Haverhill High School

  • Principal’s Weekly Update- June 8, 2018


    I wanted to share that today just after 8:00 a.m. we received a call that a car was on fire in our back parking area – lot F. Our School Resource Officer William Mears immediately responded, checked the vehicle and secured the area. The Haverhill Fire Department was contacted and the fire was extinguished without incident. There were no injuries or damage to other vehicles. We thank everyone involved and are truly grateful that no one was harmed.


    I just want to remind all HHS students that they are not allowed to park on campus without first processing the appropriate paperwork and receiving a parking sticker. Security will be sweeping the parking lots daily to check for the parking passes on the vehicles. In additional please remember that the speed limit is 10 m.p.h. on campus all day and all night.

     HAVERHILL LIFE ARTICLE – Volume 2, Number 1 June 2018

     We would like to thank Haverhill Life – Greater Haverhill’s Good News Publication for regularly featuring Hillies and doing positive stories in their newspaper. This month they have a wonderful article on Major Martin and our MCJROTC program. Hope you are able to pick up a copy. Here is their link below:



    This week I received a wonderful letter from Mr. James T. Canning, Dean at The Honors College at UMass Lowell. His letter stated:

    I wanted to share the good news that Yonnie Collins, Alexander Manjounes and Victoria Albanese, three of your alumni, recently graduated from UMass Lowell with Commonwealth Honors Distinction.

     As a member of the Honors College, Yonnie, Alexander, and Victoria created and presented their Honors Thesis under the direction of a faculty mentor, earned a B or better in a number of honors classes, maintained a solid GPA, and participated in co-curricula events.

     Thank you for preparing and inspiring them to embrace the pursuit of knowledge. Nice job Haverhill High School.

     We look forward to having additional Hilltoppers join the Honors College at UMass Lowell in the years to come.

    Congratulations Yonnie, Alexander, and Victoria!


    Tuesday, June 12th: AP Microeconomics with Mr. Maguire in room 221 at 2:15 p.m.

    Tuesday, June 12th: AP Environmental Science with Ms. Ferreira in room K23 at 2:15 p.m.

    Wednesday, June 13th: AP Language & Composition  with Mrs. Quinney in room 216 at 2:15 p.m.

    Wednesday, June 13th: AP Literature and Composition with Mr. Lavieri and Ms. Baker in the library at 2:15 p.m.

    Wednesday, June 13th: AP Computer Science Principles with Mr. Gomes in room S18 at 2:15 p.m.

    Thursday, June 14th: AP Latin with Mr. Eldridge in room F10 at 2:15 p.m.

    Thursday, June 14th: AP Government with Mr. Jordan in room M19 at 2:15 p.m.

    Thursday, June 14th: AP U.S. History with Mr. Kempinski and Mr. Craven in the library at 2:15 p.m.


    No Meeting: AP Statistics will not have a meeting but students must check in with Mrs. Giampa in room C-17 to get google classroom code for summer work and provide email address.

    No Meeting: AP Calculus will not have a meeting but students must check in with Ms. Siegfriedt in room S-16 to pick up summer work


    We would like to recognize the students who attend daily and thank the parents who get them to school every day.  Students will be receiving attendance certificates next week and with that an invitation for them and their parents  to our Great Attendance Breakfast on June 18th.  Just our way of saying thank you for all you have done.


    From the MIAA Webpage:

    “May 15, 2018, is the Massachusetts Celebration of National Girls and Women in Sports Day, a day that recognizes the positive influence of sports participation on the lives of girls and women, and the continuing struggle for equality and access for women in sports.”

    We are proud to announce that representing all female athletes for Haverhill High School at this event were Kerrin McLaughlin (Class of 2019) and Jadynne Hill (Class of 2019). This event was held at Gillette Stadium. Thank you ladies and congratulations!


    We have a school-wide poster contest happening right now and it is open to all Hillies! GREAT: GLOBAL, RESPONSIBLE, ENGAGED, ACCEPTING and TENACIOUS! The student poster must: Encourage follow classmates to embody being GREAT and inform anyone who walks into the building what it means to be GREAT. First place takes home $100. Second place is $50 and Third place is $25.00. All final products must be submitted by Thursday, June 14th . If you have any questions please see Miss Willwerth in K29 or Mr. Brown in room F20.


    The Fall Sports Pre-Season Meeting will be held on Monday, June 18th at 6:00 in the auditorium. All students interested in playing a fall sport next year are required to attend along with at least one parent or guardian. Information regarding tryout schedules, participation requirements, rules and regulations and much more will be covered at the meeting. This includes current eighth graders our incoming freshman too! Falls sports include Cheerleading, Cross Country, Crew, Field hockey, Football, Golf, Soccer, Girls Swimming and Girls Volleyball.


    Has your child considered a career as a journalist, editor or broadcaster?  Opportunities exist at WHAV over the summer and during the Fall semester.  Please have them stop by the Internship Room – Library Room 6 to learn more!


    The purpose of a Career Internship is to provide students with a meaningful workplace experience working closely with a professional in a chosen field.  The student will also participate in classes where they will build a career portfolio, including resumes, cover letters, interviewing skills and ultimately letters of recommendation.  The student will also learn about labor laws and their rights in the workplace.  This course runs two afternoons a week from 2:15pm – 5pm.  Students will receive ½ credit per semester for satisfactory completion of all requirements.

    To view a sampling of previous worksite locations or to download an application, visit our website: http://hhs.haverhill-ps.org/internship-program/.  For more information, students can stop by the Internship Room – Library Room 6.


    We are thrilled that four of our students participated in a residential weekend of writing workshops, craft sessions, and open mic at the prestigious Champlain College Young Writers’ Conference held in Burlington, Vermont. Juniors Isabel DaRosa and Gianna Valenti and freshmen Karyna and Isabella Ward were selected from a highly competitive pool of young creative writers from throughout the nation to study and refine their writing under the mentorship of dozens of renowned writers.

    School Counseling Update

    • Juniors!  Don’t forget to utilize Naviance as you begin to consider colleges/universities.  Naviance has a great college search tool as well as an organizer where you can keep a running list of those schools you are most interested in!


    • Roger Williams University will host two summer events for prospective students and their families.  These events will be held on Monday July 30 and Friday August 17.  Students will see mock classes, learn college applications tips and tricks, eat lunch with members of the academic staff, and more.  To learn more or RSVP visit: https://connect.rwu.edu/portal/Summer_BBQ


    • On Tuesday June 12th and Thursday June 14th, the School Counseling Department will be conducting SBIRT screening (Screening, Brief Intervention, and Referral to Treatment) for grade 9 students.  This is an evidence based prevention model as well as a way to open an honest dialogue between students and counselors around decision-making and substance use.  SBIRT is part of the March 2016 legislation requiring public schools in the Commonwealth to engage in substance use prevention and education.  Screening will be taking place during the students’ scheduled Biology class on both days.  Letters were mailed home to all grade 9 parents this week.  As a parent, you may opt your child out of the screening.  If you choose not to have your child screened, please contact Jami Dion at jdion@haverhill-ps.org by Monday June 11th at 2pm.  
    If you have questions 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
(978) 374-3400
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