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.
On September 10th we celebrated the success of our NAF Academy of Information Technology Senior class. We came together with peers, business mentors, staff, family and friends to learn about their summer paid internships and celebrate their successes. NAF students are required to complete a minimum 120 hour paid internship as a component to complete their NAFTrack Certification. We are so proud of our first cohort of AOIT students and know they will be successful as they move forward in the career path they decide to follow. Their internships will certainly help them as they make these important decisions over the coming year!
We would like to acknowledge the businesses and organizations who supported our students this summer:
Discovery Club and Access 21
HHS Website Development
Mocera, Visconti & Company CPAs
OwlStamp Visual Solutions
Physical Sciences Inc.
State Representative Andy Vargas
Haverhill High School – Movie Night – Cancelled
8.29.18 1:30 p.m.
Good afternoon Parents and Students,
Tonight’s Movie Night scheduled for 7:00 p.m. at Haverhill High School has been cancelled.
This event will be rescheduled soon. Thank you!
Haverhill High School Student Self-Assessment
This school year, we are focusing on developing the whole child at HHS. We are asking our students to take a brief self-assessment to obtain some data that we may use to better serve Hillie Nation as we implement a new Social Emotional Learning curriculum once a month with all students, or as we are calling it, our GREAT block!
Center Court with Jackie MacMullan
Center Court with Jackie MacMullan will be held on August 29 at DiBurro’s in Haverhill. The famous sports journalist is a television analyst for ESPN, a senior writer for ESPN.com and a correspondent for WHDH Boston. She worked as a writer for Sports Illustrated and for the Boston Globe, where she was the first full-time female sports columnist in the history of the paper.
A portion of the proceeds from the event will benefit Haverhill High School Athletics. Tickets can be purchased through the athletic department. The deadline for ticket purchases is this Friday, August 24. For more information please call (978) 374-5732 or email email@example.com
For more information visit: https://haverhillhs.rschoolteams.com/page/hot_news/view/21
A Message from the Guidance Department
Tentative schedules were made available to view in SchoolBrains this past weekend. We are in the process of balancing classes, which means that while core academic courses are scheduled, the blocks and/or teachers are subject to change. Every student in grade 9-11 should be scheduled for English, math, science, and world history. Students in grade 12 must have a minimum of English and math as well as any other required courses for graduation. Final schedules will be updated in School Brains by August 27th, prior to the start of the school year.
If you have a blank spot in your schedule, please know that we are working to correct as many individual schedules as possible. If the schedule is unable to be resolved, students will be placed temporarily in a Study Hall. We ask that if students are placed in a Study Hall, that they attend this scheduled class until we can officially open the Add/Drop period once all other serious scheduling issues have been addressed. We will notify all students when the Add/Drop period begins.
Students are able to request a schedule adjustment for the following reasons only:
- You have a blank spot in your schedule
- You are scheduled for two classes in the same block
- You are missing a core course (math, science, history, English, or a world language)
- You would like to adjust your course level (move from honors to college prep or vice versa). Please be aware that course levels were recommended based on data (grades, test scores, MCAS scores, etc.). If you are requesting a level higher than what was recommended by your teacher, you must complete a Course Recommendation Override Form that is available in the Main Office.
During the course selection process, counselors reminded students to carefully choose their electives, as there would be limited opportunity to make any changes once schedules were created. We do not accommodate or grant requests for schedule changes based on teacher preference, to be in a specific lunch, or for any reasons other than the ones stated above.
To submit a request for a schedule adjustment, click on the following link: https://goo.gl/forms/YxGX1OkShd0AJTxH3
Thank you for your cooperation and your patience!
The HHS Guidance Department
HHS Summer Update- August 9, 2018
Beth Kitsos – Chief Academic Officer – Secondary Education
Mrs. Beth Kitsos has been promoted to the position of Chief Academic Officer – Secondary Education. She joined the Haverhill Public Schools in September of 1988 and has held positions at the elementary, middle and high school levels. Previously the principal at J.G. Whittier Middle School, Mrs. Kitsos became the associate principal at Haverhill High School in 2010. In January of 2014, she was appointed as the interim principal of Haverhill High School, and earned the permanent position in July of 2014.
Mrs. Kitsos has demonstrated the skills, knowledge, and commitment that are essential for success in a district leadership role. She holds a CAGS in Education Leadership from Fitchburg State, a Master’s Degree in Curriculum and Instruction from the University of Lowell, and a Bachelor of Science Degree in Social Work from Bridgewater State University.
Glenn Burns – Interim Principal – Haverhill High School
Mr. Glenn Burns has been appointed as Interim Principal of Haverhill High School. He began his career in Fall River, MA , where he held the positions of history teacher, vice principal for curriculum and instruction, and redesign coach. As a redesign coach, Mr. Burns developed systems and protocols for management of facilities, curriculum, and personnel in turnaround schools. In 2014, he was appointed principal of the Collins Middle School in Salem, MA.
Mr. Burns strongly believes that all students and teachers can and should be held to high expectations and that it is the job of the school to support students in reaching rigorous goals. With experience in program initiatives such as expanded learning time, maximizing time on learning, staff development, and promoting a safe learning environment, he has established a proven record for building consensus and collaboration in initiatives and exceeding student achievement goals. In addition to his experience and technical skills, his commitment to children and families and tireless work ethic make him an excellent match for the needs of Haverhill High School. He holds a Master’s Degree in Educational Administration from Providence College and completed the Lynch Leadership Academy at Boston College.
On Wednesday, August 22, 2018, staff of the Haverhill Public Schools and members of the community are invited to meet Mr. Burns as noted below:
- 12:00 p.m. – 2:00 p.m. – Staff – Main Entrance Conference Room
- 3:00 p.m. – 5:00 p.m. – Community Members – Main Entrance Conference Room
- 6:00 p.m. – 7:30 p.m. – Freshman Orientation – Gymnasium
Please join me in congratulating and welcoming Mrs. Kitsos and Mr. Burns to their new positions.
Superintendent, Haverhill Public Schools
Welcome Class of 2022
Haverhill High School is where YOU belong!
Welcome to Haverhill High School Grade 9 students and families! For those of you that would like to find your way around HHS before our Freshman Orientation night on August 22nd at 6:00 in the HHS gymnasium, Mr. Steinberg, the Grade 9 Assistant Principal, is available for campus tours. He can answer any questions you have about classes and other activities before the school year begins. He will be available on the following days for building tours. Please call in advance to schedule your tour at 978-228-0918
Wednesday, August 15, 2018 from 10:00 a.m. -2:00 p.m.
Thursday, August 16, 2018 from 10:00 a.m. -2:00 p.m.
Friday, August 17, 2018 from 9:00 a.m. – 1:00 p.m.
Also, after the Freshman Orientation, you are more than welcome to come in and meet with Mr. Steinberg regarding any questions you may have regarding your child’s transition here. Hope to see you soon and welcome to Haverhill High!
Find A Summer Meal Site
Principal’s Weekly Update- June 29, 2018
Term 4 Report Cards in Portal
Term 4 Report cards will be visible in the Parent/Student Portal by Friday, June 29 at 3:00 pm. If you need a hard copy of the report card please contact either Eileen Spero- firstname.lastname@example.org or Sandra McArthur @ email@example.com or call the HHS main office at 978-374-5700 xt: 1101 or 1102. Please give your student’s name, the student’s DOB, and provide your name. I have also provided the directions to access the parent/student portal to below.
Freshman Orientation Class of 2022
HHS is hosting Freshman Orientation on Wednesday, August 22 @ 6:00 pm in the HHS Gymnasium. Tours of the building will also occur that night. Selected staff will be available to share information on “In Plain Sight” and “Vaping and e-Cigarettes”. Incoming freshman will be asked to complete a survey on Social Emotional Learning topics. We look forward to meeting the Class of 2022. More details will follow in the coming weeks. If you have specific questions please contact Freshmen AP Matt Steinberg @ firstname.lastname@example.org
HHS Summer School
HHS Summer Credit Recovery program begins on July 9, 2018 and run through August 9, 2018. Classes will be held from 8:00 AM-11:30 AM. Registration is being held from now though July 9th. Please contact Mr. Hugh Morrison @ email@example.com s you have questions about the courses being offered. Please see brochure attached here. HHS Summer School – 2018 Brochure
HHS Summer Reading Lists
Please see links for grade level lists. It is expected that students will read at least 2 books over the summer break.School Counseling Update2018-2019 SchedulesTentative schedules will be mailed home to students by the middle of August 2018. Included in the mailing will be a memo reviewing the process for requesting schedule changes, if needed. Only requests that meet the stated criteria will be considered for review. Final schedules will be available closer to the end of the summer.Senior Summer Boot CampThe School Counseling Office is once again offering Senior Summer Boot Camp sessions to all students who are entering their senior year at HHS. These sessions will help prepare students for the college application and admissions process. Sessions are limited to 20 students and are scheduled on a first come, first serve basis. Students can sign up through the Google form at https://goo.gl/forms/DRRM4jVOvbncan6i1. Students may also call the guidance office at 978-374-5700 ext. 1134 and sign up with the guidance secretary. When you are added to a session you will be notified by email.At Boot Camp students will create a Common App account, learn the ins and outs of Naviance, review college essay prompts, begin their senior resume and familiarize themselves with scholarship opportunities. Students will also have the opportunity to work with an English teacher and a college admissions representative to help them further prepare their applications.We highly encourage students to take advantage of this opportunity. Boot camps will be offered August 9th, 13th & 16th from 9:oo am-1:00 pm. Students only need to attend ONE of these sessions as they will all cover the same agenda and topics.If you have questions about guidance please contact Jami Dion, Supervisor of Guidance K-12978-374-5700 ext. 1133 or via email @ firstname.lastname@example.orgHHS Main Office Summer ScheduleThe main office will be open Monday- Friday from 7:00 am-3:00 pm. If you need to contact an administrator:Principal- Beth Kitsos- email@example.comGr. 12 AP- Anthony Curet- firstname.lastname@example.orgGr. 11 AP- Ryan Brown- email@example.comGr. 10 AP- Tamara Lobo- firstname.lastname@example.orgGr. 9 AP- Matt Steinberg- email@example.comEnjoy the upcoming warm weather! Have a good week!
Principal’s Weekly Update- June 22, 2018
Haverhill High School 2018-2019 School Calendar (Revised 8.2.18)
Haverhill High School Summer Reading
Summer reading is a great opportunity for students to enjoy literature and strengthen the literacy skills necessary for academic achievement. Students are expected to read a minimum of two books as there will be an assignment given out the first few days when we return in August related to their reading. Books are available at the Haverhill Public Library and at local books stores. For more details about summer reading please see the attached document for your child’s grade level below.
Report Cards Grades 9-11
The student report cards for term 4 and final grades will be issued in the parent portal by Friday, June 29, 2018. If you need a hard copy please contact either Eileen Spero @ firstname.lastname@example.org or Sandra McArthur @ email@example.com
Freshman Orientation Class of 2022
Students, parents and guardians are invited to join us on Wednesday, August 22, 2018, in the Haverhill High School Gymnasium starting at 6:00 p.m. Tours will be given immediately following a presentation by administrators and faculty members.
2018-2019 Student Schedules
Stay tuned for more information about course requests and recommendations. In July I will send a communication out about the 2018-2019 student schedules. Currently, incoming grade 9 students received a list of course requests and recommendations.
Haverhill High School Summer Credit Recovery Program 2018
See attached brochure for summer school. Registration is open. All information is in the attached brochure.
Parent Portal Access
Please make sure you have access to the HHS Parent Portal to stay current and on top of any updates for your student over the summer. Working together we can make sure your child is successful and taking advantage of all the opportunities that HHS has to offer! Your email address must be in the SchoolBrains database. If you do not have access yet please email: firstname.lastname@example.org
You must provide them with your students name and grade. Please note that the email address used must be the one on file in the database.
HAVERHILL’S ERIDANIA NIEVES HONORED AS UNSUNG HEROINE AT STATE HOUSE
Legislative Aide | Office of Representative Andy X. Vargas, Third Essex District
HAVERHILL, MA—State Representative Andy X. Vargas today honored Eridania Nieves of Haverhill by nominating her as an Unsung Heroine of the Massachusetts Commission on the Status of Women’s class of 2018. Vargas recommended Ms. Nieves for this recognition because of her commitment to Haverhill’s most at risk youth. Ms. Nieves was honored with 130 other Unsung Heroines for her outstanding contributions to Haverhill High students and for committing herself to be a foster parent multiple times. The ceremony took place today, Wednesday, June 20, 2018 from 1-4 p.m., in the Great Hall at the State House in Boston.
Nieves has dedicated her life to serving youth. She has made it a professional and personal goal to positively impact the lives of young people who are most marginalized by society. Her ability to navigate inequities in order to get students in Haverhill on the right track has changed the lives of many. At Haverhill High School she works with students facing difficult academic and personal challenges. However, her mission has also made it into her own home. She has been a foster parent multiple times. Her empathy, dedication, and unwavering optimism in young people has inspired so many in the Haverhill community.
“Ms. Nieves continues to have a profound impact on the lives of Haverhill youth. Through Haverhill High’s Violence Intervention Program (VIP), in her classroom and home,” Representative Vargas said in a statement. “Eridania is blessed with the ability to understand and empathize with young people in a way that has changed their lives for the better.”
The Unsung Heroines are women who don’t make the news, but make the difference. They are the women who use their time, talent and enthusiasm to enrich the lives of others and make a difference in their neighborhoods, cities and towns. They are mentors, volunteers and innovators who do what needs to be done without expectations of recognition or gratitude. These women are the glue that keeps a community together and every community is better because of their contribution.
The ceremony included a program emceed by MCSW Chair Margot Parrot, acknowledging each of the 2018 Unsung Heroines, along with remarks from Lieutenant Governor Karyn Polito, Speaker of the House Robert A. DeLeo, Senate President Harriette L. Chandler and Representative Colleen M. Garry, Co-Chair of the Massachusetts Caucus of Women Legislators.
This event was made possible with the generous support of the following sponsors: Baystate Health, Eastern Bank, Girls Scouts of Eastern Massachusetts, Jacqueline’s Gourmet Cookies, Kerry Goodwin Photography, Polar Beverages, and SM Lorusso and Sons, Inc.
The Massachusetts Commission on the Status of Women is an independent state agency that was legislatively created in 1998 to advance women of the Commonwealth to full equality in all areas of life and to promote their rights and opportunities. The MCSW provides a permanent, effective voice for the women of Massachusetts.
All of us here at HHS wish you a safe and happy summer. Enjoy the warm weather. I will send updates out during July and August but if you have any questions please contact us at the emails below:
Beth Kitsos- Principal- email@example.com
Matt Steinberg- AP Grade 9- firstname.lastname@example.org
Tamii Lobo- AP Grade 10- email@example.com
Ryan Brown- AP Grade firstname.lastname@example.org
Anthony Curet- AP Grade email@example.com