Haverhill High School

  • Principal’s Weekly Update- January 26, 2018

    Hillie’s Got Talent!

    The HHS Talent Show was held last night in the HHS auditorium. Over 14 students performed a variety of different talents including vocals, instrumentals, dancing and ventriloquism. The winner was sophomore Aaron Povenmire, who played  the piano while singing Gravity. All student performers did a great job and we were all amazed at the level of talent that our students have. Thanks to Talent Show advisors Ms. Samantha Massahos and Ms. Jennifer Foster for working with these students to showcase their talents.

    Talent show JPG

    Family Host Needed

    HHS China Exchange Program is looking for HHS students to host two Chinese exchange students. A family who was planning of hosting their two Chinese girls has experienced a personal tragedy and temporarily cannot stay in their home. Please help out the China program and consider welcoming one of these students into your home for 12 days. Please contact Ms. Pettis to learn more

     Report Cards

    Semester I/Term 2 report cards will be sent electronically via the Parent Portal after 3:00 on Monday, January 29th. Students without internet access will be given a paper copy of their report card. If you need a paper copy of the Term 2 report card please asked your child to visit the HHS Main Office and add their name to the Term 2 report card issued log.

    Parent/Teacher Conferences

    Parent – Teacher Conferences are scheduled on Thursday, February 1st from 6:00 to 7:30 in the evening. Appointment logs for teachers and students will be distributed on Monday, January 29th. We encourage all parents and guardians to attend this conference. All too often parent engagement decreases from middle school. It is our hope that you will request the meetings to continue the dialogue with the teachers for your child’s academic success at Haverhill High.

     Seniors Class of 2018:

    This Monday, January 29th our Seniors will be measured for their cap and gown. This is a very quick process and is done during their English class. This is such an exciting time for our Seniors!

    Just a quick reminder that on the Haverhill High School webpage we have a “Senior Year” tab. Click on the “Senior Year” and it will open the page for the Senior Booklet for the Class of 2018. Additional information will be added in the weeks ahead.

    From the Athletic Office:

    There are 333 students competing for our winter sports teams and many are having great success.

    Our wrestling program is having one of its best seasons in recent memory. The Hillies defeated both Lawrence and North Andover during the regular season for the first time in over three decades. Several individuals are expected to compete for state titles. Haverhill will host the Hillie Duals on Feb. 3, with eight teams competing in both gyms throughout the day. Tickets are $4 for adults and $2 for students.

    In just its third season of existence, the Hillie gymnastics team is competing with the best. The Hillies finished with a winning record, defeating Lowell in the final meet of the year to finish with five wins and four losses. They will compete in the MVC Championship meet on Feb. 8.

    The Haverhill-Pentucket-North Andover girls hockey cooperative team is having another great year. The Hillies skated to a big 3-2 upset win over Melrose to improve to 6-3-1 on the season.

    Keith May and Jayla Kitchings are two of the top runners in the state in their respective events and continue to lead the indoor track and field teams. The teams will travel to the Reggie Lewis Center in Boston for the MSTCA Coaches Invitational on Sunday, January 28.

    Haverhill is proud to host the 2018 Merrimack Valley Conference Boys Swimming and Diving Championship this year. The Hillies will host the event on Thursday, Feb. 1, at 4:00 PM in the Charles C. White Pool. Andover, Central Catholic, Chelmsford, Lowell, North Andover, and Haverhill will all compete.

    Winter Weather

    I wanted to take a moment to thank Wesley Scott our campus groundskeeper, Alec Benedetti and all of our custodial staff for keeping up with the demands of the maintenance of our walkways on what has been a difficult winter. They start very early in the morning and go until late hours to ensure the safety of staff, students and our community members.

    I would also like to thank the Haverhill Highway Department. They maintain the main driveway and parking lots. We so appreciate their attention to detail and their excellent communication and follow-up with my office.

    Important: NEASC  Survey

    NEASC will visit HHS in November of 2019. HHS has started the self-study process and we need your feedback to help us identify areas of strength as well as areas for improvement.

     STUDENTS:

    Dear Student,

    Your school is beginning a yearlong process known as a “self-study.”  The purpose of this process is to help your school determine its strengths and areas for improvement.

    Your principal and teachers are very interested in what you think of your school.  Your answers are anonymous.  Providing honest answers will help improve your school for you and your fellow students.  As you take the survey, think about your teachers and school overall.

    Please go to the website www.endicottresearchcenter.net

    On that page you will see:”here to take a survey”  Enter the following survey code: S2B19414 and 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.

    PARENTS:

    Dear Parent,

    Your son or daughter’s school is beginning a yearlong self-study process.  The purpose of this process is to help your school determine its strengths and areas for improvement.

    Your principal and teachers are very interested in what you think of your son or daughter’s school.  Your responses will be recorded anonymously.  The demographic section of the survey is strictly confidential.  This demographic information will be used only in aggregate form, and only for purposes of research and education.

    Please go to the website www.endicottresearchcenter.net

    On that page you will see “here to take a survey” Enter the following survey code: P2W20095 and 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.

    School Counseling Update

    SCHOLARSHIP CORNER
    • 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!
    • 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 ariella.reidenberg@haverhill-ps.org or Mr. Harpreet Singh at harpreet.singh@haverhill-ps.org.
    • Featured Scholarship: Sons of Italy 2018 Scholarship Awards
      • Applicants must be current members of the Junior Division of Lodge 902 OR children/grandchildren of current Methuen SOI Lodge 902 members
      • Scholarships in the amount of $1,000 will be awarded to properly qualified students
      • You can find more details and a scholarship application on Naviance or by visiting methuensonsofitaly.com.
    GENERAL REMINDER FOR SENIORS
    • Many 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!
    FEATURED SUMMER OPPORTUNITY FOR SOPHOMORES AND JUNIORS
    • The University of Connecticut is accepting applications for the Explore Engineering Summer Program 2018.  This 5-day residential program offers the opportunity to explore various fields of engineering at the UConn, such as Biomedical Engineering, Chemical & Biomolecular Engineering, Civil Engineering, Electrical Engineering, and more.  Current grade 10 and 11 students who want to challenge their math and science skills are encouraged to apply.  The cost for this program is $700 which includes on-campus housing and meals, instruction from UConn faculty, and access to state-of-the-art research facilities.  The application deadline is May 1st.  To learn more and apply, please visit their website at http://edoc.engr.uconn.edu/explore-engineering/
    If you have questions about guidance please contact Jami Dion, Supervisor of Guidance K-12 @978-374-5700 ext. 1133 or via email @ jdion@haverhill-ps.org

    Have a wonderful week-end!

    Beth Kitsos-Principal

     

     

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