Haverhill High School

  • Principal’s Weekly Update- Week Ending 1/27/17

    January has flown by. As we end the month there are many things to be aware of:

    Reminder: Saturday, 1/28- H.H.S. Classical Academy’s Trivia Night

    Don’t forget that tomorrow, Saturday, January 28th, 2017 at 7:00 PM, the HHS Classical Academy Parent Association (CAPA) will be hosting a Trivia Night at the Amvets Hall 576 Primrose St, Haverhill.  The admission for adults is $22 prepaid or $25 at the door. The admission for students is $10.  All proceeds will benefit the H.H.S. Classical Academy’s Scholarship Fund. There will be prizes for the winning team, best table theme and best costume! 

    Term II Report Cards Issued:

    Term II ended last Thursday, 1/19 and report cards were issued to all students today Friday, 1/27. Grades have been posted to the portal as well. Parent-Teacher conferences will be held on Thursday, February 2nd from 6:00 p.m. – 7:30 p.m. Students will be given a request for conference form on Monday to schedule their parent meetings. If you did not receive a 2nd term report card please contact the main office at 978-374-5700 xt. 1101 or 1102 or email: Tracy Parker @ tparker@haverhill-ps.org or Sandra McArthur @ smcarthur@haverhill-ps.org and we will send you a copy via email.

    Class of 2018 Exciting Opportunity

    Haverhill Public Schools has created an ACT and SAT score improvement program in partnership with Chyten Education to prepare our juniors for the June ACT and SAT tests. Haverhill is providing 150 free scholarships to this program which will be held at Haverhill High School starting in March. Classes will be held on Saturdays in two-hour increments. The first 100 spaces will be given on a first come, first served basis. In the next few weeks you will receive some email correspondence from Chyten to provide greater detail about their program offerings. They will also be present on next Thursday evening, February 2nd in conjunction with conference night.  From 5:30 to 6:00 Chyten representatives will be in the HHS auditorium to introduce themselves and the services they offer.  They will also be available in the main lobby until 7:30 to answer any questions you have. During the regular school day on Friday February 10th all juniors will take an ACT vs. SAT Comparison Test.  Scores from the comparison test will be made available to you the following week. This report will give you insight into which test format best favors your son or daughter and what preparation will be needed in order to score within range of their goals. We feel this is a great opportunity for our juniors, and look forward to seeing the success this preparation will bring to the HHS Class of 2018!

    Re-organization of the Academic Coaching (Directed Study) classes

    There are many students at HHS who receive services through an Individualized Education Plan and have an Academic Coaching period (formerly called Directed Study) to support their learning.  The Academic Coaching period will take on a different format beginning the third quarter.   Academic Coaching periods will focus on targeted skill development.  Students will spend the majority of the period  working on developing skills to support student learning.  Direct instruction will be provided within specific areas that are needed by the students including but are not limited to: reading comprehension strategies, math problem solving skills, and organizational strategies. Please note that students will have some time at the end of their academic coaching period to work on assignments from their content area classes, but the bulk of the period will be spent on targeted skill development. Each Directed Study will have a team of 2 special education teachers during each period. The team will consist of a teacher with a focus on English and the other with a focus on math to ensure that the students in the class will have a teacher with a strength in those areas. As we move into the 2017-2018 school year, we are hoping we can have students in these classes by grade 9-10 and then grade 11-12. 

    China Exchange:

    Haverhill High School and Chongqing #1 International High School, in Chongqing China, are participating in a student exchange program. The purpose of this program is for high school students to meet students from different parts of the world, compare their experience as students and share their culture with each other. The Chinese students arrive in New York on Friday, January 20th. They spent time site seeing and visiting universities in New York. Then they traveled to Boston. On Sunday January 22nd  we had a welcome Pot luck lunch, where American parents made traditional foods (BBQ, Mac & Cheese, Mashed Potatoes, Cookies and more). I was joined by Mr. Scully, Superintendent of Schools and Mr. Martin, Supervisor of Social Studies and World Languages and we all said few words to welcome the our Chinese visitors. The Chinese students have been very happy with what they have seen so far in their American classes and have found these classes to be interesting and informative. The Chinese students will stay at Haverhill High until February 3rd. Then they will spend one weekend site seeing in Boston and visiting some New England universities before they return to China on February 6th. 

    The Haverhill High School Roadshow to Middle Schools:

    We are excited that this week and next week staff from Haverhill High School and district supervisors and directors are visiting our local middle schools to share all of the opportunities and programs at Haverhill High. Representatives from Athletics, Classical Academy, Fine Arts Dept., Business Dept., STEM Academy, Humanities, and our new CVTE/CTE programs are meeting with students to share with them the many paths they can choose at HHS. There is choice and opportunity at Haverhill High and it is our goal that every Nettle Knight, Consentino Charger,  Hunking Bobcat, Whittier Poet and students at Hillview Montessori Sacred Hearts or St. Joseph’s be well-informed about all our campus has to offer them.  

    December Student’s of the Month:

    Congratulations to all of our December Student’s of the Month. Check out the names of the students that were recognized for this honor in the top tab under Student’s of the Month!

     Athletic Department

    Mr. O’Brien announced that the Middle School Basketball Finals and Cheerleading exhibition that is hosted at Haverhill High School has been rescheduled from February 2nd to Monday, February 6th.  This is a big event every year and we thank those who attend and support our future Hillies.

     Retirement and Replacement:

    Hillie Nation said goodbye to Mr. Cosgrove in room 212 last week. A huge Hillie thank you and best wishes to him for his years of service to the children of Haverhill and to our community. We wish him great health, much happiness and we hope his retirement is everything he dreamed it to be and more! Hillie Nation also welcomed our newest faculty member Mr. Reynolds who replaced Mr. Cosgrove. Mr. Reynolds and Mr. Cosgrove were able to have a short transition period to make the shift seamless for students.

     Valentine’s Day Rose

    The Excel Club is selling roses for Valentine’s Day for $2 each.  If parents would like to purchase a rose for their child, to be delivered during 1st period on Valentine’s Day, please contact Sarah Emilio (semilio@haverhill-ps.org).  All proceeds will go towards care packages for our troops.

     The Parent Portal

    The parent portal is a great resource for students, parents and guardians. Students who need a password to view their information can visit any of the offices at HHS to request their password. Parents and Guardians if you have not used the portal please contact the main office to verify your email address on file in SchoolBrains. Login information can only be sent to the email address on file. Once that is verified then please email Support at portalsupport@haverhill-ps.org.  Please have the following included in any email to Portal Support:

    [if !supportLists]·         [endif]Full Name

    [if !supportLists]·         [endif]Full name of child(ren)

    [if !supportLists]·         [endif]Full email address (be sure to contact Portal Support from this same email)

    [if !supportLists]·         [endif]Your child(ren)’s Grade Level(s) and School(s)

    [if !supportLists]·         [endif]Detailed explanation of issue

    Once in the portal you will be able to view:

    [if !supportLists]·         [endif]Current Assignments

    [if !supportLists]·         [endif]Attendance

    [if !supportLists]·         [endif]Behavior

    [if !supportLists]·         [endif]Classes Grades

    [if !supportLists]·         [endif]Report Card

    [if !supportLists]·         [endif]Calendar

    [if !supportLists]·         [endif]Schedule

    [if !supportLists]·         [endif]Printable Schedule

    School Counseling Update

    Important Information for Seniors! 

    There has been much that has happened this year for the Class of 2017 in Guidance.  This fall, 55 admissions representatives visited HHS to meet with seniors.  Representatives came from as close as Merrimack College in North Andover and from as far away as the University of St. Andrews in Scotland.

    The Guidance Department has hosted 5 On The Spot Admissions Events for the Class of 2017.  As a result, 99 students have been accepted to college through this initiative.  Participating colleges are Northern Essex Community College, Salem State University, and Fisher College.

    College Acceptances to date for the Class of 2018

      Over 900 college applications have been submitted by the Class of 2017.  Early action decisions are rolling in and there have been 160 acceptances so far.  Some of the colleges students have been accepted to are: UMass Amherst, UMass Lowell, Fisher College, UNH, Stonehill College, Bryant University, Providence College, Saint Anselm College, University of Vermont, Boston College, and the University of South Carolina.  Seniors have also received merit based scholarships ranging from $15,000 per year up to scholarships that cover full tuition and fees! 

    On the Spot Admissions Events

    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!

    • Northern Essex Community College was here on Thursday January 26th at 10am.   Congratulations to the eight seniors who received their acceptances!  To date, 89 students have participated in and were accepted into a variety of academic programs.  The next On the Spot Admissions Event is February 9th. Students interested in attending this session should see their counselor to sign up for an appointment with an admission representative.  

    Scholarship Information

      • The HHS Scholarship Portal opened on Tuesday January 3rd!  Directions on how to access the portal can be found on the School Counseling Department page on the HHS website http://hhs.haverhill-ps.org/scholarship-database-directions/.  
      • Tis the season for scholarships!  Seniors, be sure to check the available scholarships on Naviance each week.  Between now and February we receive many different scholarship applications and we will post each one on Naviance.  Don’t miss out!
      • The Merrimack Valley Credit Union has a NEW scholarship opportunity.  The 2017 Scholarship Award will be awarded in the amount of $1,500 to one graduating senior this year. Scholarship applications are available on Naviance and in the counseling office.  The deadline to submit your application materials to the counseling office is February 17th.  
      • The Haverhill Education Association Scholarship is now available in the Counseling Office and in Naviance.  Students who have attended Haverhill Public Schools since 5th grade and who have been accepted to a 2 or 4 yr college are encouraged to apply.  The deadline to submit this application to the HEA is April 14th!

    General Reminders for Seniors

    Many of those seniors who applied Early Action or Early Decision to colleges have heard back with a decision.  Don’t forget to update your counselor and enter the college application decision in your Naviance account!  If you receive any scholarships from a college, please bring us a copy of your merit scholarship letter so that we can brag about your accomplishments!  We are eagerly waiting to see which colleges students are being accepted to and we like to share this news!

    Representatives from Northern Essex Community College hold Information Sessions in the Counseling Office on the 2nd and 4th Thursday of every month.  Sessions run from 11am to 1pm.  Seniors are invited to attend any of these sessions to learn more about the admission process, academic programs, and how to proactively prepare yourself to be a college student.  

    Summer Opportunities

    • The United States Naval Academy offers two summer programs for high school students each year.  Additional information and applications for these programs should be completed online at https://www.usna.edu/Admissions/Programs/index.php.  
      • Summer Seminar– This is a competitive and fast-paced course for students who have completed their junior year of high school.  Summer Seminar is ideal for students who are interested in pursuing an appointment to one of the service academies.  Students will learn about life and academics at the Naval Academy.  Online applications are now open for students interested in pursuing the Summer Seminar. 
      • Summer STEM Program- Interested in Engineering?  Are you curious about what it takes to become an Engineer?  Are you passionate about Math and Science?  Are you going to be a sophomore or junior next year?  If you answered “yes” to any of these questions, the Summer STEM Program might be for you!  This is a first come, first served opportunity so do not wait to apply!
    • The Francis College of Engineering at UMass Lowell will host two overnight, week-long summer camps for high school students in July.  Students will have the chance to live on campus for a week and discover the many facets of engineering though hands-on projects and interactions with students and faculty.  Students will work in one of the new 3D-Printing or CNC Machining labs.  The cost for the camp includes all overnight accommodations as well as meals and supplies.  There are financial scholarships available.  For more information, visit https://www.uml.edu/Engineering/stem-pipeline/Engineering-summer-camp/default.aspx.  Registration opens February 1st.

    Sophomores and juniors!  Boston University is hosting a Winter Visit Day on Friday February 24th from 9am to 3pm.  This event will include an in-depth information session, covering everything from student life to study abroad opportunities to the admission process.  Attendees will have an opportunity to tour the campus and residential community and learn about specific academic programs.  Lunch will be provided in the dining halls.  For more information about this event and to RSVP, please visit their website at http://www.bu.edu/admissions/visit-us/winter-visit-day/.

    If you have any guidance related questions or concerns, please contact the Supervisor of Guidance K-12, Jami Dion @ 978-374-5700 ext. 1133 or via email at jdion@haverhill-ps.org

    As always, if you have any concerns or questions, please contact me at 978-374-5700 xt 1101 or 1102 or email me


    Have a wonderful weekend!

    Beth Kitsos, Principal

(978) 374-3400
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