Haverhill High School

  • Principal’s Weekly Update- Week Ending 3/17/17

    Updated 3/18/2017- New information in bold italics

    March has not been good to us in terms of weather. But we will continue to be hearty New Englanders and carry on! 

    Six Snow Days

    Our last day of school is now scheduled on Tuesday, June 20, 2017. 


    All Sophomores and others: The ELA MCAS will be administered next Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday, March 21, 22 and 23. Student room assignments have been posted in the mall outside the cafeteria and in the corridor outside the 200’s office.  Students should check the posting for their testing room.  

    All students taking the ELA MCAS next week should report to their assigned testing room no later than 7:25 a.m. next Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday.

    Spring Dodgeball Tournament

    Hat’s off and congratulations to all the participants who played in the Spring Dodgeball Tournament yesterday. Congratulations to the winning team: Prestige Worldwide wide..wide..wide..

    Captain: Jack Ouellette, Tom Vaillancourt, Kyle O’Neil, Cooper Gibbs, Owen Keegan, Tyler Campbell, T.J. Corliss, Connor Alessi, Matt Nadeau, Patrick Fitzgibbons and on the injured reserve…Joe Giampa.  The Senior Class especially Mrs. Beaudoin would like to send an enormous thank you to staff: Mr. Ryan Brown, Mrs. Koorapaty, Mrs. Jenkinson, Ms. McLeod and All the Junior Class Officers in the tournament and a special thanks to Audrey Therriault for without her help we could not have run the tournament.

    Parking Concerns

    We have been very fortunate to have available to us for overflow parking the lot at Veterans Memorial Ice Skating Rink during the day for student parking. We have had several instances where students park in the wrong lot. We have notified those students immediately and have made several announcements reminding them to park in the parking area assigned to HHS. Effective Monday cars will be towed if they choose to park in the wrong lot again.

    Freshmen Class Pastry Fundraiser

    Class of 2020! This is the last big weekend push for your Pastry Fundraiser. You have until the end of the day on Monday!

    HHS Senior Singers

    Congratulations to HHS Chorus members Emily Forisso,  Joseph Pazzanese and Chloe Reynolds on their excellent performance on Thursday night, March 16, 2017 at Maria’s Restaurant where they participated in the celebration of 97.9 WHAV Inauguration Ceremony. The event celebrated the tremendous job WHAV President and General Manager, Tim Coco has with the only Haverhill based news source. A shout out to HHS choral director, Mr. Joseph Gori who made sure our students were able to be there.

    2017-2018 HHS Courses

    As you know we have been working hard to continuously improve the academic opportunities for our students. We have made great strides in giving our students the tools, experiences and choices to reach their goals. We have developed a strong academic culture, which helps ensure that students can pursue their post-secondary options.  As part of this natural evolution, I am excited to share that starting in the 2017-2018 school year we will offer a multitude of new semester-long courses. Many of the courses at HHS are already designed by semesters and others will be converted. All core-required courses still necessitate students to take both semesters for graduation purposes. My colleagues and I will be available during our parent-teacher conference on April 27, 2017, from 6:00 p.m. to 7:30 p.m. to answer any questions on grading or any other matters that you may have questions on. Please contact me at 978-374-5700 ext. 1101/1102 or via email bkitsos@haverhill-ps.org if I can provide any further clarification.

    Work-Based Learning Experiences

    On Friday, March 10th, students from our CTE programs (Healthcare Occupations, Academy of IT, and Programming & Web Development) as well as our after school Robotics Team went on a field trip to Holy Family Hospital in Methuen.  Their orthopedic surgeons provided the students with a demonstration of the MAKOplasty robotic machine that is used for knee and hip replacements.  Some of our students were even able to try the machine!  It was a very good demonstration explaining both the anatomy as well as the technology behind these operations.  It was a great day for all involved, including the staff and chaperones.  Thank you Holy Family Hospital for coordinating a wonderful day for our students.

    On Monday, March 13th, we held Round Two of the 2nd Annual Interview Challenge sponsored by the Greater Haverhill Chamber of Commerce.  The five top students from Round One participated in panel interviews with three representatives from local businesses; Ashley Moore from NECC, Alison Colby-Campbell from the Heartbeat of Haverhill and Penny Hamel.  Congratulations to our top three students moving on to Round Three, the final round – Sarah Tavitian, Isabela Yepes and Emily Kelley!  We wish them well in the final round, in which they are competing against the top three students from Timberlane High.  As always, special thanks to Beverly Donovan, President/CEO of the Greater Haverhill Chamber of Commerce for her help in coordinating this competition. If you have any questions about these opportunities please contact , Lisa Hunt, HHS Internship Coordinator @ 978.494.4221 or via email @ lhunt@haverhill-ps.org

     Kudos to HHS Cheerleaders

    Congratulations go out to our HHS Varsity Cheerleaders. They finished 7th this weekend in Division One at the MSSAA 2017 Winter Cheerleading State Competition and won a bid to the Nationals! These girls have worked so hard and finally met their goal of making it to Nationals which has alluded them for years. I would like to recognize the Haverhill High Varsity Cheerleaders and their coaches, Congrats to Head Varsity Coach Laura Murphy and the Assistant Varsity Coach is Maria Francis and cheerleaders: Danielle Barton, Courtney Brown, Darby Connolly, Jacqueline Connolly, Emily Delaney, Olivia Destefano, Jenna Dutton, Morgan Link, Alex Lord, Mary Beth Miller, Grace Morgan, Serina Nunez, Samantha Ovalle, Sierra Rogers, Anna Rossi, Rachel Spencer, Hayley Sullivan, Kayla Thistlewood, Emma Thompson, Abigail Wolfe, and Isabela Yepes.

    Incoming Freshmen Meet and Greet

    Save the date to come to our Incoming Freshmen Meet and Greet. It is scheduled for 4/11 @ 6:00 pm in the HHS Gymnasium. We will have teachers, administrators, the Athletic Director, Academy Representatives, Guidance, student panels, Food Service, and Club Advisors. You will have an opportunity to speak with a panel of current grade 9 students and hear about HHS from the students point of view. Brochures will be sent to middle schools next week to send home to grade 8 students.If you have questions please contact Dan Faircloth, Grade 9 Assistant Principal @ 978-374-5700 Xt. 1138 or via email dfaircloth@haverhill-ps.org

    School Counseling Update

    Despite the snow days, the majority of freshmen met with counselors this week to review their options and select their courses for the 2017-2018 school year.  All remaining freshmen will meet with their counselors on Monday March 20th.  

    The Counseling Department is hosting a College Information Night for the parents/guardians of current juniors.  This presentation will be held on Wednesday March 22nd from 6-8pm in the HHS Auditorium.  Topics will include an overview of the college search process, standardized testing, Naviance, and more. 

    HHS will host ASVAB testing on March 31st beginning at 7:30am.  The ASVAB, or Armed Services Vocational Aptitude Battery, is a 3 hour exam that is used for two purposes.  The ASVAB is the exam students must take for eligibility determination for military enlistment and job selection.  The ASVAB can also be used by any student, regardless of interest in the military, to asses skills in four major domains (verbal, math, science/technical, and spatial).  This test can also be used as a career exploration tool to help students make informed decisions about potential occupations.  Student scores are not released to the military though this exam.  Any student interested in taking this test should sign up in Guidance by March 24th.

    Northern Essex Community College will be holding “College For A Day” on April 12th at the Haverhill Campus and May 3rd at the Lawrence Campus. Students are invited to experience life in a college setting, follow a college schedule, go to classes and learn more about NECC. Students interested can sign up with their HHS counselor.  

    Important Information for Seniors!  

    • Attorney General Maura Healey launched an education campaign to help students and families in Massachusetts better understand financial aid packages offered by colleges.  In particular, there is a new hotline for students to call and online resources to help them better understand their financial aid award letters.  Students and families with questions or concerns about financial aid award letters should call the Student Loan Assistance Unit’s hotline at 1-888-830-6277  or visit the website  www.mass.gov/ago/StudentAwardLetter.
    • The HHS Scholarship Portal will close on March 31st.  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/.
    • Seniors, be sure to check the available scholarships on Naviance each week.  We receive many different scholarship applications and we will post each one on Naviance.  Don’t miss out!

    Upcoming Events/Important Dates

    • March 22nd- 6pm- Junior Parent College Information Night in the HHS Auditorium.
    • March 31st- 7:30am- ASVAB testing  
    • April 4th- 6pm- Early College Information Night in the HHS Library.  Come to learn about the Early College Program and its new dual enrollment options!
    • April 5th- 6pm- Annual HHS College Fair in the HHS Library.  We hope that you can join us to learn about opportunities after high school!

    Summer Opportunities

    • UMass Amherst will host a week long summer pre-college program from July 23rd – July 29th.  The Media Maker Academy is an exciting opportunity for students to gain hands-on experience utilizing state of the art technology.  Students will learn about remote and studio video, podcasting, lighting, special effects, Premiere editing, storyboarding, scripting, and more.  All students will be provided with an SD card and a finished project for their own portfolio.  For more information visit mass.edu/summer/precollege.
    • Haverhill High School students have the exclusive opportunity to register for summer classes at Northern Essex Community College for only $110 per credit.  Any student interested in taking a course for college credit is invited to attend NECC’s Registration Day on May 11th from 11am-1pm in the HHS Guidance Office.  Eligible students must take the Accuplacer exam and meet established benchmark scores.  For more information please contact Mr. Adam Cutler at acutler@necc.mass.edu or Ms. Samantha Massahos at samantha.massahos@haverhill-ps.org.  
    • Cornell University is offering two Summer College programs for high school students.  The Cornell Engineering Experience is open to current juniors and seniors and provides insight into the engineering design process and emerging engineering developments. Fabricating the Future: Robotics and Artificial Intelligence is open to sophomores, juniors, and seniors and allows students to experiment with 3-D printing and other tools to create small robotic devices.  The application deadline for both programs is May 5th. For more information visit https://www.sce.cornell.edu/sc/programs/index.php. If you have questions please contact the Supervisor of Guidance K-12, Jami Dion @ 978-374-5700 ext. 1133 or via email @ jdion@haverhill-ps.org

    Please have a safe and restful week-end!

    Beth Kitsos- Principal

    978-374-5700 xt. 1101/1102 or via email @ bkitsos@haverhill-ps.org





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