Haverhill High School

  • Principal’s Weekly Update- October 20, 2017

    Seniors Class of 2018

    The Yankee Candle fundraiser began today.  Seniors can pick up their packets in room K30. The sale ends on Thursday November 2nd.  All money raised goes to reduce the cost for class dues, prom, and senior activities.

    Fall Festival

    Haverhill High’s very first Fall Festival will be held in the cafeteria and the 100’s on Thursday October 26th starting at 5:00! There will be live music, food, arts and crafts and the Haunted Hallway in the 100’s! $5 per person at the door.

    Hillie Nation Band

    The Hillie Nation Band will perform in its first away game in many years tonight when our Hillies play the Lawrence Lancers. Good luck to all our Hillie musicians and our varsity team.

    China Exchange Program

    Attention Students: Do you want to travel to China in April 2018? There has been a price reduction for those interested! To learn more please attend an informational meeting open to parents and students on October 31st at 6:00 in the Main Office Conference Room.

    Community Service Project

    I want to take a moment to congratulate and thank Julia Clohisy, Sarah Spencer and Elise Avolio who completed a mural at Tatterstall Farms through our Classical Academy and Art Club. Their work will be feature in the near future in the Eagle Tribune.

    Start of Day

    I have seen an increase in students tardy to school in recent days. I am asking that all parents and guardians speak with your child about the importance of arriving to class (not just on campus) on time.

    As written in our student handbook:

    Tardiness to School    

    Students are expected to be in their classrooms at 7:20 a.m. Students arriving to school after 7:25 a.m. must enter through the main entrance and check in at the main office. Only tardiness accompanied by a medical or legal note shall be considered documented. Chronic tardiness may result in temporary or permanent suspension of parking privileges and/or referral to their Assistant Principal. Students who are unable to attend regular school sessions may not attend or participate in extra-curricular activities.

    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.

    Saturday School

    Our next Saturday School to make up time will be held on Saturday, October 28th. Any student in need please see Mr. Joyce or Mrs. Irons in the Family Resource Center next week.

    School Counseling Update

    • AP Student Expectations Agreement forms and AP exam deposits were due today, October 20th.  Any student enrolled in AP course(s) must submit a $45 deposit per exam.  If any student needs to submit the form late, they may still do so next week.  The completed form and payment can be turned in to the School Counseling Department.  Payment may be made in the form of cash or check (payable to Haverhill High School).  Please contact Mrs. Dion with any questions or concerns.


    • This is a reminder that Term 1 grades close at the end of the month.  Most courses at HHS are semester-based which means that any final grades in Semester 1 courses consist of Term 1 and Term 2 grades.  Students should keep on top of their assignments and connect with their teachers to make sure all work is submitted before the marking period closes!
    Information for Seniors
    • College admission representatives are visiting HHS this fall.  All scheduled visits are listed in Naviance under the “Colleges” tab.  Students can sign up to meet with a college representative directly through Naviance or by signing up in the counseling office.  Students must sign up a minimum of one day in advance and will receive a pass to attend this appointment in their first period class.  Representatives from the following institutions will visit during the week of October 16th: Endicott College, Stetson University, Massachusetts College of Liberal Arts, Boston College, Rivier University, Fitchburg State University, Emerson College, and Johnson & Wales University.
    • 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 quesitons 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.
    • The second annual Cape Ann Regional Portfolio Night will be held on October 23rd from 6:30-8:30pm in the Hubbard and Maddocks Galleries at the Rockport Association and Museum.  This event provides students with the opportunity to meet and have their portfolio reviewed by Admissions Counselors from AICAD Schools (Association for Independent Colleges of Art and Design) and to gain a better understanding of post-secondary opportunities in art and design.  Colleges in attendance will include Lesley University College of Art and Design, Maryland Institute College of Art, Montserrat College of Art, School of the Museum of Fine Arts, Tyler School of Art at Temple University, and more.  Students should bring a working portfolio consisting of 10-15 pieces or a sketchbook.
    • The Ron Brown Scholar Program seeks to identify students who will make significant contributions to society.  Applicants should demonstrate academic achievement, exihibit leadership ability, participate in community service activities, and have demonstrated financial need.  To be eligible, applicants must be U.S. citizens or permanent residents, Black/African-American, and current high school seniors.  Each year, 20 or more students are selected as Ron Brown Scholars and receive $10,000 annually for four years.  To be given early consideration students must apply by November 1st.  The final deadline to submit scholarship materials is January 9th.  Students who are interested in applying should visit the School Counseling Office for a copy of the application.
    If you have guidance related questions please contact Jami Dion, Supervisor of Guidance K-12 @978-374-5700 ext. 1133 or via email @ jdion@haverhill-ps.org

    Looking Ahead:

    November 2017

    01 Term I Marks Close

    02 Term II Begins

    04 SAT Testing – Scheduled through College Board

    07 No School – Students Only – Staff Professional Development Day

    08 Report Cards Issued in Parent Portal

    10 Veterans Day Observed – No School


    Have a wonderful weekend!

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

(978) 374-3400
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