Haverhill High School

  • Principal’s Weekly Update- Week Ending 2/10/17


    February has certainly come in like a lion.  With the start of second semester, HHS has been extremely busy. Teachers are making course recommendations and in the next week or so juniors, sophomores and freshmen will make course requests. Early next week the course descriptions will be available online for students to review before they make their requests.

    First Period – Period A-Homeroom

    Period A, which is also home room – begins at 7:25. For the safety and security of staff and students, all doors with the exception of the Main Entrance are locked after 7:25.  All students are then required to enter the building through the front entrance, by the Main Office and receive a tardy slip. Students are tardy to class if they are NOT in their period A class by 7:25. Every 3 tardy’s equal 1 absence. Students will receive administrative failure for a class if they are absent more than 5 times to the class. Please review the HHS handbook, which is on the HHS website for more details.

    Comparison Test for Juniors Postponed to Wednesday, 2/15

     The SAT vs. ACT Comparison test which was supposed to be given to juniors today, has been postponed to Wednesday, February 15th.  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 encourage all students taking this test to do their best.

    Haverhill High School-Northern Essex Community College (NECC) Early College Program

    Class of 2017 Early College Recognition Ceremony 

    On Wednesday, February 8th, HHS and NECC held the Early College Recognition Ceremony at the NECC Technology Center at 6:00 pm. The ceremony was to recognize the Twenty-seven seniors in the program who earned at least 27 college credits over the past three years. Several students earned more credits and one student was able to earn 40 credits by taking summer courses over duration of the three-year program. I had the honor of presenting the 27 students their certificates along with NECC President Dr. Lane Glenn, James Scully, Superintendent of Schools, and adjunct NECC professor, Jon Mangion.

    2017-2018 Dual Enrollment Opportunities

    Next year,  HHS will be continuing its partnership with NECC. Although HHS is changing the model we offer, the current students (juniors who will be seniors) in the Early College program will finish out this model as seniors. New next year,  juniors and seniors  will have the opportunity to be apart of a Dual Enrollment Cohort or take individual Dual Enrollment courses at  the Northern Essex Campus. To learn more about these opportunities please join us for our Dual Enrollment Information Night, April 4th at 6pm in the HHS library. We will discuss cost, transportation, the program model and more! On Friday, May 19th we will be hosting Accuplacer testing in the HHS Library at 7:30am. Students who are interested in the new dual enrollment cohort or students who are interested in taking dual enrollment college courses at NECC will need to take this test in order to potentially qualify for these opportunities. Please see your guidance counselor for more information or to sign up for the test.

    Model UN

    The Model UN team’s comedy show “What’s so funny?” will be on held on February 16th at 7:00 in the auditorium. Tickets will be $5.00 at the door. All proceeds support the many activities the Model UN students participate in.

    Classical Academy Class of 2021

    The deadline for grade 8 students to submit their transcripts and letters of recommendation was February 1st. Over the next week, a committee will review the many applicants to the Classical Academy program. The letter of acceptance or deferment will be mailed out shortly before the vacation.

    Seniors Class of 2017

    Have you been measured for your cap and gown? If you are a senior and are attending graduation on Friday, June 2nd and have not been measured please go to the 200’s office so Mrs. Shaffer can get your measurements before vacation. Reminder notices for students went into staff mailboxes Monday evening.

    HHS Career Technical Education (CTE) Program Staff Honored

    The Greater Haverhill Chamber of Commerce held their 26th Annual Business Awards last Friday and this year’s recipient for Education went to Haverhill High School’s Career Technical Education and Internship Programs. Congratulations to all who made it happen with a special thank you to Victoria Kelley, HHS Career Academy Coordinator and Lisa Hunt, HHS Internship Coordinator,  for working with our community leaders and local businesses to help identify the labor needs in the Merrimack Valley and for building relationships with over 90 businesses in our community over the last seven-year.


    On Wednesday, February 15th The HHS “Hillie Nation” Band along with members of the Middle School Jazz Band will perform at the Hillies Hockey “Senior Night”game at 7:00 pm in the HHS rink. This will be our last hockey game in our second season of performing at this exciting high energy event so we need all our Hillie Nation Band members in the house! Report time is 6PM at HHS. Performance attire is casual-black sweatshirts and jeans are suggested. Dress warm in layers-it’s an ice rink and can be a little chilly at first but will heat up once the hockey and the music and the crowd get going!

    The game will be preceded by the Haverhill Band Parents Meeting at 5Pm in the HHS Band Room. All parents of Haverhill band members are invited to attend and participate. Get involved! We have big dreams for the Haverhill band and need your help to make them happen! Thank you for your continued support of the Haverhill Band program. If you have any questions or concerns feel free to contact Band Director, Dean Tsioropoulos @ dtsioropoulos@haverhill-ps.org.

    Upcoming March Band Events:

    Lawrence St. Patrick’s Day Parade March 11th

    After school parade Rehearsals Wed. March 1st  (new band members only) & Wed. March 8th (all band members)

    Next Haverhill Band Parent Meeting: Wednesday, March 8th 5PM (immediately following parade rehearsal)

    School Counseling Update

    Next week, all juniors will be meeting with their school counselors to review their options and choose their classes for the 2017-2018 school year.  To prepare for these meetings, juniors should log in to the Student Portal and choose their potential electives.  Directions on how students and parents access course recommendations can be found on the HHS website.  Sophomores will meet with their counselors during the week of February 27th and freshman will meet with their counselors during the week of March 6th.  

    Important Information for Seniors!  

    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!

    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!

    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. If you have any questions in regards to guidance please contact Ms. Jami Dion, Supervisor of Guidance K-12, 978-374-5700 ext. 1133 or via email @ jdion@haverhill-ps.org 

    If you have any questions or concerns, please contact me either by phone at 978-374-5700 xt. 1101 or 1102 or via email @ bkitsos@haverhill-ps.org

    Please remember to drive safely and stay warm!

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