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.

  • 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

  • Principal’s Weekly Update- Week Ending 1/13

    Second semester begins on Friday January 20th.  This means that students with semester courses in their schedule will need to report to new classrooms on Friday.  All second semester courses can be viewed in the Student Portal on School Brains.  Schedules for second semester classes will not be printed this year.  Students should log in and check their Student Portal account to see which classes they have in the new term as well as which classroom they are located in.  You can find this information by choosing “Schedule” the Student Portal menu bar.  Select Term 3 and click on “Display Schedule”.  The start time and classroom location will pop up when you hover over the name of your class.  Any student who does need a printed schedule can obtain one in the Main Office.  If you are missing a class on your schedule, you should see your guidance counselor BEFORE the semester begins! 

    FIRST CVTE PROGRAM AT HHS

    Haverhill High School is proud to announce that our Information Support Services and Networking (ISSN) has officially been granted Vocational status from Mitchell Chester, The Commissioner of Education for the Commonwealth of Massachusetts. This is the first Certified Chapter 74 Career Vocational Technical Education Program (CVTE) to be offered at Haverhill High School.  The new CVTE program at HHS will prepare students to attend highly competitive universities and colleges, as well as access Advanced Placement courses, complete certificate programs or immediately enter the high-demand STEM workforce. I’m really excited and proud to be able to offer such a high quality program to our students. I believe this is just one more example of how Haverhill High School is offering more and more opportunities to all students. More details about the program will follow in upcoming weekly updates.  This opportunity would not be possible without a collaborative effort and I want to recognize the many partners that helped make this possible:  Victoria Kelley, Career Academy Coordinator; Edward Roberts, Dean of STEM, IT Teachers Lance Gomes and Cliff Ashbrook, Lisa Hunt, Internship Coordinator; Brian Nagel, iSchool Technology Facilitator; Jennifer Foster, Guidance Counselor; Henry Toromoreno, Librarian; Michael Rossetti, Gr 10 Assistant Principal and the district support of our Supt. of Schools, Mr. James Scully, the Asst. Supt. of Schools Mr. Jared Fulgoni and the Director of Strategy, Accountability and ELE, Dr. Darshan Thakkar. Thanks to the many parents and local businesses who are members of the advisory board and have supported HHS since the beginning of this project.

    SOPHOMORE MCAS PREP COURSE

    Letters went out last week to Sophomores offering an MCAS prep course to help strengthen students 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.  In a review of our grade 10 students most recent grade 7 MCAS and grade 8 PARCC score’s in ELA as well as current teacher feedback for students who did not have any previous state assessment scores , we have developed an MCAS Prep course to occur from January 24 to March 16, after school on Tuesdays and Thursdays. Transportation will be provided if needed with the late bus. The course is developed to bring students to the next level. We have invited all students who were proficient and believe with extra prep could potentially score in the advanced category and be eligible for the John and Abigail Adams Scholarship. Students who were in the Needs Improvement category with MCAS prep can potentially move into high proficient or even advanced. For students who struggled, it is imperative that they participate so and they too can potentially achieve advanced or proficient. I know many parents pay for SAT or ACT prep and this is a free prep course.   I encourage you and your child to make this commitment to attend and together we can support your child in  reaching their highest potential on this state assessment. Keep in mind that attending every session is important for academic progress to be achieved. A licensed teacher will provide tutoring, and the instruction will be targeted to your child’s academic needs. High school students in Massachusetts must pass the Grade 10 ELA, Math and Science MCAS in order to graduate high school with a diploma. 

    Athletics Department:

    Currently our Hillie Athletic Department offers 35 sports programs and fields over 58 different teams. We want to increase that to 59 for the FY18 school year. We are excited and hopeful that we will see a big interest and be able to add a Hillie Girls Golf team to the mix next year. We have a sign-up sheet for those students who would like more information.

    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.

     Our annual 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!

    Seniors – Class of 2017

    Hard to believe that Seniors have only 78 days left at Haverhill High School. Our HHS Scholarship portal opened last week for all Seniors and on Tuesday they will be fitted for their caps and gowns.

    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!

    • Fisher College, located in Boston, visited HHS this past week.  We are very happy to announce that seven students received their acceptances and two of these students will even be invited to join the Honors Program! Congratulations goes out to these seniors! 
    • Northern Essex Community College will be at HHS on Tuesday January 17th at 10am.  Many students have already signed up for this event!  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/.  All senior English teachers distributed copies of the HHS Scholarship Database Directions in class this past week.  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.  

    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!
    • 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 any questions in regards to guidance please contact the Jami Dion, Supervisor of Guidance K-12 @ 978-374-5700 ext. 1133 or via email @jdion@haverhill-ps.org

    Reminder: No school on Monday 1/16 to celebrate  Dr.  Martin Luther King, Jr. Day.

    School re-opens Tuesday, 1/17!

    Have a safe and restful Weekend!

    Go Pats!!!

     

     

  • Principal’s Weekly Update- Week Ending 1/6/17

    HHS is back in session and heading into the last few weeks before second term marks close on January 19th. Mid term exams started yesterday, 1/5 and will continue on through 1/20. The schedule is posted on the website as well as all over the school.

    With 2nd semester almost upon us, it is important for students to make sure they have chosen their electives for the second semester. If students have empty spaces or study halls in their schedules they should schedule an appointment with their guidance counselor as soon as possible to review the courses that still have open seats. Second term starts 1/20/17.

    Our ELL students will begin their ACCESS Testing on January 9th and continues through the first week in February.  Federal and state laws require that English language learner (ELL) students be assessed annually to measure their proficiency in reading, writing, listening, and speaking English, as well as the progress they are making in learning English. In fulfillment of these laws, ELL students are required to participate in ACCESS for ELLs tests, which replaced MEPA tests beginning in the 2012-2013 school year.

    IMPORTANT FOR GRADE 10 STUDENTS: HHS has mailed out invitations to grade 10 students to attend our ELA MCAS tutoring program after school on Tuesdays and Thursdays from 2:30-3:30. The program will run from January 24 to March 16. Transportation will be provided with the late bus.

    Seniors Class of 2017! The HHS Scholarship Portal is open for all seniors.  Senior English teachers are distributing the instructions to this database in English classes.  Seniors, you are highly encouraged to sign in to this website using your computer login information and apply to any and all scholarships for which you meet the criteria.  The scholarship portal will close on March 31st- please start the process as soon as possible and don’t wait until the last-minute!

     On January 10th starting at 10 am a representative from Fisher College will be in the guidance conference room to do the “On the Spot” Acceptance Day for students.  Student who are interested please get a pass from your teacher to visit the guidance suite and sign up with your guidance counselor. For more information please check Naviance for more details. 

    Recently, the senior class raffled off tickets to a Boston Celtic game. Senior Jorge Laboy won the tickets of our Celtic raffle and had his picture taken on the court at the game. Visit the HHS website for the picture.

    TONIGHT is the first home game for the boys basketball team vs. Lowell at 7 p.m. in the gym. Come on out and support your team.

    SAVE THE DATE 1/26/17: Please join us for Hillies Got Talent, Talent show on Thursday, January 26th starting at 6:30 pm in the HHS auditorium. HHS has so very many talented students that this should be a great show.

     Girls Ice hockey is currently undefeated and will be taking on Methuen Saturday, 4PM at home. Hope to see you there!

    Attention: Grade 8 Students: The Haverhill High School Fine Arts Academy is excited to offer you a chance to join our NEW ART STUDIO class as part of the Arts LOOP program. This opportunity is open to all 8th grade students who wish to explore painting, drawing, sculpture and printmaking! Students will come to HHS during first period 7:20- 8:15 and will be transported back to their middle schools. Students will receive and Honors level credit upon completion of the class. Don’t miss out on this opportunity as space is limited to 15! Any questions? Please email: Ellen Mullane, Dean of Fine Arts at: emullane@haverhill-ps.org

    On December 22, 2016 HHS mailed out the letters to grade 8 students who took the Classical Academy Entrance exam.  The letters home indicated either that the student has met the initial benchmark invites students to submit materials for the next phase of review.  This letter also includes two forms: the teacher recommendation and the request for report cards/attendance history.  BOTH of these forms must be completed and sent back to us by February 1st.  At that point we will make final decisions and mail them out most likely by the beginning of March along with an invitation to the spring open house (date TBA). If you have questions please contact the Supervisor of Social Studies and Foreign Language, Rashaun Martin @:rmartin@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 several 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!

    • Fisher College, located in Boston, will be at HHS on Tuesday January 10th at 10am.  Students should see their counselor for an application and to schedule their appointment. 
    • Northern Essex Community College will be at HHS on Tuesday January 17th at 10am.  A number of students have already signed up for this event!  Students interested in attending this session should see their counselor to sign up!  

    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/.  All senior English teachers distributed copies of the HHS Scholarship Database Directions in class this past week.  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.  

    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!

    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/.

     

     

  • Principal’s Weekly Update- Week Ending 12/22

    The holiday break is upon us. Even with the reduced day I am happy to report that today’s attendance at HHS was good compared to last year’s on the early release day!

    A special thank you to our Juniors former Hunking North students who attended the Hunking School Celebration yesterday. You were fantastic in every way!

    Sign-ups for the Haverhill High School Talent Show Auditions are outside of Miss Massahos’ office in Guidance. Auditions will be Tuesday, January 3rd at 3:20 p.m. in the auditorium and Wednesday, January 4th at 2:30 p.m. in the auditorium. Hope to see you there! 

    Auditions for this year’s spring musical, “The Mystery of Edwin Drood”, will be held on Wednesday, January 4th and Thursday, January 5th from 2:15 to 3:30 in room A19. All those who will be auditioning please be sure you are prepared to sing a song, of your own choosing, at the audition.

     Saturday School – will resume on Saturday, January 7th. Please see Mr. Joyce or Mrs. Irons if you have any questions or need to attend.

    Posted on the HHS website are the students recognized for the November Students’ of the Month. Please visit the HHS website to review the list.

     Mid-terms begin on Thursday, January 5th. The schedule is posted on the webpage

    HHS continues the late bus for students who stay after for extra help or clubs. The bus will pick up students in the circle by the main entrance and all students must have a bus pass from their teacher in order to take the bus home. If you are released early from your teacher we ask that you wait quietly in the main entrance conference room. Please remember that there are specific stops and this is not a door to door service. In addition to the 10th Avenue and Main Street stop added just before the break, Mrs. Kitsos’ has added River Street at Jaffarian Motors.

    The Italian teachers Ms. Polichetti-Diskin and Ms. Laffey, have created an Italian newsletter. I am sharing the link with you below. Please check it out.

    https://hhsitalian.wordpress.com/

    School Counseling Update

    Important Information for Seniors!  

    On the Spot Admissions Events

    The Counseling Office at HHS has worked hard to establish several 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!

    • Salem State University was here at HHS on Monday December 19th.  We are proud to announce that 11 members of the senior class received their acceptances during this event!  Congratulations goes out to these very happy seniors!
    • Fisher College, located in Boston, will be at HHS on Tuesday January 10th at 10am.  Students should see their counselor for an application and to schedule their appointment.   

    Scholarship Information

      • The HHS Scholarship Portal will open 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/.  All senior English teachers will receive copies of the HHS Scholarship Database Directions to distribute in class when we return from break.  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.  

    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!

    Students considering the Mass Transfer program were you begin your college education at a community college and then transfer to a 4-yr. state university, an important announcement was made this week.  Governor Baker and leaders of MA public colleges and universities released the following message for students and families worried about college costs: if you can make a commitment to complete your college education in four-year, they will help you save an average of 40% off the cost of a traditional bachelor’s degree.  

    How it works: 

    • Start at one of the 15 Massachusetts Community Colleges and enroll in one of the dozens of Associate to Bachelor’s (A2B) Mapped degree programs
    • Maintain a 3.0 GPA and finish the program within 2 1/2 years
    • Transfer to a State University or UMass campus and continue full-time

    Students will get:

    • A freeze on mandatory fees for up to 4 1/2 years
    • A MassTransfer tuition credit worth an average of $1,200 at a state university or UMass campus
    • A 10% rebate after each successfully completed semester
    • An associate degree and a bachelor’s degree at an average cost of $28,618 before financial aid- less than many students pay to attend college for a single year

    To learn more about the Commonwealth Commitment, please visit the Massachusetts Department of Higher Education’s website at www.mass.edu/macomcom.

    PSAT/NMSQT Score Reports are now available online at studentscores.collegeboard.org.  Any grade 10 or 11 student who took the PSAT/NMSQT in October and who provided an email address on their answer sheet will be able to log in to the College Board website with the access code and view their score reports online.  If you did not receive your access code via email you can still create a College Board account if you don’t already have one, log in, provide some basic information about yourself and you will be connected with your scores.  Be sure to link your College Board account with Khan Academy to take full advantage of the personalized FREE SAT prep services!  Any student who is not able to log in to this site may see their counselor for assistance.  

    From all staff at HHS we hope all of our students and their families have a safe and happy holiday break!

    We will see you back here on January 3, 2017!

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