Haverhill High School
Principal’s Weekly Update- December 22, 2017
Semester I Final Exam Period -January 17-22, 2018
This year, 2017-2018 HHS courses have been broken into semesters. Semester I closes on January 22. Final exams for semester I begin January 17 and conclude January 22. This means that students will have 2 finals per day starting January 17th-January 19th. Each final exam is 2 hours. From January 17 -January 19 students will be released at 11:45 a.m. The final exam period concludes January 22, with one final that morning from 7:30-9:30 am. On January 22nd Coppola Buses will pickup at 9:45 am while city vans will pick up their students at 10:30 am. See a more detailed schedule below.
HHS Semester I Final Exam Period
Reminder: Semester 1 final exam period will begin January 17th through January 22nd. The schedule is as follows:
1/17– Period A-7:30-9:30 AM Period B- 9:45-11:45- Bus pick up 11:50 AM
1/18– Period C- 7:30-9:30 AM Period D-9:45-11:45- Bus pick up 11:50 AM
1/19– Periods EF & FG -7:30-9:30 AM Periods GH& HI- 9:45-11:45- Bus pick up 11:50 AM
1/22– Period J- 7:30-9:30AM Bus Pickup @ 9:45 AM City van pickup @ 10:30 am
Students in full year courses which include AP and EMT will have class during their assigned period.
Congratulations to our Wrestling team who took first place at the Wilmington Sons of Italy Tournament, a 16 team tournament. This is the first win in 32 years! Eight wrestlers earned medals: Dan Wezesa, Steven Wise, Jake Nicolosi, Nick Tejada, Sam Prescott, Devin Smith, Ryan McCartney, and Jaydahrius Levy. Sophomore Jake Nicolosi took first place and earned the award for Most Pins in the least amount of time.
Haverhill Elks Lodge #165 – Food Baskets
Vincent Ravgiala, Andres Polanco and Robert Duggan
We are so honored to be a recipient of three food baskets to be given to three students and their families in need for the Christmas holiday. The Elks were busy Tuesday evening putting together 80+ baskets and they delivered them to schools throughout the city on Wednesday. We thank them for their continued support of our Hillie families and community.
ValleyWorks – A Letter from Jessy M. Abramson – Connecting Activities Student Career Specialist
On behalf of ValleyWorks and the MVWIB, I would like to express our gratitude for your collaboration to help make the Amp It Up! Advance Manufacturing Company Tour a successful experience for the Haverhill High School – NAF Academy of Information Technology freshman students. A total of 15 students participated from this field trip. An opportunity that allowed them to connect school learning to careers by observing various workplace activities and how different departments and jobs interconnect and depend from one another for the overall success of a company. This tour also inspired interest in engineering and exposed them to the dynamics in the industry of telecommunications and related career pathways.
Special thanks to Brian Norris from NAMC for connecting us with Casa Systems, Cliff Ashbrook from HHS for gathering the students and required permission forms (as well as Ms. Hunt and Mr. Singh for coming along), Cristy Gomez for coordinating transportation and meals and last but not least to our host company Casa Systems for the warm welcome, insightful tour and continued support over the last 3 years. We are looking forward to continuing to offer this kind of career awareness activities to our students.
NAF Academy of IT – UMASS Lowell iHub and eNable Visit
The Haverhill High School NAF Academy of IT juniors participated in a half-day workshop on innovation and entrepreneurship when the UMASS Lowell DifferenceMaker program and co-founders of the new start-up company eNable visited their 3D Printing class last week. The eNable group discussed their participation in the DifferenceMaker Idea Challenge and how their success turned into an entrepreneurial endeavor that creates 3D printed prosthetics for young children. After seeing the 3D printed prosthetics they have created for children with disabilities, one HHS student commented “I was really inspired by the great work eNable is doing and now I am thinking about printing 3D prosthetics for animals.”
Ha Pho, the Entrepreneurial Initiatives Project Manager for the DifferenceMaker program at the University of Massachusetts Lowell also did a demonstration and ran an activity for the NAF Academy of IT students. The students did a problem-solving activity where they had to design a prototype and pitch the idea to the group. This was great exposure and practice for the NAF IT students who will be doing a similar project as their Senior Capstone next year.
Haverhill High School – Class of 2018
What a great start to our year! Our students from the Class of 2018 have been accepted to the following colleges:
Plymouth State University Bridgewater State University Clark University Suffolk University
Assumption College (student earned a $21,000 Presidential Scholarship) Fordham University
High Point University Lake Forest University Lasell College University of Maine UMass Lowell
Massachusetts College of Liberal Arts (one student was accepted in the Honors Program and earned a $4,000 merit scholarship)
Northeastern University (Early Decision acceptance) Massachusetts College of Pharmacy and Health Sciences
UMass Dartmouth University of Vermont Mount Ida College University of New England
Norwich University Roger Williams University Saint Michael’s College St. Edward’s University
Southern Maine Community College Northern Essex Community College Southern NH University
Western New England University (via On the Spot Admissions event at HHS- student also earned $21,000 merit scholarship)
January 2018 Calendar
01 – New Year’s Day – No School
02 – Students and Staff Return
09 – Site Council Meeting (changed from the 2nd)
15 – Martin Luther King Jr. Day – No School
17-22 – Semester 1 Finals
19 – Glee Club Coffee House 7:00 Library
23 – Term 3 Begins
25 – Talent Show
26 – Early Release Students/ Staff Professional Development Day
29 – Cap and Gown Fitting – Class of 2018
School Counseling UpdatePSAT Score ReportsPSAT/NMSQT online score reports have been released to students and are available online at studentscores.collegeboard.org. Any grade 10 or 11 student who took the PSAT/NMSQT in October and who provided an email address on their answer sheet will be able to log in to the College Board website with the access code and view their score reports online, explore potential careers, and obtain personalized SAT practice plans through Khan Academy. Counselors will be meeting with students in small groups in the first two weeks of January to review the online score reporting. To watch short videos on how to access your PSAT/NMSQT scores and understanding your score report, visit https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=1I6f51n3-dcImportant 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.
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 on Tuesday January 2, 2018 and will remain open until Friday March 30, 2018. Seniors will receive a letter in their English classes when they return from break outlining directions on accessing the database. To see a copy of the directions, visit http://hhs.haverhill-ps.org/scholarship-database-directions/.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 email@example.com or Mr. Harpreet Singh at firstname.lastname@example.org.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 missed the information sessions on Dec. 21 and 22 should see Mrs. Beaudoin when we return from break.
General Reminders for SeniorsMany of those seniors who applied Early Action or Early Decision to colleges have heard back with a decision. Don’t forget to update your counselor and enter the college application decision in your Naviance account! If you receive any scholarships from a college, please let us know so that we can brag about your accomplishments! We are eagerly waiting to see which colleges students are being accepted to and we like to share this news!If you have questions about guidance please contact Ms. Jami Dion, Supervisor of Guidance K-12 @ 978-374-5700 ext. 1133or via email @ email@example.comHappy Holidays from the HHS staff to your families!
- 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.