Haverhill High School
Principal’s Weekly Update- Week Ending 4/14/17
Senior Shout Outs!
We are daily receiving updates from our seniors! Here is what has been shared this week!
Cassandra Reyes: Quinnipiac University
Veyli Ortiz Solis: UMASS Lowell
Jorge Laboy: Has been accepted to Salem State, Eastern Nazarene and has committed to Fisher.
Josselyn Rodriquez: Has been accepted to UMASS Boston, UMASS Amherst, Wheelock College and Merrimack.
Michael Murphy: South Carolina and has committed to Ole Miss
Mason Ocasio –Worcester Polytechnic Institute
Louis Oller – WPI, RPI, UMASS Amherst, and has committed to UMASS Lowell.
Andy Alexander:- Going into the Military!
Freshman Shout Out
Haverhill High is proud to announce that freshman Tara Thompson has been selected to participate in the 2017 Naval Academy Summer STEM Program! This Summer STEM Program provides students with an opportunity to become familiar with the exceptional Naval Academy education provided to Midshipmen as well as to interact with other students interested in STEM fields. This is a great honor to be selected in such a competitive selection process and is an experience she will cherish for a lifetime. GO NAVY!
2017 Student Athlete Award Finalists
The Eagle Tribune has announced the 2017 Student Athlete Award Finalists and our own Mikayla Sargent has been recognized. Congratulations Mikayla! Way to represent Hillie Nation!
Nancy Burke – MTA ESP of the Year!
I wanted to take a moment to congratulate Nancy Burke, paraprofessional, who was honored last weekend at the Massachusetts Teachers Association annual convention as the MTA ESP of the Year! In addition to having her family around her during this event , she was joined by members of the Haverhill Education Association including their President Lisa Begley. Nancy has been instrumental in bringing the Farm to School program to our campus and is now working on improving our second courtyard creating a science lab through a grant awarded . Congratulations Nancy and thank you for everything you do every day for the students of Hillie Nation!!
The Youth Risk Behavior Survey (YRBS)
The Youth Risk Behavior Survey will be conducted for all students on April 27, 2017 during ALL period D classes. This is a very important survey that we conduct once every other year. Students can take the entire class period to finish if needed. and it is completely anonymous. This year’s survey will be administered differently and will now be done through an online survey. Students will use their own personal devices to complete the survey. The survey is designed by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention in Atlanta, and the YRBS is used around the country to measure behaviors that may compromise the health, safety and well-being of youth. These activities include tobacco, alcohol and other drug use; behaviors leading to injuries, such as drinking and driving, fighting and suicide attempts; dietary behaviors and physical inactivity; and sexual behaviors that may lead to sexually transmitted disease or pregnancy. The data from YRBS can be primarily helpful when assessing and revising the health education curriculum, but also when engaging with other community partners and when seeking funding opportunities (e.g., grants) to address student needs. Parents can opt their child out by contacting Tom O’Brien @ firstname.lastname@example.org or contacting their child’s guidance counselor.
Spirit Week: April 24th-28th
When we return from Spring Break we have a full week of activities!
Spirit Week Attire!
Monday: Red, White, and Blue Day
Tuesday: Beach Day
Wednesday: Decade Day
Thursday: Blue Day (for Autism Awareness; Student Council will be making a donation to an Autism-related organization to support this day)
Friday: Hillie Madness! Wear that brown and gold with Pride!!
During Spirit Week – Student Council is hosting a Drive-In Movie Night in the back parking lot on Thursday, April 27th! The movie we will be viewing is “Grease.” The cost is $20 per car, with $5 for walk-ins. We want to remind our students that it is illegal to be a passenger in a car and not wear a seatbelt so please do NOT pile in a car for this event – trunks included. Movie night is for HHS students only and students must have their student ID. Parking lots open at 7:00 pm; the movie starts at 7:45 pm. Popcorn, ice cream, and other treats will be available!
The Powderpuff Football Game: Friday, April 28th at 7:00 pm at Trinity Stadium. Watch the junior girls against the senior girls in flag football! Admission to this event is free!
On April 29th at the conclusion of Spirit Week there will be a Spring Fling dance hosted by the Senior Class. The charge will be $5 at the door and will be from 7:00 p.m. to 10:00 p.m. in the cafeteria. Please be sure to bring your student ID.
On April 29th from 8:30 a.m. to 1:00 p.m. the senior class is having a yard sale. If you or your family would like to donate to the yard sale there will be a senior class table and they are accepting donation! If you would like your own table the cost is $20 and to sign up for a table please contact Mrs. Beaudoin.
Creative Career Day
The Fine Arts Academy Creative Career Day was held on Wednesday morning and I truly want to thank our guests who participated. Ms. Mullane thank you and your team for all of your hard work putting this together for Hillie Nation!
Aliana de la Guardia
Opera Performer – Director Guerilla Theater Company
Professional Musician Studio Owner
Cakes by Erin
WCVB Channel 5 Audio Technician
Art Advocate/Creative Haverhill
Theater Lighting Designer
Thank you to all the 8th grade students who visited our CTE and Classical Academy programs and shadowed our students over the last few weeks! We so appreciate your time and we hope we will see you next year as a member of Hillie Nation Class of 2021!
This week, 7 HHS students and History Teacher Victoria Pettis are half way around the world visiting The #1 International School of Studies in Chongqing, China. Back in February, 15 of their students visited Haverhill High and stayed with our families and now our students have journeyed there. They have visited the Imperial Palace, the Great Wall of China, sampled local Chinese cuisine and have attended classes alongside their Chinese student host, learning Caligraphy, arts, and Chinese history. They are also staying in the homes of their host families. We are thrilled to provide this type of opportunity for our students through the history department at HHS and it is our hope that this is just the beginning of a long term partnership between our High School and theirs.
School Counseling Update
- Class of 2017, 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 bring us a copy of your merit scholarship letter 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!
- School Committee Scholarships are now available. Copies can be obtained in the Counseling office or on Naviance. Completed applications and all supporting documentation are due no later than May 24th. Incomplete or late applications will not be considered.
- All final balances for AP exams must be paid in full by April 28th. The cost per AP exam is $93. Students who meet eligibility criteria qualify for a reduction in fees. The reduced fee amount as determined by CollegeBoard and state funding is $53 per exam for non-STEM exam subjects and $15 for STEM-related subjects. The qualifying STEM exams are Biology, Calculus, Chemistry, Computer Science, Environmental Science, Physics, and Statistics. Any student with a remaining balance will be notified next week.
- All students taking AP exams in May are required to attend a pre-administration session. Any student who was unable to attend one of the six scheduled sessions must contact Mrs. Dion in the School Counseling Office ASAP.
- The Merrimack Valley Credit Union is hosting a FREE seminar on how to pay for college on Saturday April 22, 2017 from 10am-12pm at the MVCU Corporate Office, 500 Merrimack St., Lawrence, MA. Topics covered in this workshop include financial aid, the cost of college attendance, student loans, and loan consolidation for graduates. To register for this event visit www.mvc.com/student-seminar.
- The Public Health Museum in Massachusetts is inviting students to apply to their “Outbreak! 2017” summer program for high school students entering their junior and senior year. This is a week-long interactive program in August that is designed to introduce high school students to the history and importance of public health. Students learn about epidemiology, investigate a simulated disease outbreak, learn about the wide range of health careers, and more. For more information and to complete the application, visit www.publichealthmuseum.org. The application deadline is June 1st.
- Boston University is hosting an admissions event called “Inside the Application Process” on May 17th beginning at 6:30pm. Students and parents will be able to review sample applications and participate in BU’s application review process to discover firsthand what makes a student’s application competitive for admission. Admission representatives from the university will offer tips on how students can make their applications stand out as well as gain valuable insight into the application process. Students/families interested in attending should RSVP at http://www.bu.edu/admissions/visit-us/schedule-your-visit/?date=2017-05-17.
I will be out of town next week. Have a wonderful vacation week!
School re-opens 4/24!