Haverhill High School
Principal’s Weekly Update- March 23, 2018
IMPORTANT: MCAS ELA Assessment for grade 10: March 27-March 29
This is a reminder to all students taking the MCAS ELA Test –students should report to their assigned testing rooms beginning Tuesday, March 27 through Thursday March 29, promptly at 7:20 AM, for the MCAS ELA test.Testing room assignments will also be posted in the Mall outside the cafeteria and outside 200’s office. I encourage parents to remind their child that this state assessment is a culmination of everything they have learned in ELA for the past 10 years so they should not be stressed about it. This is a graduation requirement as well as one of the qualifiers for the John and Abigail Adams scholarship so students should make sure they do not leave any test questions incomplete.
More Parent Input Needed: 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. HHS currently has approximately 1850 students. So far we have received 210 parent responses which is 11%. We are trying t get 20%. 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.
Last Day of School
Currently with our nine weather related school day cancellations our last day of school is scheduled on Friday, June 22, 2018. This of course will shift with any additional days called. It is hard to believe that the first day of Spring is this Tuesday, March 20th.
HHS Student Athlete signs her letter of intent
A signing ceremony was held Wednesday, March 21st for Senior Megan Carroll who has been accepted at UNH and will dive for their swim team. Congrats to Megan and her parents on this wonderful news. See the link below for a picture.
Spring Season Opens March 19th
Our Spring sports season officially opened on Monday. I thank Tom O’Brien, all of our coaches and student athletes for their hard work, commitment and creativity in trying to find space to practice in these past few days with our fields covered in snow. We have our track students running the halls and around campus. Our Girls tennis team has been working out in the mall. Students trying out for baseball took over parking lot “A” last night doing their drills and were looking sharp. Good luck to all of our Hillies who are participating in tryouts this week and I wish each and every team a successful season. Go Hillies!
HHS Fine Arts Department Presents: Mary Poppins
Haverhill High School Fine Arts Academy is proud to present: Mary Poppins – Our four performances will be held on April 5, 6, 7th at 7:00 p.m., and our matinée on April 7th at 2:00 p.m. Tickets: Adults $8 Students & Senior Citizens $5. Tickets will be available at the door and the show will be in the Haverhill High School Auditorium. It has been a treat for us after hours at HHS to hear the songs of the show echoing throughout the halls surrounding the auditorium. A big Hillie thank you to all our students on the stage and behind the scenes for their commitment over last few months to this production.
HAVERHILL VIP (Violence Intervention & Prevention)TEAM INDUCTION-Thursday, March 15, 2018
Haverhill VIP is a youth violence prevention program that strives to prevent violence and promote peace and respect in the Haverhill schools and community. Utilizing a youth development approach, VIP provides opportunities which engage youth in educational, leadership and community service activities in a safe and supportive environment.
VIP Team members receive numerous trainings that focus on a variety of topics related to violence prevention and leadership. These trained and motivated youth serve as positive role models, mentors and leaders for their peers throughout the school and community. Congratulations to the following students who earned induction to the 2018 VIP TEAM!
MEMBERS LEADERS TEAM CAPTAINS
Noelia Amadis Isaiah Williams Courtney Venditti
Kilsi Calero Grace Michitson
Eric Fila Keighley Credit
Jimmy Kritzas Savannah Croft-Levin
Alberto Medina Francisco Gonzalez
Alex Mejia Miguelina Huertas
Cinderella’s Closet is getting a makeover with new paint and a new “closet.” Prom attire and accessories will be available to students starting the first week of April. All is free of charge. We also have a nice selection of men’s attire!
Key Club Donations
The Key Club of Haverhill High School voted this week to donate $500 to Cinderella’s Closet. That is an extremely generous donation for one of our service clubs. An alum has also expressed an interest in donating. We are using monetary donations to help seniors of Haverhill High School pay for prom tickets. The cost keeps going up and we want to be sure all students have the opportunity to attend. There are photographs for sale in the school store and all proceeds will go towards Cinderella’s Closet so go take a look and make a donation. Thank you all for your contributions of dresses, accessories, and suits. It is so appreciated by all!
Canned Food Drive
Please help us collect nonperishable food items for local Food Bank. The food bank serves many families in need within our community. Drop off your items in Ms. LaBelle’s room 210 anytime from this Monday March 26th– May 21st 2018, 7:00 a.m. and 2:00 p.m. Items needed include canned vegetables and fruits, peanut butter and jelly, cereal, rice, beans, pasta, and juice. Special “Red Noses” will be given out the last week to the most creative givers! One out of six students goes hungry daily. Anything that you can do will be appreciated.
HHS Late Bus
I wanted to take a moment to share again the information on the late bus provided at HHS that we expanded back in September. Students must stay after school with a teacher to get the bus pass.
- Bus will run every Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday.
- Bus will depart HHS promptly at 3:15 p.m. from the regular bus lanes.
- Students must have a LATE BUS PASS from their teacher in order to board the bus.
- Students are not allowed to roam the hall at the conclusion of their commitment.
- Student must sign in with the administrator in room S13 prior to boarding the bus. (Sign in sheet and bus stop sheet)
- This is not a door to door service. Stops are centrally located throughout the city.
Ø LEAVES HHS AT 3:15 p.m.
- DUNKIN DONUTS – 614 BROADWAY
- VARIETY STORE – 864 BROADWAY
- RIVER STREET AT MICHAELS FUNTION HALL
- RIVER STREET AT JAFFARIAN MOTORS
- TILTON SCHOOL – 70 GROVE ST.
- LAFAYETTE SQUARE – IN FRONT OF CVS
- CITY HALL – 4 SUMMER ST.
- HAVERHILL STADIUM – 17 LINCOLN AVE.
- CHARLIES VARIETY – 277 GROVELAND ST.
- MILLVALE ROAD AND EAST BROADWAY
- WINNEKENNI CASTLE – 347 KENOZA AVE.
- DUNKIN DONUTS – 407 AMESBURY RD.
- 10th AVE AND MAIN ST.
- 440 NORTH AVENUE
- SMILEY SCHOOL – 969 MAIN ST.
- 703 MAIN STREET
- FARRWOOD DRIVE – BRADFORD
- FARRWOOD DRIVE – BRADFORD
- DIBURRO’S FUNCTION HALL – 887 BOSTON RD
- ACADEMY LANES -725 SOUTH MAIN ST.
- OLD BRADFORD COLLEGE -320 SOUTH MAIN ST.
- RITE AID – 68 SOUTH MAIN STREET –
Ø BUS BEGINS NEW ROUTE FOR MIDDLE SCHOOL
Safety is the first priority of our school. Riding on the late bus is a privilege, not a right. Students are expected to follow and adhere to all bus rules. Any violations of our policies and rules by a student may result in the suspension of the student’s privilege of riding the late bus.
School Counseling UpdateClass of 2018 Reminders
- The HHS Scholarship Portal will close on March 30th. Directions on how to access the portal can be found on the School Counseling Department page of the HHS website. Don’t miss your chance to apply to tons of scholarships!!!
- Seniors, don’t forget to update your counselor and enter the college application decisions in your Naviance account! We are eagerly waiting to see which colleges students are being accepted to and we like to share this news!
Two Free Classes at NECC
NECC is offering Free Summer STEM classes! The courses being offered: Human Biology and Computer Applications. For more information students can see Ms. Massahos in guidance. To qualify they must take the Accuplacer and meet the qualifying score. This is open to all Hillies who meet the qualifying score.Upcoming School Counseling Events
- The Junior Parent College Information Night was rescheduled to Tuesday March 27th at 6pm in the HHS Auditorium (please note the location change). Topics will include the college search process, standardized testing, Naviance, and more.
- An AP Potential Information Session will be held on April 4th at 5pm for the parents/guardians of students interested in taking AP courses for the 2018-2019 school year. This presentation will take place directly before the College Fair.
- Annual HHS College Fair will be held on Wednesday April 4th at 6pm in the HHS Library. Over 50 colleges, universities, and technical programs will be in attendance! We hope to see you there!
- HHS will host ASVAB testing on Tuesday April 3rd beginning at 7:30am. The ASVAB, or Armed Services Vocational Aptitude Battery, is a 3 hour exam that is used for two purposes. The ASVAB is the exam students must take for eligibility determination for military enlistment and job selection. The ASVAB can also be used by any student, regardless of interest in the military, to asses skills in four major domains (verbal, math, science/technical, and spatial). This test can also be used as a career exploration tool to help students make informed decisions about potential occupations. Student scores are not released to the military though this exam. Any student interested in taking this test should sign up in Guidance by March 29th.
If you have guidance related questions please contact Ms. Jami Dion, Supervisor of Guidance K-12 @978-374-5700 ext. 1133 or via email @ firstname.lastname@example.org
Have a wonderful week-end!
Beth Kitsos, Principal