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.

  • Principal’s Weekly Update- January 19, 2018

    Mary Poppins – Spring Musical – April 5-7, 2018

    We are pleased to announce that the cast for Mary Poppins has begun rehearsing! Congratulations to Olivia Azzarito & Caitlin McCutcheon, playing Mary Poppins, JJ Castillo & Aaron Povenmire, playing Bert. The roles of Mrs. Banks will be performed by Erin Casey & Elizabeth George, and the role of Mr. Banks will be played by Ollie Longo and Kam Brooksmore. Jane Banks will be played by Natalie Plourde and Emily Hendrick, and Michael Banks will be played by Jared Filaseta and Elijah Martinez. We are so excited for this show and thanks to everyone who came to audition!

    H.H.S. Classical Academy’s Trivia Night

    H.H.S. Classical Academy’s Trivia Night will be held on Friday, January 26th, 2017 at 7:00 PM at the Amvets Hall 576 Primrose St, in Haverhill.

    Additional Information:

    Teams $22 per person prepaid

    or $25 at the door

    Student Teams $10 per person

    All proceeds benefit the H.H.S. Classical Academy’s Scholarship Fund! There will be prize for winning team, best table theme and best costume!!!

    Contact the following teachers for information or to register your team:

    Freshman: Mrs. Baker

    Sophomores: Ms. Sabella

    Juniors: Mr. Hayden

    Seniors: Mr. Eldridge

    An Important Message from Mrs. Begley, Health Teacher

    http://www.actionforhealthykids.org/events/event/591

    YouForward

    I am proud to announce that starting next week, two staff members from “YouForward” will hold office hours at HHS in our Family Resource Center near the Library every Thursday from 11:00 a.m. – 1:00 p.m. Ashley and Cisco will be available during the lunch hours for students who want to drop in and speak to them. YouForward supports young adults in the Haverhill area who feel they may have or who are experiencing mental health challenges. They will work with homeless and unaccompanied students (or those at risk) as well as student with mental health concerns to help find resources, develop independent living skills and provide general support.

    Internship Program

    Attention Juniors and Seniors!  Spring Internship classes will start after school on January 25th.  This is a great opportunity to see what it’s really like to be a part of the career you’re interested in.  We have lots of great sites and can also customize to fit your interests.  Stop by the Internship room, Library Room 6, for more information and to pick up an application.

    Donors Choose

    Congratulations to Mr. Krebs who recently began a classroom project through DonorsChoose.org called “Chromebooks for Fully Integrated Classroom”.  We were awarded five (5) Acer Chromebooks valued at $179.99 each. From their notification it stated “DonorsChoose.org is a free nonprofit website where teachers at your school can receive funding for student resources.” Congratulations and thank you Mr. Krebs!

    Distinguished Service Award

    This week I received notification that Tom O’Brien our Director of Athletics, Physical Education and Wellness, will be awarded the NIAA (National Interscholastic Athletic Administrators Association) Distinguished Service Award.This will be presented to Tom at the Massachusetts Secondary Schools Athletic Directors Association  (MSSADA) Annual Awards Banquet at the end of March. Tom truly is most deserving of this honor and we are so very grateful for all he does for the students of Hillie Nation.

     Hillie Talent Show

    The Haverhill High School Talent Show is just around the corner! Please join our talented group of students on Thursday, January 25th at 6:30 p.m. in the auditorium. Tickets are $5.00 at the door.

    Report Cards

    Semester I/Term 2 report cards will be sent electronically via the Parent Portal after 3:00 on Monday, January 29th.Students without internet access will be given a paper copy of their report card. If you need a paper copy of the Term 2 report card please asked your child to visit the HHS Main Office and add their name to the Term 2 report card issued log.

    Parent/Teacher Conferences

    Parent – Teacher Conferences are scheduled on Thursday, February 1st from 6:00 to 7:30 in the evening. Appointment logs for teachers and students will be distributed on Monday. We encourage all parents and guardians to attend this conference. All too often parent engagement decreases from middle school. It is our hope that you will request the meetings to continue the dialogue with the teachers for your child’s academic success at Haverhill High.

    Semester I Finals Continue

    HHS Semester I Final Exam Period

    Reminder: Semester 1 final exam period continue through January 23rd. The schedule is as follows:

              Breakfast 7:00 a.m. – 7:30 a.m.

    1/22 – Periods EF & FG -7:30-9:30 a.m.

    Periods GH& HI- 9:45-11:45- Bus pick up 11:50 a.m.

    1/23 – Period J- 7:30-9:30 a.m.

    Bus Pickup 9:45 a.m. – City van pickup 10:30 a.m.

    Second Semester – Term 3 will start on January 24th. 8th Grade Foreign Language students will return as scheduled.

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

    Last Day of School

    We have had five school days canceled so far this year. Our last day of school is now scheduled on Monday, June 18, 2018.

    School Counseling

    Second semester begins on Wednesday January 24th.  All second semester courses can be viewed in the Student Portal on School Brains.  Students should log in and check their Student Portal account to see which classes they have in the new term as well as which classroom they are located in.  You can find this information by choosing “Schedule” the Student Portal menu bar.  Select Term 3 and click on “Display Schedule”.  The start time and classroom location will pop up when you hover over the name of your class.  Any student who does need a printed schedule can obtain one in the Main Office.  If you are missing a class on your schedule, you should contact your guidance counselor BEFORE the semester begins! 

    Scholarship Info
    The HHS Scholarship Portal re-opened on Friday January 12, 2018!  If you logged on to the portal prior to January 6th, you are encouraged to log back in if you haven’t already as there have been updates to the demographic information required as part of the portal as well as additions to the list of scholarships.  Directions on how to access the portal can be found on the School Counseling Department page on the HHS website http://hhs.haverhill-ps.org/scholarship-database-directions/.  The portal will remain open until March 30th but don’t wait until the last-minute to apply!
    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.
     
    The Haverhill Education Association Scholarship

    • Information and applications are now available in the Counseling Office and in Naviance.  Students who have attended Haverhill Public Schools since 5th grade and who have been accepted to a 2 or 4 yr college are encouraged to apply.  The deadline to submit this application to the HEA is April 13th!
    Summer Opportunities
    • The University of Connecticut is accepting applications for the Explore Engineering Summer Program 2018.  This 5-day residential program offers the opportunity to explore various fields of engineering at the UConn, such as Biomedical Engineering, Chemical & Biomolecular Engineering, Civil Engineering, Electrical Engineering, and more.  Current grade 10 and 11 students who want to challenge their math and science skills are encouraged to apply.  The cost for this program is $700 which includes on-campus housing and meals, instruction from UConn faculty, and access to state-of-the-art research facilities.  The application deadline is May 1st.  To learn more and apply, please visit their website at http://edoc.engr.uconn.edu/explore-engineering/
    • The United States Naval Academy offers two summer programs for high school students each year.  Additional information and applications for these programs should be completed online at https://www.usna.edu/Admissions/Programs/index.php.
      • Summer Seminar– This is a competitive and fast-paced course for students who have completed their junior year of high school.  Summer Seminar is ideal for students who are interested in pursuing an appointment to one of the service academies.  Students will learn about life and academics at the Naval Academy.  Online applications are now open for students interested in pursuing the Summer Seminar.
      • Summer STEM Program- Interested in Engineering?  Are you curious about what it takes to become an Engineer?  Are you passionate about Math and Science?  Are you going to be a sophomore or junior next year?  If you answered “yes” to any of these questions, the Summer STEM Program might be for you!  This is a first come, first served opportunity so do not wait to apply!
    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
    Have a good week- end!
    Beth Kitsos @ bkitsos@haverhill-ps.org
    Principal
  • Haverhill High School – Semester I Final Exam Period – Revised 1.17.18

    HHS Semester I Final Exam Period
    Reminder: Semester 1 final exam period will begin January 18th through January 23rd. The schedule is as follows:
                  Breakfast 7:00 a.m. – 7:30 a.m.
    1/18 – Period A-7:30-9:30 a.m. (including 8th grade Foreign Language)
    Period B- 9:45-11:45 a.m.    Bus pick up 11:50 a.m.

    1/19 – Period C- 7:30-9:30 a.m.
    Period D-9:45-11:45 a.m.     Bus pick up 11:50 a.m.

    1/22 – Periods EF & FG -7:30-9:30 a.m.
    Periods GH& HI- 9:45-11:45 a.m.   Bus pick up 11:50 a.m.

    1/23 – Period J- 7:30-9:30 a.m.
    Bus Pickup 9:45 a.m. – City van pickup 10:30 a.m.

    Second Semester – Term 3 will start on January 24th. 8th Grade Foreign Language students will return as scheduled.

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

  • Principal’s Weekly Update- January 13, 2018

    Semester I Finals

    Finals for first semester will be held on January 17th, 18th, 19th and 22nd. These will be two – two-hour sessions on Wednesday, Thursday and Friday and one – two hour session on Monday. If students finish their final prior to the two hour session ending, they are expected to sit quietly in the classroom allowing enough time for others to complete their test. We encourage them to bring a book or study material for another class. We respectfully ask that you do not dismiss your child during class time. We want to be respectful of all students and allow them uninterrupted time to complete the test.

    Additional Information:

    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 a.m.     Period B- 9:45-11:45- Bus pick up 11:50 a.m.

    1/18 – Period C- 7:30-9:30 a.m.    Period D-9:45-11:45- Bus pick up 11:50 a.m.

    1/19 – Periods EF & FG -7:30-9:30 a.m.

    Periods GH& HI- 9:45-11:45- Bus pick up 11:50 a.m.

    1/22 – Period J- 7:30-9:30 a.m.

    Bus Pickup @ 9:45 a.m. – City van pickup @ 10:30 a.m.

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

    Term 2 – First Semester Report Cards – Parent-Teacher Conferences

    Term 2 grades close on January 22nd. Our new report card will be electronically distributed via the parent portal on Monday, January 29th after 3:00 p.m. Students without internet access will be given a paper copy. If you need a paper copy please have your child visit the HHS Main Office and add their name to the report card issued log. Parent-Teacher Conferences will be held on Thursday, February 1st from 6:00 p.m. – 7:30 p.m.

    From Susan Finn, Dean of Business – DECA and the Financial Literacy Grant

    DECA

    On Thursday, January 11th, Mike Maguire and Susan Finn took 12 Haverhill High School students from the Business Marketing Class and the National Business Honor Society to the Regional DECA Competition held at Merrimack College. The competition included schools from Hamilton-Wenham, Danvers, Peabody, North Andover, Whittier Voc-Tech, Georgetown, and other regional schools.

    This was our first DECA competition. We are incorporating DECA into our Marketing curriculum and will continue to grow this next year. DECA (also known as Collegiate DECA on the college level, and previously known as Delta Epsilon Chi and Distributive Education Clubs of America) is an international association of high school and college students and teachers of marketing, management and entrepreneurship in business, finance, hospitality, and marketing sales and service. The organization prepares leaders and entrepreneurs for careers and education in marketing, finance, hospitality, management, and other business areas. It gives students an advantage on their college, scholarship, and job applications.

    Financial Literacy Grant

    In May of 2013, Haverhill High School received its first Financial Literacy Grant from the State of Massachusetts Treasury.  In 2013, 2014, and 2015 Haverhill received over $60,000.00 to bring Financial Literacy to Haverhill High School. During that time, we established the Money Matters class, we received professional development, acquired text books and technology, and established the Credit for Life Fair.

    Since the end of the grant, we have been able to extend it to receive an additional $2000-$2500 a year to contribute towards our Credit for Life Fair. I am happy to say, we have just been approved for $2,000 for the 2018 Credit for Life Fair.

    Financial Literacy is such an important part of the curriculum and student preparation for life outside of high school.  Lori, Mike and I have continued to implement Financial Literacy into much of the curriculum.  The State Treasury Department continues to support Haverhill’s Financial Literacy program. They have given us close to $70,000 since 2013.

    Access 21 Glee Club

    The Access 21 Glee Club will have a “Starry Night Coffee House” on January 18th at 7:00 p.m. in the High School Library. Tickets are $5.00 at the door and they will be serving refreshments and hold a 50/50 raffle. Please park in the back of the building in parking lot E and F and enter through the library doors. Hope you can come by and support our talented Hillie students.

    Scholarship Info
    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.

    The Haverhill Education Association Scholarship

    • Information and applications are now available in the Counseling Office and in Naviance.  Students who have attended Haverhill Public Schools since 5th grade and who have been accepted to a 2 or 4 yr college are encouraged to apply.  The deadline to submit this application to the HEA is April 13th!
    Summer Opportunities
    • The United States Naval Academy offers two summer programs for high school students each year.  Additional information and applications for these programs should be completed online at https://www.usna.edu/Admissions/Programs/index.php.
      • Summer Seminar– This is a competitive and fast-paced course for students who have completed their junior year of high school.  Summer Seminar is ideal for students who are interested in pursuing an appointment to one of the service academies.  Students will learn about life and academics at the Naval Academy.  Online applications are now open for students interested in pursuing the Summer Seminar.
      • Summer STEM Program- Interested in Engineering?  Are you curious about what it takes to become an Engineer?  Are you passionate about Math and Science?  Are you going to be a sophomore or junior next year?  If you answered “yes” to any of these questions, the Summer STEM Program might be for you!  This is a first come, first served opportunity so do not wait to apply!
    Sophomores and juniors!  Boston University is hosting a Winter Visit Day on Friday February 23rd from 9am to 3pm.  This event will include an in-depth information session, covering everything from student life to study abroad opportunities to the admission process.  Attendees will have an opportunity to tour the campus and residential community and learn about specific academic programs.  Lunch will be provided in the dining halls.  For more information about this event and to RSVP, please visit their website at http://www.bu.edu/admissions/visit-us/winter-visit-day/.
    If you have questions about guidance please contact Jami Dion, Supervisor of Guidance K-12 @ 978-374-5700 ext. 1133 or via email @ jdion@haverhill-ps.org

    January Events:

    15 Martin Luther King Jr. Day – No School ALL

    17-22  Semester 1 Finals

    18  Glee Club Coffee House – 7:00 Library – $5.00 at the door

    23  Term 3 Begins

    25  Talent Show 7:00 p.m. – Auditorium

    26  Early Release Students 10:30 a.m. – Staff Professional Development

    29  Term 2 Report Cards Issued – Parent Portal after 3:00 p.m.

    29  Class of 2018 – Cap and Gown Fitting

    Enjoy the long week-end!

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

  • Principal’s Weekly Update- January 5, 2018

    2018 has arrived like a lion…we can only hope it will end like a lamb! 

    Saturday School: Canceled tomorrow, January 6, 2018

    I wanted to take a moment to briefly remind students that six (6) or more undocumented absences in a quarter for a course will result in an “administrative failure”. 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. This policy has been shared in the student handbook, posted in the school and on numerous communications to parents and students. Report Cards will be issued on January 29th. If a student is at risk of administrative failure because of their attendance I encourage them to see Mr. Joyce or Mrs. Irons in the Family Resource Center near the library when we return on Monday. The Saturday School scheduled tomorrow Saturday, January 6th has been canceled. Our next sessions will be held on January 20th and 27th from 8:30 a.m. – 11:30 a.m.

    Reminder: Semester I Final Exam Period -January 17-22, 2018

    This year, 2017-2018 HHS courses have been broken into semesters. Semester I closes on January 22. Final exams for semester I begin January 17 and conclude January 22. This means that students will have 2 finals per day starting January 17th-January 19th. Each final exam is 2 hours. From January 17 -January 19.  Students will be released at 11:45 a.m. The final exam period concludes January 22, with one final that morning from 7:30-9:30 am. On January 22nd Coppola Buses will pickup at 9:45 am while city vans will pick up their students at 10:30 am. See a more detailed schedule below.

    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 City van pickup @ 10:30 am

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

    Golden Book Award

    We want to take a moment to recognize a Hillie Nation Faculty Member! Monthly a Golden Book Trophy Awardfrom one staff member to another is awarded for positively influencing our working environment and boosting morale in a meaningful way. Last Monday at the monthly Faculty Meeting it was awarded to Mrs. Koorapaty! Congratulations!

    Spring Musical

    Mary Poppins auditions were held last Wednesday and the second day of auditions have been rescheduled to Tuesday, January 9th the HHS auditorium. Good luck to everyone trying out!

    Early College Accuplacer Test Sign Up Now in Guidance!

    Students interested in the Early College Program next year will need to take and meet the qualifying score for college reading and writing on the Accuplacer. Early College is a dual enrollment program were students have the opportunity to take college classes and earn college credit while still in high school for a reduced rate at Northern Essex Community College. Students interested in this program will need to sign up in guidance office. Students will take a bus over to NECC where they will take the Accuplacer exam on the college campus.  This exam is not timed and students will finish the exam at different rates. Due to this fact some students will finish quicker than others. If your child does finish the exam before the busses depart back to the high school they are not allowed to leave campus. If your child finishes early parent/guardians can arrange for the child to be picked up from the campus. Only with permission are students allowed to leave before buses pick them up to bring them back to HHS.

    Students are expected to be respectful of the college campus. They will not be provided with lunch so they will need to bring their own lunch or to buy lunch on campus.

    Students can choose to take the test in the morning or afternoon on Friday, February 2, 2018 or Friday, February 9, 2018. The first bus leaves the school at 9 a.m. and students will be picked up from NECC at 11:45 a.m. The second bus leaves the high school at 12:00 p.m. and will return at 1:55 p.m. Please keep in mind the test is untimed and can take 2-4 hours to complete. If these dates do not work for your schedule you are welcome to test on another date and go over the NECC on your own during their walk in hours. Please be sure to contact the Early College Coordinator if you plan to test on a different date so that she can take the necessary steps to register you for a NECC ID.

    Students interested should sign up in the guidance office prior to their preferred test date. Seats are limited, so we will take students on a first come, first serve basis.

    Please contact Samantha Massahos, Early College Coordinator for any questions, concerns or to sign your child up for the Accuplacer exam.

    Reminders:

    1. To contact teachers please see staff email addresses available on the HHS website under the Parent/Student Resource tab.
    2. All teachers post grades and assignments in the Schoolbrains portal. To stay up to date on your students’ progress and attendance please utilize the parent portal. I have attached the directions to access the portal below.

    Accessing Parent Portal

    School Counseling Update
    Important Information for Seniors! 
    On the Spot Admissions Events
    The Counseling Office at HHS has worked hard to establish several On the Spot Admission events for seniors this year.  These events provide students with a chance to meet one on one with an admission representative, review application materials and the financial aid process, as well as receive an admissions decision.
    • Salem State University will be at HHS on Thursday January 11th beginning at 9am for an On The Spot Decision event.  Students who missed the information sessions on Dec. 21 and 22 should see Mrs. Beaudoin.
    Scholarship Info
    The HHS Scholarship Portal opened on Tuesday January 2, 2018!  Directions on how to access the portal can be found on the School Counseling Department page on the HHS website http://hhs.haverhill-ps.org/scholarship-database-directions/.  All senior English teachers will distribute a copy of the HHS Scholarship Database Directions in class next week.  The portal will remain open until March 30th but don’t wait until the last-minute to apply!
    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.
    General Reminders for Seniors
    Many of those seniors who applied Early Action or Early Decision to colleges have heard back with a decision.  Don’t forget to update your counselor and enter the college application decision in your Naviance account!  If you receive any scholarships from a college, please let us know so that we can brag about your accomplishments!  We are eagerly waiting to see which colleges students are being accepted to and we like to share this news!
    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

    January Events:

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

    17-22  Semester 1 Finals

    15 Martin Luther King Jr. Day – No School ALL

    18  Glee Club Coffee House – 7:00 Library

    23  Term 3 Begins

    25  Talent Show 7:00 p.m. – Auditorium

    26  Early Release Students 10:30 am.. – Staff Professional Development

    29  Term 2 Report Cards Issued – Parent Portal 3:00 p.m.

    29  Class of 2018 – Cap and Gown Fitting

    Have a wonderful week- end! Stay Warm!

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

     

  • Principal’s Weekly Update- December 22, 2017

    Semester I Final Exam Period -January 17-22, 2018

    This year, 2017-2018 HHS courses have been broken into semesters. Semester I closes on January 22. Final exams for semester I begin January 17 and conclude January 22. This means that students will have 2 finals per day starting January 17th-January 19th. Each final exam is 2 hours. From January 17 -January 19 students will be released at 11:45 a.m. The final exam period concludes January 22, with one final that morning from 7:30-9:30 am. On January 22nd Coppola Buses will pickup at 9:45 am while city vans will pick up their students at 10:30 am. See a more detailed schedule below.

    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 City van pickup @ 10:30 am

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

    HHS Wrestling

    Congratulations to our Wrestling team who took first place at the Wilmington Sons of Italy Tournament, a 16 team tournament. This is the first win in 32 years! Eight wrestlers earned medals: Dan Wezesa, Steven Wise, Jake Nicolosi, Nick Tejada, Sam Prescott, Devin Smith, Ryan McCartney, and Jaydahrius Levy. Sophomore Jake Nicolosi took first place and earned the award for Most Pins in the least amount of time.

    Haverhill Elks Lodge #165 – Food Baskets

    Vincent Ravgiala, Andres Polanco and Robert Duggan

    We are so honored to be a recipient of three food baskets to be given to three students and their families in need for the Christmas holiday. The Elks were busy Tuesday evening putting together 80+ baskets and they delivered them to schools throughout the city on Wednesday.  We thank them for their continued support of our Hillie families and community.

    ValleyWorks – A Letter from Jessy M. Abramson – Connecting Activities Student Career Specialist

    On behalf of ValleyWorks and the MVWIB, I would like to express our gratitude for your collaboration to help make the Amp It Up! Advance Manufacturing Company Tour a successful experience for the Haverhill High School – NAF Academy of Information Technology freshman students.  A total of 15 students participated from this field trip. An opportunity that allowed them to connect school learning to careers by observing various workplace activities and how different departments and jobs interconnect and depend from one another for the overall success of a company. This tour also inspired interest in engineering and exposed them to the dynamics in the industry of telecommunications and related career pathways.​

    Special thanks to Brian Norris from NAMC for connecting us with Casa Systems, Cliff Ashbrook from HHS for gathering the students and required permission forms (as well as Ms. Hunt and Mr. Singh for coming along), Cristy Gomez for coordinating transportation and meals and last but not least to our host company Casa Systems for the warm welcome, insightful tour and continued support over the last 3 years. We are looking forward to continuing to offer this kind of career awareness activities to our students.

    ​​​​NAF Academy of IT – UMASS Lowell iHub and eNable Visit

    The Haverhill High School NAF Academy of IT juniors participated in a half-day workshop on innovation and entrepreneurship when the UMASS Lowell DifferenceMaker program and co-founders of the new start-up company eNable visited their 3D Printing class last week. The eNable group discussed their participation in the DifferenceMaker Idea Challenge and how their success turned into an entrepreneurial endeavor that creates 3D printed prosthetics for young children. After seeing the 3D printed prosthetics they have created for children with disabilities, one HHS student commented “I was really inspired by the great work eNable is doing and now I am thinking about printing 3D prosthetics for animals.”
    ​Ha Pho, the Entrepreneurial Initiatives Project Manager for the DifferenceMaker program at the University of Massachusetts Lowell also did a demonstration and ran an activity for the NAF Academy of IT students. The students did a problem-solving activity where they had to design a prototype and pitch the idea to the group. This was great exposure and practice for the NAF IT students who will be doing a similar project as their Senior Capstone next year.  ​

    Haverhill High School – Class of 2018

    What a great start to our year! Our students from the Class of 2018 have been accepted to the following colleges:

    Plymouth State University      Bridgewater State University         Clark University      Suffolk University

    Assumption College (student earned a $21,000 Presidential Scholarship)        Fordham University 

    High Point University      Lake Forest University     Lasell College      University of Maine     UMass Lowell

    Massachusetts College of Liberal Arts (one student was accepted in the Honors Program and earned a $4,000 merit scholarship)

    Northeastern University (Early Decision acceptance)       Massachusetts College of Pharmacy and Health Sciences

    UMass Dartmouth          University of Vermont             Mount Ida College             University of New England

    Norwich University        Roger Williams University        Saint Michael’s College     St. Edward’s University

    Southern Maine Community College         Northern Essex Community College       Southern NH University

    Western New England University (via On the Spot Admissions event at HHS- student also earned $21,000 merit scholarship)

    January 2018 Calendar

    01 – New Year’s Day – No School

    02 – Students and Staff Return

    09 – Site Council Meeting (changed from the 2nd)

    15 – Martin Luther King Jr. Day – No School

    17-22 – Semester 1 Finals

    19 – Glee Club Coffee House 7:00 Library

    23 – Term 3 Begins

    25 – Talent Show

    26 – Early Release Students/ Staff Professional Development Day

    29 – Cap and Gown Fitting – Class of 2018

    School Counseling Update

     
    PSAT Score Reports
    PSAT/NMSQT online score reports have been released to students and are available online at studentscores.collegeboard.org.  Any grade 10 or 11 student who took the PSAT/NMSQT in October and who provided an email address on their answer sheet will be able to log in to the College Board website with the access code and view their score reports online, explore potential careers, and obtain personalized SAT practice plans through Khan Academy.  Counselors will be meeting with students in small groups in the first two weeks of January to review the online score reporting.  To watch short videos on how to access your PSAT/NMSQT scores and understanding your score report, visit https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=1I6f51n3-dc
    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.
    • Salem State University will be at HHS on Thursday January 11th beginning at 9am for an On The Spot Decision event.  Students who missed the information sessions on Dec. 21 and 22 should see Mrs. Beaudoin when we return from break.
    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 on Tuesday January 2, 2018 and will remain open until Friday March 30, 2018.  Seniors will receive a letter in their English classes when they return from break outlining directions on accessing the database.  To see a copy of the directions, visit http://hhs.haverhill-ps.org/scholarship-database-directions/.
    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.
    General Reminders for Seniors
    Many of those seniors who applied Early Action or Early Decision to colleges have heard back with a decision.  Don’t forget to update your counselor and enter the college application decision in your Naviance account!  If you receive any scholarships from a college, please let us know so that we can brag about your accomplishments!  We are eagerly waiting to see which colleges students are being accepted to and we like to share this news!
    If you have questions about guidance please contact Ms. Jami Dion, Supervisor of Guidance K-12 @ 978-374-5700 ext. 1133or via email @ jdion@haverhill-ps.org
    Happy Holidays from the HHS staff to your families! 
  • 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

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