Haverhill High School

  • Principal’s Weekly Update- Week Ending 3/24/17

    Tonight, Friday night, March 24, 2017, Athletic Director, Tom O’Brien and a dedicated group of Haverhill High School Athletic Boosters have put together the annual Fundraiser Comedy Night. It will be held at DiBurro’s Function Facility beginning at 7:00 p.m. Before our AD, Tom O’Brien  came to Haverhill we had about 800 students involved in the Athletic program. Because of the combined efforts of both the AD and the HHS Athletic Boosters, HHS has close to 1450 students participating in an expanded and very successful athletic program that have proven to regenerate community support for our schools.

    Grade 10: After School MCAS Math Tutoring Program

    Our MCAS Math Tutoring program starts next Tuesday, 3/28 and will run from 2:30 pm-3:30 pm. The program will run Tuesday’s and Thursday’s until May 11, 2017, which is the week before the May Math MCAS Testing dates. Students will be assigned to either a Tuesday or a Thursday and the group they are assigned to will based on their skill level as well.We do provide a late bus for those who need transport. The bus often comes between 3:40-3:50 and the stops are at different areas across the city. The route is posted on the back of the letters mailed home today with the day your child has been assigned. We have invited any student who did not receive a score of advanced on their last state assessment as well as teacher recommendation. The tutoring is intended to score in either the advanced or proficient category. It is not too late to sign up your student by either phone call at 978-374-5700 xt 1101 or 1102 or email me at bkitsos@haverhill-ps.org. Students who do not pass the 3 MCAS Assessments, ELA, Math and Science will not be able to receive a diploma.

    HHS 2017-2018 Program of Studies (POS)

    We have posted the 2017-2018 POS online for all to view. There are several new and exciting courses for students to participate in. We are currently looking for at least 12 seniors who are interested in taking the EMT Certification course. Students must be 18 years old by next June to be able to sit for the test. Currently there is a $2,000. tuition cost however, if we can get a minimum of 12 students to participate we can offer this course at a cost that is significantly lower than $2000. Once certified students would be able to be employed as an EMT. If your child is interested please have them see their guidance counselor immediately.

    Lab Fee: $90.00- due in 3 payments

     Due at the time of testing:

    Cognitive Exam: $80.00

    Psychomotor Skills Exam: $150.00 

     Due after you pass both cognitive and psychomotor Exam

    State EMT Registration: $150

    Attention Seniors Class of 2017 – “Oh the places you’ll go.”

    Senior year is an exciting time and most of you are getting your college decisions in the mail! Guidance is asking that you please update your Naviance account with all college decisions! Please be sure to do this as they come in. Once you have decided on your college be sure to update Naviance and stop by guidance to fill out a flag to place on our map! “Oh the places you’ll go.” 

    Congratulations to Maddie Buco who was accepted into Holy Cross!

    Congratulations to Matt Connolly who was accepted into Emerson!


    If you guys could help us get the word out we would really appreciate it! We’re using Signup Genius again this year. It worked really well last year. Here is the link.


     Spring Sports

    Our spring sports season kicked off last Monday and is in full swing. We have included in our handout a schedule for each of you if you would like to attend a game or meet in the weeks ahead. We thank  Mr. Scully who regularly attends so many of our sporting events. It is always great to see him in the crowd.

    Class of 2021 – Freshman Meet and Greet

    On Tuesday, April 11th in the gymnasium, we are holding a Freshman Meet and Greet for all 8th graders who would like to hear more about becoming a member of Hillie Nation. We will have speakers from our administration, athletics, our academies, transportation, food service, club advisors, along with our freshman teachers and a student panel to talk about all that HHS has to offer. We thank Mr. Faircloth for coordinating the event and we invite all 8th grade students, parents and guardians to the Meet and Greet starting at 6:00.  

    Spring Musical

    Our Spring Musical – The Mystery of Edwin Drood – performances will be held on April 6th, 7th and 8th. Our students on stage and behind the scenes along with our faculty members from the Fine Arts Department have worked so hard over the last three months to prepare for the shows.

     Creative Career Day

    The Fine Arts Academy is proud to present its first ever Creative Career Day!

    We will be hosting over a dozen professionals in the creative arts fields; spanning from local sculptor Dale Rogers to WCVB channel 5 Audio Technician, James Wlodyka. It is our mission to show our students that there are many creative career paths for them to explore, and that their creative talents are valuable. 

    Senior Countdown

    After almost 13 years…about 2,286 school days…our Seniors…Class of 2017 have only 36 school days remaining. We are savoring every minute and are excited about all our events ahead which I will share in April with all of you!

    March 2017

    28   Lenova App Development Competition – NAF Academy of IT – 6:00 – 7:30 p.m. – Library

    29  Classical Academy

     April 2017

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

    4    Early College Information Session 6:00 Library

    5    Annual HHS College Fair 6:00 Library

    6-8 Spring Musical – The Mystery of Edwin Drood

    7    Term 3 Grade Close

    10  Term 4 Begins

    11  Freshman Meet and Greet 6:00 HHS Gymnasium (for all current 8th grade students)

    12  Creative Career Day – Fine Arts Academy 9:00 a.m – 12:00 p.m.

    14  Good Friday – No School – All

    17  Patriots’ Day – No School – All

    18-21 Spring Recess

    24  Report Cards Issued

    25  Academic Awards Grade 9-11 6:00 p.m .Auditorium (By invitation only)

    26  Italian Night 7:00 Auditorium

    27  Parent/Teacher Conferences 6:00 -7:30 p.m.

    School Counseling Update

    Class of 2017, 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!

    On Tuesday March 28th and Wednesday March 29th, the School Counseling Department will be conducting SBIRT screening (Screening, Brief Intervention, and Referral to Treatment) for grade 9 students enrolled in Health I classes as well as any grade 9 student who was not scheduled for a Health class this year.  This is an evidence based prevention model as well as a way to open an honest dialogue between students and counselors around decision-making and substance use.  SBIRT is part the March 2016 legislation requiring public schools in the Commonwealth to engage in substance use prevention and education.  Screening will be taking place during A, B, HI, and J periods on both days.  

    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 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 about guidance please contact,  Ms. Jami Dion, Supervisor of Guidance K-12 @ 978-374-5700 ext. 1133 or via email @ jdion@haverhill-ps.org

    Have a safe and restful weekend!

    Beth Kitsos


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