Haverhill High School

  • Principal’s Weekly Update- 9/15

    Ernest DiBurro Clubhouse

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

    Juniors and Seniors: HHS Test Prep Program

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

    HHS Semester Courses

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

    HHS Wellness Program

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

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

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

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

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


    School Counseling Update

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


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


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


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

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

    Hillie Happenings:



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

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

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

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

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

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

    9/25   Spirit Week –  Pajama Day

    9/26 Spirit Week – Mismatch Day

    9/27 Spirit Week – Way Back Wednesday

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

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

    9/28  Term One – Progress Reports Issued

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

    9/29 Class T-Shirt Day

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

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

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

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

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

    Have a wonderful weekend!

    Beth Kitsos
    Haverhill High School
    978-374-5700 ext: 1103
    twitter: bkitsos1

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

    The Mission of Haverhill High School is to produce self-directed learners who read, write, and speak effectively in Standard English and who apply analytical and technological skills to interpret information and problem solve.

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