletics Complex. There will be more than 150 college and university representatives on site that evening and there will also be access to financial aid and scholarship resources. This is wonderful program for juniors and their parents to attend. To see a list of colleges/universities who will be in attendance, visit http://www.neacac.org/cf_spring.cfm.

    The Coast to Coast College Tour will be at the Boston Marriott Cambridge, 50 Broadway, Cambridge, MA on Sunday June 5th from 7-9pm. This evening information program will feature admission representatives from the following colleges and universities:
    Dartmouth College
    Northwestern University
    Princeton University
    University of California, Berkeley
    Vanderbilt University
    Parents and students who wish to attend should register at www.coasttocoasttour.org.

    Haverhill High School’s Academy of Information Technology has been selected to join the Lenovo Scholar Network. The prestigious program is designed to provide robust mobile app development curriculum and advance STEM skills in the classroom. The program, now in its third year, provides select NAF academies across the country with a comprehensive mobile application development curriculum, promoting critical thinking, team building and analytical skills needed to create the next generation of developers and innovators. The Academy of Information Technology (AOIT) is one of 50 NAF academies selected to participate in the Lenovo Scholar Network during the 2016-2017 academic year. The 24 students involved in the program will participate in a project-based competition focused on designing and developing a mobile app and a business plan for taking the app to market. The Academy will receive 12 laptops and 12 tablets from Lenovo to support the students in the development of their mobile apps. Students will be granted access to Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) Media Lab’s App Inventor development tool, a web-based tool for creating Android apps, to build and test their apps on Lenovo devices. Students and teachers will receive training and support from MIT and Lenovo employees throughout this year-long event. The complete list of academies that have been invited by NAF to join the Lenovo Scholar Network beginning in the 2016-2017 academic year can be found at: http://lenovoscholars.com/participants/ To find out more about the Lenovo Scholar Network check out the #LenovoScholars hashtag on social media.

    Lisa Hunt, HHS Internship Coordinator reports that We had a great turn out for our spring internship final presentations. HHS was fortunate to have several worksite mentors and family members in attendance to celebrate the culmination of the students’ internship experiences. This spring , HHS, in conjunction with the Access21 After School Program had 15 students out at area businesses and organizations exploring career options to help them make more educated decisions about their futures. We would like to thank Andrea Laws (HHS English Teacher), 92.5 the River, Cakes by Erin, ​Complete Family Dentistry, Costello Insurance Agency, Discovery Club After School Program, Emmaus, HC Media, Holy Family Hospital at Merrimack Valley, Lawrence General Hospital, Sven Amirian (MassAmerican Energy and School Committee Member), Megahertz Computer, Muzzy Lane Software, ProEx Physical Therapy, and the YMCA Children’s Learning Center for supporting these young men and women. We are now accepting applications for the Fall 2016 semester of the internship program. Several interesting opportunities are still available in many different industries. Interested students can visit the website http://hhs.haverhill-ps.org/internship-program/ or stop by Library Room 6 for more information.

    The Access 21 Glee Club is having their final performance, the Glee Showcase, on Friday, May 27th.
    Title: Making History
    Date: Friday, May 27, 2016
    Time: 7:00 p.m.
    Place: HHS Auditorium

    HHS would like to thank the members of the Haverhill Universalist Unitarian Church Congregation for their generous donation to Cinderella’s Closet. The donation was used exclusively for prom tickets and a few junior Social tickets. This allowed several HHS students to attend these events without worrying about the cost.

    Finally, this week has been difficult for some of our students. The incident at Swasey Field coupled with the unfortunate incident of last Wednesday, referenced in the news on Thursday, has caused some anxious moments for some of our students and staff in our HHS community. Please know that HHS staff have been available to any student who needs someone to talk to or just to take some time and space and will continue to be available. Also, know that the safety and welfare of all of our students is paramount and we will remain vigilant. The staff here at HHS are committed to ensuring the well-being of all of our students.

  • Week of May 23rd

    Monday, May 23rd

    Senior Grades Close

    Tuesday, May 24th


    Wednesday, May 25th

    Thursday, May 26th

    Last Day for Seniors

    Friday, May 28th

    Poetry 7:30 Auditorium

    Chapel Practice

  • Principal’s Weekly Update- Week Ending May 13th

    The end of the 2015-2016 school year is fast approaching. So much is going on now. For seniors, the dates listed below are important:
    May 2nd- Senior progress reports were issued.
    May 19th- Night of Stars- Some of the many scholarships will be awarded to seniors. Invitations have been mailed out. Some went out today, others will go out tomorrow. There are other opportunities for scholarships to be awarded including Senior Banquet, Senior Chapel and Graduation. These are not the School Committee scholarships. Those applications are online and HHS also has packets available in the main office. Those are awarded sometime in June or early July.
    May 24th- Senior Prom @ the Danversport Yacht Club
    May 27th- R. Elaine Croston Poetry Reading Contest, followed by senior sign out
    May 31st- Senior Chapel
    June 1st- Senior Banquet @ DiBurro’s Banquet hall 6:00 pm-8:00 pm
    June 3rd- Graduation @ Trinity Stadium @ 6:00 pm

    Fourth term progress reports for grades 9-11 will be issued on Monday, May 16th period J.

    MCAS Math-Tuesday, May 17th and Wednesday, May 18th, grade 10 students will take the MCAS Math Assessment. Students must be in school on time as we begin testing promptly at 7:30 AM. The final Saturday in the 6 Saturday’s to Success math tutoring program is this Saturday, May 14th from 9:00 AM-11:30 AM.

    The Junior Social is tomorrow night, Friday, May 13th at DiBurro’s Banquet Hall from 6:00 pm-11:00 pm.

    The Write-Away Awards ceremony will be held, Wednesday, May 25th starting at 7:00 pm in the HHS Auditorium. Refreshments are at 6:30 pm.

    AP testing wraps up tomorrow, May 13th. All testing was held here at HHS unlike other years when we some of the tests were held on the NECC Haverhill Campus.

    Parent Christine Jackson, a counselor at Brooks School has shared the following info with HHS.
    “Join us on Tuesday, May 17th from 6:45-8:00 pm in Kemper Auditorium at Phillips Andover for our annual College Athletics Panel Discussion. Seasoned professionals from both the college coaching and admissions ranks will be on hand to discuss the process of college athletics recruiting at Division 1, Division 2 and Division 3 levels. We will also be joined by two current
    college athletes who will offer insights on their respective recruiting processes and experiences as scholar-athletes. There will be significant time set aside for Q&A.
    Panelists to include (as of 5/9/2016):
    Drew Carter, College of the Holy Cross, Senior Associate Director of Admissions
    Steve Silverthorn, Bentley University Men¹s Ice Hockey, Assistant Coach
    Monique LeBlanc, Merrimack College Women¹s Basketball, Head Coach
    Caroline Garrity (PA ¹15), Harvard University Women¹s Lacrosse
    Tom Palleschi (PA ¹12), Tufts University Men¹s Basketball
    Please feel free to contact Mrs. jackson @ 978-725-6277 or cjackson@brooksschool.org if you have any further questions.

    I would like to share some wonderful news about a former Hillie graduate, Meghan M. Cokely who is graduating from Simmons College, the College of Arts & Sciences with a BS Neuroscience & Behavior, Class of 2016. Meghan was honored last week at Simmons College Athletic Awards Banquet. She was recognized for excellence both academically and athletically. Meghan graduated from HHS in 2012, where she also received recognition for excellence both in and out of the classroom. Meg is another shining example of the great opportunities HHS provides our children!

    Have a safe and restful week-end!

  • Principal’s Weekly Update- Week Ending May 6, 2016

    The first week of AP testing has ended. Unlike last year, when some of the testing was done at NECC, all testing was done here at HHS. We have one more week of AP testing and a few make ups after that.

    The 5th Saturday of the 6 Saturday’s to Success Math MCAS Tutoring program is being held tomorrow, Saturday, May 7th. Transportation is provided if needed and the routes are on the website. The final math tutoring session is next Saturday, May 14th. The Math MCAS Assessments will be held Tuesday, May 17th and Wednesday, May 18th.

    On Saturday, April 30th, Haverhill High School and Access 21’s Haverhill Robotics attended its eighth annual Botball competition at UMass Lowell. Botball is an international standards based competition where “Students use science, engineering, technology, math, and writing skills to design, build, program, and document robots in a hands-on project.” Eighteen high school and middle school teams from the New England region competed in the event. Haverhill Robotics placed fourth in the double elimination rounds (our personal best) and was awarded the Spirit of Botball award for the second year in a row for helping competing teams, enthusiasm and team spirit. Captain and senior, Felicia Bonvie, will be leaving us this year for UMass Lowell where she will be pursuing a degree in Plastics Engineering. Thank you to everyone who has made the team possible. We appreciate your continued support. Thanks to coaches Cliff Ashbrook and Jason Hrubes for their hard work and dedication to this team. Congratulations to these students. They have made the school and community proud!

    The League of Woman Voters will be here next Wednesday, May 11th to register students to vote. They will be in the mall during lunches. You must be 18 by September to register to vote for the November presidential election. MAKE A DIFFERENCE – REGISTER TO VOTE!!

    HHS is working with NECC to offer two college courses here at HHS. The courses will be in Science and Math: Anatomy and Physiology and College Algebra and Trigonometry. These college courses would be available for juniors and seniors who qualify. Interested students must take the accuplacer assessment and meet the required benchmark. These courses are tuition based and students will earn 4 college credits if they maintain a C or higher. These courses are in the Mass Transfer Block and are transferable to any Massachusetts State University as well as many of the private colleges and universities. However, we do encourage students who are thinking of attending a private college to work with their guidance counselor to be sure. We are working through the details with NECC and as soon as this is definite HHS will send out more detailed information.

    NECC is offering a free math boot camps this summer at the Haverhill Campus. The boot camps will focus on different math content:

    Algebra Boot Camp will run from 06/13/16 to 06/17/16 @ 9:00 – 12:00~Rachel King
    This one will be difficult to attend as finals start 6/14-6/17.
    CONTENT for Algebra
    Day 1: Number systems, Numeracy skills, Factoring, Solving linear and quadratic equations, Applications
    Day 2: Graphing functions, Inequality equations, Domain, Range, Interval and set notation
    Day 3: Rational functions, Radical functions, Composition of functions, Applications
    Day 4: One-to-one and inverse functions, Simplifying terms with exponents, Exponent and logarithmic properties
    Day 5: Solving exponent and logarithmic equations, Applications, Review of the week

    Trigonometry Boot Camp will run from 06/20/16 to 06/24/16 @ 2:00 – 5:00 ~ Habib Maagoul
    CONTENT for Trigonometry
    Day 1: Trigonometric functions and Applications of Right Triangles
    Day 2: Identities: Pythagorean, Sum and Difference, double Angles, Half Angles
    Day 3: Proving Trigonometric Identities, Inverse of Trigonometric Functions and Solving Trigonometric Equations
    Day 4: Law of the Sine & Law of the Cosine
    Day 5: Complex Numbers: Trigonometric Notation, Multiplication, Division, Power and Root of complex with Trigonometric form

    Calculus I Boot Camp will run from 08/29/16 to 09/01/16 @ 9:15 – 12:15~Lori Heymans
    CONTENT for Calculus I
    Day 1: Polynomial functions
    Day 2: Graphing Logarithmic and Exponential functions
    Day 3: Trigonometric functions
    Day 4: Limits, Differentiation & Integration
    Day 5: Limits, Differentiation & Integration

    Calculus II Boot Camp will run from 06/13/16 to 06/17/16 @ 5:30 – 8:30 ~Liliana Brand
    CONTENT for Calculus II
    Day 1: Review of the limits
    Day 2: Review of differentiation and integration
    Day 3: Integration with u-substitution
    Day 4: Trig Integration including inverse trig functions
    Day 5: Trig Substitution and Partial Fractions

    Again, it is free and open to high school students! I encourage students to take advantage of this opportunity.

    HHS student elections will also be held next week.

    The HHS Crew Team will race on Saturday May 7th. The race is based out of UMASS Lowell’s Bellegarde Boathouse (500 Pawtucket Blvd.). The girls are racing at 12:00 and the boys at 12:40. The regatta is an all-day event and we will have a bit of a cookout during/after the races. Good Luck to all on this first race! Coach Hayden has informed me that there is spectator parking in the field across the street.

    Senior progress reports were issued today, May 6th.

    Freshmen are currently making course requests in schoolbrains. Parents can view these requests and teacher recommendations right on the portal. If you do not have access email technology: portalsupport@haverhill-ps.org They will email you back directions on how to access the portal.

    The final exam schedule is posted on the HHS website. Finals start June 14th and end June 17th. Report cards will be mailed home the next week with tentative schedules for next year.

    Graduation is Friday, June 3rd at 6:00 pm at Trinity Stadium.

    I want to wish all a Happy Mother’s Day!

  • Haverhill High School Final Bell Schedule

    HHS Finals Week Schedule

    Finals Week – June 14-17, 2016 – Grades 9-11

  • The Haverhill Gazette – Hillie shows public school education can take a student far…

  • Haverhill High School 2016 Classical Academy Breakfast

    Classical Academy 2016

  • Student Internship with MassAmerican Energy

    Throughout this Spring semester, Senior Shyla Davis has been following her passion and learning about solar energy.  Shyla has been meeting with Sven Amirian, Vice President of Business Development at MassAmerican Energy and School Committee Member, to learn about the solar energy industry.  Shyla has been learning about many different aspects of the industry.  Mr. Amirian is also working with Shyla to design actual systems and proposals using Sketch Up and financial modeling programs for both commercial and residential installations.

    Recently, Mr. Amirian hosted a tour of one of the solar installation sites in the Ward Hill Industrial Park.  Shyla and another student, Junior Joseph Clohisy, had the opportunity to meet with representatives from Invaleon Solar – one of the companies that installs the solar technology on the rooftops.  The students spent time with Tom Wu, Chief Executive Officer, and Chris Melville, Operations Manager.  They learned about how quickly the industry can change based on regulations and laws as well as the differences between the various types of solar panels.

    HHS would like to extend a huge thank you to Sven Amirian, Tom Wu and Chris Melville for sharing their knowledge and providing this amazing opportunity to our students!

    If you are a local business or organization and would like to see how you, the students, and the greater Haverhill community can benefit from experiences such as this, please reach out to Lisa Hunt, HHS Internship Coordinator, at 978.494.4221.

    Shyla Davis and Sven Amirian










  • 2016 Haverhill High School Academic Awards

    Please take a moment to watch the 2016 Academic Awards Night held on Wednesday, April 27, 2016. Congratulations to all the winners!

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