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- Week Ending 3/3/2017

    Today, 3/3,  HHS issued 3rd term Progress Reports. If you did not receive one, please email espero@haverhill-ps.org and she can send you an electronic one on Monday.

    Students of the Month

    Please check out the names of the January 2017 Students of the Month posted above in the Student of the Month tab. Each month, teachers recognize students who are chosen for their contributions to our school and community and demonstrate commitment  to both academics as well as social responsibility.

    NAF Academy of Information Technology 

    On Tuesday our NAF Academy of IT students met with their business mentors to receive feedback on the work they’ve been doing for the Lenovo App Development Competition.  The students are working on their Apps in teams.  Each team has a business mentor to help guide them through the design and implementation.  The final competition event will take place on Tuesday, March 14th at 6pm in the HHS Library, where the students will be demonstrating their apps for judging.  We would like to extend a huge thank you to the mentors for taking the time out of their busy day to work with our students:  Vadim Beliak, Andrew Dysart , Jeff Rask, Gordon Reynolds, Richard Smyth, Chris Valliere and Joe Veilleux.

    Late Bus

    I am pleased to announce that two more stops have been added to our late bus schedule. We have seen a tremendous increase in students taking advantage of this great opportunity offered every Tuesday and Thursday. We are now up to 17 stops. Students must have a pass from their teacher in order to take the bus and all students must sign in with the teacher on duty in the main entrance conference room. Please note that this is not a door to door service and that there are specific stops throughout the city. Please see our schedule below.

    LEAVES HHS AT 3:45

    1.     DUNKIN DONUTS – 614 BROADWAY

    2.     VARIETY STORE – 864 BROADWAY

    3.    RIVER STREET AT JAFFARIAN MOTORS

    4.    TILTON SCHOOL – 70 GROVE STREET (NEW)

    5.    LAFAYETTE SQUARE – IN FRONT OF CVS

    6.    CITY HALL – 4 SUMMER ST

    7.     HAVERHILL STADIUM – 17 LINCOLN AVE

    8.     CHARLIES VARIETY – 277 GROVELAND ST

    9.    WINNEKENNI CASTLE – 347 KENOZA AVE (NEW)

    10.  DUNKIN DONUTS – 407 AMESBURY RD

    11.  10th AVE AND MAIN STREET

    12.  SMILEY SCHOOL – 969 MAIN ST

    13.  FARRWOOD DRIVE –  BRADFORD

    14.   FARRWOOD DRIVE –  BRADFORD

    15. DIBURRO’S FUNCTION HALL – 887 BOSTON RD

    16.  ACADEMY LANES -725 SOUTH MAIN ST

    17.  OLD BRADFORD COLLEGE -320 SOUTH MAIN ST

    BUS RETURNS TO COPPOLA

    Seniors – Class of 2017

    Seniors had an assembly this past Wednesday and information was shared on what’s ahead in their final weeks at Haverhill High School. Below please find the link to the timeline.

    Seniors Class of 2017 Important Dates 1.31.17

    The Massachusetts Celebration of National Girls and Women in Sports Day

    The Massachusetts Celebration of National Girls and Women in Sports Day was held on Friday, February 3rd at Faneuil Hall in Boston. We are proud to announce that representing all female athletes at Haverhill High at this event from the Class of 2017 were Katie Lynch and Abbey Battini.

    The Yellow Dress

    On Thursday, March 9, 2017, we will bring a dating violence prevention play called The Yellow Dress to Haverhill High School to be viewed by the sophomore class. The Yellow Dress is a powerful one woman play that stimulates a thought-provoking discussion about relationships. A letter was sent home to all sophomore parents and guardians this week. I thank Matt Steinberg, Assistant Principal for bringing us this important program.

    ESP of the Year

    I wanted to take a moment to congratulate Nancy Burke for being selected the 2017 MTA Education Support Professional of the Year. We are positively thrilled at her success all she does for the HHS students.

    The Seed Keeper Project

    The Seed keeper Company launched the Seed Keeper Project. The goal of their program, now in its seventh year, is to celebrate school gardens by awarding a Seed Keeper Home Farmer to a school in every state. I am pleased to announce that due to the efforts of Nancy Burke, Haverhill High School was selected to be the recipient for the state of Massachusetts.

    Read Across America

    This week we had 75 students visit our elementary schools to read to students in grades K-2. It was well received and we continue to hear great compliments on our students demeanor, positive energy and kindnesses to our future Hillies! Mrs. Ray and three of her Dr. Seuss characters visit all thirteen school. We so appreciate Mrs. Ray for her hard work and effort coordinating this event. 

    Dr. Seuss 2017 Dr. Seuss 2017 2

    Comedy Night

    The Haverhill High School Athletic department is holding their 9th Annual Comedy Night on March 24, 2017, at 7:00 p.m. at DiBurro’s Function Facility. Tickets are $25.00. To purchase tickets on-line please visit www.hillies.org and click on the Athletics tab. 

    Identification

    I wanted to give all parents, guardians and guests a friendly reminder that when visiting Haverhill High School during school hours or directly after school for meetings it is critical that in order to gain access beyond the security kiosk that you present a government issued ID. Without proper identification you will not be allowed access to the building. Employees of the Haverhill Public School visiting HHS must also sign in and wear their HPS ID at all times.

    What I did on my winter vacation…

    Four HHS seniors and members of the Classical Academy,  Maddie Buco, Sam Kiernan, Connor and Aidan Wertz, were part of a 14 person delegation from Haverhill (with the UU Church of Haverhill) to Ciudad Sandino, Nicaragua. Nicaragua is the third poorest country in Central America largely due to frequent natural disasters.

    The trip was educational and service related: they spent mornings with Nicaragua professors learning about politics, history, and socioeconomic movements and afternoons were spent building an addition to a clinic building that serves one of the poorest communities in Managua.  They spent time also with clinic workers during health visits in the community, and traveled to a mountain coffee cooperative that was started in the years after the Contra wars in an attempt to bring peace and economic sustainability to the rural community.   The group found all Nicaraguan people they met to be were very welcoming and hopeful.   The students held fundraisers and supported the rest of the cost of the trip with their own funds.

    It was an unforgettable and amazing learning and eye-opening experience for all who attended, especially the students.

    HHS MVP Team

    On March 1st, 25 grade 10 students visited Faneuil Hall in Boston to celebrate the kickoff for the White Ribbon campaign, a program to end gender-based violence begun by the Jane Doe Project ten years ago. The students are part of the MVP: Game Change program that is a grant-funded program from the Kraft Foundation and the Massachusetts Attorney General’s Office and facilitated by Assistant Principal Matt Steinberg along with Student Support Counselor Andy Polanco and Guidance Counselor Samantha Massahos.

    The 25 students heard moving, powerful speeches from Governor Charlie Baker, local sports celebrities and other notable figures in Massachusetts legislature about encouraging what it means to be a man, and ending the cycle of violence against women by men. After the ceremony, the students marched to City Hall to proclaim White Ribbon Day in the state of Massachusetts and look forward to getting Haverhill High’s own White Ribbon banner in the near future.

     

    White Ribbon Day #3 White Ribbon Day #2 White Ribbon Day #1 

    School Counseling Update

    Juniors met with counselors this week to review their options and select their courses for the 2017-2018 school year.  All sophomores are scheduled to select courses next week.  In the next week, all members of the freshmen class should log in to the Student Portal and choose their potential electives.  Parents are encouraged to log in to the Portal as well to review the courses and help your son or daughter elect classes that best meet his/her interests.  Directions on how students and parents access course recommendations can be found on the HHS website.  Freshmen will meet with their counselors during the week of March 13th.  

    Important Information for Seniors!  

    Scholarship Information

      • The HHS Scholarship Portal is open from January 3rd through March 31st.  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/.  
      • Seniors, be sure to check the available scholarships on Naviance each week.  We receive many different scholarship applications and we will post each one on Naviance.  Don’t miss out!

    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 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!

    Upcoming Events/Important Dates

    • March 22nd- 6pm- Junior Parent College Information Night in the HHS Library.  
    • April 4th- 6pm- Early College Information Night in the HHS Library.  Come to learn about the Early College Program and its new dual enrollment options!
    • April 5th- 6pm- Annual HHS College Fair in the HHS Library.  We hope that you can join us to learn about opportunities after high school!

    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!
    • Worcester Polytechnic Institute offers two summer programs: WPI Frontiers and WPI Launch.  WPI Frontiers is an on-campus, residential, research and learning experience for rising juniors and seniors.  This program blends science, technology, and engineering programs with humanities and arts workshops.  WPI Launch is a learning and research opportunity for students entering their freshman or sophomore year.  This program offers workshops in biology, chemistry, computer science, engineering technology, interactive media and game development, and more.  To see all summer opportunities at WPI visit wpi.edu/+summer.Applications are available at wpi.edu/+frontiers and are due with supporting materials by April 15th.   If you have questions or concerns in regards to the guidance department, 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

             978-374-5700 xt. 1101 or 1102 or email: bkitsos@haverhill-ps.org

     

  • Principal’s Weekly Update- Week Ending 2/17/17

    February has not been kind to the non-snow lovers in New England so far. However, the forecast for Sunday looks more promising.

    Grading Practices

    Last night I presented to SC about how HHS has been transitioning to a standards based grading system.  During the presentation it became clear that SC had heard from several parents that were unaware of this transition. I have mentioned it in previous weekly emails, but am putting it at the beginning so it is the first thing that everyone reads. The grading practices transition phase began last year, 2015-2016 with staff discussion over the course of many faculty meetings followed by use of curriculum meeting time for staff to work collaboratively on creating common syllabi for commonly taught courses. This continued earlier this school year and were completed and are in place this year. This year, all teachers were directed to speak to students about the new grading practices in all of their classes and explain what it meant, why we were transitioning to it, and how this transition was to take place. The basic premise of standard-based grading is that a grade indicates how much learning of a subject matter has taken place. It does not include the path the student has taken to reach a particular level of achievement (e.g., class participation, behavior, homework). It presupposes that re-takes are allowed/encouraged. It stresses intrinsic motivation – not extrinsic. I am looking to offer a workshop to present the information to parents and other interested community stakeholders in the near future and will announce the date as soon as it is set. The transition to mastery-based grading has been initiated in stages as part of a three (3) year plan:

    Year I: 2015-2016

    • Three full faculty meetings discussing data and research on grading practices.
    • The creation of common grading rubrics for commonly taught classes

    Year II: 2016-2017

    • Faculty-wide revisions of syllabi.
    • Move to “90-10” mastery grading rubrics.
    • Voluntary departmental moves to common grading rubrics (math, science, ELA and foreign language).

    Year III: 2017-2018

    • Move to 100% mastery grades

    MCAS ELA Tutoring Program

    The grade 10 ELA MCAS Tutoring program has been well attended by students. It is a free opportunity for all grade 10 students to attend to successfully reach the highest possible score on this assessment. We hope to bring all students to advanced or proficient. Immediately after the ELA MCAS Tutoring ends the MCAS Math tutoring will commence. We will be inviting all students with the goal of having all reach the advanced or proficient category. Look for those invitations in early March.

    Term III Information:

    With the four snow days we have made adjustments to our timeline for issuing progress reports, report cards and our parent teacher conferences for Terms 3 and 4. All changes will be posted on our webpage but we wanted to share Term 3.

    Term 3 Progress reports will now be issued on March 3rd.

    Term 3 Report Cards will be issued on April 13th

    Term 3 Parent Teacher Conferences will be held on April 27th. 

    Northern Essex Community College Ceremony

    Last Wednesday, February 8th,  28 of our Haverhill High Seniors attended a ceremony at NECC honoring them for their success in the Early College Program. The Early College Program is a partnership between Haverhill High and NECC and it provides our students with the opportunity to take general education college courses and receive both high school and college credit. Our 28 students’ received credits totaling 721 college credits. Senior Isabella Callahan herself earned 40 credits.

    Juniors- Chyten SAT vs. ACT Comparison Test

    The SAT vs ACT Comparison test was administered to Juniors yesterday. The administrators look forward to seeing the results in the very near future and sharing that information with the students and parents. This report will give students insight into which test format is best for them and what preparation they will need in order to score within the range for their goals.

    HHS CTE Staff Recognized

    The Greater Haverhill Chamber of Commerce held their 26th Annual Business Awards earlier in the month and this year’s recipient for Education went to Haverhill High School’s Career Technical Education and Internship Programs. Congratulations to all who made it happen with a special thank you to Victoria Kelley and Lisa Hunt for working with our community leaders and local businesses to help identify the labor needs in the Merrimack Valley and for building relationships with over 90 businesses in our community over the last seven years.

    Fine Arts Department:

    Auditions have been held, roles have been assigned and rehearsals are in full swing for our spring musical in April – The Mystery of Edwin Drood. Our theater department puts on three shows a year and this one looks to be another great success for us. It is amazing the amount of hours that go into our productions.

    School Counseling Update

    Due to the recent snow days, the timeline for students to choose courses for the 2017-2018 school year have been moved back one week.  When we return from February break, all juniors will meet with their school counselors to review their options and choose their classes for their senior year.  All sophomores and juniors should log in to the Student Portal and choose their potential electives.  Directions on how students and parents access course recommendations can be found on the HHS website.  Sophomores will meet with their counselors during the week of March 6th and freshman will meet with their counselors during the week of March 13th.  

    Mid-year reports were submitted to college admission offices.  This is an important piece of information that is requested of college admission offices for all applicants.  For a number of students, this is the final piece of information that is submitted prior to a college rendering an admission decision for those who applied Regular Decision.  Final admission decisions are released in mid to late March for students who applied under the Regular Decision deadlines.  

    Important Information for Seniors!  

    Scholarship Information

      • The HHS Scholarship Portal is open from January 3rd through March 31st.  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/.  
      • Seniors, be sure to check the available scholarships on Naviance each week.  We receive many different scholarship applications and we will post each one on Naviance.  Don’t miss out!

    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 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!

    Upcoming Events/Important Dates

    • February 28th- Late registration deadline to sign up for the March SAT
    • March 22nd- 6pm- Junior Parent College Information Night in the HHS Library.  
    • April 4th- 6pm- Early College Information Night in the HHS Library.  Come to learn about the Early College Program and its new dual enrollment options!
    • April 5th- 6pm- Annual HHS College Fair in the HHS Library.  We hope that you can join us to learn about opportunities after high school!

    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!
    • The Francis College of Engineering at U-Mass Lowell will host two overnight, week-long summer camps for high school students in July.  Students will have the chance to live on campus for a week and discover the many facets of engineering though hands-on projects and interactions with students and faculty.  Students will work in one of the new 3D-Printing or CNC Machining labs.  The cost for the camp includes all overnight accommodations as well as meals and supplies.  There are financial scholarships available.  For more information, visit https://www.uml.edu/Engineering/stem-pipeline/Engineering-summer-camp/default.aspx.  Registration opens February 1st.

             If you have any questions regarding guidance please contact the Supervisor of Guidance K-12 Dion @ 978-374-5700 ext.         1133 or via email @ jdion@haverhill-ps.org

    I am away next week and will not be available by either phone or email. The main office will be open at 978-374-5700 xt. 1101 or 1102 .

    Stay warm and safe over vacation!

    School re-opens February 27th!

     

     

  • Principal’s Weekly Update- Week Ending 2/10/17

    NO SATURDAY SCHOOL TOMORROW, 2/11/17

    February has certainly come in like a lion.  With the start of second semester, HHS has been extremely busy. Teachers are making course recommendations and in the next week or so juniors, sophomores and freshmen will make course requests. Early next week the course descriptions will be available online for students to review before they make their requests.

    First Period – Period A-Homeroom

    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 7:25.  All students are then required to enter the building through the front entrance, by the Main Office and receive a tardy slip. Students are tardy to class if they are NOT in their period A class by 7:25. Every 3 tardy’s equal 1 absence. Students will receive administrative failure for a class if they are absent more than 5 times to the class. Please review the HHS handbook, which is on the HHS website for more details.

    Comparison Test for Juniors Postponed to Wednesday, 2/15

     The SAT vs. ACT Comparison test which was supposed to be given to juniors today, has been postponed to Wednesday, February 15th.  Scores from the comparison test will be made available to you the following week. This report will give you insight into which test format best favors your son or daughter and what preparation will be needed in order to score within range of their goals. We feel this is a great opportunity for our juniors, and encourage all students taking this test to do their best.

    Haverhill High School-Northern Essex Community College (NECC) Early College Program

    Class of 2017 Early College Recognition Ceremony 

    On Wednesday, February 8th, HHS and NECC held the Early College Recognition Ceremony at the NECC Technology Center at 6:00 pm. The ceremony was to recognize the Twenty-seven seniors in the program who earned at least 27 college credits over the past three years. Several students earned more credits and one student was able to earn 40 credits by taking summer courses over duration of the three-year program. I had the honor of presenting the 27 students their certificates along with NECC President Dr. Lane Glenn, James Scully, Superintendent of Schools, and adjunct NECC professor, Jon Mangion.

    2017-2018 Dual Enrollment Opportunities

    Next year,  HHS will be continuing its partnership with NECC. Although HHS is changing the model we offer, the current students (juniors who will be seniors) in the Early College program will finish out this model as seniors. New next year,  juniors and seniors  will have the opportunity to be apart of a Dual Enrollment Cohort or take individual Dual Enrollment courses at  the Northern Essex Campus. To learn more about these opportunities please join us for our Dual Enrollment Information Night, April 4th at 6pm in the HHS library. We will discuss cost, transportation, the program model and more! On Friday, May 19th we will be hosting Accuplacer testing in the HHS Library at 7:30am. Students who are interested in the new dual enrollment cohort or students who are interested in taking dual enrollment college courses at NECC will need to take this test in order to potentially qualify for these opportunities. Please see your guidance counselor for more information or to sign up for the test.

    Model UN

    The Model UN team’s comedy show “What’s so funny?” will be on held on February 16th at 7:00 in the auditorium. Tickets will be $5.00 at the door. All proceeds support the many activities the Model UN students participate in.

    Classical Academy Class of 2021

    The deadline for grade 8 students to submit their transcripts and letters of recommendation was February 1st. Over the next week, a committee will review the many applicants to the Classical Academy program. The letter of acceptance or deferment will be mailed out shortly before the vacation.

    Seniors Class of 2017

    Have you been measured for your cap and gown? If you are a senior and are attending graduation on Friday, June 2nd and have not been measured please go to the 200’s office so Mrs. Shaffer can get your measurements before vacation. Reminder notices for students went into staff mailboxes Monday evening.

    HHS Career Technical Education (CTE) Program Staff Honored

    The Greater Haverhill Chamber of Commerce held their 26th Annual Business Awards last Friday and this year’s recipient for Education went to Haverhill High School’s Career Technical Education and Internship Programs. Congratulations to all who made it happen with a special thank you to Victoria Kelley, HHS Career Academy Coordinator and Lisa Hunt, HHS Internship Coordinator,  for working with our community leaders and local businesses to help identify the labor needs in the Merrimack Valley and for building relationships with over 90 businesses in our community over the last seven-year.

    HHS BAND @ HILLIES HOCKEY SENIOR NIGHT & BAND PARENT MEETING

    On Wednesday, February 15th The HHS “Hillie Nation” Band along with members of the Middle School Jazz Band will perform at the Hillies Hockey “Senior Night”game at 7:00 pm in the HHS rink. This will be our last hockey game in our second season of performing at this exciting high energy event so we need all our Hillie Nation Band members in the house! Report time is 6PM at HHS. Performance attire is casual-black sweatshirts and jeans are suggested. Dress warm in layers-it’s an ice rink and can be a little chilly at first but will heat up once the hockey and the music and the crowd get going!

    The game will be preceded by the Haverhill Band Parents Meeting at 5Pm in the HHS Band Room. All parents of Haverhill band members are invited to attend and participate. Get involved! We have big dreams for the Haverhill band and need your help to make them happen! Thank you for your continued support of the Haverhill Band program. If you have any questions or concerns feel free to contact Band Director, Dean Tsioropoulos @ dtsioropoulos@haverhill-ps.org.

    Upcoming March Band Events:

    Lawrence St. Patrick’s Day Parade March 11th

    After school parade Rehearsals Wed. March 1st  (new band members only) & Wed. March 8th (all band members)

    Next Haverhill Band Parent Meeting: Wednesday, March 8th 5PM (immediately following parade rehearsal)

    School Counseling Update

    Next week, all juniors will be meeting with their school counselors to review their options and choose their classes for the 2017-2018 school year.  To prepare for these meetings, juniors should log in to the Student Portal and choose their potential electives.  Directions on how students and parents access course recommendations can be found on the HHS website.  Sophomores will meet with their counselors during the week of February 27th and freshman will meet with their counselors during the week of March 6th.  

    Important Information for Seniors!  

    Scholarship Information

      • The HHS Scholarship Portal opened on Tuesday January 3rd!  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/.  
      • Tis the season for scholarships!  Seniors, be sure to check the available scholarships on Naviance each week.  Between now and February we receive many different scholarship applications and we will post each one on Naviance.  Don’t miss out!

    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 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!

    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!
    • The Francis College of Engineering at UMass Lowell will host two overnight, week-long summer camps for high school students in July.  Students will have the chance to live on campus for a week and discover the many facets of engineering though hands-on projects and interactions with students and faculty.  Students will work in one of the new 3D-Printing or CNC Machining labs.  The cost for the camp includes all overnight accommodations as well as meals and supplies.  There are financial scholarships available.  For more information, visit https://www.uml.edu/Engineering/stem-pipeline/Engineering-summer-camp/default.aspx.  Registration opens February 1st. If you have any questions in regards to guidance please contact Ms. Jami Dion, Supervisor of Guidance K-12, 978-374-5700 ext. 1133 or via email @ jdion@haverhill-ps.org 

    If you have any questions or concerns, please contact me either by phone at 978-374-5700 xt. 1101 or 1102 or via email @ bkitsos@haverhill-ps.org

    Please remember to drive safely and stay warm!

  • Haverhill High School – Student Course Selection 2017-2018

  • Principal’s Weekly Update- Week Ending 2/3

    It is hard to believe February is already here. Term 3 has started. Term 2 Parent-Teacher conferences will be held tonight starting at 6:00 pm.   I want to recognize two of our staff members who will be honored tomorrow by the Greater Haverhill Chamber of Commerce. Lisa Hunt, HHS Internship Coordinator and Victoria Kelly, HHS Career Academy Coordinator have been selected as the 2016 Annual Business Award recipients in the category of education. They will be recognized tomorrow morning at the annual 26th Annual Business Awards Breakfast. Congratulations to both!

    Sad News

    I have some sad news to share.  One of our former English teachers, Mr. Ernie Andrews, passed away unexpectedly in Connecticut earlier this week. Mr. Andrews taught English here at HHS for about 5 years. Mr. Andrews left us in March of 2016. There will be a candlelight vigil here tomorrow night at 6:00 pm in the front of the school in his memory.

    CVTE Applications Due- 2/8/17

    Students interested in applying to the HHS National Academy Foundation of Informational Technology (CVTE),  Health Occupations or Programming and Web Development Programs (CTE) are due February 8th.With the February 8th dealine looming for the applications,  HHS staff and students visited the 4 middle schools, Hillview Montessori and Sacred Hearts to share information about all of the wonderful programs and opportunities to be had here at HHS. If you have questions please contact Career Academy Coordinator, Victoria Kelly @ vkelly@haverhill-ps.org or Dean of STEM- Science, Ed Roberts @ eroberts@haverhill-ps.org

    Class of 2018 Exciting opportunity presentation tonight at 5:30 – HHS Auditorium

    Haverhill Public Schools has created an ACT and SAT score improvement program in partnership with Chyten Education to prepare our juniors for the June ACT and SAT tests. Haverhill is providing 150 free scholarships to this program which will be held at Haverhill High School starting in March. Classes will be held on Saturdays in two-hour increments. The first 100 spaces will be given on a first come, first served basis. In the next few weeks you will receive some email correspondence from Chyten to provide greater detail about their program offerings. They will  be present tonight, Thursday evening, February 2nd in conjunction with conference night.  From 5:30 to 6:00 Chyten representatives will be in the HHS auditorium to introduce themselves and the services they offer.  They will also be available in the main lobby until 7:30 to answer any questions you have. During the regular school day on Friday, February 10th all juniors will take an ACT vs. SAT Comparison Test.  Scores from the comparison test will be made available to you the following week. This report will give you insight into which test format best favors your son or daughter and what preparation will be needed in order to score within range of their goals. We feel this is a great opportunity for our juniors, and look forward to seeing the success this preparation will bring to the HHS Class of 2018!

    Class of 2018 Balfour Ring Night

    The Class of 2018 Balfour Ring Night will be held Monday February 6th in the cafeteria from 5-7pm.  If students have any questions or need a packet please see Mrs. McIntyre (K30) or Mrs. Jenkinson (M23).

    MCAS Bio Re-test 

     All students taking the MCAS February Biology test should report to the cafeteria on Monday and Tuesday, February 6th and 7th, promptly at 7:25 AM, for the MCAS Biology re-test.

    Attention Seniors Class of 2017:

    The dates, times and locations of all your spring events have been posted on the website with hard copies available in the main entrance. Senior banquet, prom, chapel and more. It’s all there!

    Model UN

    The Model UN group will be having a comedy night at Haverhill High School in the auditorium on February 16, 2017 at 7:00. Ticket will be $5.00 at the door.

    School Counseling Update

    Course Recommendations for 2017-2018

    Beginning next week, all teachers at HHS will be recommending course levels for their students for the 2017-2018 school year.  Students will be assigned a specific week by grade in which they can go into the Student Portal to review the recommendations of teachers as well as select additional classes and electives.  The Class of 2018 will be the first to select courses.  All juniors will be able to log in to the Student Portal and choose their classes from Monday February 6th through Friday February 10th.  Directions on how students and parents can access course recommendations can be found on the HHS website.  Juniors will meet with their school counselors individually to review course selections during the week of February 13th.  Sophomores will meet with their counselors during the week of February 27th and freshman will meet with their counselors during the week of March 6th.  

    Important Information for Seniors!  

    Scholarship Information

      • The HHS Scholarship Portal opened on Tuesday January 3rd!  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/.  
      • Tis the season for scholarships!  Seniors, be sure to check the available scholarships on Naviance each week.  Between now and February we receive many different scholarship applications and we will post each one on Naviance.  Don’t miss out!

    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 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!

    Representatives from Northern Essex Community College hold Information Sessions in the Counseling Office on the 2nd and 4th Thursday of every month.  Sessions run from 11am to 1pm.  Seniors are invited to attend any of these sessions to learn more about the admission process, academic programs, and how to proactively prepare yourself to be a college student.  

    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!
    • The Francis College of Engineering at UMass Lowell will host two overnight, week-long summer camps for high school students in July.  Students will have the chance to live on campus for a week and discover the many facets of engineering though hands-on projects and interactions with students and faculty.  Students will work in one of the new 3D-Printing or CNC Machining labs.  The cost for the camp includes all overnight accommodations as well as meals and supplies.  There are financial scholarships available.  For more information, visit https://www.uml.edu/Engineering/stem-pipeline/Engineering-summer-camp/default.aspx.  Registration opens February 1st. If you have any questions in regards to guidance please contact the Supervisor of Guidance K-12, Ms. Jami Dion @ 978-374-5700 ext. 1133 or via email @ jdion@haverhill-ps.org
    • Finally, tomorrow, Friday 2/3 is New England Patriots Day at HHS. I hope everyone can wear their Patriots gear or red, white and blue to support the team!

    Have a wonderful week-end!

     

  • Haverhill High School – Class of 2017

  • Principal’s Weekly Update- Week Ending 1/27/17

    January has flown by. As we end the month there are many things to be aware of:

    Reminder: Saturday, 1/28- H.H.S. Classical Academy’s Trivia Night

    Don’t forget that tomorrow, Saturday, January 28th, 2017 at 7:00 PM, the HHS Classical Academy Parent Association (CAPA) will be hosting a Trivia Night at the Amvets Hall 576 Primrose St, Haverhill.  The admission for adults is $22 prepaid or $25 at the door. The admission for students is $10.  All proceeds will benefit the H.H.S. Classical Academy’s Scholarship Fund. There will be prizes for the winning team, best table theme and best costume! 

    Term II Report Cards Issued:

    Term II ended last Thursday, 1/19 and report cards were issued to all students today Friday, 1/27. Grades have been posted to the portal as well. Parent-Teacher conferences will be held on Thursday, February 2nd from 6:00 p.m. – 7:30 p.m. Students will be given a request for conference form on Monday to schedule their parent meetings. If you did not receive a 2nd term report card please contact the main office at 978-374-5700 xt. 1101 or 1102 or email: Tracy Parker @ tparker@haverhill-ps.org or Sandra McArthur @ smcarthur@haverhill-ps.org and we will send you a copy via email.

    Class of 2018 Exciting Opportunity

    Haverhill Public Schools has created an ACT and SAT score improvement program in partnership with Chyten Education to prepare our juniors for the June ACT and SAT tests. Haverhill is providing 150 free scholarships to this program which will be held at Haverhill High School starting in March. Classes will be held on Saturdays in two-hour increments. The first 100 spaces will be given on a first come, first served basis. In the next few weeks you will receive some email correspondence from Chyten to provide greater detail about their program offerings. They will also be present on next Thursday evening, February 2nd in conjunction with conference night.  From 5:30 to 6:00 Chyten representatives will be in the HHS auditorium to introduce themselves and the services they offer.  They will also be available in the main lobby until 7:30 to answer any questions you have. During the regular school day on Friday February 10th all juniors will take an ACT vs. SAT Comparison Test.  Scores from the comparison test will be made available to you the following week. This report will give you insight into which test format best favors your son or daughter and what preparation will be needed in order to score within range of their goals. We feel this is a great opportunity for our juniors, and look forward to seeing the success this preparation will bring to the HHS Class of 2018!

    Re-organization of the Academic Coaching (Directed Study) classes

    There are many students at HHS who receive services through an Individualized Education Plan and have an Academic Coaching period (formerly called Directed Study) to support their learning.  The Academic Coaching period will take on a different format beginning the third quarter.   Academic Coaching periods will focus on targeted skill development.  Students will spend the majority of the period  working on developing skills to support student learning.  Direct instruction will be provided within specific areas that are needed by the students including but are not limited to: reading comprehension strategies, math problem solving skills, and organizational strategies. Please note that students will have some time at the end of their academic coaching period to work on assignments from their content area classes, but the bulk of the period will be spent on targeted skill development. Each Directed Study will have a team of 2 special education teachers during each period. The team will consist of a teacher with a focus on English and the other with a focus on math to ensure that the students in the class will have a teacher with a strength in those areas. As we move into the 2017-2018 school year, we are hoping we can have students in these classes by grade 9-10 and then grade 11-12. 

    China Exchange:

    Haverhill High School and Chongqing #1 International High School, in Chongqing China, are participating in a student exchange program. The purpose of this program is for high school students to meet students from different parts of the world, compare their experience as students and share their culture with each other. The Chinese students arrive in New York on Friday, January 20th. They spent time site seeing and visiting universities in New York. Then they traveled to Boston. On Sunday January 22nd  we had a welcome Pot luck lunch, where American parents made traditional foods (BBQ, Mac & Cheese, Mashed Potatoes, Cookies and more). I was joined by Mr. Scully, Superintendent of Schools and Mr. Martin, Supervisor of Social Studies and World Languages and we all said few words to welcome the our Chinese visitors. The Chinese students have been very happy with what they have seen so far in their American classes and have found these classes to be interesting and informative. The Chinese students will stay at Haverhill High until February 3rd. Then they will spend one weekend site seeing in Boston and visiting some New England universities before they return to China on February 6th. 

    The Haverhill High School Roadshow to Middle Schools:

    We are excited that this week and next week staff from Haverhill High School and district supervisors and directors are visiting our local middle schools to share all of the opportunities and programs at Haverhill High. Representatives from Athletics, Classical Academy, Fine Arts Dept., Business Dept., STEM Academy, Humanities, and our new CVTE/CTE programs are meeting with students to share with them the many paths they can choose at HHS. There is choice and opportunity at Haverhill High and it is our goal that every Nettle Knight, Consentino Charger,  Hunking Bobcat, Whittier Poet and students at Hillview Montessori Sacred Hearts or St. Joseph’s be well-informed about all our campus has to offer them.  

    December Student’s of the Month:

    Congratulations to all of our December Student’s of the Month. Check out the names of the students that were recognized for this honor in the top tab under Student’s of the Month!

     Athletic Department

    Mr. O’Brien announced that the Middle School Basketball Finals and Cheerleading exhibition that is hosted at Haverhill High School has been rescheduled from February 2nd to Monday, February 6th.  This is a big event every year and we thank those who attend and support our future Hillies.

     Retirement and Replacement:

    Hillie Nation said goodbye to Mr. Cosgrove in room 212 last week. A huge Hillie thank you and best wishes to him for his years of service to the children of Haverhill and to our community. We wish him great health, much happiness and we hope his retirement is everything he dreamed it to be and more! Hillie Nation also welcomed our newest faculty member Mr. Reynolds who replaced Mr. Cosgrove. Mr. Reynolds and Mr. Cosgrove were able to have a short transition period to make the shift seamless for students.

     Valentine’s Day Rose

    The Excel Club is selling roses for Valentine’s Day for $2 each.  If parents would like to purchase a rose for their child, to be delivered during 1st period on Valentine’s Day, please contact Sarah Emilio (semilio@haverhill-ps.org).  All proceeds will go towards care packages for our troops.

     The Parent Portal

    The parent portal is a great resource for students, parents and guardians. Students who need a password to view their information can visit any of the offices at HHS to request their password. Parents and Guardians if you have not used the portal please contact the main office to verify your email address on file in SchoolBrains. Login information can only be sent to the email address on file. Once that is verified then please email Support at portalsupport@haverhill-ps.org.  Please have the following included in any email to Portal Support:

    [if !supportLists]·         [endif]Full Name

    [if !supportLists]·         [endif]Full name of child(ren)

    [if !supportLists]·         [endif]Full email address (be sure to contact Portal Support from this same email)

    [if !supportLists]·         [endif]Your child(ren)’s Grade Level(s) and School(s)

    [if !supportLists]·         [endif]Detailed explanation of issue

    Once in the portal you will be able to view:

    [if !supportLists]·         [endif]Current Assignments

    [if !supportLists]·         [endif]Attendance

    [if !supportLists]·         [endif]Behavior

    [if !supportLists]·         [endif]Classes Grades

    [if !supportLists]·         [endif]Report Card

    [if !supportLists]·         [endif]Calendar

    [if !supportLists]·         [endif]Schedule

    [if !supportLists]·         [endif]Printable Schedule

    School Counseling Update

    Important Information for Seniors! 

    There has been much that has happened this year for the Class of 2017 in Guidance.  This fall, 55 admissions representatives visited HHS to meet with seniors.  Representatives came from as close as Merrimack College in North Andover and from as far away as the University of St. Andrews in Scotland.

    The Guidance Department has hosted 5 On The Spot Admissions Events for the Class of 2017.  As a result, 99 students have been accepted to college through this initiative.  Participating colleges are Northern Essex Community College, Salem State University, and Fisher College.

    College Acceptances to date for the Class of 2018

      Over 900 college applications have been submitted by the Class of 2017.  Early action decisions are rolling in and there have been 160 acceptances so far.  Some of the colleges students have been accepted to are: UMass Amherst, UMass Lowell, Fisher College, UNH, Stonehill College, Bryant University, Providence College, Saint Anselm College, University of Vermont, Boston College, and the University of South Carolina.  Seniors have also received merit based scholarships ranging from $15,000 per year up to scholarships that cover full tuition and fees! 

    On the Spot Admissions Events

    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 was here on Thursday January 26th at 10am.   Congratulations to the eight seniors who received their acceptances!  To date, 89 students have participated in and were accepted into a variety of academic programs.  The next On the Spot Admissions Event is February 9th. Students interested in attending this session should see their counselor to sign up for an appointment with an admission representative.  

    Scholarship Information

      • The HHS Scholarship Portal opened on Tuesday January 3rd!  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/.  
      • Tis the season for scholarships!  Seniors, be sure to check the available scholarships on Naviance each week.  Between now and February we receive many different scholarship applications and we will post each one on Naviance.  Don’t miss out!
      • The Merrimack Valley Credit Union has a NEW scholarship opportunity.  The 2017 Scholarship Award will be awarded in the amount of $1,500 to one graduating senior this year. Scholarship applications are available on Naviance and in the counseling office.  The deadline to submit your application materials to the counseling office is February 17th.  
      • The Haverhill Education Association Scholarship is 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 14th!

    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 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!

    Representatives from Northern Essex Community College hold Information Sessions in the Counseling Office on the 2nd and 4th Thursday of every month.  Sessions run from 11am to 1pm.  Seniors are invited to attend any of these sessions to learn more about the admission process, academic programs, and how to proactively prepare yourself to be a college student.  

    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!
    • The Francis College of Engineering at UMass Lowell will host two overnight, week-long summer camps for high school students in July.  Students will have the chance to live on campus for a week and discover the many facets of engineering though hands-on projects and interactions with students and faculty.  Students will work in one of the new 3D-Printing or CNC Machining labs.  The cost for the camp includes all overnight accommodations as well as meals and supplies.  There are financial scholarships available.  For more information, visit https://www.uml.edu/Engineering/stem-pipeline/Engineering-summer-camp/default.aspx.  Registration opens February 1st.

    Sophomores and juniors!  Boston University is hosting a Winter Visit Day on Friday February 24th 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 any guidance related questions or concerns, please contact the Supervisor of Guidance K-12, Jami Dion @ 978-374-5700 ext. 1133 or via email at jdion@haverhill-ps.org

    As always, if you have any concerns or questions, please contact me at 978-374-5700 xt 1101 or 1102 or email me

    @bkitsos@haverhill-ps.org

    Have a wonderful weekend!

    Beth Kitsos, Principal

  • Principal’s Weekly Update-Week Ending 1/20/17

    Today was the start of term 3. Report cards will be issued Friday, January 27, 2017. Parent sign up forms will be given out to students Monday, January 30th to sign up their parents for PTC on Thursday, February 2nd, from 6:00 pm-7:30 pm.

    ELA MCAS Prep Classes

    Starting Tuesday, 1/24 our after school ELA MCAS Prep classes will begin. Letters have been given to students and mailed home as well. The bus route is enclosed with the letter and is also on the website. The transport is not door to door but at selected areas in the city. If you have a concern with the bus stops listed please contact the HHS main office @ 978-374-5700 xt 1101 or 1102. The goal of the ELA MCAS Prep classes is to give every student the chance to strengthen their core skills and it is offered to students at all academic levels. It is important to all of us that students have an opportunity to elevate to the next level and take advantage of the opportunities available to them with successful MCAS scores.

    Cell Phone Usage in the Classroom

    Over the past 2 terms, there has been an increase in students using their cellphones for non-educational purposes It has become such a distraction for some students that we have begun reminding all faculty and students of the expectation. Effective Monday, 1/23, all staff here will make sure to consistently enforce the expectations. As always, our focus here at HHS is student learning. Below, you will see the reminders that are posted in all classrooms and common areas at HHS. If you have questions, please contact me here at 978-374-5700 xt 1101 or 1102 or via email at bkitsos@haverhill-ps.org

    1. It is expected that student’s phones are not to be out in HHS classrooms unless the teacher is having students use it for a specific lesson.
    2. It is expected that if students’ have their phone out, they will be asked to put it away.
    3. It is expected that if a student does not put it away or if they take it out again, the teacher will hold the phone for the remainder of the class/period. If the student refuse’s to give the teacher the phone, security will be called.
    4. It is expected that if security is called because the student refuses to give the teacher the phone,  the student will be escorted to an AP’s office, where the student will be required to leave their phone with the AP until the end of the day.
    5. It is expected that students know that any repeat offense that gets the student to the AP’s office will result in the student’s phone to be held in the Main Office in a sealed envelope until their parent/guardian (not the student) picks it up.

    Notes:

    • Charging phones in classrooms will not be allowed.
    • Appropriate personal use of devices is allowed in study halls, during hallway passing, lunch in the cafeteria and in the mall area. During only those times students will be allowed to listen to music (with one earbud in and low volume) and check their messages.

     

    Academic Coaching (Directed Study) classes

    There are many students at HHS who receive services through an Individualized Education Plan and have an Academic Coaching period (formerly called Directed Study) to support their learning.  The Academic Coaching period will take on a different format beginning the third quarter.   Academic Coaching periods will focus on targeted skill development.  Students will spend the majority of the period  working on developing skills to support student learning.  Direct instruction will be provided within specific areas that are needed by the students including but are not limited to: reading comprehension strategies, math problem solving skills, and organizational strategies. Please note that students will have some time at the end of their academic coaching period to work on assignments from their content area classes, but the bulk of the period will be spent on targeted skill development.

    • 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.
    • The annual HHS student Talent show is happening on Thursday, January 26th at 6:00 in the auditorium. We will have 22 students performing various acts from vocals, to rap, dance, comedy, piano solos, some performing their original music and more. Our students will be on stage and also coordinating all the efforts behind the scenes. Hope to see you there to support our extremely talented students!
    • H.H.S. Classical Academy’s Trivia Night

               Saturday, January 28th, 2017 at 7:00 PM

              Amvets Hall 576 Primrose St, Haverhill

             Adults $22 prepaid or $25 at the door

              Students $10 

              All proceeds benefit the H.H.S. Classical Academy’s Scholarship Fund

              Prize for winning team, best table theme and best costume!!!

              Contact the following teachers for information or to register your team

               Freshman: Joanne Baker- jbaker@haverhill-ps.org

              Sophomores: Anna Sabella- asabella@haverhill-ps.org

              Juniors: Zach Eldridge- zeldridge@haverhill-ps.org

              Seniors: Connor Hayden- chayden@haverhill-ps.org

    • School Counseling Update

      Important Information for Seniors!  

      On the Spot Admissions Events

      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 was here on Tuesday January 17th at 10am.  45 students participated and received their acceptances!  Congratulations to these seniors!  The next On the Spot Admissions Event is January 26th. Students interested in attending this session should see their counselor to sign up for an appointment with an admission representative.  

      Scholarship Information

        • The HHS Scholarship Portal opened on Tuesday January 3rd!  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/.  Seniors should take advantage of the many scholarship opportunities we have available!
        • Tis the season for scholarships!  Seniors, be sure to check the available scholarships on Naviance each week.  Between now and February we receive many different scholarship applications and we will post each one on Naviance.  Don’t miss out!
        • The Merrimack Valley Credit Union has a NEW scholarship opportunity.  The 2017 Scholarship Award will be awarded in the amount of $1,500 to one graduating senior this year.  All seniors intend to enroll full time in a certificate, associate’s, or bachelor’s program at an accredited institution are eligible to apply.  Scholarship applications are available on Naviance and in the counseling office.  The deadline to submit your application materials to the counseling office is February 17th.  
        • The Haverhill Education Association Scholarship is 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 14th!

      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 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!

      Representatives from Northern Essex Community College hold Information Sessions in the Counseling Office on the 2nd and 4th Thursday of every month.  Sessions run from 11am to 1pm.  Seniors are invited to attend any of these sessions to learn more about the admission process, academic programs, and how to proactively prepare yourself to be a college student.  

      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!
      • A Summer Opportunities Fair and a Gap Year Fair will be held at Philips Academy on January 22, 2017 from 12-3pm.  Representatives from over 100 local, national, and international programs will be in attendance.  This is a free event and will be held in the Smith Center.

      Sophomores and juniors!  Boston University is hosting a Winter Visit Day on Friday February 24th 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 in regards to the guidance department please contact: Ms. Jami Dion, Supervisor of Guidance K-12 @978-374-5700 ext. 1133 or email @ jdion@haverhill-ps.org

    • Have a wonderful week end!

     

  • Haverhill High School – Cell Phone Usage in the Classroom

  • Haverhill High School – Second Semester Electives

    Below you will find the second semester electives that still have seats available. Please make an appointment with your guidance counselor as soon as possible if you would like to add an elective.

    2nd Semester Electives with Open Seats 1.17.17

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