Haverhill High School
Principal’s Weekly Update- December 15, 2017
Early this morning I sent a robo email to parents and staff in reference to a threat made on social media. I wanted to take a moment to thank our Haverhill Police Department for their quick action, excellent communication and support throughout the day on campus. I also wanted to thank the concerned parent who contact the Methuen Police department to report the threat. We encourage all community members that if you hear something, see something to please say something. The safety and security for our students and staff is our first priority. If you have any questions please don’t hesitate to contact me at 978-374-5700 x1101 or x1154.
In March of 2017, Haverhill High School applied for approval of a new secondary-level Chapter 74 Programming and Web Development program. In recent weeks we received notification from Acting Commissioner Jeff Wulfson that Haverhill High School has been granted approval for the new vocational program…Programming and Web Development. This is our second vocational approved program giving another opportunity for students to learn career ready skills.
Hillie Girls Basketball
A big shout out to the Girls Basketball Team, who started their season Wednesday night with a big win over a very strong Everett 64 to 49. Our Hillie Girls were amazing and that was an incredible start for them on the road for the first game of the season!
Hillie Golden Book Award
We want to take a moment to recognize a 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. Last week at the monthly faculty meeting it was awarded to Mrs. Luongo!
A Christmas Carol
After weeks of rehearsals….The annual Haverhill High School production of “A Christmas Carol” is here! It opened last night to rave reviews with three additional shows – tomorrow Friday, December 15th at 7:00 p.m., and Saturday, December 16th at 2:00 & 7:00 p.m. Tickets are $8.00 for general admission and $5.00 for students and senior citizens, and they are available at the door. This is such a fabulous production! We encourage all community members to attend this Hillie Fine Arts tradition. Good luck to all our students on stage and behind the scenes! We held two performance this week during the school day and 7th grade students from all our middle schools attended as part of their English curriculum.
Handmade Ornament Sale
At all four performances, while supplies last, the HHS Art Club will be having a Handmade Ornament Sale to benefit the Emmaus House.
Hat, Coat and Mitten Drive
The Classical Academy has kicked off its annual Hat, Coat, and Mitten Drive! If community members are able… we ask them to bring in their gently used old hats, coats, and mittens to the school any time this week or next through Thursday, December 21st and we will send those along to Ruth’s House and the Emmaus House to help bring some winter warmth to our community members in need.
Hillie’s Taking Care of our Own
In addition to reaching out to the community and helping those in need, we also have a need with our own Hillie families. If our community members would like to donate a gift card to local stores like Market Basket, Walmart, Target, CVS or Walgreens… anything…$5, $10 or more…any kind of donation will be appreciated and go a long way to help our Hillie Families this holiday season. Drop them off in the main office by Wednesday the 20th and they will be distributed to the families before the holiday break.
Hillie Chorus and Band
The Hillie Chorus and Band have been so busy over the last month. They are so good and each performance is better than the last. From the Santa Parade, to the Christmas Stroll to the Mayors Christmas party at City Hall. So many of them are in A Christmas Carol!. We thank them all for representing Hillie Nation in such a beautiful way.
We are so proud of our MCJROTC cadets! This past Thanksgiving the cadets were able to collect more than 500 Thanksgiving day food items to help our Haverhill Families in need. The baskets also included a gift certificate for families to redeem a 20 pound turkey from Market Basket. They have had a full schedule over the last two months. From the color guard attending a majority of our sporting events, to marching in the Veterans Day parade to leading the way at the Santa Parade. They participated in a drill competition at Beverly High School and took time to speak to 105 Nettle 8th grade students about the program and the opportunities it offers. This Saturday, our color guard will be participating in the Wreaths Across America – wreath-laying ceremony at Hilldale Cemetery at 11:00. We thank Major Martin for his positive influence, direction and leadership given since joining us in August.
Half Day – Friday
Friday, December 22, 2017 is a half day. The schedule will be as follows:
- Period A 7:25-8:15
- Period EF or FG 8:20-9:08
- Period GH or HI 9:13-10:01
- Period J 10:06-10:30
HHS Late Bus
Since introducing the late bus three days a week back in September we have added four bus stops which now brings our total to twenty-two stops throughout the city. We have averaged 31 students a day and are so grateful to be able to offer this opportunity to our students. A quick reminder on the how it works:
- 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 after school commitment.
- Student must sign in with the administrator in room S13 prior to boarding the bus. (Sign in sheet and bus stop log)
- This is not a door to door service. Stops are centrally located throughout the city.
Ø LEAVES HHS AT 3:15 p.m.
- DUNKIN DONUTS – 614 BROADWAY
- VARIETY STORE – 864 BROADWAY
- RIVER STREET AT MICHAELS FUNTION HALL
- RIVER STREET AT JAFFARIAN MOTORS
- TILTON SCHOOL – 70 GROVE ST.
- LAFAYETTE SQUARE – IN FRONT OF CVS
- CITY HALL – 4 SUMMER ST.
- HAVERHILL STADIUM – 17 LINCOLN AVE.
- CHARLIES VARIETY – 277 GROVELAND ST.
- MILLVALE ROAD AND EAST BROADWAY – NEW
- WINNEKENNI CASTLE – 347 KENOZA AVE.
- DUNKIN DONUTS – 407 AMESBURY RD.
- 10th AVE AND MAIN ST.
- 440 NORTH AVENUE – NEW
- SMILEY SCHOOL – 969 MAIN ST.
- 703 MAIN STREET – NEW
- FARRWOOD DRIVE – BRADFORD
- FARRWOOD DRIVE – BRADFORD
- DIBURRO’S FUNCTION HALL – 887 BOSTON RD
- ACADEMY LANES -725 SOUTH MAIN ST.
- OLD BRADFORD COLLEGE -320 SOUTH MAIN ST.
- RITE AID – 68 SOUTH MAIN STREET – NEW
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 UpdatePSAT Score ReportsPSAT/NMSQT online score reports have been released to students. Any grade 10 or 11 student who took the PSAT/NMSQT in October and who provided an email address on their answer sheet will be able to log in to the College Board website with the access code and view their score reports online, explore potential careers, and obtain personalized SAT practice plans through Khan Academy. Any student who is not able to log in to this site may see their counselor for assistance. Counselors will be meeting with students in small groups to review the online score reporting.Important Information for Seniors!On the Spot Admissions EventsThe Counseling Office at HHS has worked hard to establish several On the Spot Admission events for seniors this year. These events provide students with a chance to meet one on one with an admission representative, review application materials and the financial aid process, as well as receive an admissions decision. So far, over 40 students have participated in these events and have earned an acceptance to college! In some instances students have even been awarded merit scholarships on the spot!See the schedule below for a list of colleges coming to HHS. Interested seniors should see their counselor to sign up.
- 14, 15, 16 Christmas Carol – Three Performances 7 p.m. each day and one at 2 p.m. Saturday
- 19 Holiday Movie – Elf – 6:30 p.m. – Auditorium
- 20 Christmas Cabaret 7:00 p.m. – Auditorium
- 22 Winter Recess – Early Release
- 25 Christmas Day – No School
- 26-29 Winter Recess – No School
Scholarship InfoTis the season for scholarships! Seniors, be sure to check the available scholarships on Naviance each week. Additionally, the HHS Scholarship Portal will open in January. Stay tuned for more information on how to log in to this database!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 firstname.lastname@example.org or Mr. Harpreet Singh at email@example.com.Merrimack Valley Credit Union Scholarship Award
- Salem State University will be at HHS on Thursday January 11th beginning at 9am for an On The Spot Decision event. Students who have already applied and students who would like to apply and participate in this event should attend an Information Session in the Counseling Department Conference room on Thursday December 21st at 8am. It is very important for students to attend this info session as this will be their opportunity to sign up for an appointment and learn about what they need to do to prepare!
- Mount Ida College will be here Tuesday December 19th at 10:30am
- The Merrimack Valley Credit Union has a great scholarship opportunity. There are six 2018 Scholarship Awards that will be awarded in the amount of $1,500 to graduating seniors in the Merrimack Valley area this year. All seniors who intend to enroll full time in a certificate, associate’s, or bachelor’s program are eligible to apply. Scholarship applications and detailed instructions are available on the Merrimack Valley Credit Union website at www.mvcu.com/scholarship. All applications must be submitted via email. The deadline to submit your application is February 28th. If you have questions please contact Jami Dion, Supervisor of Guidance K-12 @ 978-374-5700 ext. 1133 or via email @ firstname.lastname@example.org
Have a wonderful week-end!!!
Beth Kitsos, Principal