Haverhill High School

  • 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.

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    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.
    • 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!
    • 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
    • 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!
    • 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
(978) 374-3400
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