Haverhill High School
Home of the Hillies!
The Mission of Haverhill High School is to produce self-directed learners who read, write, and speak effectively in Standard English and who apply analytical and technological skills to interpret information and problem solve.
Week of Oct 12th
Monday, Oct 12th
Columbus Day – No School
Tuesday, Oct 13th
Yearbook Committee meeting, 2:05, S15
Wednesday, Oct 14th
Red, White, and Blue Day
Voter Registration, during lunchesVIP meeting, 2:15 – 3:30, A4
Frisbee Club, after school, 223
Thursday, Oct 15th
Pink, Breast Cancer Awareness Day
HHS Academy Night 5:30 – 7:00 pm
Friday, Oct 16th
Class T-shirt DayFrisbee Club, after school, 223Saturday, Oct 17thHomecoming Dance, 7pm
Principal’s Weekly Update- Week Ending 10/9
HHS kicks off Spirit Week tonight, 10/8 with the annual Bonfire. The event starts at 7:00 pm and ends at 9:00 pm. Students must be picked up promptly at 9:00 pm. The food served will be hotdogs, hamburgers, chips and a beverage. Students will be able to participate in several games including a mechanical bull, an obstacle course and a new game called “Wipe Out”. HHS faculty and school security will be supervising. Students MUST have their ID and NO back packs are allowed. This event is only for HHS students. Admission is $5.00 if bought during the school day and $7.00 at the door. Tomorrow, 10/9 is pajama day as well as a junior-senior pep rally. Students will be released @ 10:30 a.m. as HPS faculty have professional development during the rest of the day. Tomorrow night is the homecoming football game as our Hillies take on Dracut at 7:00 pm.
HHS is almost halfway through the fall seasons and our Hillies sports teams have had tremendous success. This has been one of the best overall starts to the school year in the history of the school’s athletic program. Here are some highlights…
Golf Team – Improved to 9-1 with win over Central Catholic yesterday. Currently one match out of first place in the MVC.
Field Hockey – 5-4 record already guaranteed best season since 2009. Tied for first place in the MVC. Seeking school’s first-ever MVC title.
Girls Swimming- improved to 5-1 with victory over Methuen. Several swimmers have already qualified for Sectional and State meets.
Boys Soccer – tied for first place in the MVC. In the hunt for first MVC title in almost 10 years.
Girls Soccer – three-time MVC Champs have won five of their last six games- Recently beat Andover Golden Warriors in a 2-0 win.
Boys Cross Country – improved to 4-3 with win over North Andover. Highest win total since 2009.
Football – won back to back league games. Currently in first place in MVC and seeking second straight league title.
HHS is proud to announce that one of our teachers, Mr. Connor Hayden is one of the nominees for the YMCA Educator of the Year. Mr. Hayden has been a Latin teacher here at HHS for 3 years and is a graduate of HHS as well. The winner will be announced next Friday, October 16th at 5:30 pm at DiBurros.
I am pleased to share news about our two new electives developed this year- Film Script and Film Craft. The two courses are taught by Mr. Kuckar and Mr. Brandon, that teach students how to create scripts and turn them into video. The students in the classes have entered their first competition of the school year: Safe Streets, Smart Trips, sponsored by the MassDOT. The link below should take you to the YouTube playlist for the student videos.
This playlist is Unlisted meaning a person cannot view it unless they have the above link. Overall the students produced some excellent videos in a very short time period.I encourage you to view the productions.
For Sophomores, Juniors,Seniors:
For The annual U.S. Service Academy and Military Career Forum will be held on Thursday October 15th from 6-7pm at Lowell High School. Representatives of the U.S. Service Academies, local University ROTC Programs, and Military Service Recruiters will be in attendance. This event has been designed to be a forum where potential candidates can ask questions relating to the service academies or enlistment into a military branch.
Seniors should be meeting with their guidance counselors especially if they are looking at any Early Action College acceptance decisions as those deadlines can be as early as 11/1. Please contact guidance if your student has not yet sat down with their counselor.
HHS Site Council: The Council will meet the 1st Tuesday of every month from 3:00 pm-4:00 pm. Our first meeting was 10/6. The emails of the members are on the HHS Website. If you have concerns you would like brought up please email any of the members listed below.
The parent representatives are: Suzette DiTonno, Kathy Kaczor, Larry Trevette, Dennis McCracken, and Michele Maginness
The faculty representatives are: Beth Kitsos, Robert Blakslee, Dan Hickey, Karen Szarek and Kevin McLaughlin
The community representative is: Shannon Pettis
Upcoming Important dates:
10/9- Extended from 10/6-Last day for sophomores and juniors to sign up for PSAT’s (Juniors who take PSAT can qualify for merit Scholarships)
10/12- No School- Columbus Day Holiday
10/14- PSAT’s (7:30-11:00)
10/15- HHS Academy Night/Open House- 5:30-7:00
10/16- Last day for grade 8 students to register for Classical Academy entrance exam
10/17- Homecoming Dance- 7:00 pm (Only HHS Students)
10/19- Picture Retakes
11/6- 1st term grades close @ HHS
11/13- 1st term report cards issued @ HHS
EBiT Academy Students Enter Digital Contests
The Digital Art Photoshop students are competing in contests through a website called worth1000.com . The site holds contests on the beginner and advanced level. It is known as one of the top creative competitions and is world-wide. The site holds photo effects contests, photography contests, illustration contests, writing contests and many other forms. Take a look at the site and see some of the great photos from all over–including our classroom! The site challenges students to ask: “Are you worthy?”
Our first contest was placing a large animal in a background of your choosing. We had several students place including Kelsie Belanger, Kaynnen Lebron, Angel Cruz, and Cameron Lynch. Students also have the advantage of receiving some CC (constructive criticism) from other graphic digital artists. We will also be submitting to Celebrity Day Jobs and Crowd Design 2. Look in a few days so you can vote for your favorite!
Students will also be applying for “jobs” on-line and following the instructions of the “customer” to see what it would be like to work as a professional graphic artist. For more information on these opportunities, please contact firstname.lastname@example.org, Dean of the EBiT Academy. Below you can see some of our winning photos.
Principal’s Weekly Update- Week Ending 10/2/15
This week Haverhill High School has exciting news to share about staff and students.
Haverhill High School Education Support Person (known as an ESP)Nancy Burke is one of 23 winners nationwide of a Bammy Award, a special recognition given to people involved in various facets of education, including administrators, researchers, teachers, support personnel, and journalists.Nancy was one of five nominees in the Bammy’s Special Needs
Staff division. Winners were announced during a ceremony on September 26 in Washington, D.C.Congratulations to Nancy Burke!
Also this week HHS is proud to announce that 6 of our seniors were named as “Commended Students” in the 2016 National Merit Scholarship Program. Students are selected as Commended Students based on their performance in the 2014 Preliminary SAT/National Merit Scholarship Qualifying Test (PSAT/NMSQT). These students placed among the top five percent of more than 1.5 million students who took the PSAT in October 2014.These students are being recognized for their exceptional academic promise. Congratulations to: Grace Azzarito, Nicholas Bresnahan, John Burgess, McKenna Judge, Ciara O’Neill and Benjamin Rogers.
Seniors need to get their yearbook pictures into Ms. Capra, the yearbook advisor. If you have questions, please email: email@example.com
First term progress reports will be sent home today. If you do not receive one please call the school at 978-374-5700 xt 1101 or 1102. Attendance does count. Students who are absent more than 6 times may have administrative failure. Please remember that every 3 tardy’s equal 1 absence. Students need to be in their class by 7:25.
This week HHS welcomes new teacher Megan Cunningham. Megan joins us from Salem High School in Salem, Massachusetts Megan replaced grade 10/11 English teacher Olivia Hull who had to leave unexpectedly.
On Wednesday, October 7th, HHS is hosting the League of Women Voter’s 2015 Candidate’s Night. The free forum will take place in the HHS Library from 6:00 pm-9:00 pm. Both Haverhill City Council candidates and Haverhill School Committee candidates will participate. Please join us and bring your questions!
HHS is looking at the morning drop off procedure as we are finding some issues that are causing tie ups. I will keep all informed if there are any changes in the future.
HHS kicks off Spirit Week next Thursday, October 8th with the annual HHS Bonfire from 7 pm-9 pm. Friday, October 9th a junior- senior pep rally will be held as well. October 9th is also an early release, 10:30 am for all students.
Upcoming Important Dates:
October 3rd- Youth Jam Haverhill GAR Park- 3:00 pm Walk for Peace, 4:00 pm- Stop the Bull Rally, 6:00 pm- Dance Together
October 14th- PSAT for Sophomores and Juniors-
October 15th- Academy Night/Open House
November 14th- Classical Academy Entrance Exam- Details on the HHS website
Course Selection Training Video Is Available Online
If you need more information about how to select and request courses for 2015, 2016, this video will help!
Course Selection Schedule Announced
Course selection for the 2015-16 school year is coming. See the attached schedule for information.
HHS Offers Certification Courses
Certificate courses can help you:
- Enhance your resume
- Become more marketable
- Improve your college application
- Earn potential college credit
For more information download the flyer:
Program of Studies for 2015-16 is Now Available for Download
STEM Academy To Announce NAF IT Pathway Application Dates
Coming soon, look for a welcome letter with information about the IT Pathway and how to be part of the application process. The first classes in the IT Pathway begin in the Fall of 2015.
The Department of Commerce notes STEM fields careers are some of the best-paying and have the greatest potential for job growth in the early 21st century. The report also notes that STEM workers play a key role in the sustained growth and stability of the U.S. economy, and training in STEM fields generally results in higher wages, whether or not they work in a STEM field. Technology has made a profound impact on and has fundamentally changed all industries from music to automotive, from art to construction.
The STEM Academy at Haverhill High School is for students interested in careers in many fields that utilize science, technology, engineering, and mathematics. This even includes students preparing for health occupations and the medical sciences, using specialized instruction. By integrating technology with curriculum across multiple disciplines, this academy will prepare students to be college and career ready and prepare them for the global economy of the 21st century.
www.naf.org for more information