Haverhill High School

  • Principal’s Weekly Update- January 5, 2018

    2018 has arrived like a lion…we can only hope it will end like a lamb! 

    Saturday School: Canceled tomorrow, January 6, 2018

    I wanted to take a moment to briefly remind students that six (6) or more undocumented absences in a quarter for a course will result in an “administrative failure”. 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. This policy has been shared in the student handbook, posted in the school and on numerous communications to parents and students. Report Cards will be issued on January 29th. If a student is at risk of administrative failure because of their attendance I encourage them to see Mr. Joyce or Mrs. Irons in the Family Resource Center near the library when we return on Monday. The Saturday School scheduled tomorrow Saturday, January 6th has been canceled. Our next sessions will be held on January 20th and 27th from 8:30 a.m. – 11:30 a.m.

    Reminder: 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.

    Golden Book Award

    We want to take a moment to recognize a Hillie Nation Faculty Member! Monthly a Golden Book Trophy Awardfrom one staff member to another is awarded for positively influencing our working environment and boosting morale in a meaningful way. Last Monday at the monthly Faculty Meeting it was awarded to Mrs. Koorapaty! Congratulations!

    Spring Musical

    Mary Poppins auditions were held last Wednesday and the second day of auditions have been rescheduled to Tuesday, January 9th the HHS auditorium. Good luck to everyone trying out!

    Early College Accuplacer Test Sign Up Now in Guidance!

    Students interested in the Early College Program next year will need to take and meet the qualifying score for college reading and writing on the Accuplacer. Early College is a dual enrollment program were students have the opportunity to take college classes and earn college credit while still in high school for a reduced rate at Northern Essex Community College. Students interested in this program will need to sign up in guidance office. Students will take a bus over to NECC where they will take the Accuplacer exam on the college campus.  This exam is not timed and students will finish the exam at different rates. Due to this fact some students will finish quicker than others. If your child does finish the exam before the busses depart back to the high school they are not allowed to leave campus. If your child finishes early parent/guardians can arrange for the child to be picked up from the campus. Only with permission are students allowed to leave before buses pick them up to bring them back to HHS.

    Students are expected to be respectful of the college campus. They will not be provided with lunch so they will need to bring their own lunch or to buy lunch on campus.

    Students can choose to take the test in the morning or afternoon on Friday, February 2, 2018 or Friday, February 9, 2018. The first bus leaves the school at 9 a.m. and students will be picked up from NECC at 11:45 a.m. The second bus leaves the high school at 12:00 p.m. and will return at 1:55 p.m. Please keep in mind the test is untimed and can take 2-4 hours to complete. If these dates do not work for your schedule you are welcome to test on another date and go over the NECC on your own during their walk in hours. Please be sure to contact the Early College Coordinator if you plan to test on a different date so that she can take the necessary steps to register you for a NECC ID.

    Students interested should sign up in the guidance office prior to their preferred test date. Seats are limited, so we will take students on a first come, first serve basis.

    Please contact Samantha Massahos, Early College Coordinator for any questions, concerns or to sign your child up for the Accuplacer exam.


    1. To contact teachers please see staff email addresses available on the HHS website under the Parent/Student Resource tab.
    2. All teachers post grades and assignments in the Schoolbrains portal. To stay up to date on your students’ progress and attendance please utilize the parent portal. I have attached the directions to access the portal below.

    Accessing Parent Portal

    School Counseling Update
    Important Information for Seniors! 
    On the Spot Admissions Events
    The 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.
    • 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.
    Scholarship Info
    The HHS Scholarship Portal opened on Tuesday January 2, 2018!  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/.  All senior English teachers will distribute a copy of the HHS Scholarship Database Directions in class next week.  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.
    Merrimack Valley Credit Union Scholarship Award
    • 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.
    General Reminders 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!
    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

    January Events:

    09  Site Council 3:00 p.m. Main Entrance Conference Room

    17-22  Semester 1 Finals

    15 Martin Luther King Jr. Day – No School ALL

    18  Glee Club Coffee House – 7:00 Library

    23  Term 3 Begins

    25  Talent Show 7:00 p.m. – Auditorium

    26  Early Release Students 10:30 am.. – Staff Professional Development

    29  Term 2 Report Cards Issued – Parent Portal 3:00 p.m.

    29  Class of 2018 – Cap and Gown Fitting

    Have a wonderful week- end! Stay Warm!

    Beth Kitsos, Principal- bkitsos@haverhill-ps.org


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