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.

  • Principal’s Weekly Update- 9/22/17

    Term 1 progress reports will be issued period J on Thursday, September 28, 2017.

    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. (See below list of documented and undocumented absences) 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.

    Documented and Undocumented Absences

    Documented Absences

    Students absent for the following reasons with written documentation will be allowed makeup work with full credit.

    Reason                                                                   Required Documentation

    Student Illness                                                    Doctor/Nurse Note

    Death in Family                                                  Documented

    Religious Holiday                                               Note from parent

    Court Appearance                                               Note from Court

    Two College Visits Per Year                              Note from parent or college

    Documentation must be submitted to the main office within two days of returning to school. 

    Undocumented Absences

    If documentation is not brought into school within two days of returning, the student’s absences will be considered undocumented.  Other examples of undocumented absences include caring for siblings, oversleeping, missed bus, car problem, parent notes, and family trips or vacations.  Makeup work with full credit for undocumented days absent will be at the teachers’ discretion.

    Students are expected to attend each class daily, those students who accrue over 5 absences will be subject to administrative failure policy in that class. 

    Students who are not in school for at least half of the day by state law are considered absent.  Those students that arrive after 10:45 a.m. will have their attendance marked as Tardy/Absent and those that leave prior to that time will be recorded as Dismissed/Absent.

    If a student is absent five (5) or more consecutive days, or is showing a pattern of excessive absenteeism a doctor’s note is by required.

    Ten-Day Consecutive Absences

    Consecutive absences of ten (10) days without notification to the school will result in a letter informing the student of pending removal from school enrollment. Students and/or parents have ten (10) days to then notify the school of continued attendance.

    No student sixteen years of age or older shall be considered to have permanently left public school unless an administrator of the school which such student last attended has sent notice within a period of the ten days from the student’s tenth consecutive absence to the parent or guardian of such student in both the primary language of such parent or guardian and English, stating that such student and his parent or guardian may meet with the school committee or its designated representatives prior to the student permanently leaving school, within ten days after the sending of the notice.

    Tardiness to Class Procedure

    Students are expected to report directly to classes and not linger in hallways.

    1. First Offense: Students will receive a warning from the teacher.
    2. Second and Third Offense: Students will receive appropriate discipline from the teacher.
    3. Fourth and subsequent offenses will result in a disciplinary referral to an assistant principal.

    Please Note:

    • Over 15 minutes late to class equals one undocumented absence from class.
    • Every three (3) undocumented tardies to class (less than 15 minutes) will be counted as one undocumented absence and be subject to the administrative failure policy.

    SchoolBrains – Parent Portal

    If you do not have access to the parent portal then please contact our main office at 978-374-5700 to verify your email address in the database. When that is verified then please email: portalsupport@haverhill-ps.org to request a password.

    Free and Reduced Lunch Forms

    A reminder that all Free and Reduced Lunch Forms (NEW AND RENEWALS) are due by October 11th. The forms are available on our website, in the main office and through contacting Ms. Jordan at zjordan@haverhill-ps.org in our food service department. It does take time to process the documents so please get them in as quickly as possible so there is no break services received.

    Hillie Nation Band

    After school band class meets every Tuesday from 2:15-3:30 in the band room. This class is for all HHS Band members currently enrolled in band AND for all band members who were unable to fit band class into their schedules. All Band members will receive a  half credit  for successfully completing the requirements of the class. There is also a 3:15 late bus for students requiring transportation.​ There is also an all-city band rehearsal for all HHS band members Wednesday after school until 4:45.

    School Counseling Update

    • The counseling office will be administering the PSAT/NMSQT to students in grades 10 and 11 on Wednesday October 11th at 7:25am.  Participation is not mandatory, but it is encouraged.  The PSAT is a standardized test that measures a student’s reading, writing, and math skills needed for college.  Students who take the PSAT receive important feedback on individual strengths and weaknesses as well as a personalized study plan for the SAT.  Juniors who take the PSAT are considered for eligibility through the National Merit Scholarship Program.  Students can sign up for the PSAT beginning next week in the counseling office.  The cost for this test is $16.  Payment can be made via cash, check (made payable to Haverhill High School), or bank check/money order.  There are a limited number of spaces available for this testing so please do not wait to register.  The deadline to register has been extended to October 2nd.

     

    • AP Student Expectations Agreement forms and AP exam deposits are due on October 20th.  Forms were distributed at the AP Kickoff Parent Meeting last night and will be given to AP teachers next week for those students who still need a copy.  Any student enrolled in AP course(s) must submit a $45 deposit per exam.  The completed form and payment can be turned in to the School Counseling Department.  Payment may be made in the form of cash or check (payable to Haverhill High School).  Please contact Mrs. Dion with any questions or concerns.
    Information for Seniors
    • On Wednesday September 27th at 6pm, the counseling office will host a Senior Parent College Information event.  This presentation will be held in the HHS Library and will cover the many facets of the college application process including standardized testing, letters of recommendation, and the admissions timeline.

     

    • College admission representatives are visiting HHS this fall.  All scheduled visits are listed in Naviance under the “Colleges” tab.  Students can sign up to meet with a college representative directly through Naviance or by signing up in the counseling office.  Students must sign up a minimum of one day in advance and will receive a pass to attend this appointment in their first period class.  Representatives from the following institutions will visit during the week of September 25th: University of St. Andrews in Scotland and Emmanuel College in Boston.

     

    • Boston University is hosting several Fall Visit Days for students.  These events will include an information session, covering everything from student life to study abroad opportunities to what makes an application competitive for admission.  Students and their families will also tour residence halls, hear from a faculty member, and eat lunch in a dining hall.  The events are scheduled for October 6th and 27th and run from 9am-1pm.  Visit http://www.bu.edu/admissions/visit-us/discover-bu-in-the-fall/ for more information and to RSVP.
    • Curry College will be hosting a workshop for high school students and their families titled “Navigating the College Search Process for Students with Learning Differences, AD/HD, and Executive Functioning Challenges”.  This workshop will take place on Tuesday October 3rd from 7-8:30pm on the Curry College campus in Milton.  For more information or to register for this event contact Michelle Bracken, Associate Director of Admission at bracken@curry.edu.
    • The Ron Brown Scholar Program seeks to identify students who will make significant contributions to society.  Applicants should demonstrate academic achievement, exhibit leadership ability, participate in community service activities, and have demonstrated financial need.  To be eligible, applicants must be U.S. citizens or permanent residents, Black/African-American, and current high school seniors.  Each year, 20 or more students are selected as Ron Brown Scholars and receive $10,000 annually for four years.  To be given early consideration students must apply by November 1st.  The final deadline to submit scholarship materials is January 9th.  Students who are interested in applying should visit the School Counseling Office for a copy of the application.
    • Upcoming Events:
      • MEFA College Financing Seminar– Thursday October 12th at 6:30pm in the HHS Auditorium (English presentation) and the Main Office Conference Room (Spanish presentation)
       If you have any questions please contact, Jami Dion, Supervisor of Guidance K-12 @ 978-374-5700 ext. 1133 or viam email @ jdion@haverhill-ps.org

    Hillie Happenings!

    September

    9/23 Saturday School Begins – Main Entrance Conference Room 8:30 a.m. – 11:30 a.m.

    Students must sign up with Mrs. Irons or Mr. Joyce prior to attending.

    9/25 Spirit Week –  Pajama Day

    9/26 Spirit Week – Mismatch Day

    Late Bus 3:15 p.m. – S13

    9/27 Spirit Week – Way Back Wednesday

    • Seniors – the 80’s!
    • Juniors – the 60’s!
    • Sophomores – the 90’s!
    • Freshmen – the 50’s!

    Late Bus 3:15 p.m. – S13

    9/27  Senior Parent College Information Night – Library – 6:00 p.m.

    9/28 Tropical Paradise Day – Wear your favorite tropical attire and all the money collected from Penny Wars that day will            be donated to the American Red Cross for Hurricane Relief.

    9/28 Term One – Progress Reports Issued

    Late Bus 3:15 p.m. – S13

    9/28 Bonfire – at HHS from 7:00 p.m. – 9:00 p.m. – Students must be picked up PROMPTLY at 9:00 p.m.

    9/29 Class T-Shirt Day or wear your Brown and Gold!

    9/29 Juniors and Seniors – Pep Rally 1:15 p.m. in the Gym

    9/30 VIP – Walk for Peace 1:00 p.m. – 3:30 p.m. From Swasey Filed to Silver Hill School

    9/30 Homecoming Game  vs. Methuen – 2:00 p.m. at Trinity Stadium

    9/30 Homecoming Dance – Cafeteria – Students enter from the E Lot – 7:00 p.m. – 10:00 p.m. – Students must be      picked up PROMPTLY at 10:00 p.m. Tickets will be $5.00 at the door.

    Enjoy the weekend!

    Beth Kitsos,Principal

    978-374-5700 xt. 1101 or 1154 or via email @ bkitsos@haverhill-ps.org

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  • Principal’s Weekly Update- 9/15

    Ernest DiBurro Clubhouse

    Last night, 9/15,  our HHS community, along with our city and state officials celebrated the grand opening of the Ernest DiBurro Clubhouse at Trinity Stadium. Through Mr. DiBurro’s vision, kindness and great generosity this facility has become a reality. Ernie’s generosity has allowed our athletic programs and facilities to flourish which will serve many for years to come. HHS will always be so grateful to Mr. DiBurro!

    Juniors and Seniors: HHS Test Prep Program

    We are eagerly anticipating the start of our partnership with Chyten Education for our juniors and seniors.  The senior program was originally set to begin on Monday September 18th.  To ensure that all final details are in place, we will be pushing back the start date for two weeks.  We will provide more information to both students and parents in the coming weeks.  Thank you for your patience and we look forward to bringing this great opportunity to Haverhill High School!

    HHS Semester Courses

    This year, 2017-2018 HHS has redesigned all classes, (except AP) into semester courses. In a letter to parents dated March 2017 it was explained that HHS will offer a multitude of new semester-long courses. Many of the courses at HHS were already designed by semesters and others were converted. All core-required courses still necessitate students to take both semesters for graduation purposes.

    HHS Wellness Program

    Last year HHS administration along with our wellness department met with student council representatives to discuss how we can bring our PE program to the next level. The outcome of these meetings was the elimination of PE II,  replacing it with a series of electives that get our students were interested in while also getting them to move and be more engaged. The new electives include:  CPR, Lifeguarding, Weightlifting, Yoga, and Personal Health and Fitness.

    HHS Progress Report and Report Card
    During 2016-2017, a team of HHS teachers worked for several months creating a report card that focuses more grading attention on actual mastery of subject matter than to the “path” to mastery. How much a student knows, understands, and is able to do as it relates to a subject need to be stressed more than “how hard” – or not one tries. While effort, participation, behavior, etc. are all important and worthy of discussion, they should be discouraged from being included in a grading rubric. A letter was sent home to parents in January 2016 informing parents of this plan.  During this school year, 2017-2018 HHS will use the redesigned report card and progress report. The plan is to send a hard copy of the progress reports home with students while report cards will be available in the parent portal. Students without internet access will be given a hard copy. HHS will be sending home another letter next week with this updated information.
    HHS NHS and NBHS
    Congratulations to 64 Hillies who were inducted into the National Honor Society last night and 12 Hillies inducted into the National Business Honor Society. It was a beautiful ceremony! Looking forward to all you will achieve this school year for Hillie Nation and our community. Congratulations again!
    Classical Academy
    The Classical Academy Parents Association would like to invite freshman parents to join our mailing list and Facebook group. Just send an email to HHSCAPA@gmail.com or search for “Haverhill High School Classical Academy” on Facebook.
    HHS Girl’s Volleyball

    On Sunday, October 1, 2017, the Haverhill HS Girls Volleyball Team is pleased to host a unique fundraising event, our fourth annual mattress sale! Our goal is to sell over 100 mattresses, with proceeds going directly to their Disney Trip. EVERY sale will help the students in the Haverhill High School Volleyball Team!

    When: Saturday, October 1, 2017
    Where: Haverhill High School Gym, 137 Monument St, Haverhill  from  10AM – 5PM

    If you need a new mattress before this sale or have any questions, please contact Jack Isaacs of Custom Fundraising Solutions at:  jisaacs@customfundraisingsolutions.com.

     

    School Counseling Update

    • The counseling office will be administering the PSAT/NMSQT to students in grades 10 and 11 on Wednesday October 11th at 7:25am.  Participation is not mandatory, but it is encouraged.  The PSAT is a standardized test that measures a student’s reading, writing, and math skills needed for college.  Students who take the PSAT receive important feedback on individual strengths and weaknesses as well as a personalized study plan for the SAT.  Juniors who take the PSAT are considered for eligibility through the National Merit Scholarship Program.  Students can sign up for the PSAT beginning next week in the counseling office.  The cost for this test is $16.  Payment can be made via cash, check (made payable to Haverhill High School), or bank check/money order.  There are a limited number of spaces available for this testing so please do not wait to register.  The deadline to register has been extended to October 2nd.

     

    • There will be a brief, 20 minute meeting, for parents/guardians of students currently enrolled in Advanced Placement (AP) classes at the conclusion of the Meet the Faculty Night on September 21st.  The meeting will begin at approximately 7:35pm and will be located in the Auditorium.  This meeting will discuss the AP exam deposits and fees, the AP agreement contract, enhanced support services for students, and the exam schedule for May.
    Information for Seniors
    • College admission representatives are visiting HHS this fall.  All scheduled visits are listed in Naviance under the “Colleges” tab.  Students can sign up to meet with a college representative directly through Naviance or by signing up in the counseling office.  Students must sign up a minimum of one day in advance and will receive a pass to attend this appointment in their first period class.  Representatives from the following institutions will visit during the week of September 18th: Southern Maine Community College, Lasell College, and Champlain College.

     

    • Boston University is hosting several Fall Visit Days for students.  These events will include an information session, covering everything from student life to study abroad opportunities to what makes an application competitive for admission.  Students and their families will also tour residence halls, hear from a faculty member, and eat lunch in a dining hall.  The events are scheduled for October 6th and 27th and run from 9am-1pm.  Visit http://www.bu.edu/admissions/visit-us/discover-bu-in-the-fall/ for more information and to RSVP.

     

    • Curry College will be hosting a workshop for high school students and their families titled “Navigating the College Search Process for Students with Learning Differences, AD/HD, and Executive Functioning Challenges”.  This workshop will take place on Tuesday October 3rd from 7-8:30pm on the Curry College campus in Milton.  For more information or to register for this event contact Michelle Bracken, Associate Director of Admission at bracken@curry.edu.
    • The Ron Brown Scholar Program seeks to identify students who will make significant contributions to society.  Applicants should demonstrate academic achievement, exihibit leadership ability, participate in community service activities, and have demonstrated financial need.  To be eligible, applicants must be U.S. citizens or permanent residents, Black/African-American, and current high school seniors.  Each year, 20 or more students are selected as Ron Brown Scholars and receive $10,000 annually for four years.  To be given early consideration students must apply by November 1st.  The final deadline to submit scholarship materials is January 9th.  Students who are interested in applying should visit the School Counseling Office for a copy of the application.
    • Upcoming Events:
      • Senior Parent College Information Night– Wednesday September 27th at 6pm in the Library
      • MEFA College Financing Seminar– Thursday October 12th at 6:30pm in the HHS Auditorium (English presentation) and the Main Office Conference Room (Spanish presentation)

    For questions about the HHS School Counseling Program, please contact Jami Dion, Supervisor of Guidance K-12 @ 978-374-5700 ext. 1133 or via email @ jdion@haverhill-ps.org

    Hillie Happenings:

    September 

     

    9/21      Meet the Administrators – 5:30 p.m. Main Entrance Conference Room

    Meet the Faculty – 6:00 p.m. – 7:30 p.m.

                 Our Hillie Store will be open – Please note they only take cash or checks.

    Advance Placement Parent Meeting – 7:35 p.m. – Auditorium

    9/23    Saturday School Beings – Main Entrance Conference Room 8:30 a.m. – 11:30 a.m.

    Students must sign up with Mrs. Irons or Mr. Joyce prior to attending.

    9/25   Spirit Week –  Pajama Day

    9/26 Spirit Week – Mismatch Day

    9/27 Spirit Week – Way Back Wednesday

    • Seniors – the 80’s!
    • Juniors – the 60’s!
    • Sophomores – the 90’s!
    • Freshmen – the 50’s!

    9/28 Tropical Paradise Day – Wear your favorite tropical attire and all the money collected from Penny Wars that day will              be donated to the American Red Cross for Hurricane Relief.

    9/28  Term One – Progress Reports Issued

    9/28 Bonfire – at HHS from 7:00 p.m. – 9:00 p.m.

    9/29 Class T-Shirt Day

    9/29 Juniors and Seniors – Pep Rally 1:15 p.m. in the Gym

    9/30 VIP – Walk for Peace 1:00 p.m. – 3:30 p.m.

    9/30  Homecoming Game  vs. Methuen – 2:00 p.m. at Trinity Stadium

    9/30  Homecoming Dance – Cafeteria – Students enter from the E Lot – 7:00 p.m. – 10:00 p.m. –

    **Students must be picked up from the dance PROMPTLY at 10:00 p.m.

    Have a wonderful weekend!

    Beth Kitsos
    Principal
    Haverhill High School
    978-374-5700 ext: 1103
    bkitsos@haverhill-ps.org
    twitter: bkitsos1

    “If your actions inspire others to dream more, learn more, do more and become more, you are a leader.” 
    John Quincy Adams

    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 9/8/17

    HHS is so fortunate to have a faculty who is committed not only during the school day to our students but after hours with our clubs. We are daily making announcements extending the invitation for our student to join and participate in the many clubs that HHS offers. Please encourage your child to join in on our extracurricular activities.

    Tuesday, September 12th

    Film Club – Room F20 with Mr. Brown

    Key Club – Room A13 with Mr. Hickey

    Art Club – Room A6 with Ms. Blim

    Band – Band Room – Every Tuesday after school with Mr. Tsioropoulos

    Wednesday, September 13th

    Freshmen Student Government – Room M17  with Ms. Pettis

    Ultimate Frisbee – Room F15 with Senor Elliott

    HHS Recognized by DESE

    The hard work done by the dedicated HHS staff has been recognized by DESE. The article below was shared by DESE in their August 2017 Monthly Instructional Support Newsletter!

    District Spotlight: Haverhill Public Schools

    There is a buzz in the content area classrooms of Haverhill High School (HHS).

    After being placed in Level 3 status, teachers and administrators at HHS engaged in a close collaborative examination of their MCAS data to determine their next steps. They visualized their data by test question by using different colors to highlight proficient, just under proficient, and low scores. HHS’s Data Specialist then aligned the results to the Massachusetts ELA/Literacy Curriculum Framework to determine key levers for curricular alignment and overall improvement.

    ESE’s Northeast District and School Assistance Center (DSAC) Team helped to implement and integrate the ELA/Literacy framework into history, science and math classrooms. HHS scheduled full days of professional development once a week with ESE – one or two periods each of English, History and Science teachers together. A school administrator participated in every professional development session, demonstrating that not only is everyone in the work together, but that everyone is a teacher of literacy.

    During professional development, staff examined MCAS passages and questions. Teams then identified the reasons why students did not answer questions correctly and connected passages to content areas. For example, staff identified that students were not consistently citing evidence from passages properly. By modeling teaching strategies with each group, the staff was able to take these best practices to their respective classrooms.

    HHS was also responsive to feedback from the state. For example, in classroom observations, ESE noted that teachers were asking too few higher-order questions, which was hampering student engagement and discussion. HHS immediately designed professional development sessions that focused on the practice of asking higher-order questions. Teachers brought their lesson materials to these sessions and worked collaboratively to plan higher-order questions for their lessons and units. Teachers then workshopped these questions with each other and monitored the subsequent amount of discourse. It was a “light bulb” moment for the team. Student engagement and productive discourse quickly increased. Teachers were excited to invite ESE staff back to see the improvements; many happily reported that they were no longer fielding one-word responses.

    HHS continues to be successful due to a number of factors, including:   

    • Trust shared by participants  
    • Gracious acceptance of constructive criticism and suggestions  
    • Shared understanding that literacy is the foundation for all learning. Reading and writing strategies are necessary for all classrooms 
    • Commitment to speaking and listening to one another on a regular basis, which leads to greater collaboration 

    During a Monitoring Site Visit in the spring, ESE noted that the climate at HHS is upbeat and that students are engaged. We appreciate their hard work and willingness to share their best practices! ESE will continue to support the effective implementation of the ELA/Literacy Curriculum Frameworks in a variety of ways during the school year. Please stay tuned! 

    “ATTENTION ALL HHS BAND MEMBERS!

    THE HILLIE NATION BAND HAD ITS FIRST WEEKLY AFTER SCHOOL PRACTICE ON TUESDAY, SEPTEMBER 6th from 2:15-3:30 IN THE BAND ROOM. THESE REHEARSALS ARE FOR ALL HHS BAND MEMBERS CURRENTLY ENROLLED IN BAND CLASS AND FOR ALL BAND MEMBERS WHO WERE UNABLE TO FIT BAND INTO THEIR SCHEDULES. THE HILLIE NATION BAND WAS  PREPARING FOR PERFORMANCES AT HILLIES FOOTBALL GAMES INCLUDING THEIR EXCITING “LONG LIVE QUEEN”​ HALFTIME FIELD SHOW”.

    Early College Program

    The HHS/NECC Early College Partnership started this week. Approximately 65 juniors and seniors who qualified for admission to this program began classes on Wednesday. A kick-off ceremony was held Tuesday, September 5 at the Haverhill campus where our students were welcomed by NECC President Dr. Lane Glenn and Dr. Noemi Custodia-Lora as well as other NECC staff. Students participated in Q & A session with NECC staff, were given their upcoming class schedules and had a tour of the campus. The trip ended with a cake welcoming all of them.

    Athletics

    Our athletic teams are in full swing and we wanted to be sure we shared a friendly reminder to all our students who attend the games. When at all Hillie events including athletic events, the administration expects all Haverhill Hillies to represent the school as the great young men and women we know that you all are. That being said, any derogatory language or gestures at the opposing team, fans, or referees from our student section will be dealt with swiftly and severely. If a student is caught using profanity or gestures, they will be asked to leave immediately from the arena. Also, they may face school consequences the following school day. Please show your Hillie Pride in appropriate ways!

    Good luck this weekend to all of our athletic teams and we hope to see our Hillie community tomorrow at Trinity Stadium with Coach O’Connor and the Varsity football team for their home opener at 2:00 p.m. against St. John’s Prep.

    MVP:Game Change 

    The MVP:Game Change student leaders, along with Mr. Steinberg and Ms. Massahos, are proud to announce that Haverhill High has been chosen for “Phase 3” of the peer leadership program through the Massachusetts Attorney General’s Office. In Phase 3, HHS students in the MVP leadership program will be trained on bringing their program on domestic violence and peer-to-peer healthy relationship building to middle school students throughout Haverhill. The training for the HHS students will begin on Sept. 18th for two days, with the hope that the MVP students will be in the middle schools by mid to late fall, facilitating discussions for students in grades 6-8 on these sensitive subjects

    Haverhill VIP Team (Violence Intervention & Prevention)

    This year, our Haverhill VIP Team is collaborating with the neighborhood group, Urban Kindness and the Mt. Washington Alliance. The event is free and open to the entire community. The event strives to raise awareness and celebrate the commitment of efforts within our community that address and prevent the impact of violence. Many students will be working hard to promote, perform and assist with the day’s activities. It provides a tremendous opportunity to highlight strong school-community engagement!

    The walk begins at 1:00 pm, rain or shine, at Swasey Field and ends at Silver Hill Elementary School with a celebration for all. We will  have music, snacks, zumba, games, youth speakers, face & pumpkin painting and info on community resources at the celebration. We will also be throwing color powder at 3 different times along the route. The kids LOVED that last year!

    Other Events:

    National Honor Society Induction Ceremony will be held on Thursday, September 14th starting at 6:30 p.m. in the Auditorium.

    Meet the Faculty will be held on Thursday, September 21st from 6:00 p.m. – 7:30 p.m.

    Advance Placement Meeting will be held in the Auditorium at 7:35 following the Meet the Faculty night.

    Progress Reports will be issued on September 28th.

    Homecoming – School Spirit Week will be September 25th through September 30th.

    School Counseling Update

    • The school counseling office welcomes Ms. Jennifer Cannon to the department.  Ms. Cannon is taking over for Mr. Downing.  Her caseload will include students in grade 9 and 10 with last names beginning with Ce – E and students in grades 11 and 12 with last names beginning Cl – El.  She can be reached at extension 1127 or via email at jennifer.cannon@haverhill-ps.org.  We are very excited to have her join our team!
    • Last year we announced a new partnership with Chyten Education to provide more opportunities for our students.  This year we will be offering test prep services, college application support, and essay writing workshops to all members of the junior and senior classes.  This is a wonderful opportunity for all of our students to assist them in opening the doors to a wide array of post-secondary options.  More information and details around the junior and senior programs will be coming soon.
    • The Add/Drop period for students to change classes or electives closes on Monday September 11th.  When picking courses last spring, students were advised to carefully choose their subjects and electives as making any changes once the master schedule is created can be difficult.  There are a limited amount of spaces in remaining electives and students may not always be able to switch into their top choices.
    • The counseling office will be administering the PSAT/NMSQT to students in grades 10 and 11 on Wednesday October 11th at 7:25am.  Participation is not mandatory, but it is encouraged.  The PSAT is a standardized test that measures a student’s reading, writing, and math skills needed for college.  Students who take the PSAT receive important feedback on individual strengths and weaknesses as well as a personalized study plan for the SAT.  Juniors who take the PSAT are considered for eligibility through the National Merit Scholarship Program.  Students can sign up for the PSAT beginning next week in the counseling office.  The cost for this test is $16.  Payment can be made via cash, check (made payable to Haverhill High School), or bank check/money order.  There are a limited number of spaces available for this testing so please do not wait to register.  The deadline to register is September 29th.
    • There will be a brief, 20 minute meeting, for parents/guardians of students currently enrolled in Advanced Placement (AP) classes at the conclusion of the Meet the Faculty Night on September 21st.  The meeting will begin at approximately 7:35pm and will be located in the Auditorium.  This meeting will discuss the AP exam deposits and fees, the AP agreement contract, and the exam schedule for May.
    • College admission representatives are visiting HHS this fall.  All scheduled visits are listed in Naviance under the “Colleges” tab.  Students can sign up to meet with a college representative directly through Naviance or by signing up in the counseling office.  Students must sign up a minimum of one day in advance and will receive a pass to attend this appointment in their first period class.  To kick off the college visits, a representative from Massachusetts College of Pharmacy and Health Sciences will be coming to HHS on Wednesday September 13th.
    • Upcoming Events (details coming soon!)
      • Senior Parent College Information Night- Wednesday September 27th
      • MEFA College Financing Seminar- Thursday October 12th
    Have a great week-end!
  • Principal’s Weekly Update- Week Ending September 1, 2017

    It’s hard to believe that summer is almost over. I hope everyone had a great vacation. There have been some changes here at HHS over the summer. With the departure of Associate Principal Kevin McLaughlin and freshmen Assistant Principal Dan Faircloth, who both moved on to take administrative positions elsewhere, it became an opportunity to review and think about the current HHS leadership structure and see if there was a different way to better serve our students and families. Starting this year, the HHS leadership team redesign consists of four AP’s,  each will be responsible for a different grade. They will stay with the same grade and loop with their students until that class graduates. The benefits of looping are many including building strong relationships with students, building strong relationships with parents/families and having more in-depth knowledge and a deeper understanding of their student needs. The current leadership team consists of veteran assistant principal’s  for grade 12, Mr. Matt Steinberg, and grade 11, Mr. Mike Rossetti. Brand new to the HHS administrative team are:

    Tamara Lobo – Assistant Principal Grade 9 at Haverhill High School

    Tamara Lobo will be the Assistant Principal, for Grade 9. Tamara is coming to us from Lawrence High School in the Upper School Academy where she served as a teacher of Biology and Chemistry since 2012. In addition to her teaching position, Tamara was the Science Department Head and served as an Acting Assistant Principal for a short time. She received her Certificate of Advance Graduate Study (CAGS) in School Leadership from American International College. She also received her Masters in Education in Secondary Education Biology from Boston College. We are so glad she is joining our Haverhill High School team.

    Ryan Brown – Assistant Principal Grade 10 at Haverhill High School

     Ryan Brown, a Biology Teacher at Haverhill High School since 2011 has been promoted to Assistant Principal of Grade 10. Ryan received his Masters of Science in Biology at the University of New Hampshire and is currently working on his Doctorate of Education at Rivier University. We are thrilled to have been able to promote from within our community and are confident he will contribute to the success of Haverhill High School in his new role. We wish him all the best on his new journey.

    Staff Changes 2017-2018

    HHS has seen many staff changes this new year. We have had several retirements as well as staff that have moved away to take other positions. We wish them well in their future endeavors. I am happy to welcome the new staff here to HHS. In a few weeks we will have all the staff emails up on the HHS website and I encourage much communication between parents and teachers.

    FRESHMEN ORIENTATION

    I was pleased to see the huge turnout of parents and students for the Freshmen Orientation held on August 17th. In the excitement of the evening, I did not officially welcome three of our local schools. To rectify that I am giving an official Hillie welcome Shout Out to:

    Hillview Hornets!!!

    Sacred Hearts Hawks!

    St. Joseph’s Saints

    STUDENT INFORMATION

    Student information sheets (green sheets) were mailed home in August. If you haven’t done so already please review, make any necessary changes and return to the school on Tuesday.

     HHS HANDBOOK

    Again this year Haverhill High School – in our efforts to reduce costs and reduce our carbon footprint- is offering the Student Handbook on-line only for review.  This will eliminate using over 60,000 pages of paper for this one handbook. It is available on the front page of our HHS Webpage and on the Parent/Student Resources page. The signature page is also available for parents to print and return to us.

    HHS MEET THE FACULTY 

    Meet the Faculty is scheduled on Thursday, September 21st from 6:00 p.m. – 7:30 p.m. It is our hope that all parents and guardians will continue as they did in the elementary and middle school years to participate in our Meet the Faculty and Parent-Teacher conference throughout the years here at Haverhill High school.

    ADVANCED PLACEMENT PARENT MEETING 

    A meeting will held for all AP parents at 7:30 p.m. in the auditorium after the Meet the Faculty session concludes.

     CLASS OF 2018

    Attention Seniors Class of 2018: There is currently a four-year, full-ride scholarship opportunity to top-tier colleges students through Quest Bridge! There is a deadline of September 27th for this scholarship! Reach out to Mr. Singh with the Chyten Group in the back of the Guidance Office with any questions!

     Middle School Language and Arts Loop

    Middle School Foreign Language and our Fine Arts Loop program kicks off on Wednesday. Those 8th grade students will be joining us during A period and will earn credits prior to attending their Freshmen year.  Our music program is also recruiting grade 7-8 students who want sing to join our chorus. Similar to the Language program, middle school students can participate in the HHS chorus during period A. They take the same buses back to their respective middle schools at the end of period A. Any students interested in joining the HHS chorus should email the Dean of Fine Arts, Ellen Mullane @ emullane@haverhill-ps.org

    Students who participate in either of these opportunities and attend HHS for high school can earn a fine art/foreign language credit. These students will enter high school already having 1-2 honors credits before their 9th grade year even starts. 

    Parent Portal Access

    Please make sure you have access to the HHS Parent Portal to stay current and on top of your students academic progress throughout this year. Working together we can make sure your child is successful and taking advantage of all the opportunities that HHS has to offer! If you do not have access yet email: portalsupport@haverhill-ps.org

    You must provide them with your students name and grade.

    School Counseling Update

    • The school counseling office welcomes Ms. Jennifer Cannon to the department.  Ms. Cannon is taking over for Mr. Downing.  Her caseload will include students in grade 9 and 10 with last names beginning with Ce – E and students in grades 11 and 12 with last names beginning Cl – El.  She can be reached at extension 1127 or via email at jennifer.cannon@haverhill-ps.org.  We are very excited to have her join our team!
    • Last year we announced a new partnership with Chyten Education to provide more opportunities for our students.  This year we will be offering test prep services, college application support, and essay writing workshops to all members of the junior and senior classes.  This is a wonderful opportunity for all of our students to assist them in opening the doors to a wide array of post-secondary options.  More information and details around the junior and senior programs will be coming soon.
    • Counselors have been busy making adjustments to student schedules to ensure that all students are placed in the correct classes and that everyone has a full course load.  The Add/Drop period for students to change classes or electives opened today and will remain open until Monday September 11.  Students looking to change an elective should come to the counseling office during the period in which they are looking to make a change.  When picking courses last spring, students were advised to carefully choose their subjects and electives as making any changes once the master schedule is created can be difficult.  There are a limited amount of spaces in remaining electives and students may not always be able to switch into their top choices.  Counselors will work with students on adding and dropping electives until the 11th.  
    • The counseling office will be administering the PSAT/NMSQT to students in grades 10 and 11 on Wednesday October 11th at 7:25am.  Participation is not mandatory, but it is encouraged.  The PSAT is a standardized test that measures a student’s reading, writing, and math skills needed for college.  Students who take the PSAT receive important feedback on individual strengths and weaknesses as well as a personalized study plan for the SAT.  Juniors who take the PSAT are considered for eligibility through the National Merit Scholarship Program.  Students can sign up for the PSAT beginning next week in the counseling office.  The cost for this test is $16.  Payment can be made via cash, check (made payable to Haverhill High School), or bank check/money order.  There are a limited number of spaces available for this testing so please do not wait to register.  The deadline to register is September 29th.
    • There will be a brief, 20 minute meeting, for parents/guardians of students currently enrolled in Advanced Placement (AP) classes at the conclusion of the Meet the Faculty Night on September 21st.  The meeting will begin at approximately 7:35pm and will be located in the Auditorium.  This meeting will discuss the AP exam deposits and fees, the AP agreement contract, and the exam schedule for May.  Any questions please contact Ms. Jami Dion, Supervisor of Guidance K-12 @978-374-5700 ext. 1133 or via email at jdion@haverhill-ps.org

    Have a wonderful Labor Day weekend!

    Beth Kitsos

    Principal

  • Haverhill High School Student Handbook 2017-2018

  • Haverhill High School Freshman Orientation

    Haverhill High School Freshman Orientation

    Thursday, August 17, 2017

    6:00 p.m.

    HHS Gymnasium

    Freshman Orientation 2017

    SPECIAL PRESENTATION

    HIDDEN IN PLAIN SIGHT

    Strengthen your detective skills as a parent. 

    We will set up a mock teen bedroom and see what you can find. Search this teen’s room for clues that might indicate drug or alcohol use. 

    August 17, 2017
    6:45 p.m.- 8:00 p.m. 

    Main Conference Room – Main Entrance
    Haverhill High School.  

    We will have staff members there ready to answer questions and walk you through the room.

    There is great power in being a parent. The power to reason. To influence. To make sense. To counter temptation.

    It comes from the heart and it comes without agendas or lectures. And make no mistake. Teenagers are fueled by it. Sustained by it. To use it is to keep them alive. To ignore it is to risk everything.

    Power to the Parent’s Hidden in Plain Sight room provides parents with clues from a teen’s bedroom to help them determine whether their child might be experimenting with or using drugs or alcohol. Room décor, hidden compartments and items to conceal use are located throughout the room.

    Add power to your parenting by being informed and then intervening if you think your child might be using drugs or alcohol. Addressing problem behavior early is important to preventing negative consequences of use including unsafe decision-making, car crashes and dependence.

  • Principal’s Summer Update 6-26-17

    Happy first full week of summer vacation!

    The HHS report cards and tentative 2017-2018 schedules should be mailed out by the end of this week. The final report cards are available in the portal now. See the School Counseling update below for specifics on criteria for requesting course changes.

    The summer reading lists are also posted on the HHS website. Students MUST read 2 books from the list as there will be an assignment given out the first few days back in August related to their reading. I attached the lists by grade to this email.

    2017-9thGradeSummerReading

    10thGradeSummerReadingList2017

    2017SummerReading11

    2017SummerReading12

    Summer school begins July 6, 2017 and will be held at HHS. Core courses offered based on enrollment. There is a cost for summer school. The brochure with all the details is below.

    HHS Summer School – 2017 Brochure

    Important: Class of 2019 Students and Parents

    HHS is again offering the Chyten Test Prep program to all juniors. See attached letter below with details.

    Chyten 6-26-17

    School Counseling 

    • Tentative schedules for first semester classes will be mailed home to students with final report cards.  Included in this 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.  Keep in mind that we are still in the process of balancing classes so there is a chance that while core academic classes will not change, it is possible that the class period or classroom will be different.  Final schedules will be available closer to the end of the summer and will also be posted to the student/parent portal on SchoolBrains.
    • Parents of the Class of 2018, for the first time the counseling office will be running several College Bootcamps in the month of August.  Topics covered during these sessions include Naviance, The Common App and other college application systems, scholarships, FAFSA, and the college essay.  The final bootcamp session will also involve a panel of admission representatives to answer questions about the college application process and what they look for in a potential applicant.  Bootcamp sessions will be offered on August 10, 11, 17, and 18 and will run from 12pm-2pm.  Sign ups for this great opportunity will be advertised in early July.  Students will be able to sign up by calling the department and registering with Ms. Gravel or through an online registration form which we will send out via email in July.  Each session will be capped at 20 students and so we encourage students to sign up once we release our program invitations.  We are very excited to be able to offer these sessions and look forward to helping our students prepare for their senior year!  

    Enjoy this summer weather we have waited so long for!

    Beth Kitsos, Principal: bkitsos@haverhill-ps.org

  • Haverhill High School 2017-2018 Calendar

  • Haverhill High School 2017 Summer School Brochure

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