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  • Principal’s Weekly Update- Week Ending 9/23/16

    I am pleased to announce that one of our seniors, Connor Wertz, has been named a Commended Student in the 2017 National Merit Scholarship Program. As a commended student, he is being recognized for the exceptional academic promise demonstrated by his outstanding performance on the qualifying test used for program entry. Over 1.6 million students took the 2015 PSAT/NMSQT last October. Connor was one of 34,000 high performers that were named as commended students. Congratulations to Connor!

    Last night, HHS hosted the Meet the Faculty from 6:00 pm-7:30 pm followed by a brief parent meeting for students taking AP classes this year. The evening was well attended and parents got to follow their child’s schedule. Overall, feedback was positive and one of the suggestions was that more time needs to be given to teachers to discuss their classes.

    Early College Cohort Model/Concurrent Enrollment Model/Duel Enrollment Model
    Towards the end of last school year 2015-2016, HHS had made the decision to move away from the current Early College Cohort model to the early College Concurrent Enrollment model. The model HHS currently has in place consists of a cohort being formed sophomore year through senior year. HHS English staff were interviewed by NECC Deans and based on their credentials, were then hired as adjunct professors that worked collaboratively with the NECC History, Art, Psychology and Sociology professors. Students had to be accepted to the program based on meeting a qualifying score on the Accuplacer Assessment. Admitted students paid a reduced tuition rate each year and were able to graduate from HHS with a diploma and between 24-27 college credits. Initially, the model allowed for common planning time for the HHS staff and the NECC staff formed a learning community and collaborated to plan lessons and other activities. Over the years, the professors contract changed and the professors did not have the protected time in the day to be part of the learning community. HHS’s 48 minute periods here were in conflict with the amount of time the professors contract called for. So this past year HHS and NECC made the decision to move away from the Early College Cohort Model to the Early College Concurrent Enrollment Model. The Concurrent Enrollment model would have HHS teachers certified as adjunct college professors and teach the college course here at a reduced rate for students. This model would still require students interested meeting a qualifying score on the Accuplacer assessment and also be less costly and allow for more student participation. HHS began recruiting students for the 2 courses selected to be our first concurrent enrollment courses: Anatomy and Physiology and Algebra and Trigonometry. To be eligible for enrollment students would have to take the Accuplacer assessment that colleges require to determine if students need remedial courses as well as meeting the benchmark set for enrollment in a particular class as other pre-requisites set by HHS. Sometime in June 2016, HHS was informed that the Community Colleges in Massachusetts had put a hold on the Concurrent Enrollment model due to a grievance filed by the professor’s unions at the college level. As of now, the moratorium on the Concurrent Enrollment model is still in place, so HHS is not offering the college level Anatomy and Physiology or the College Algebra and Trig. HHS is in discussion with NECC to look at some duel enrollment opportunities for our students which would allow our students to take courses on the NECC campus at a reduced rate. I will keep you informed as things change.

    Recently, there have been several inquiries in regards to the Anatomy and Physiology honors courses offered here at HHS. The questions ask why this course is no longer offered at the honors accelerated level. I am not sure of the origin of this question but this course, Anatomy and Physiology is not offered at the honors accelerated level and has not been offered at an honors accelerated level. This was one of the courses HHS was looking to offer at the college level via Concurrent Enrollment as mentioned above, but other than that, there have been no changes to this course. I encourage parents that have questions to contact me at anytime via email or phone call.

    Anyone interested in participating on the HHS Site Council, please send me your name and a paragraph of why you are interested in serving on this council. If there are many interested parents, we would hold elections. The council meets on the first Tuesday of each month from 3:00 pm-4:00 pm. It is a great way to be involved!

    Tonight, our Hillie Football team takes on Westford Academy. The HHS Band will be performing there so I encourage all to come out and support our team.

    School Counseling News

    The counseling office will be administering the PSAT/NMSQT to students in grades 10 and 11 on Wednesday October 19th at 7:25am. Participation is not mandatory, but it is encouraged. The PSAT is a standardized test that measures a student’s reading, writing, and math skills needed for college. Students who take the PSAT receive important feedback on individual strengths and weaknesses as well as a personalized study plan for the SAT. Juniors who take the PSAT are considered for eligibility through the National Merit Scholarship Program. Students can sign up for the PSAT in the counseling office. The cost for this test is $15. Payment can be made via cash, check (made payable to Haverhill High School), or bank check/money order. The deadline to register is October 12th.

    On Wednesday, September 28th at 6pm, the counseling office will host a Senior Parent College Information event. This presentation will be held in the HHS Auditorium and will cover the many facets of the college application process including standardized testing, letters of recommendation, and the admissions timeline.

    Counselors will be visiting Senior English classrooms to discuss standardized testing, the college application process, and post-secondary planning. Students will receive a Class of 2017 Senior Booklet which contains important information and resources. Students looking for additional help navigating and utilizing all features in Naviance, a valuable website used to manage and track all aspects of the post-secondary planning process, will be able to sign up for a 30-minute workshop in the counseling office. Naviance workshops will be run according to the following schedule:
    Thursday September 29th during period EF
    Friday September 30th during periods C, HI, and J
    Interested seniors can sign up at the front desk of the counseling office.

    College admission representatives have begun visiting HHS. All scheduled visits are listed in Naviance under the “Colleges” tab. Students can sign up to meet with a college representative directly through Naviance or by signing up in the counseling office. Students must sign up a minimum of one day in advance and will receive a pass to attend this appointment in their first period class.

    Upcoming Important dates:
    9/30- 1st term progress reports are issued
    10/6- School Picture re-takes
    10/7- Early release for students (10:30 AM) PD for staff
    10/10- Columbus Day- No School
    10/11- Free and Reduced Lunch Applications Due
    10/11- Access 21 programs start
    10/11- Spirit Week Starts
    10/19- PSAT/NMSQT Testing- 7:30 AM
    10/20- HHS Bonfire
    10/22- ACT Test
    10/22- Homecoming Dance

    Have a safe weekend!

  • Haverhill High School – September 21, 2016

    Information on Haverhill High School Grading Practices

    Grading 9.21.16

  • Week of September 19th

    Monday, September 19th

    Tuesday, September 20th

    Key Club, 2:05, A13

    Excel Club, 2:05, F23

    Wednesday, September 21st

    Math Club, 2:05, K20

    Gamers Club, 2:05, M14

    Creative Writing Club, 2:15, 202 

    Thursday, September 22nd

    Art Club, 2:15, room A6

    Book Club, 2:15, room 202

    Interact Club, 2:05, M12

    Meet the Faculty, HHS, 6:00 pm – 7:30 pm

    Friday, September 23rd

    Football vs. Westford Academy @Trinity 7pm

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

    It has been another busy week here at HHS. On Tuesday, September 13th, 26 Grade 10 and 11 students began a three-day peer leadership program at Haverhill High School entitled MVP: Game Change. This program is being sponsored by the New England Patriots and the Massachusetts Attorney General’s Office. The 3-day training will prepare the students to lead their fellow students in peer-to-peer workshops on very sensitive but pertinent subjects such as domestic abuse, sexual violence, healthy and unhealthy relationships and examining gender stereotypes in popular culture. HHS is very excited to be chosen for this program, as we are partnering with the Haverhill branch of the YWCA to educate our students on how to look for signs of dysfunction amongst themselves in regard to their relationships with each other, albeit romantic or casual, and help students who are currently struggling with these issues either at home or in their personal lives i.e. family. After this training, the young men and women who participated in this program will be presenting before the Haverhill School Committee in the coming months with the hope that we begin peer-to-peer workshops in the winter of 2016. I want to recognize Mr. Matt Steinberg, the grade 11-12 Assistant principal who applied for and was awarded this grant last year and followed up this year by applying for the second round which provided the in-depth training for student. Ms. Samantha Massahos, a guidance counselor here at HHS has been instrumental in assisting Mr. Steinberg so that the training went off without a hitch.

    Next Thursday, September 22nd, HHS Meet The Faculty night will be held from 6:00 pm-7:30 pm. Student schedules will be mailed home as well as be available in the main office for parents to have. Parents will follow their student schedules and meet each teacher. Teachers will share their syllabus, classroom expectations, procedures and routines in place and be available to answer questions. Please make sure to stop in the administrative offices to meet your child’s assistant principal. mr. Dan Faircloth, grade 9 AP is on the S-wing office. Mr. Mike Rossetti, grade 10 AP is located in the F-wing office and Mr. Matt Steinberg grade 11-12 AP is located in the 200’s office. Both myself and the Associate Principal Mr. Kevin Mclaughlin will be available as well.

    Hillie Football-As you may have heard, the Haverhill-North Andover game this Friday was chosen as the Fox 25 News Game of the Week. I want to thank everyone who took a moment to place a vote. There were four games up for selection and the Haverhill game received almost twice as many votes as the second place finisher and almost 10 times the number of votes as the fourth place finisher. This will be a good experience for our student-athletes and it will be nice recognition for our school. But more importantly, this shows our football team and all student-athletes how much you support them and are proud of how they represent Haverhill High School.

    School Counseling News

    The counseling office will be administering the PSAT/NMSQT to students in grades 10 and 11 on Wednesday October 19th at 7:25am. Participation is not mandatory, but it is encouraged. The PSAT is a standardized test that measures a student’s reading, writing, and math skills needed for college. Students who take the PSAT receive important feedback on individual strengths and weaknesses as well as a personalized study plan for the SAT. Juniors who take the PSAT are considered for eligibility through the National Merit Scholarship Program. Students can sign up for the PSAT in the counseling office. The cost for this test is $15. Payment can be made via cash, check (made payable to Haverhill High School), or bank check/money order. The deadline to register is October 12th.

    There will be a brief, 20 minute meeting, for parents/guardians of students currently enrolled in Advanced Placement (AP) classes at the conclusion of the Meet the Faculty Night on September 22nd. The meeting will begin at approximately 7:35pm and will be located in the Main Office Conference Room. This meeting will discuss the AP exam deposits and fees, the AP agreement contract, and the exam schedule for May.

    On Wednesday September 28th at 6pm, the counseling office will host a Senior Parent College Information event. This presentation will be held in the HHS Auditorium and will cover the many facets of the college application process including standardized testing, letters of recommendation, and the admissions timeline.

    Community Event
    Sunday, September 18th from 2:00 pm-6:00 pm the Haverhill Youth Activities Expo will be held at the Haverhill Amvets Hall on Primrose st. I encourage all to come and explore fun and educational activities for children and teens. There is no charge. There are several local participating providers including: Haverhill YMCA, Buttonwoods Museum, All That Jazz Dance Studio, Be Imagine Music Lessons, Trinity Church Music Program, Girls Inc., Police Explorers, Shoe Town Art Center, Ocasio True Martial Arts, Little Sprouts After-School Program, Discovery Club and several more.

    Upcoming Important Dates:
    9/19- 8:15 am- 1:15 pm-HHS School Store- Grand Opening
    9/21- Access 21 application deadline
    9/22- 6:00 pm-7:30 pm- Meet the Faculty
    9/22- 7:30 pm-8:00 pm- AP Parent Meeting- Main office conference room
    9/26- 1st term grades close

    Please visit the HHS website for more information along with pictures of activities.
    Have a safe and restful weekend!

  • Haverhill High School National Honor Society

  • Haverhill High School Advanced Placement Scholars

    The AP Scholar Awards recognize high school students who have demonstrated exemplary college-level achievement on AP Exams. Congratulations to all our students recognized for this achievement!

    AP Scholar Roster 2016

  • 9/11 Ceremony Photo Gallery

  • Haverhill High School September 11th Ceremony

    HHS Sept 11th Ceremony #2

    A reading from Darby Connolly – Senior Class President

    Tragedy can teach us many lessons. From pain, we can learn compassion. From division, we can learn solidarity. And when our world is shattered, as it was on September 11, 2001, we can learn to seek understanding. On that violent day which shook us silent, America fractured. On this heartbreaking day, we mourn and remember those we lost and all who were affected. While our landmarks collapsed in a cloud of smoke and debris, beneath a surge of shock and rage, something awakened in us: unity. As a nation we came together, rising stronger than ever before. On this fifteenth anniversary, the character of the United States of America has been shaped, so that we never let fear take us over again.

    HHS Sept 11th Ceremony #3   HHS Sept 11th Ceremony #5

    A message from Mrs. Kitsos, Principal of Haverhill High School.

    September 11, 2001,

    Fifteen years ago this Sunday, September 11th,  nineteen men hijacked four commercial airplanes.  At 8:46 a.m.: American Flight 11 hit the North tower killing all 92 passengers, crew and hundreds in the tower.  At 9:03 a.m.:United Flight 175 crashed into the South tower killing all 65 people on board and hundreds in the tower. At 9:37 a.m.: American Airlines flight 77 hit the Pentagon killing all 64 people on board and many people working at the Pentagon. At 10:07 a.m.: United 93 crashed into a field in Somerset County, Pennsylvania, killing all 44 passengers and crew aboard.  For those of us that were glued to our televisions watching the chaos unfold we will never forget the images, the sounds, the horror of that day.

    Our Senior class, the Class of 2017 were just about two years old when this horrific event happened. The majority of you were not even born. But for many of the faculty and staff we remember it well. It was the day everything changed.

    Even if it is not a memory from that actual September 11th day… you are all fully aware of what transpired through the media, the internet or from your classroom. Nearly 3000 people were killed that day from more than 90 nations. This event changed the world.

    Fred Rogers a children’s television producer and celebrity…star of the PBS Show Mr. Rogers’ Neighborhood once said…When I was a boy and I would see scary things in the news, my mother would say to me, “Look for the helpers. You will always find people who are helping.”

    On September 11, 2001, the first responders, the firefighters and police officers charged into the doomed towers as thousands of people were fleeing.  The undeniable selflessness and courage they demonstrated that day cannot be forgotten. As time goes on and memorial ceremonies become more infrequent please remember the helpers.

    In closing, I hope that the events of September 11, 2001, have shown you that life can go at a moments notice. Live life to its fullest. Take hold of the good that comes your way and be kind to each other.

    HHS Sept 11th Ceremony     HHS Sept 11th Ceremony #4

     

  • Week of September 12th

    Monday, September 12th

     

    Tuesday, September 13th

    Key Club, 2:05, room A-13 

    Wednesday, September 14th

    German Club, 2:05,  room F-13

    Italian Club 2:05, room K-13

    Thursday, September 15th

    Interact Club, 2:05, room M-12

    Wrestling, 2:05, room F-18

    Friday, September 16th

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

    This week has been a busy one. With the holiday on Monday, Tuesday 9/6 was the day students could begin scheduling meetings with guidance to change classes. Prior to this, guidance was working with students who had holes in their schedules or studies. On Wednesday, 9/7 at approximately 10:15, HHS received a bomb threat via a robo call. We immediately put the school in lockdown, which meant all students and staff stayed where they were, bathrooms were cleared and all students were accounted for and called the HPD. The bomb sniffing dogs arrived and went through the school and and it was determined to be a hoax. I have commended our students and faculty during this situation. Our students and faculty remained calm and followed the all the protocols in place ensuring safety for all.

    NHS Induction ceremony was held Thursday, September 8th at 6:30 pm in the HHS auditorium. Sixty seven seniors were inducted in a beautiful candle light ceremony. Congrats to all of the students for their hard work for meeting the high benchmarks set to be inducted.

    Fall sports are in full swing. Tonight, HHS varsity ladies soccer will be playing at 7:00 pm at Trinity stadium. JV plays at around 5:00 pm. I encourage all to attend to support our team. Check the athletic web page for the schedules for all of our sports.

    Today, we had our annual 9/11 memorial ceremony. The HHS ROTC, HHS Band and chorus performed. Several local dignitaries attended. 1850 students were gathered in the front circular drive way. I am happy to share that the students’ carried themselves with poise and dignity. I am proud to say that the students at HHS are wonderful representatives of our city.

    Tryouts were held recently for both the senior class play and the annual production of A Christmas Carol. Over 100 students tried out and it was remarkable how many talented students are here at HHS.

    Access 21 applications are out. Completed applications are due by September 21st. Offerings include:
    Culinary skills: Mondays starting 10/17
    Internship: Tuesdays/Wednesdays starting 9/28
    Glee Club: Tuesdays/Thursdays beginning 10/13
    Life Skills Enrichment: Tuesdays/Thursdays Starting 10/13
    Robotics: Wednesdays/Fridays
    Enrollment is on a first come first serve basis. Spots fill up fast so get the application back as soon as possible.

    School Counseling

    Monday September 12th is the last day of the add/drop period at HHS. Students interested in pursuing an Independent Study or seniors who are looking for a modified day schedule must submit their completed application forms no later than 2:05pm on Monday. Forms are available in the counseling office.

    The counseling office will be administering the PSAT/NMSQT to students in grades 10 and 11 on Wednesday October 19th at 7:25am. Participation is not mandatory, but it is encouraged. The PSAT is a standardized test that measures a student’s reading, writing, and math skills needed for college. Students who take the PSAT receive important feedback on individual strengths and weaknesses as well as a personalized study plan for the SAT. Juniors who take the PSAT are considered for eligibility through the National Merit Scholarship Program. Students can sign up for the PSAT beginning Monday September 12th in the counseling office. The cost for this test is $15. Payment can be made via cash, check (made payable to Haverhill High School), or bank check/money order. The deadline to register is October 12th.

    There will be a brief, 20 minute meeting, for parents/guardians of students currently enrolled in Advanced Placement (AP) classes at the conclusion of the Meet the Faculty Night on September 22nd. The meeting will begin at approximately 7:35pm and will be located in the Main Office Conference Room. This meeting will discuss the AP exam deposits and fees, the AP agreement contract, and the exam schedule for May.

    On Wednesday September 28th at 6pm, the counseling office will host a Senior Parent College Information event. This presentation will be held in the HHS Auditorium and will cover the many facets of the college application process including standardized testing, letters of recommendation, and the admissions timeline.

    In July, the AP Program released exam scores to all students who took an AP exam in May. Haverhill High School had 82 students who earned an AP Scholar Award in 2016. The AP Program offers several AP Scholar Awards to recognize high school students who have demonstrated college-level achievement through AP courses and exams. The AP Scholar Award is granted to students who receive scores of 3 or higher on three or more AP exams. This year HHS had 49 students earn the distinction of AP Scholar. The AP Scholar with Honor Award is granted to students who receive an average score of at least 3.25 on all AP exams taken, and scores of 3 or higher on four or more of these exams. This year HHS had 18 students earn the distinction of AP Scholar with Honor. The AP Scholar with Distinction Award is granted to students who receive an average score of at least 3.5 on all AP exams taken, and scores of 3 or higher on five or more of these exams. This year HHS had 15 students earn the AP Scholar with Distinction Award. The National AP Scholar Award is granted to students who receive an average score of at least 4 on all AP exams taken, and scores of 4 or higher on eight or more of these exams. This year HHS had 2 students in the Class of 2016 earn the distinction of National AP Scholar. HHS will be posting the names online next week.

    Upcoming Important Dates:
    9/22- Meet the Faculty Night- 6:00 pm-7:30 pm
    9/22- AP Parent Meeting- 7:30 pm-8:00 pm- Main office conference room
    9/28- Senior Parent College Night- 6:00 pm- HHS Auditorium
    10/6- Student picture retakes and student ID pictures
    10/7- 10:30 Early release for faculty PD
    10/7- Columbus Day- No School
    10/11- Free and reduced lunch applications and renewal deadline.
    10/17-1/21- Spirit Week

    Have a wonderful and safe weekend!

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