Haverhill High School

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

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

    Administrative Failure Policy

    In order to reinforce our commitment to the value of daily student attendance and to adhere to the state attendance guidelines, Haverhill High School has created a proactive approach to attendance issues that is connected to our philosophy towards grading practices. The following represents our procedure for tying grades into our attendance requirements:

    Six (6) or more undocumented absences in a quarter for a course will result in an “administrative failure” and a loss of credit (.25) for that quarter for that course. (See below list of documented and undocumented absences) Credits can be made up by attending Saturday School. Absences for any given quarter must be made up by the end of the succeeding quarter; for example, Q1 absences must be made up by the end of Q2, etc. Note: As there are no days available after Q4 to make up absences for this quarter, the absences must then be made up by the end of Q4. It is expected that any student who has 6 or more unexcused absences in a quarter (and thus an administrative failure) will attend the newly instituted Saturday School to make up any absences in excess of the allowable 5 for each quarter.

    Regarding classes for which a student has lost credit due to an administrative failure: the student will receive their actual grade(s) and, if passing for the final grade, that course will “count” towards the student’s specific course requirements or other course sequence considerations. However, any lost credit in these situations will still need to be accounted for through additional courses in that subject area in order to meet our cumulative graduation credits requirements. Please reference the Haverhill High School credits requirements per subject area.

    Documented and Undocumented Absences

    Documented Absences

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

    Reason                                                                   Required Documentation

    Student Illness                                                    Doctor/Nurse Note

    Death in Family                                                  Documented

    Religious Holiday                                               Note from parent

    Court Appearance                                               Note from Court

    Two College Visits Per Year                              Note from parent or college

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

    Undocumented Absences

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

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

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

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

    Ten-Day Consecutive Absences

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

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

    Tardiness to Class Procedure

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

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

    Please Note:

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

    SchoolBrains – Parent Portal

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

    Free and Reduced Lunch Forms

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

    Hillie Nation Band

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

    School Counseling Update

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


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


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


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

    Hillie Happenings!


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

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

    9/25 Spirit Week –  Pajama Day

    9/26 Spirit Week – Mismatch Day

    Late Bus 3:15 p.m. – S13

    9/27 Spirit Week – Way Back Wednesday

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

    Late Bus 3:15 p.m. – S13

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

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

    9/28 Term One – Progress Reports Issued

    Late Bus 3:15 p.m. – S13

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

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

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

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

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

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

    Enjoy the weekend!

    Beth Kitsos,Principal

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

(978) 374-3400
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