Haverhill High School

  • Principal’s Weekly Update- November 9, 2017

    HHS Term I Report Cards will be available in the Parent Portal – Monday, November 13th period J

    HHS term I report card will be electronically distributed via the parent portal on Monday, November 13th. Students without internet access will be given a paper copy. If you need a paper copy please visit the HHS Main Office and add your name to the report card issued log.

    First Term Parent Teacher Conferences (PTC) 11/16

    Term I PTC will be held 11/16 from 6:00 pm-7:30 pm. Sign up forms will be sent home with students on 11/13 and will also be sent home electronically on 11/13 as well. I encourage all parents to sign up to meet with your child’s teachers. If you need any assistance with signing up please contact me at:  bkitsos@haverhill-ps.org

    Administrative Failure Policy

    In order to reinforce our commitment to the value of daily student attendance and to adhere to the state attendance guidelines, Haverhill High School has created a proactive approach to attendance issues that is connected to our philosophy towards grading practices. The following represents our procedure for tying grades into our attendance requirements:

    Six (6) or more undocumented absences in a quarter for a course will result in an “administrative failure” and a loss of credit (.25) for that quarter for that course. (See below list of documented and undocumented absences) Credits can be made up by attending Saturday School. Absences for any given quarter must be made up by the end of the succeeding quarter; for example, Q1 absences must be made up by the end of Q2, etc. Note: As there are no days available after Q4 to make up absences for this quarter, the absences must then be made up by the end of Q4. It is expected that any student who has 6 or more unexcused absences in a quarter (and thus an administrative failure) will attend the newly instituted Saturday School to make up any absences in excess of the allowable 5 for each quarter.

    Regarding classes for which a student has lost credit due to an administrative failure: the student will receive their actual grade(s) and, if passing for the final grade, that course will “count” towards the student’s specific course requirements or other course sequence considerations. However, any lost credit in these situations will still need to be accounted for through additional courses in that subject area in order to meet our cumulative graduation credits requirements. Please reference the Haverhill High School credits requirements per subject area.

    Documented and Undocumented Absences

    Documented Absences

    Students absent for the following reasons with written documentation will be allowed makeup work with full credit.

    Reason                                                                   Required Documentation

    Student Illness                                                    Doctor/Nurse Note

    Death in Family                                                  Documented

    Religious Holiday                                               Note from parent

    Court Appearance                                               Note from Court

    Two College Visits Per Year                              Note from parent or college

    Documentation must be submitted to the main office within two days of returning to school. 

    Undocumented Absences

    If documentation is not brought into school within two days of returning, the student’s absences will be considered undocumented.  Other examples of undocumented absences include caring for siblings, oversleeping, missed bus, car problem, parent notes, and family trips or vacations.  Makeup work with full credit for undocumented days absent will be at the teachers’ discretion.

    Students are expected to attend each class daily, those students who accrue over 5 absences will be subject to administrative failure policy in that class. 

    Students who are not in school for at least half of the day by state law are considered absent.  Those students that arrive after 10:45 a.m. will have their attendance marked as Tardy/Absent and those that leave prior to that time will be recorded as Dismissed/Absent.

    If a student is absent five (5) or more consecutive days, or is showing a pattern of excessive absenteeism a doctor’s note is by required.

    Ten-Day Consecutive Absences

    Consecutive absences of ten (10) days without notification to the school will result in a letter informing the student of pending removal from school enrollment. Students and/or parents have ten (10) days to then notify the school of continued attendance.

    No student sixteen years of age or older shall be considered to have permanently left public school unless an administrator of the school which such student last attended has sent notice within a period of the ten days from the student’s tenth consecutive absence to the parent or guardian of such student in both the primary language of such parent or guardian and English, stating that such student and his parent or guardian may meet with the school committee or its designated representatives prior to the student permanently leaving school, within ten days after the sending of the notice.

    Tardiness to Class Procedure

    Students are expected to report directly to classes and not linger in hallways.

    1. First Offense: Students will receive a warning from the teacher.
    2. Second and Third Offense: Students will receive appropriate discipline from the teacher.
    3. Fourth and subsequent offenses will result in a disciplinary referral to an assistant principal.

    Please Note:

    • 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.

    A.P. U.S. Government

    The  students of the A.P. U.S. Government course once again went local this year by working hard on several local campaigns. Twenty-seven students put in over 300 hours of door-knocking, phone calls and other campaign activities for 8 different local candidates. The students got to choose for whom they volunteered. Working on the campaign trail gave the students a chance to see, and participate in, the inner workings of a modern-day political campaign.

    Veterans’ Day

    Saturday, November 11th is Veterans’ Day. I wanted to take a moment to thank the following staff members for their service to our country:

    Major Martin – U.S. Marine Corp.

    Gunny Danis – U. S. Marine Corp.

    Mrs. Begley – U.S. Army Reserves

    Ms. Peralta – U. S. Army Reserves

    Mr. Hickey – U. S. Airforce

    Golden Book Trophy Award

    Monthly a Golden Book Trophy Award from one staff member to another is awarded for positively influencing our working environment and boosting morale in a meaningful way. Earlier in the week it was awarded to Mrs. Diskin, Italian Teacher! Congratulations!

    Winter Sports Meeting

    There will be a Winter Sports Pre-Season Meeting this Monday, November 13th at 6:00 p.m. in the gym. After a brief group meeting, students and parents will meet with coaches in the K-Wing. All students interested in participating in a winter sport should attend with at least one parent or guardian. This includes basketball, cheer, gymnastics, ice hockey, indoor track, skiing, boys swimming and wrestling. Coaches will review information regarding tryouts, participation requirements, rules & regulations and much more. Please complete the winter sports registration prior to the meeting.

    MCJROTC Thanksgiving Day Food Baskets

    Help us help families in need this Thanksgiving. Our ROTC students will be collecting canned goods and boxed items from November 13th through November 17th. The collection bins will be set up in the main office and outside the cafeteria.

    An Evening of Theatre

    The Class of 2018 will be presenting an evening of theatre featuring The Philadelphia – a classic romantic comedy, The Universal Language, a short comedic play and The Real Inspector Hound, a play within a play – Four shows on Thursday, November 15th at 7:00 p.m., 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.

    November 2017

    10 – Veterans’ Day Observed – No School

    13 – Term I Report Cards Released in the Parent Portal at 1:15 p.m.

    13 – Winter Sports Meeting 6:00 p.m. in the Gym

    14 – Site Council Meeting 3:00 p.m. Main Entrance Conference Room

    15, 17, 18 – Senior Class Play

    16 – Parent Teacher Conferences 6:00 p.m. – 7:30 p.m.

    17 – Freshmen Elections

    21 – Dodgeball Tournament

    22 – Half Day – Thanksgiving Holiday

    23, 24 – No School

    Information for Seniors
    • There is a great opportunity for seniors interested in applying to U-Mass Dartmouth. We will be hosting an “On the Spot Admissions Day” on Thursday November 16th. Any senior who is interested should see Mr. Alsup in the guidance office Monday morning!
    • Northern Essex will be available to students one Thursday every month in the back of the Guidance Office during lunches. Students will have access to an admissions representative where they can ask questions and learn more information about NECC.  Additionally, admissions representatives come to HHS for On the Spot Acceptance Days.  The first of these will be held on December 11th.

    Enjoy the long week-end!

    Beth Kitsos, Principal

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