Haverhill High School

  • Principal’s Weekly Update- November 17, 2017

    School Psychologist Awareness Week.

    This week, 11/13-11/17 is School Psychologist Awareness Week. In an effort to raise awareness about what school psychologists do and who they are, HHS School Psychologist Susan Donatell thought it might be helpful to share some of the concerns and issues that they typically encounter (from learning disabilities in math to mental health) as school psychologists during School Psychology Awareness Week. This week Mrs. Donatell has provided HHS staff with some information that she thought might be helpful to them as they work with our students. This information is also helpful to parents as well.  Please see the attached articles that will provide you strategies and tips to use when supporting your children in a variety ways. Please feel free to reach out to our school psychologist directly should you have any specific concerns!

    Care for the Caregiver-Parents and Teachers_FinalNASP Mental Health Slow_Learners_Talking_To_Children_About_Violence   Behavior Code – Anxiety

    Freshmen Elections- Class of 2021 Winners

    Elections were held today for freshmen class officers.  Congratulations to:

    Mackenzie Murphy-President

    Vice-President- Carolin Taveras

    Treasurer- Hope Sunsari

    Secretary- Amy Lawless

    Student Council Representatives:

    Catie Chadwick

    Nicholas Leung

    Nina Manzi

    April Maniscalco

    Gabriela Vargas

    Parent Portal 

    I encourage all parents to access the Parent Portal to stay current on your child’s grades and attendance. I have attached directions to access the portal here.

    Accessing Parent Portal

    Unified Basketball Team

    For the first time this fall Haverhill High School sponsored a Unified Basketball Team. This team, supported by the MIAA and by the Special Olympics, brought together students with and without intellectual abilities on the basketball court. They competed against other schools in the Merrimack Valley Conference. A huge congratulations to the boys and girls on the Unified Basketball team. They finished their inaugural season with a record of 7 and 1, beating Andover and North Andover at the tournament Tuesday night.


    This week our ROTC students collected canned goods and boxed items. The collection bins were located in the main office and outside the cafeteria. Thanksgiving baskets will be put together and delivered to some of our Hillie families just in time for holiday. We will accept donations Monday morning so if you are able please send in your donation to the main office.

    HHS Senior Class Play

    The Class of 2018 is proud to present an evening of theatre featuring The Philadelphia, TheUniversal Language, and The Real Inspector Hound, – Only three more shows this week! Opening night on Wednesday was a huge success!  The last three shows will be tonight Friday the 17th at 7:00 p.m. and on Saturday the 18th at 2:00 p.m. and 7:00 p.m.in the HHS Auditorium. Tickets are $8.00 for general admission and $5.00 for students and seniors.

    HHS Band

    Our Hillie band will be performing in the Santa Parade this Sunday in Haverhill and at our Thanksgiving Day game! We are so happy to have their support at game time and are proud to have them representing us in the Haverhill parade!

    As many of you probably know, our HHS band REALLY need new uniforms. Our band members wear their current uniform with Hillie pride but they are from the 1980’s and are worn and outdated. We are raising money by selling coupon books and discounted gift cards through https://www.gaschoolstore.com/.
    You can use the ID 5134093 and put my name for the “student” you would like to support, unless you know a kid in the band. I’ve also attached a picture of the uniform jacket design we plan to purchase. We would really appreciate if you could help us out!  New uniforms will be great for morale… and who doesn’t love a bargain?

    HHS Band Jackets vegas gold.jpg

    HHS MVP Program

    This week, the MVP (Mentors in Violence Prevention) peer leaders began their work in our health education classes. They spent two days in Ms. Labelle’s and Mrs. Begley’s classes teaching their students about healthy relationships and what healthy choices to make if involved in a tough social situation. In the coming months, this amazing group of young leaders will be visiting our middle schools in Haverhill to bring this program to them.

    HHS Dodgeball Tournament/Turkey Toss

    Our Fall Dodgeball Tournament is scheduled for November 21st starting at 2:30 p.m. in the gymnasium and on Wednesday we will be taking a bus load of Seniors to the annual KISS FM Turkey Toss in Medford leaving HHS at 5:00 in the morning! Good luck to all the players and we can’t wait to hear who will be victorious!

    HHS Cheerleaders

    I am so proud to announce that our Hillie Cheerleaders had an incredible performance in Lowell on Sunday and took home the 2017 MSAA Division 1 Regional Championship. They now move on to the State Championship this Sunday at Worcester State University. Good luck ladies and thank you for always being a great support to all of Hillie Nation!

    Winter Sports

    The winter sports season kicks off on Monday, November 27th. To Winter Athletes of the following sports: Ice Hockey, Wrestling, Basketball, and Gymnastics – Make-ups for baseline concussion testing will be this Monday, November 20th, S-wing computer lab, 2:15 p.m. This will be the final testing date.  Students will not be able to participate without it.

    School Counseling Update
    On The Spot Admissions Events for Seniors
    The Counseling Office at HHS has worked hard to establish 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.  See the schedule below for a list of colleges coming to HHS. Interested seniors should see their counselor to sign up!
    • Curry College: Tuesday November 28th at 9am- Interested students should speak with Mr. Gwinn (stephen.gwinn@haverhill-ps.org).
    • Western New England University: Thursday November 20th from 9am-1pm- Students are encouraged to submit their Common Application prior to this date using the fee waiver WNEVIP. 
    • Northern Essex Community College: Monday December 11th from 9am-12pm
    • Nichols College: Tuesday December 12th at 10am
    • Mount Ida College: Tuesday December 19th at 10:30am
    FAFSA Financial Aid Workshop
    Chyten Counselors and the HHS Guidance Department will be hosting a FREE financial aid workshop for students and families on December 9th from 2-4pm.  At this workshop, representatives from American Student Assistance (ASA) will lead students and families through the process of completing the FAFSA (Free Application for Federal Student Aid) and CSS PROFILE.  If you would like to attend this free workshop, please click on the following link to register: https://docs.google.com/forms/d/e/1FAIpQLScxWjSklUhruVC4faC0jrm8M_Ld0edSboD0pIARtXpNB-C-0Q/viewform?usp=sf_link   Space is limited so don’t hesitate to sign up.  The link contains a list of information that you must bring with you on the day of the workshop.  If you have any questions please feel free to contact Ariella Reidenberg at ariella.reidenberg@haverhill-ps.org or Harpreet Singh at harpreet.singh@haverhill-ps.org.  
    FREE College Courses Offered at Northern Essex Community College
    Northern Essex Community College is offering FREE courses to students who qualify this spring. Students are able to choose from a list of available classes including Quantitative Reasoning, Intro to Sociology, Journalism I, Applied Math, Intro to Biology, and Intro to Criminal Justice.  Space is limited and students will need to pass the Accuplacer in order to qualify for the course. For more information please see Samantha Massahos (School Counselor/Early College Coordinator) in the guidance department. She can also be reached via email at samantha.massahos@haverhill-ps.org. Don’t miss out on this great opportunity to earn college credit while in high school…..for FREE!!
    If you have questions please contact Jami Dion, Supervisor of Guidance K-12 @ 978-374-5700 ext. 1133 or via email at:

    November 2017

    17 Senior Class Play –  7:00 p.m.

    18 Senior Class Play –  2:00 p.m. and 7:00 p.m.

    21 Dodgeball Tournament 2:30 p.m. – 6:00 p.m.

    22 Early Release 10:30 a.m. – Thanksgiving Holiday / Periods A, B, C, D

    23-24 Thanksgiving Recess

    27 Athletics: Winter Season Opens

    Have a wonderful week-end!

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

(978) 374-3400
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