Haverhill High School

  • Principal’s Weekly Update- May 18, 2018


    Again I find myself trying to wrap my head around two senseless tragedies that we have been notified of today. Last night a student from the class of 2016 passed away and we are all absolutely devastated by this news. Earlier this afternoon we heard of a school shooting at Santa Fe High School in Santa Fe, Texas where at least nine lives were taken. This was the 22nd school shooting this year. I am again reminded that it can happen anywhere and that we all play a role in the safety and security of our students, staff and school.

    It is my hope that over the weekend you will have the opportunity to speak to your child about following the very basic school safety guidelines. For example, it is important that students do not open doors to anyone while on campus during the school day. Remind your child of the power of open and honest communication and when they see something, hear something, have a feeling that something is off with a peer that they report it immediately. Threats of personal or group harm through text messages, social media posts, verbal communication, and images of weapons are to be taken seriously and reported immediately.  This is not gossiping or tattling. This is all of us working together to prevent tragedies of all types at home and on campus.

    If you are seeing a change in your child, please reach out to us. Let us work together to find out what is happening and what we can do together to get them on the right path. We have a strong support system for students here at Haverhill High. Our administrators, teachers, guidance counselors, adjustment counselors, psychologist, support staff, school resource officer, VIP team, MVP team and more are here to help in any way. Please do not hesitate to call on us at any time.

    Our thoughts and prayers are with the family of our student and the entire Santa Fe community affected by these terrible tragedies.

    Term 4 Progress Reports

    HHS term 4 Progress Reports have been made available in the Parent/Student Portal. If you need a hard copy please email Eileen Spero @ espero@haverhill-ps.org or Sandra McArthur @ smcarthur@haverhill-ps.org

    Early College

    One of the programs offered to students who attend Haverhill High School is having the unique opportunity to attend Northern Essex Community College and complete the first year of their Associate’s degree while still in high school. The partnership between Haverhill High School and Northern Essex started seven years ago with a small cohort of just nine students. Last Monday we witnessed twenty-seven of our Hillies graduate from our Early College program. We are thrilled for them and congratulate them all on their success!

    Night of Stars

    Thursday night, Seniors from the Class of 2018 attended an event called the Night of Stars. This was by invitation only and is the first of three events awarding scholarships. Last night we saw 146 seniors awarded 302 scholarships totaling over $117,000! Congratulations Hillies!

    HHS Elections Held Today

    Here are the results for today’s student elections:

    For the class of 2019

    President: Meg Sheehan

    Vice President: Keighley Credit

    Secretary: L.J. Trevette

    Treasurer: Francisco Gonzalez

    Executive Committee: Molly McCracken and Lydia Osmer

    Student Council Representatives: Maggie Bourdon, Katherine Hubbard, Neveah Noury, Alex Papanikolaou, Brenna Sullivan, Robert Hardy, Jadynne Hill and Ryan Winn

    For the class of 2020

    President: Sara Ghias

    Vice President: Bheamarie Quinn

    Secretary: Ashley Bocchetti

    Treasurer: Kia Dimakis

    Executive Committee: Emma Willard, Jasmine Varona and Hope Shellene

    Student Council Representatives: Molly Bresnahan, Molly Caron, Kaelee Forman, Shannon Kaiser, Cooper MacKinnon, Naomi McLaughlin, Leah Pearse, Emily Prendergast, Heather Reid, Maggie Fitzgibbons, and Tara Thompson

    For the class of 2021

    President: Nick Leung

    Vice President: Carolin Taveras

    Secretary: Elijah Martinez

    Treasurer: Ashley DiFalco

    Executive Committee: Jacob Martinez and Dale Leone

    Student Council Representatives: Catie Chadwick, Ailish Ferrick, Alyison Gendron, Emma Grenier, Michaela Gunning, Rebecca Hamel, Nina Manzi, Olivia Peterson, Giavanna Torrence, Gabriela Vargas, Sarah Walters, Karyna Ward​


    Nancy Burke is at it again and we love it! Please see the attached article from the Eagle Tribune on this wonderful Learning Garden program. We would also like to thank Shoe City Hardware for the generous donation of a wheel barrel for our program. Eagle Tribune Article


    MCAS Testing

    All students taking the MCAS Math Test –students should report to their assigned testing rooms beginning Wednesday, May 23 and Thursday May 24, promptly at 7:25 a.m., for the MCAS Math test. Please be sure your child gets a good night’s rest and healthy breakfast in the morning. ​​

    School Counseling Update

    • Seniors!  Final transcripts will be sent to colleges after graduation.  Seniors complete an exit survey during Senior Sign Out which alerts your counselor as to where this information should be sent.  If you have any questions or concerns please contact your counselor!
    • School Committee Scholarships are now available.  Copies can be obtained in the Counseling office or on Naviance.  Completed applications and all supporting documentation are due no later than May 25th.  Late applications will not be considered.
    If you have question about guidance, please contact Jami Dion, Supervisor of Guidance K-12 @978-374-5700 ext. 1133 or via email @jdion@haverhill-ps.org

     Class of 2018 Updates:

    Seniors have been notified that senior dues, cafeteria fees, AP testing fees and lost book fees are due by May 21st.

    Senior Dues: Mrs. Shaffer – 200’s Office

    Cafeteria Fees Ms. Jordan – Cafeteria

    AP Testing Fees:  Mrs. Gravel – Guidance Department

    Lost Book Fees: Teacher/Dean

    Athletic Fees: Please go to the athletic office between 9:00 a.m. and 3:00 p.m. and see Mrs. Gallagher.

     What’s Ahead:

     Monday, May 21                   Last day of classes for the Class of 2018

    Monday, May 21                   Term 4 Report Card Grades Close – Seniors Only

    Monday, May 21                   Teachers send Deans and Guidance a list of students who did NOT

    return books and did NOT pass their class for the year/semester

    Tuesday, May 22                   Chapel Practice

    • ALL Graduating seniors need to be in the mall area by 7:30 a.m.
    • Each classroom door will be marked alphabetically and NHS reports to the cafeteria.
    • Teachers will check students in and line up. There will be practice walking to the auditorium and entering.
    • Once we get to the auditorium and administration feels we have the procession complete, we will briefly run through the Chapel program.

     Tuesday, May 22                   R. Elaine Croston Poetry Reading Contest — HHS Auditorium

    • 8:30 a.m.

     Tuesday, May 22                   Senior Sign-Out/Senior Cookout

    • When the R. Elaine Croston Poetry Reading Contest concludes, students will be called to the gym by rows
    • Guidance, teachers, and administration will be there to assist in the sign-out process and the distribution of the individual senior packages which contains:cap, gown, academy medal, four graduation invitations (field seating) and graduation number.
    • Once a Senior is signed out, he/she will exit through the back gym, secure their senior package in their vehicle, then go to the field for a Senior Breakfast/Cook-Out.
    • At the back field, there will be food! More details to be announced as we get closer to the event.

    Friday, May 25                                  Senior Report Cards Posted in the Portal

     Friday, May 25                                  Chapel – HHS Auditorium – Students and Staff Only

    • Report to assigned room in the 200s promptly at 10:30 a.m.
    • 10:50 a.m. Procession begins
    • 11:00 a.m. Chapel Program begins – program lasts about 90 minutes
    • Parents of Junior award winners invited.

    Tuesday, May 29                   Senior Prom – Castleton Banquet and Conference Center, Windham, NH

    • Prom begins at 5:30 p.m. and ends at 10:30 p.m.
    • Tickets on sale – April 23 – May 4 – $85.00 each – Room K30

    Thursday, May 31                 Graduation Practice – Trinity Stadium

    • REPORT AT 8:30 a.m. SHARP
    • Bring graduation number
    • Wear sunscreen – we will be in the sun for a couple of hours
    • You will be given your yearbook at this time
    • Rain date – Friday, June 1 – Time TBD

    Thursday, May 31                 Senior Banquet – Roma Restaurant, Bradford, MA

    • 6:00 p.m. -8:00 p.m.
    • Proper Dress Required
    • Tickets on sale May 7 – May 18 and purchased from Mrs. McIntyre K30

    Friday, June 1                                   Graduation – Class of 2018 – Trinity Stadium – 6:00 p.m.

    • Report at 4:30 p.m.
    • Procession begins at 5:45 p.m.
    • Late arrivals will not be permitted to march in the procession once it begins
    • Please note that high heels are NOT allowed on the Trinity Stadium artificial turf.


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