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.

  • Haverhill High School – Program of Studies 2018-2019

  • Principal’s Weekly Update- April 13, 2018

    There is no Saturday School tomorrow, Saturday April 14th. The next Saturday School is Saturday, April 28th.

    Term 3 – Report Cards – Parent-Teacher Conferences

    Term 3 grades closed on Tuesday. Our report card will be electronically distributed via the parent portal on Monday, April 23, 2018, after 3:00 p.m. Students without internet access will be given a paper copy. If you need a paper copy please have your child visit the HHS Main Office and add their name to the report card issued log. Parent-Teacher Conferences will be held on Thursday, April 26, 2018, from 6:00 p.m. – 7:30 p.m.

    Spanish Club

    Spanish Club will be having a fundraiser at Uno Pizzeria and Grill on Thursday, April 26, 2018. Uno will donate up to 20% of the check. Hope to see you there.

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    MCJROTC

    We firmly believe that Spring is here and so does our ROTC Cadets. What a workout! Great energy, focus and determination was witnessed today! Excellent job to Major Martin, Gunny Danis and all our students.

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    Credit for Life

    This was our 5th Credit for Life Fair.  Approximately 60 juniors participated in a “real world” simulated budget activity.  There were 9 businesses that supported us:  Auto Fair Ford Haverhill, Costello Insurance, Coldwell Banker, Salon Riza, Cedardale, Emmaus House, Canobie Lake, Men’s Wearhouse, and Haverhill Bank. Top participants (voted by Haverhill Bank and Men’s Wearhouse) were Emma Atwood and Devon Cunningham, who will receive complimentary junior social tickets.  In addition, Matt Maginnis and Andrew Deluca were awarded a free suit rentals for their great interviewing skills.  Kristen Clohesy, Briana Rodriguez, Isabella Whelan, Lydia Swain, Courtney Venditti, Yenisa Defex, and Alan Millien received consolation prizes for their great effort.  Salon Riza also raffled off a gift card to a updo” for junior social

    Winner of the Credit for Life Raffle from Salon Riza: Ticket #506540

    We would also like to give a shout out to the most outstanding Credit for Life Fair participants: Emma Atwood and Devon Cunningham. They are taking home Junior Social tickets!

    Design Contest

    To all of our creative Hillies: The Haverhill Education Foundation design contest for HHS students continues. Design a new logo for the Haverhill Education Foundation and if selected you could win a $200 Amazon Gift Card. For additional details on the contest and to pick up a submission form please see Mrs. Mullane, Dean of Fine Arts in room A10. The deadline is Monday, April 30, 2018.

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    Spirit Week:

    When we return from vacation on Monday, April 23rd we will be kicking off Spirit Week!

    • On Monday it will be Pajama Day!
    • Tuesday it will be Meme and Vine Day! “You’re not my Dad!”
    • Wednesday it will be Red, White, and Blue Day!
    • Thursday – Your Favorite Sports Team Day and that night will be the Drive in Movie night in the parking lot on campus!
    • On Friday Hillie Nation will be dressed in brown and gold! That night the tradition of the annual Powderpuff Game at Trinity Stadium continues.
    • Spirit week concludes with our Spring Dance! It will be held in the HHS Cafeteria on Saturday, April 28th from 7:00 to 10:00. Students must be picked up promptly at 10:00 p.m. and this is open to HHS students only.

    Early College

    Just a quick reminder to our Early College students that your classes at NECC are in session next week! A bus will run from HHS as regularly scheduled.

    Unified Teams

    We are so thrilled at the athletic opportunities at Haverhill High School. We have over 35 sports programs and field over 55 different teams. We wanted to share how proud we are that two new teams have been added this year. Haverhill High School sponsored last fall a Unified Basketball Team and for Spring a Unified Track and Field team. These teams are supported by the MIAA and by the Special Olympics, and brings together students with and without intellectual abilities on the basketball court and on the track and field. These teams will be competing against other schools in the Merrimack Valley Conference.

    Fine Arts Department

    We would like to take a moment and thank all of Hillie Nation and our community members who came out and supported our students in this years’ musical Mary Poppins! Many rehearsal hours went into this production! In addition to our students singing and dancing  we also had students playing in the live band. The kites were flying…it was quite a production!

    National Letter of Intent

    Congratulations to Mary Rose Sneed on signing her National Letter of Intent to Play Volleyball at New Haven!

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    Hillie Nation is working hard on giving back to our community!

    Earth Day

    One week from this Saturday on April 21st – Mr. Becker a Hillie Science Teacher will be hosting a cleanup at Lake Pentucket also known as Round Pond from 9:00 a.m.-12:00 noon during the citywide Earth Day event.  It is great way to pitch in and help clean up our city parks and trails! This is a tradition Mr. Becker started during his Nettle Knight days. We hope all community members will join in and make Haverhill beautiful on April 21st!

    Food Bank

    We are collecting nonperishable food items for the local Food Bank. The food bank serves many families in need within our community. Students can drop off  items thru May 21stSo much is needed including canned vegetables and fruits, peanut butter and jelly, cereal, rice, beans, pasta, and juice. We thank everyone who has donated so far!

    School Counseling Update
    Any student taking an AP exam in May must attend one pre-administration session.  The purpose for holding a pre-administration session is to save time on exam day by having students complete required information on their first AP exam answer sheet.  These sessions last approximately 45 minutes and will all be held directly after school in the library at 2:20pm.  Students must bring their school ID and a #2 pencil (no mechanical pencils allowed) to the session.  It is the student’s responsibility to inform Mrs. Dion, Ms. Foster, or Ms. Cannon if they cannot attend a pre-administration session for any reason.  The dates available for pre-administration are as follows:
    • Tuesday April 24
    • Wednesday April 25
    • Thursday April 26
    • Tuesday May 1
    • Wednesday May 2
    • Thursday May 3
    Featured Scholarships
    • Christopher Drelich Memorial Scholarship
      • Deadline: April 26
      • Criteria: student who is pursuing a degree in music or music education
      • Students must submit an essay to Guidance on how music has changed your life and your decision to pursue a degree in music or music education
    • Pentucket Kiwanis Scholarship
      • Deadline: April 30
      • Criteria: B/C grade average, good character, community service, and financial need
      • Applications are available in Guidance or in Naviance.  Completed applications should be mailed to the Pentucket Kiwanis Scholarship Committee.
    Class of 2018 Reminders
    • We still continue to receive scholarship applications in the Counseling Office.  Seniors, be sure to check Naviance for new scholarships!
    • Seniors, don’t forget to update your counselor and enter the college application decisions in your Naviance account!  We are eagerly waiting to see which colleges students are being accepted to and we like to share this news!
    If you have questions about guidance please contact Jami Dion, Supervisor of Guidance K-12 @ 978-374-5700 ext. 1133 or via email @ jdion@haverhill-ps.org

    What’s Ahead!

    • April 10: Term 3 Marks Close
    • April 11: Term 4 Begins
    • April 16: No School – Patriot’s Day
    • April 17-20: No School – Spring Recess
    • April 23-27: Spirit Week
    • April 23: Report Cards Issued – Parent Portal
    • April 24: Glee Club Coffee House – Library 7:00 p.m.
    • April 25: Early College Registration – Library 6:00 p.m.
    • April 26: Parent Teacher Conferences – 6:00 p.m. – 7:30 p.m.
    • May 1: Academic Awards – By invitation
    • May 2: Coffee House – Senior Spotlight – 7:00 p.m. – Library
    • May 2: Italian Night 6:30 p.m. – Auditorium
    • May 3: Mr. HHS 7:00 p.m. – Auditorium
    • May 7 18: AP Testing

    I want to take a moment to thank all of the faculty and support staff at Haverhill High for their daily commitment to the success of every student. Their hard work is recognized and truly is appreciated.

    On behalf of the entire leadership team at Haverhill High School, we wish everyone a safe and enjoyable break! I hope everyone has an opportunity to relax, renew and prepare to finish up the final nine weeks of classes strong.

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    Beth Kitsos, Principal

    bkitsos@haverhill-ps.org

  • Principal’s Weekly Update- April 6, 2018

    NECC – College for a Day

    On Wednesday, April 11th Northern Essex Community College will be hosting an event called “College for a Day.”During this event prospective students have the opportunity to sit in on a real college class and explore everything the campus has to offer! Haverhill High School will be attending this event! A bus will be transporting students to NECC at 8:00 a.m. and returning to the high school at 1:35p.m. If you are interested in learning more about NECC and would like to attend this field trip please stop by the guidance suite and pick up a field trip form! The forms need to be returned by Monday, April 9th.

    Class of 2021 – Pie Fundraiser

    Participate in our Mann Orchard Pie fundraiser. Each pie is $10, order as many as you like. Order forms and money are due to Ms. Pettis in M17 by April 27th. Pies will be delivered on Friday May 11, 2018. All proceeds go to the class of 2021.

    Golden Book Trophy Award

    We want to take a moment to recognize a Hillie Nation Faculty Member! Monthly a Golden Book Trophy Awardfrom one staff member to another is awarded for positively influencing our working environment and boosting morale in a meaningful way. Earlier this week at the monthly Faculty Meeting it was awarded to Ms. Siegfriedt! Congratulations!

    Italy Trip 2019

    The Italy Trip 2019 is on and the students are planning a fundraiser at Uno’s Pizzeria in Haverhill on April 12th. Patrons need to present a coupon to the wait staff in order for us to receive a percentage of the sales for that day.

    Earth Day

    On Saturday, April 21st – Mr. Becker will be hosting a cleanup at Lake Pentucket (Round Pond) from 9:00 a.m.-12:00 noon.  Any Interested Haverhill High School student or staff member should sign up with Mr. Becker in room 118.  Please consider being part of this citywide Earth Day event.  It is great way to pitch in and help clean up our city parks and trails!

    Model UN

    This week members of our Model UN team participated in the 2018 UMass Lowell Model United Nations Conference. We are so pleased to announce that two Hillies took home awards. On the NATO Council Committee:  – LJ Trevette took second place. The topics included: Addressing the Burden Sharing and Defense Spending Pledge and Nuclear Threats to NATO Member States. In the Security Council session– Sean Cokely earned second place with topics on The Situation in Myanmar, The Situation in Venezuela and Crisis. Congratulations LJ and Sean and to all our Model UN students who participated!

    Power Soccer

    Save the Date:  Power Soccer, a community athletic team with one of our own Hillies participating, is having their first ever home game on April 28th and it is our hope that Hillie Nation will come out and support this team. Power Soccer is a sport designed and developed specifically for power wheelchair users and is played on a regulation basketball court. Hillies are invited to the first home game on Saturday, April 28th from 2:00 – 4:00 at Haverhill High.

    HHS Fine Arts Academy

    Mary Poppins – opening night was quite the success last night! It was a treat to watch our students acting, dancing and singing. We are so thrilled for everyone involved! This is a classic production that you do not want to miss! The show continues tonight at 7:00 p.m. and tomorrow Saturday with a matinee at 2:00 p.m. and the final performance at 7:00 p.m. Tickets: Adults $8 and Students & Senior Citizens $5.  Tickets will be available at the door.

    Canned Food Drive

    Please help us collect nonperishable food items for the local Food Bank. The food bank serves many families in need within our community. Students can drop off your items in Ms. LaBelle’s room 210 thru May 21stSo much is needed including canned vegetables and fruits, peanut butter and jelly, cereal, rice, beans, pasta, and juice. Special“Red Noses” will be given out the last week to the most creative givers!

    HHS Campus

    I want to take a moment to share a reminder to all drivers on campus that the speed limit is 10 mph at all times. This includes the evenings and weekends. During the school day and when staffed for special events, all drivers (students, staff, parents, guardians, community members…) are to stop when asked for our Security Guard at our Guard Shack. We also wanted to remind everyone that if you have a meeting in the building during school hours that you must enter through the main entrance. If your meeting is in the building beyond the main office then you must present a valid driver’s license or state ID card and sign in at our security kiosk where a name tag will be issued.  Thank you all in advance for your cooperation.

     Junior Social

    The Junior Social will be held on May 11, 2018 from 6:00 p.m. – 10:00 p.m. at DiBurro’s Function Hall in Haverhill. Tickets will be on sale on April 24th, 25th and 26th. More information will be shared at the Junior Assembly on Tuesday.

     Senior Prom

    The Senior Prom will be held on May 29, 2018 from 5:30 p.m. – 10:30 p.m. at Castleton Banquet and Conference Center in Windham, NH. Tickets sales TBD.

    School Counseling Update
    Any student taking an AP exam in May must attend one of six scheduled pre-administration sessions.  The purpose for holding a pre-administration session is to save time on exam day by having students complete required information on their first AP exam answer sheet.  These sessions last approximately 45 minutes and will all be held directly after school in the library at 2:20pm.  Students must bring their school ID and a #2 pencil (no mechanical pencils allowed) to the session.  It is the student’s responsibility to inform Mrs. Dion, Ms. Foster, or Ms. Cannon if they cannot attend a pre-administration session for any reason.  The dates available for pre-administration are as follows:
    • Tuesday April 10
    • Thursday April 12
    • Tuesday April 24
    • Wednesday April 25
    • Thursday April 26
    • Tuesday May 1
    • Wednesday May 2
    • Thursday May 3
    Class of 2018 Reminders
    • We still continue to receive scholarship applications in the Counseling Office.  Seniors, be sure to check Naviance for new scholarships!
    • Seniors, don’t forget to update your counselor and enter the college application decisions in your Naviance account!  We are eagerly waiting to see which colleges students are being accepted to and we like to share this news!
    If you have questions about guidance please contact Jami Dion, Supervisor of Guidance K-12 @ 978-374-5700 ext. 1133 or via email @ jdion@haverhill-ps.org

    April Events:

    April 6:  Mary Poppins – Auditorium – 7:00 p.m.

    April 7:  Mary Poppins – Auditorium – 2:00 p.m.

    April 7:  Mary Poppins – Auditorium – 7:00 p.m.

    April 10: Site Council – Main Office Conference Room 3:00 p.m.

    April 10: Term 3 Marks Close

    April 11: Term 4 Begins

    April 16: No School – Patriot’s Day

    April 17-20:  No School – Spring Recess

    April 23:  Report Cards Issued – Parent Portal

    April 24:  Glee Club Coffee House – Library 7:00 p.m.

    April 25:  Early College Registration – Library 6:00 p.m.

    April 26: Parent Teacher Conferences – 6:00 p.m. – 7:30 p.m.

    Have a good week-end!

    Beth Kitsos, Principal

  • Principal’s Weekly Update- March 30, 2018

    Distinguished Service Award

    In January I received notification that Tom O’Brien our Director of Athletics, Physical Education and Wellness, will be awarded the NIAA (National Interscholastic Athletic Administrators Association) Distinguished Service Award.This will be presented to Tom tonight at the Massachusetts Secondary Schools Athletic Directors Association  (MSSADA) Annual Awards Banquet. Tom truly is most deserving of this honor and we are so very grateful for all he does for the students of Hillie Nation. Congratulations Tom!

    English Language Arts (ELA) MCAS

    Grade 10 students completed the first round of MCAS Testing. Students who missed any of the reading comprehension sessions, (1-3) can make them up next week, April 2-4. If a student missed the long composition there is only one make-up day, which is Thursday, April 5th.

    Autism Awareness

    The month of April is Autism Awareness month! This Monday, April 2nd we ask all of Hillie nation to wear blue in support of Autism Awareness.

    Model UN Alumni

    The alumni in the Model UN Programs are doing amazing! Caroline Mulligan is the Secretary of Suffolk University’s Model UN program! Alejandro Lopez is the Secretary General in charge of the entire program at UMass, Lowell! We are thrilled to announce that next year, Grace Stanton is the Secretary General, again in charge of the program, of the National High School Model United Nations conferences in New York City. This is the biggest one in the world, it works with the actual UN and involves upwards to 60 different countries!! Go Hillies!!

    Hillie Wrestlers:

    Congratulations to our Hillie wrestlers who competed last weekend in Virginia Beach at the National Tournament.  Senior Nick Tejada, Junior Sam Prescott, and Sophomores Jake Nicolosi and Steven Wise each won a match on the national stage, and Jake Nicolosi finished in the top 20 in the nation!!  It was a phenomenal weekend and experience for these four fine young men!! Congratulations Hillies!

    Canned Food Drive

    Please help us collect nonperishable food items for local Food Bank. The food bank serves many families in need within our community. Students can drop off items in Ms. LaBelle’s room 210 thru May 21st.  So much is needed including canned vegetables and fruits, peanut butter and jelly, cereal, rice, beans, pasta, and juice. Special “Red Noses” will be given out the last week to the most creative givers!

    Cafeteria Updates:

    Starting Monday, April 2nd:

    • ​Make your own salad bar offered daily!
    • Grab & Go Chicken Nugget station will be located in the Snack Bar.
    • Made to order “Deli Bar” will be located in the main cafeteria.
    • Self-Serve condiments on the Nacho Line!

    New Food Line order in the main cafeteria.  Lines are numbered and in order of the new menu.

    Line #1 – Burger Bar

    Line #2 – Nacho Bar

    Line #3 – Pizza

    Line #4 – Chicken Tenders

    Line #5 – Self Serve Deli & Made to order Deli Bar

    Line #6 – Daily Chef Specials

    • New Decor!

    Mary Poppins – Spring Musical – April 5-7, 2018

    Please gather your family and friends next weekend and come see a performance of Mary Poppins. Our cast includes Olivia Azzarito & Caitlin McCutcheon, playing Mary Poppins, JJ Castillo & Aaron Povenmire, playing Bert. The roles of Mrs. Banks will be performed by Elizabeth George, and the role of Mr. Banks will be played by Ollie Longo and Kam Brooksmore. Jane Banks will be played by Natalie Plourde and Emily Hendrick, and Michael Banks will be played by Jared Filaseta and Elijah Martinez. Wishing the best to all our performers and all of our students working behind the scenes!

    Tickets are available at the door: Students and seniors: $5.00, adults: $8.00

    Career Day at Lawrence General Hospital
    The Freshman students in our Healthcare Occupations program spent March 23rd at Lawrence General Hospital learning about various career opportunities within Healthcare.  The students were able to tour various departments, such as Surgical Services and the Laboratory, as well as participate in Round Table Discussions with professionals from many other departments throughout the hospital including Radiology, EMT, Nursing, Hospitalists, etc.  The students learned a lot and look forward to volunteering for the hospital when they are older!  Special Thanks to Brenda LeBlanc, Volunteer Coordinator, for her efforts in planning this wonderful event for area students.
    Third Annual Job Fair
    Students were fortunate to have several businesses attend this year’s Third Annual Job Fair this past Monday, March 26th.  Representatives from Continental Pools, High Sierra Pools, Home Depot, New England Utility, Renewal by Anderson, Workforce Investment Board and the YMCA were available to discuss possible summer job opportunities during the students’ lunch periods.  Thank you to the businesses for their participation!  Available Job Opportunities can be found at our online Job Board http://hhs.haverhill-ps.org/parents/job-opportunities/.  For more information about our Job Board, please contact Lisa Hunt at lhunt@haverhill-ps.org.
    School Counseling Update
    Any student taking an AP exam in May must attend one of six scheduled pre-administration sessions.  The purpose for holding a pre-administration session is to save time on exam day by having students complete required information on their first AP exam answer sheet.  These sessions last approximately 45 minutes and will all be held directly after school at 2:20pm.  More information will be sent out next week.  It is the student’s responsibility to inform Mrs. Dion, Ms. Foster, or Ms. Cannon if they cannot attend a pre-administration session for any reason.  The dates available for pre-administration are as follows:
    • Tuesdays: April 10 & 24 or May 1
    • Wednesdays: April 25 or May 2
    • Thursdays: April 12 & 26 or May 3
    Class of 2018 Reminders
    • The HHS Scholarship Portal will close on March 30th.  However, keep in mind that we still continue to receive scholarship applications in the Counseling Office.  Seniors, be sure to check Naviance for new scholarships!
    •  Seniors, don’t forget to update your counselor and enter the college application decisions in your Naviance account!  We are eagerly waiting to see which colleges students are being accepted to and we like to share this news!
    Upcoming School Counseling Events
    • An AP Potential Information Session will be held on April 4th at 5pm in the HHS Library for the parents/guardians of students interested in taking AP courses for the 2018-2019 school year.  This presentation will take place directly before the College Fair.
    • Annual HHS College Fair will be held on Wednesday April 4th at 6pm in the HHS Library.  Over 60 colleges, universities, and technical programs will be in attendance!  The complete list of schools is attached.

    College Fair 2018 3-20

    • We hope to see you there!
    • HHS will host ASVAB testing on Tuesday April 3rd beginning at 7:30am.  The ASVAB, or Armed Services Vocational Aptitude Battery, is a 3 hour exam that is used for two purposes.  The ASVAB is the exam students must take for eligibility determination for military enlistment and job selection.  The ASVAB can also be used by any student, regardless of interest in the military, to asses skills in four major domains (verbal, math, science/technical, and spatial).  This test can also be used as a career exploration tool to help students make informed decisions about potential occupations.  Student scores are not released to the military though this exam.  
    If you have questions about guidance please contact Jami Dion, Supervisor of Guidance K-12 @ 978-374-5700 ext. 1133 or jdion@haverhill-ps.org

    April Events:

    April 4: HHS College Fair – Library – 6:00 p.m.

    April 5: Mary Poppins – Auditorium – 7:00 p.m.

    April 6:  Mary Poppins – Auditorium – 7:00 p.m.

    April 7:  Mary Poppins – Auditorium – 2:00 p.m.

    April 7:  Mary Poppins – Auditorium – 7:00 p.m.

    April 10: Site Council – Main Office Conference Room 3:00 p.m.

    April 10: Term 3 Marks Close

    April 11: Term 4 Begins

    April 16: No School – Patriot’s Day

    April 17-20:  No School – Spring Recess

    April 23:  Report Cards Issued – Parent Portal

    April 24:  Glee Club Coffee House – Library 7:00 p.m.

    April 25:  Early College Registration – Library 6:00 p.m.

    April 26: Parent Teacher Conferences – 6:00 p.m. – 7:30 p.m.

    Have a wonderful week-end!

    Beth Kitsos, Principal

  • Principal’s Weekly Update- March 23, 2018

    IMPORTANT: MCAS ELA Assessment for grade 10: March 27-March 29

    This is a reminder to all students taking the MCAS ELA Test –students should report to their assigned testing rooms beginning Tuesday, March 27 through Thursday March 29, promptly at 7:20 AM, for the MCAS ELA test.Testing room assignments will also be posted in the Mall outside the cafeteria and outside 200’s office. I encourage parents to remind their child that this state assessment is a culmination of everything they have learned in ELA for the past 10 years so they should not be stressed about it. This is a graduation requirement as well as one of the qualifiers for the John and Abigail Adams scholarship so students should make sure they do not leave any test questions incomplete.

     More Parent Input Needed: NEASC Survey

    If you haven’t had a chance to complete the NEASC Survey please take a moment to complete. NEASC will visit HHS in November of 2019. The responses from the parent, student and staff surveys will help guide us as we complete the self-study process. HHS currently has approximately 1850 students. So far we have received 210 parent responses which is 11%.  We are trying t get 20%. See attached link below.

    Please go to the website www.endicottresearchcenter.net.  On that page you will see “here to take a survey” Enter the following survey code: P2W20095and click GO. Follow the instructions.  Every statement on the survey must be responded to in order for your answers to be recorded.  Skipped statements will be presented again until they are responded to.  When you reach the last screen, click SUBMIT.

     Thank you for your help with this important work.

    Last Day of School

    Currently with our nine weather related school day cancellations our last day of school is scheduled on Friday, June 22, 2018. This of course will shift with any additional days called. It is hard to believe that the first day of Spring is this Tuesday, March 20th.

    HHS Student Athlete signs her letter of intent 

    A signing ceremony was held Wednesday, March 21st for Senior Megan Carroll who has been accepted at UNH and will dive for their swim team. Congrats to Megan and her parents on this wonderful news. See the link below for a picture.

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    Spring Season Opens March 19th

    Our Spring sports season officially opened on Monday. I thank Tom O’Brien, all of our coaches and student athletes for their hard work, commitment and creativity in trying to find space to practice in these past few days with our fields covered in snow. We have our track students running the halls and around campus. Our Girls tennis team has been working out in the mall. Students trying out for baseball took over parking lot “A” last night doing their drills and were looking sharp. Good luck to all of our Hillies who are participating in tryouts this week and I wish each and every team a successful season. Go Hillies!

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

    HHS Fine Arts Department Presents: Mary Poppins

    Haverhill High School Fine Arts Academy is proud to present: Mary Poppins – Our four performances will be held on April 5, 6, 7th at 7:00 p.m., and our matinée on April 7th at 2:00 p.m. Tickets: Adults $8 Students & Senior Citizens $5.  Tickets will be available at the door and the show will be in the Haverhill High School Auditorium. It has been a treat for us after hours at HHS to hear the songs of the show echoing throughout the halls surrounding the auditorium. A big Hillie thank you to all our students on the stage and behind the scenes for their commitment over last few months to this production.

     

     

     

     

    HAVERHILL VIP (Violence Intervention & Prevention)TEAM INDUCTION-Thursday, March 15, 2018

    Haverhill VIP is a youth violence prevention program that strives to prevent violence and promote peace and respect in the Haverhill schools and community. Utilizing a youth development approach, VIP provides opportunities which engage youth in educational, leadership and community service activities in a safe and supportive environment.

    VIP Team members receive numerous trainings that focus on a variety of topics related to violence prevention and leadership. These trained and motivated youth serve as positive role models, mentors and leaders for their peers throughout the school and community. Congratulations to the following students who earned induction to the 2018 VIP TEAM!

    MEMBERS                  LEADERS                        TEAM CAPTAINS

    Noelia Amadis          Isaiah Williams             Courtney Venditti

    Kilsi Calero                                                             Grace Michitson

    Eric Fila                                                                    Keighley Credit

    Jimmy Kritzas                                                        Savannah Croft-Levin

    Alberto Medina                                                       Francisco Gonzalez

    Alex Mejia                                                                 Miguelina Huertas

    Gabe Nunez

    Raissa Taabi

    Daniel Toothaker

    Gabriela Vargas                                                                    

    Isabela Ward 

    Karyna Ward

    CINDERELLA’S CLOSET

    Cinderella’s Closet is getting a makeover with new paint and a new “closet.” Prom attire and accessories will be available to students starting the first week of April. All is free of charge. We also have a nice selection of men’s attire!

    Key Club Donations

    The Key Club of Haverhill High School voted this week to donate $500 to Cinderella’s Closet. That is an extremely generous donation for one of our service clubs. An alum has also expressed an interest in donating. We are using monetary donations to help seniors of Haverhill High School pay for prom tickets. The cost keeps going up and we want to be sure all students have the opportunity to attend. There are photographs for sale in the school store and all proceeds will go towards Cinderella​’s Closet so go take a look and make a donation. Thank you all for your contributions of dresses, accessories, and suits. It is so appreciated by all!

    Canned Food Drive

    Please help us collect nonperishable food items for local Food Bank. The food bank serves many families in need within our community. Drop off your items in Ms. LaBelle’s room 210 anytime from this Monday March 26th– May 21st 2018, 7:00 a.m. and 2:00 p.m. Items needed include canned vegetables and fruits, peanut butter and jelly, cereal, rice, beans, pasta, and juice. Special “Red Noses” will be given out the last week to the most creative givers!  One out of six students goes hungry daily. Anything that you can do will be appreciated.

    HHS Late Bus

    I wanted to take a moment to share again the information on the late bus provided at HHS that we expanded back in September. Students must stay after school with a teacher to get the bus pass.

    • Bus will run every Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday.
    • Bus will depart HHS promptly at 3:15 p.m. from the regular bus lanes.
    • Students must have a LATE BUS PASS from their teacher in order to board the bus.
    • Students are not allowed to roam the hall at the conclusion of their commitment.
    • Student must sign in with the administrator in room S13 prior to boarding the bus. (Sign in sheet and bus stop sheet)
    • This is not a door to door service. Stops are centrally located throughout the city.

    Ø  LEAVES HHS AT 3:15 p.m.

    1. DUNKIN DONUTS – 614 BROADWAY
    2. VARIETY STORE – 864 BROADWAY
    3. RIVER STREET AT MICHAELS FUNTION HALL
    4. RIVER STREET AT JAFFARIAN MOTORS
    5. TILTON SCHOOL – 70 GROVE ST.
    6. LAFAYETTE SQUARE – IN FRONT OF CVS
    7. CITY HALL – 4 SUMMER ST.
    8. HAVERHILL STADIUM – 17 LINCOLN AVE.
    9. CHARLIES VARIETY – 277 GROVELAND ST.
    10. MILLVALE ROAD AND EAST BROADWAY
    11. WINNEKENNI CASTLE – 347 KENOZA AVE.
    12. DUNKIN DONUTS – 407 AMESBURY RD.
    13. 10th AVE AND MAIN ST.
    14. 440 NORTH AVENUE
    15. SMILEY SCHOOL – 969 MAIN ST.
    16. 703 MAIN STREET
    17. FARRWOOD DRIVE –  BRADFORD
    18. FARRWOOD DRIVE –  BRADFORD
    19. DIBURRO’S FUNCTION HALL – 887 BOSTON RD
    20. ACADEMY LANES -725 SOUTH MAIN ST.
    21. OLD BRADFORD COLLEGE -320 SOUTH MAIN ST.
    22. RITE AID – 68 SOUTH MAIN STREET –

    Ø  BUS BEGINS NEW ROUTE FOR MIDDLE SCHOOL

    Safety is the first priority of our school. Riding on the late bus is a privilege, not a right. Students are expected to follow and adhere to all bus rules. Any violations of our policies and rules by a student may result in the suspension of the student’s privilege of riding the late bus.

    School Counseling Update

    Class of 2018 Reminders
    • The HHS Scholarship Portal will close on March 30th.  Directions on how to access the portal can be found on the School Counseling Department page of the HHS website.  Don’t miss your chance to apply to tons of scholarships!!!
    •  Seniors, don’t forget to update your counselor and enter the college application decisions in your Naviance account!  We are eagerly waiting to see which colleges students are being accepted to and we like to share this news!

    Two Free Classes at NECC

    NECC is offering Free Summer STEM classes! The courses being offered: Human Biology and Computer Applications. For more information students can see Ms. Massahos in guidance. To qualify they must take the Accuplacer and meet the qualifying score. This is open to all Hillies who meet the qualifying score.

    Upcoming School Counseling Events
    • The Junior Parent College Information Night was rescheduled to Tuesday March 27th at 6pm in the HHS Auditorium (please note the location change).  Topics will include the college search process, standardized testing, Naviance, and more.
    • An AP Potential Information Session will be held on April 4th at 5pm for the parents/guardians of students interested in taking AP courses for the 2018-2019 school year.  This presentation will take place directly before the College Fair.
    • Annual HHS College Fair will be held on Wednesday April 4th at 6pm in the HHS Library.  Over 50 colleges, universities, and technical programs will be in attendance!  We hope to see you there!
    • HHS will host ASVAB testing on Tuesday April 3rd beginning at 7:30am.  The ASVAB, or Armed Services Vocational Aptitude Battery, is a 3 hour exam that is used for two purposes.  The ASVAB is the exam students must take for eligibility determination for military enlistment and job selection.  The ASVAB can also be used by any student, regardless of interest in the military, to asses skills in four major domains (verbal, math, science/technical, and spatial).  This test can also be used as a career exploration tool to help students make informed decisions about potential occupations.  Student scores are not released to the military though this exam.  Any student interested in taking this test should sign up in Guidance by March 29th.

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

    Have a wonderful week-end!

    Beth Kitsos, Principal

    bkitsos@haverhill-ps.org

  • Principal’s Weekly Update- March 16, 2018

     Parent Input Needed: NEASC Survey

    If you haven’t had a chance to complete the NEASC Survey please take a moment to complete. NEASC will visit HHS in November of 2019. The responses from the parent, student and staff surveys will help guide us as we complete the self-study process. HHS currently has approximately 1850 students. So far we have received 198 parent responses which is 10.7%.  See attached link below.

    Please go to the website www.endicottresearchcenter.net.  On that page you will see “here to take a survey” Enter the following survey code: P2W20095and click GO. Follow the instructions.  Every statement on the survey must be responded to in order for your answers to be recorded.  Skipped statements will be presented again until they are responded to.  When you reach the last screen, click SUBMIT.

     Thank you for your help with this important work.

    Last Day of School

    Currently with our nine weather related school day cancellations our last day of school is scheduled on Friday, June 22, 2018. This of course will shift with any additional days called. It is hard to believe that the first day of Spring is this Tuesday, March 20th.

    Term 3 Update

    Due to the recent snow days we have adjusted our Term 3 timeline.

    • Term 3 – Last day 4.10.18
    • Term 3 – Report Cards Posted in Portal 4.23.18
    • Term 3 – Parent Teacher Conferences 4.26.18 (NEW DATE – Changed from April 12th due to the snow days)

    From: Nancy Burke, Special Education ESP

    We have many maple trees on school grounds.  Social Studies teacher, Zack Simmons, has tapped a tree for us in the school orchard.  This is such a wonderful experience for the students to see.  Its right outside his class room window, overlooking the new orchard.  Spring is almost here!

    I also wanted to thank and congratulate again Nancy Burke who recently received a $300.00 grant.  With this money, she has purchased many needed items for the school apartment, for cooking purposes.  She has replaced some broken special adaptive cookie scoops, some safety knives, and a special apple peeler that has a hand crank, for students who cannot use a knife.  They received multiples so many students can do the work at the same time.  Pampered Chef, who has helped us over the years, has also donated many items. They should be delivered to the school sometime this week

    Seniors Class of 2018:

    Red Sox Tickets are now on sale for the Senior class trip to Fenway Park on May 15th.  Tickets can be purchased in K30 from Mrs. McIntyre

    Wrestling Team

    Congratulations and hats off to our Hillie wrestling team who won the MVC-Large Team Sportsmanship Award! So very proud!

    Sophomore Class of 2020

    Dining for a Cause – Hope you can join them on Tuesday, March 20th anytime from 4:00 to 9:00 at the Haverhill 99 on River Street. The Ninety-Nine will donate 15% of the guest check to the Class of 2020.

    Spring Sports Begin

    We are all so excited that our Spring sports season kicks off on Monday. Good luck to all our players and coaches.Our Spring Teams include: Baseball, (V/JV/FR), Softball, (V/JV/FR), Tennis, B/G, Track and Field, B/G, Volleyball, B (V/JV), Lacrosse, B/G, (V/JV), Crew, B/G.

    Mary Poppins

    We are just three weeks away from the opening of our Spring Musical  Mary Poppins. Our students have worked so hard for many weeks preparing for the our four shows. The curtain will go up on:

    • Thursday, April 5th – 7:00 p.m.
    • Friday, April 6th – 7:00 p.m.
    • Saturday April 7th – 2:00 p.m. and 7:00 p.m.

    School Counseling Update

    · The Counseling Department is hosting an AP Potential Informational Session for the parents/guardians of student interested in taking AP courses for the 2018-19 school year.  This presentation will be held on Wednesday March 21st from 5-6pm in the HHS Library.  Topics will include an overview and the benefits of taking AP courses while enrolled at HHS.

    · The Counseling Department is hosting a College Information Night for the parents/guardians of current juniors.  This presentation will be held on Wednesday March 21st from 6-7:30pm in the HHS Library.  Topics will include an overview of the college search process, standardized testing, Naviance, and more.

    ·The HHS School Counseling Department is hosting the annual College Fair on Wednesday April 4th at 6pm in the Library.  Many colleges and universities will be in attendance.  We hope that you can join us!

    SCHOLARSHIP CORNER

    • Class of 2018, the HHS Scholarship Portal closes on March 31st.  Seniors, you are encouraged to log in and review your submissions prior to the closing date.  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/.
    Featured Scholarship
            The Haverhill Education Association Scholarship: Information and applications are 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 13th!

    Seniors: Remember to meet with our two College Access Counselors Ms. Ariella Reidenberg and Mr. Harpreet Singh.  These counselors have been working diligently to find additional scholarship opportunities for students. All seniors are encouraged to sign up for a one-on-one meeting with the College Access Counselors by clicking here (or copy and paste this link into your browser: https://collegeaccesscounseling.setmore.com/.  Our College Access Counselors are located in the back of the Guidance Office.  Students are welcomed to bring a copy of their senior resume and, if they prefer, a personal laptop to work on scholarship applications.  If you have any questions, please feel free to contact Ms. Ariella Reidenberg at ariella.reidenberg@haverhill-ps.org or Mr. Harpreet Singh at harpreet.singh@haverhill-ps.org.

    Have a wonderful week-end!

    Beth Kitsos, Principal

  • Principal’s Weekly Update- March 2, 2018

    Progress Reports

    Progress Reports were issued on Thursday, March 1st. Each student received a hard copy and has been posted in the parent portal to your students student’s document page. If you need a copy email the HHS clerical staff your name and your child’s name:

    Eileen Spero -espero@haverhill-ps.org or Tracy Parker- tparker@haverhill-ps.org

     Ski Team Event

    The ski team boosters are having a fundraising event at the Chipotle Restaurant at the Methuen Loop this Sunday, March 4, 2018, from 4:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m.  Half of all sales during that time frame will go to the HHS Ski Team.

    Ski Team Fundraiser.jpeg

    Spring Sports

    The Spring Sports Pre-Season meeting will be held on Monday, March 12th starting at 6:00 p.m.This meeting will begin in the auditorium and then break off in the K-wing classrooms for the individual sports meetings.

    Our Spring Teams include: Baseball, (V/JV/FR), Softball, (V/JV/FR), Tennis, B/G, Track and Field, B/G, Volleyball, B (V/JV), Lacrosse, B/G, (V/JV), Crew, B/G

    Class of 2021 Fundraiser

    The Class of 2021 will be holding a fundraiser at Panera next Friday, March 9th. Please see attached coupon. A percentage of the sales will go to the class of 2021.

    Haverhill High 2021 Panera Fundraiser

    Dr. Seuss – Read Across America Day

    Thank you to all the students who made our Dr. Seuss Day such a success! Today we had close to 90 Hillies visit our elementary schools to read to students in grades K-2. Thank you Mayor James Fiorentini, Councillor Joseph Bevilacqua and Councillor Colin LePage for visiting our students prior to their departure from HHS. Our students were well received and we continue to hear great compliments on our students demeanor, positive energy and kindnesses to our future Hillies! We thank Ms. Emilio for coordinating this event and Ms. Jones for going out to the schools with the students!

    Dr. Seus IMG_4529.jpg

    HHS Coffee House

    Our St. Patrick’s themed Coffee House is scheduled on Wednesday, March 7th at 7:00 in Library. Tickets will be $5.00 the door.

    MCAS Mathematics

    Reminder to all students taking the MCAS Math retests: Students scheduled should report to the Cafeteria on Monday and Tuesday March 5th and 6th promptly at 7:25 a.m., for the MCAS Math retest.

     

     

  • Principal’s Weekly Update- February 16, 2018

    Tragedy in Florida

    As I watched the news reports last night and again this morning of details of the heartbreaking and horrific tragedy in Florida, two items stood out. It was reported that yesterday’s event was the 18th school shooting in the nation this school year and that the warning signs were present prior to the shooting. I am again reminded that it can happen anywhere and that we all play a role in the safety and security of our students, staff and school.

    While this shooting occurred 1400 miles away, the television media and social media is flooded with information and images of the tragedy.  Please take a moment to review the district crisis brochure which I have attached below. I believe it will be helpful in guiding you through this tragedy and serves as a helpful reminder of our district procedures.

    Haverhill Public Schools Crisis Brochure Haverhill Public Schools Crisis Brochure Spanish

    It is my hope that in the days ahead you will have the opportunity to speak to your child about following the very basic school safety guidelines. For example, all students, staff and guests must enter through the main entrance during the school day. It is important that students do not open doors to anyone while on campus during the school day. Remind your child of the power of open and honest communication and when they see something, hear something, have a feeling that something is off with a peer that they report it immediately. Threats of personal or group harm through text messages, social media posts, verbal communication, and images of weapons are to be taken seriously and reported immediately.  This is not gossiping or tattling. This is all of us working together to prevent tragedies of all types at home and on campus.

    We have a strong support system for students here at Haverhill High. Our administrators, teachers, guidance counselors, adjustment counselors, psychologist, support staff, school resource officer, VIP team, MVP team and more are here to help in anyway. Please do not hesitate to call on us at any time.

    Our thoughts and prayers are with the students, staff, their families and the entire Parkland, Florida community affected by this terrible tragedy.

     A message from Dr. Maddox, School Physician

    Like all of you, I was deeply saddened to learn of the death of a student in our district. The state department of public health has notified the public that this student died from influenza.

    Mass Dept. of Public Health’s announcement: https://www.mass.gov/node/270126

    The peak of flu season is often scary.  So far there have been 64 pediatric deaths nationwide.  This compares 110 last year.  Flu vaccines make a difference.  80% of the children who have died so far this year did not receive a flu vaccine.  Children almost always give you some warning that they are becoming sick, usually starting with a fever of at least 100 degrees.  Most children with the flu will have a mild illness, do not require a visit to the doctor and will recover within a few days.  However, even healthy children can get very sick.

    The following Flu Guide for Parents from the CDC gives important information and should be disseminated throughout HPS:

    https://www.cdc.gov/flu/pdf/freeresources/family/flu-guide-for-parents-2017.pdf

    https://www.cdc.gov/flu/pdf/freeresources/spanish/flu_guide_parents_sp.pdf

    Here’s what we, as a school district, can do to minimize the flu’s impact:

    1. Make sure sick children and staff stay home until they are no longer contagious
    2. Take everyday precautions to prevent the spread of germs

    * wash your hands often with soap and water for at least 20 seconds.  If soap and water are not available, use an alcohol-based hand rub.

    * clean and disinfect surfaces and objects that may be contaminated with germs

    * avoid touching your eyes, nose or mouth because germs spread this way.  Cover your mouth and nose with a tissue when you cough or sneeze

    1. Encourage people to get a flu vaccine — it’s not too late!

    If you have questions about your child, please call your child’s primary care provider or the state department of public health: 617- 624-6000 or 617-983-6800.  Our Haverhill public health nurse, Mary Connolly, would also like us to relay that it is not too late to get the flu vaccine.  She has free flu vaccine for children.  Parents may contact her by email mconnolly@cityofhaverhil.com or by calling 978-374-2390​ ext. 15.

    A message from our School Nurse: (from our 2.2.18 Parent Update – I thought it important to share again.)

    From the Center for Disease control:

    Flu Symptoms

    Influenza (also known as the flu) is a contagious respiratory illness caused by flu viruses. It can cause mild to severe illness, and at times can lead to death. The flu is different from a cold. The flu usually comes on suddenly. People who have the flu often feel some or all of these symptoms:

    • Fever* or feeling feverish/chills
    • Cough
    • Sore throat
    • Runny or stuffy nose
    • Muscle or body aches
    • Headaches
    • Fatigue (tiredness)
    • Some people may have vomiting and diarrhea, though this is more common in children than adults.

    * It’s important to note that not everyone with flu will have a fever.

    If your child is feeling unwell, and/or exhibiting symptoms listed above, please keep him or her home from school and notify the school of the absence.  Vigilance in keeping unwell children home will limit exposure to other students and staff.

    Children should be fever free, and feeling well, without the aid of medication (Tylenol or Ibuprofen) for 24 hours before returning to school.

    CDC continues to be a valuable resource for information regarding prevention and management of the flu.  It is not too late to get your flu shot! For additional information utilize the link follows: https://www.cdc.gov/flu/index.htm​​ 

    Building Update:

    You may recall from my February 2nd update that our custodial staff is on alert and has been taking extra precautions in the building. It all began on Tuesday, January 30th when our custodial staff cleaned and disinfected all door knobs and banisters. They continue to stay vigilant and sanitize surfaces that are touched daily. We look forward to the vacation week to have the additional time to do a thorough cleaning throughout the building.

    Resume Workshop
    We would like to thank Ashley Moore, Director of Academic, Career and Civic Engagement at Northern Essex Community College for sharing her tips and tricks for resume writing.  The students were unanimous in their appreciation and stated that this workshop will help them prepare for our Third Annual Interview Challenge in March.
    Juniper Networks Field Trip
    For the third straight year, Juniper Networks hosted a visit for our NAF Academy of Information Technology students.  The freshman had the opportunity to tour the various departments throughout Juniper and spent time with the professionals doing a hands-on STEM activity.  Building on their tour experience last year, the sophomore class spent time shadowing a professional in a department they took interest in during the tour last year.  This is the third year that the Juniors have been to Juniper Networks.  In preparation for their summer Internships, the Juniors attended four workshops: resume review, interviewing tips, job search techniques, and job etiquette.  We would like to extend a huge Thank You to Juniper Network for all their support over the past three years.

    Haverhill Education Foundation Contest:

    To all of our creative Hillies: A design contest for HHS students is happening now. Design a NEW logo for the Haverhill Education Foundation and if selected you could win a $200 Amazon Gift Card. For more details on the contest and to pick up a submission form we ask that students visit Mrs. Mullane, Dean of Fine Arts, in room A10.

    HEF Logo Contest Flyer.

    School Counseling Update

    When we return from break, all sophomores will be meeting with their school counselors to review their options and choose their classes for the 2018-2019 school year.  To prepare for these meetings,sophomores should log in to the Student Portal and choose their potential electives.  Directions on how students and parents access course recommendations can be found on the HHS website.  All freshman will meet with their counselors during the week of March 5th and are encouraged to log into the portal to choose their potential electives as well.
    SCHOLARSHIP CORNER
    • The HHS Scholarship Portal re-opened on Friday January 12, 2018!  If you logged on to the portal prior to January 6th, you are encouraged to log back in if you haven’t already as there have been updates to the demographic information required as part of the portal as well as additions to the list of scholarships.  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/.  The portal will remain open until March 30th but don’t wait until the last minute to apply!
    • New scholarships have been added to the HHS Scholarship Portal!  If you are a senior and you have already applied for scholarships in the portal, be sure to log back in and check out the new additions!  The two new scholarships are the Christopher Drelich Memorial Scholarship and the Tom Vartabedian Memorial Scholarship.  Be sure to check them out and apply if you meet the stated criteria!
    FEATURED SCHOLARSHIP
    • Matthew J. McCarthy Memorial Scholarship
      • Deadline: April 7, 2018
      • Criteria: Students who demonstrate extraordinary school spirit, are an integral part of multiple student activities, and are well-respected among both their teachers and peers.  Students must be hard workers who show a high level of dedication in both classroom and extracurricular activities.
      • Application requirements: Completed application (found in the School Counseling Office or in Naviance), one page essay describing what school spirit means to you and why you should be considered for this award, letter of recommendation by a teacher and a peer
      • Completed applications can be submitted to the Counseling Office
      • Important Dates:

    February 19th – Presidents’ Day – No School

    February 20-23 – Mid-Winter Recess – No School

    February 26th – Students and Staff Report

    March 1st – Progress Reports Issued – Paper Copy

    March 2nd – Dr. Seuss Day – HHS students read to elementary students

    March 7th – HHS Coffee House 7:00 p.m. – Library

    Have a wonderful vacation. School re-opens Monday, February 26th.

    Beth Kitsos, Principal

  • Principal’s Weekly Update- February 9, 2018

    Important Dates:

    February 10th – Classical Academy Fundraiser – Barnes and Noble in Salem, NH

    February 15th – Class of 2018 present Joe DeVito – Master Stage Hypnotist – 7:00 p.m. $6.00 tickets at the door

    February 14th – 2:15 p.m. – Library – Resume Workshop – FREE

    February 16th – Application Deadline for the Access 21 After-School Scrubs Club Activity

    February 19th – Presidents’ Day – No School

    February 20-23 – Mid-Winter Recess – No School

    March 1st – Progress Reports Issued – Paper Copy

    March 2nd – Dr. Seuss Day – HHS students read to elementary students

    March 7th – HHS Coffee House 7:00 p.m. – Library

    Parent Portal

    First semester closed at the end of January. Grades were entered and report cards were issued. HHS has updated the parent/student portal. Please take time to review your child’s semester one grades and credits. Please contact your child’s guidance counselor if you have questions.

    Accessing Parent PortalAccessing Parent Portal

    NEASC Survey

    If you haven’t had a chance to complete the NEASC Survey please take a moment to complete. NEASC will visit HHS in November of 2019. The responses from the parent, student and staff surveys will help guide us as we complete the self-study process. See attached link below.

    Please go to the website www.endicottresearchcenter.net.  On that page you will see “here to take a survey” Enter the following survey code: P2W20095and click GO. Follow the instructions.  Every statement on the survey must be responded to in order for your answers to be recorded.  Skipped statements will be presented again until they are responded to.  When you reach the last screen, click SUBMIT.

     Thank you for your help with this important work.

    Golden Book Trophy Award

    We want to take a moment to recognize our Hillie Nation Faculty Members! Monthly a Golden Book Trophy Award from one staff member to another is awarded for positively influencing the working environment and boosting morale in a meaningful way. In November – Mrs. Diskin.  December – Mrs. Luongo. In January – Mrs. Koorapaty.This week for the month of February it was awarded to Mrs. Call.  Congratulations Mrs. Call!!

    Access 21 After-School Scrubs Club Activity

    Applications for the Access 21 After-School Scrubs Club Activity at Haverhill High School are now available. Scrubs Club is a healthcare career exploration activity for all high school students.

    Activities will include:

    • Actively participating in hands-on healthcare-related activities
    • Learning about a variety of health professions as viable careers
    • Participating in field trips to healthcare facilities
    • Attending presentations by health care professionals.

    Applications are available in the Haverhill High School main entrance, internship office in the library, the Guidance suite, or by calling the Access 21 office at 978-420-1954.

    Application deadline is Friday, February 16th. Space is limited.

    Plunge for Polio

    Adam Maagual and Andrew Bove who are members of the Interact Club will be joining the Rotary Club on Saturday at Salisbury Beach as they Plunge for Polio.  All this week students collected pledges and donations at lunch to support this worthy cause. Congratulations and thank you Adam and Andrew for representing Hillie Nation in such a meaningful way.

    Technology Certification

    There are thousands of high paying jobs available in technology. Students who are 15 years or older will be able to earn a technology certification this Spring at HHS. To learn more please have your child stop by Library room 6 and speak to Mrs. Kelley for an application.

    Third Annual Interview Challenge and Résumé Workshop

    In preparation for the Third Annual Interview Challenge, a Résumé Workshop will be provided by Northern Essex Community College.  The workshop will be held on February 14th at 2:15 p.m. in the HHS Library.  All students are welcome to attend the workshop to learn valuable tips for creating or updating your résumé.  Juniors and Seniors interested in the Interview Challenge should stop by the Internship room, Library Room 6.  Spots are limited, so sign up soon!

    ESP- Nancy Burke

    I would like to take a moment to thank and recognize Nancy Burke, ESP at Haverhill High School for all she does outside of her regular school day for our students.  Over the last six years she has applied for grants and has received over $17,000 for her many projects here at Haverhill High. Nancy and her students have worked tirelessly creating, in our two underused courtyards, a Learning Garden (Farm to School Program) and an Orchard.

    I met with Nancy today and she shared that this winter has been a difficult one seeing damage in both courtyards. We have lost three trees and our new greenhouse was destroyed in one storm. What I find extraordinary is her enthusiasm and positive attitude on working towards finding the funding to get them replaced before spring.

    As I have shared in the past, Nancy has been awarded the ESP of the Year for the State of Massachusetts by the Massachusetts Teachers Association. This March she will be traveling to Orlando Florida where she will be speaking to her peers from all over the United States. Nancy is also in the running for ESP of the Year for the entire nation. Good luck to you Nancy and thank you for all you do for Hillie Nation!

    Classical Academy Fundraiser

    We are having a fundraiser for Classical Academy on Saturday, February 10th at Barnes & Noble in Salem. Our students will be volunteering in the Kids Department working on some arts & crafts in the morning, and in the afternoon we will have a coffeehouse style even with readings and performances.

    All you need to do is print out the slip below and present it at checkout. (The CA advisors will also have plenty of extras already printed at the store on Saturday)

    If you prefer to shop from the comfort of your home, you may also go to bn.com/bookfairs and type in the code 1236212 at checkout- and the code is good for 5 days online.

     

    School Counseling Update

     
    Next week, all juniors will be meeting with their school counselors to review their options and choose their classes for the 2018-2019 school year.  To prepare for these meetings, juniors should log in to the Student Portal and choose their potential electives.  Directions on how students and parents access course recommendations can be found on the HHS website.  Sophomores will meet with their counselors during the week of February 26th.  All sophomores should log into the Student Portal beginning next week to choose their potential electives.  Freshman will meet with their counselors during the week of March 5th.
    SCHOLARSHIP CORNER
    • The HHS Scholarship Portal re-opened on Friday January 12, 2018!  If you logged on to the portal prior to January 6th, you are encouraged to log back in if you haven’t already as there have been updates to the demographic information required as part of the portal as well as additions to the list of scholarships.  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/.  The portal will remain open until March 30th but don’t wait until the last-minute to apply!
    • New scholarships have been added to the HHS Scholarship Portal!  If you are a senior and you have already applied for scholarships in the portal, be sure to log back in and check out the new additions!  The two new scholarships are the Michael Wrenn Memorial Scholarship and the Michael Gray Memorial Scholarship.  Be sure to check them out and apply if you meet the stated criteria!
    FEATURED SCHOLARSHIP
    • Matthew J. McCarthy Memorial Scholarship
      • Deadline: April 7, 2018
      • Criteria: Students who demonstrate extraordinary school spirit, are an integral part of multiple student activities, and are well-respected among both their teachers and peers.  Students must be hard workers who show a high level of dedication in both classroom and extracurricular activities.
      • Application requirements: Completed application (found in the School Counseling Office or in Naviance), one page essay describing what school spirit means to you and why you should be considered for this award, letter of recommendation by a teacher and a peer
      • Completed applications can be submitted to the Counseling Office
    JUNIOR POST-SECONDARY PLANNING
    • Counselors are scheduling meetings with their juniors on an ongoing basis to begin planning and reviewing the college search process.  This year, our department has partnered with two college access counselors who will be working in conjunction with our school counselors to provide additional post-secondary planning support.  Juniors will be scheduled for individual appointments with both their school counselor as well as our college access counselors.  All juniors are encouraged to sign up for a one-on-one meeting with the college access counselors by clicking here (or copy and paste this link into your browser: https://collegeaccesscounseling.setmore.com/.  These meetings will supplement the services and support offered by the school counseling department.  We are very excited about this partnership and increased support for our students!
    SUMMER OPPORTUNITIES
    • Boston University Summer Term
      • Boston University offers five programs to high school students.  These pre-college programs provide students with rigorous college life experiences that enable them to gain a strong sense of their personal and academic potential.  To learn more about summer opportunities visit bu.edu/summer/highschool.
    • UMass Lowell Francis College of Engineering 2018 Summer Camps
      • UMass Lowell will host two, overnight, week-long summer camps for high school students in July 2018.  Students will have a chance to live on campus and immerse themselves in the world of engineering through hands-on projects and interactions with UMass faculty and students.  For more information visit http://www.uml.edu/futureengineerscamp.
    If you have questions about guidance please contact Jami Dion, Supervisor of Guidance K-12 @978-374-5700 ext. 1133
    Have a wonderful week-end!
    Beth Kitsos- Principal
    bkitsos@haverhill-ps.org
  • Principal’s Weekly Update- February 2, 2018

    A Message from Our School Nurse:

    From the Center for Disease control:

    Flu Symptoms

    Influenza (also known as the flu) is a contagious respiratory illness caused by flu viruses. It can cause mild to severe illness, and at times can lead to death. The flu is different from a cold. The flu usually comes on suddenly. People who have the flu often feel some or all of these symptoms:

    • Fever* or feeling feverish/chills
    • Cough
    • Sore throat
    • Runny or stuffy nose
    • Muscle or body aches
    • Headaches
    • Fatigue (tiredness)
    • Some people may have vomiting and diarrhea, though this is more common in children than adults.

    * It’s important to note that not everyone with flu will have a fever.

    If your child is feeling unwell, and/or exhibiting symptoms listed above, please keep him or her home from school and notify the school of the absence.  Vigilance in keeping unwell children home will limit exposure to other students and staff.

    Children should be fever free, and feeling well, without the aid of medication (Tylenol or Ibuprofen) for 24 hours before returning to school.

    CDC continues to be a valuable resource for information regarding prevention and management of the flu.  It is not too late to get your flu shot! For additional information utilize the link follows: https://www.cdc.gov/flu/index.htm​​

     Building

    I wanted to share with each of you that our custodial staff is on alert and has been taking extra precautions in the building. Tuesday evening our staff cleaned and disinfected all door knobs and banisters and they continue to stay vigilant and sanitize surfaces that are touched daily.

     HHS Healthcare Occupations Programs thanks generous donors

    The Healthcare Occupations Program students and teachers extend their sincere and enthusiastic thanks to members of our Program Advisory Committee (PAC) and their organizations, parents for the amazing and generous donation of supplies for use by our healthcare students in the Medical Lab at Haverhill High School.

    Through the PAC committee members and Parents, donations have been made by:

    Birthing Doulas (Tara Campbell); Elder Services of Merrimack Valley (Christine Tardiff);  Lawrence General Hospital (Brenda Leblanc); StarFire EMS (Jane MacArthur); Steward Health (Holy Family, Craig Jesiolowski, Paul Smith); Trinity EMS (Kirk Brigham); UMass – Lowell/Nursing Program (Jennifer Wilbur); Parent (Erika Cook); and Whittier Health Network (Christopher Olenio).

    The purpose of CTE/CVTE Program Committees is to support and guide program curriculum and development.  Committee members have been incredibly generous with their commitment and time as well as their on-going support of our program efforts.  Thank you hardly seems enough.​

    HHS Healthcare Occupations Programs thanks generous donors

    The Healthcare Occupations Program students and teachers extend their sincere and enthusiastic thanks to members of our Program Advisory Committee (PAC) and their organizations for the amazing and generous donation of supplies for use by our healthcare students in the Medical Lab at Haverhill High School.

     

     

     

     

     

    The 2018 Scholastic Art and Writing Award Winners

    The 2018 Scholastic Art and Writing Award Winners have been announced. Congratulations to the following Hillies who were recognized:

    Honorable Mentions receiving a certificate:

    • Olivia Azzarito for her sculpture, “Artificial Heart”
    • McKayla Barlow for her photograph “Cancer Between Her Fingers”
    • Pal Patel for her Jewelry

    Recipient of a Silver Key Award receiving a certificate and pin:

    • Alison Leavitt for her Jewelry

    Recipient a Gold Key receiving a certificate and pin:

    • Emma Willard for her Short Story “Solace”

    Congratulations Oliva, McKayla, Pal, Alison, and Emma!

    Juror’s Portfolio Award

    Ula Grabski had five pieces accepted into the Norwich University School of Art and Architecture’s Juried High School Art Show. The Show was on display all month and this week she was awarded the “Juror’s Portfolio Award”! Positively thrilled for her success! Congratulations Ula!

    MCAS Biology Test

    Reminder to all students taking the MCAS February Biology test –students should report to the Cafeteria on Monday and Tuesday, February 5th and 6th promptly at 7:25 a.m., for the MCAS February Biology test.

    2nd Annual Comedy Show

    On February 8th the Model UN team we will be hosting our 2nd Annual Comedy Show – both for stand up and improv – by our own Hillies! Show starts at 7:00 in the auditorium. Tickets will be $5.00 at the door.

    Master Stage Hypnotist

    The Class of 2018 presents Joe DeVito – Master Stage Hypnotist – on Thursday February 15th at 7:00 in the auditorium. Tickets are $5.00 in advance and $6.00 at the door. All proceed go towards lowering class dues.

    School Counseling Update

     
    Beginning next week, all teachers at HHS will be recommending course levels for their students for the 2018-2019 school year.  Students will be assigned a specific week by grade in which they can go into the Student Portal to review the recommendations of teachers as well as select additional classes and electives.  The Class of 2019 will be the first to select courses.  All juniors will be able to log in to the Student Portal and choose their classes from Monday February 5th through Friday February 9th.  Directions on how students and parents can access course recommendations can be found on the HHS website.  Juniors will meet with their school counselors individually to review course selections during the week of February 12th.  Sophomores will meet with their counselors during the week of February 26th and freshman will meet with their counselors during the week of March 5th.
    SCHOLARSHIP CORNER
    • The HHS Scholarship Portal re-opened on Friday January 12, 2018!  If you logged on to the portal prior to January 6th, you are encouraged to log back in if you haven’t already as there have been updates to the demographic information required as part of the portal as well as additions to the list of scholarships.  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/.  The portal will remain open until March 30th but don’t wait until the last-minute to apply!
    • Our two College Access Counselors Ms. Ariella Reidenberg and Mr. Harpreet Singh have been working hard to find additional scholarship opportunities for our seniors and are eager to help them find those scholarships that are good match. All seniors are encouraged to sign up for a one-on-one meeting with the College Access Counselors by clicking here (or copy and paste this link into your browser: https://collegeaccesscounseling.setmore.com/.  Our College Access Counselors are located in the back of the Guidance Office.  Students are welcomed to bring a copy of their senior resume and, if they prefer, a personal laptop to work on scholarship applications.  If you have any questions, please feel free to contact Ms. Ariella Reidenberg at ariella.reidenberg@haverhill-ps.org or Mr. Harpreet Singh at harpreet.singh@haverhill-ps.org.
    If you have questions please contact Jami Dion, Supervisor of Guidance K-12 @978-374-5700 ext. 1133 or via email @ jdion@haverhill-ps.org
    Have a wonderful week-end!
    Go Pats!!!
    Beth Kitsos, Principal- bkitsos@haverhill-ps.org
(978) 374-3400
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