Haverhill High School

  • Principal’s Weekly Update- Week Ending 3/3/2017

    Today, 3/3,  HHS issued 3rd term Progress Reports. If you did not receive one, please email espero@haverhill-ps.org and she can send you an electronic one on Monday.

    Students of the Month

    Please check out the names of the January 2017 Students of the Month posted above in the Student of the Month tab. Each month, teachers recognize students who are chosen for their contributions to our school and community and demonstrate commitment  to both academics as well as social responsibility.

    NAF Academy of Information Technology 

    On Tuesday our NAF Academy of IT students met with their business mentors to receive feedback on the work they’ve been doing for the Lenovo App Development Competition.  The students are working on their Apps in teams.  Each team has a business mentor to help guide them through the design and implementation.  The final competition event will take place on Tuesday, March 14th at 6pm in the HHS Library, where the students will be demonstrating their apps for judging.  We would like to extend a huge thank you to the mentors for taking the time out of their busy day to work with our students:  Vadim Beliak, Andrew Dysart , Jeff Rask, Gordon Reynolds, Richard Smyth, Chris Valliere and Joe Veilleux.

    Late Bus

    I am pleased to announce that two more stops have been added to our late bus schedule. We have seen a tremendous increase in students taking advantage of this great opportunity offered every Tuesday and Thursday. We are now up to 17 stops. Students must have a pass from their teacher in order to take the bus and all students must sign in with the teacher on duty in the main entrance conference room. Please note that this is not a door to door service and that there are specific stops throughout the city. Please see our schedule below.

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    6.    CITY HALL – 4 SUMMER ST





    11.  10th AVE AND MAIN STREET

    12.  SMILEY SCHOOL – 969 MAIN ST







    Seniors – Class of 2017

    Seniors had an assembly this past Wednesday and information was shared on what’s ahead in their final weeks at Haverhill High School. Below please find the link to the timeline.

    Seniors Class of 2017 Important Dates 1.31.17

    The Massachusetts Celebration of National Girls and Women in Sports Day

    The Massachusetts Celebration of National Girls and Women in Sports Day was held on Friday, February 3rd at Faneuil Hall in Boston. We are proud to announce that representing all female athletes at Haverhill High at this event from the Class of 2017 were Katie Lynch and Abbey Battini.

    The Yellow Dress

    On Thursday, March 9, 2017, we will bring a dating violence prevention play called The Yellow Dress to Haverhill High School to be viewed by the sophomore class. The Yellow Dress is a powerful one woman play that stimulates a thought-provoking discussion about relationships. A letter was sent home to all sophomore parents and guardians this week. I thank Matt Steinberg, Assistant Principal for bringing us this important program.

    ESP of the Year

    I wanted to take a moment to congratulate Nancy Burke for being selected the 2017 MTA Education Support Professional of the Year. We are positively thrilled at her success all she does for the HHS students.

    The Seed Keeper Project

    The Seed keeper Company launched the Seed Keeper Project. The goal of their program, now in its seventh year, is to celebrate school gardens by awarding a Seed Keeper Home Farmer to a school in every state. I am pleased to announce that due to the efforts of Nancy Burke, Haverhill High School was selected to be the recipient for the state of Massachusetts.

    Read Across America

    This week we had 75 students visit our elementary schools to read to students in grades K-2. It was well received and we continue to hear great compliments on our students demeanor, positive energy and kindnesses to our future Hillies! Mrs. Ray and three of her Dr. Seuss characters visit all thirteen school. We so appreciate Mrs. Ray for her hard work and effort coordinating this event. 

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    Comedy Night

    The Haverhill High School Athletic department is holding their 9th Annual Comedy Night on March 24, 2017, at 7:00 p.m. at DiBurro’s Function Facility. Tickets are $25.00. To purchase tickets on-line please visit www.hillies.org and click on the Athletics tab. 


    I wanted to give all parents, guardians and guests a friendly reminder that when visiting Haverhill High School during school hours or directly after school for meetings it is critical that in order to gain access beyond the security kiosk that you present a government issued ID. Without proper identification you will not be allowed access to the building. Employees of the Haverhill Public School visiting HHS must also sign in and wear their HPS ID at all times.

    What I did on my winter vacation…

    Four HHS seniors and members of the Classical Academy,  Maddie Buco, Sam Kiernan, Connor and Aidan Wertz, were part of a 14 person delegation from Haverhill (with the UU Church of Haverhill) to Ciudad Sandino, Nicaragua. Nicaragua is the third poorest country in Central America largely due to frequent natural disasters.

    The trip was educational and service related: they spent mornings with Nicaragua professors learning about politics, history, and socioeconomic movements and afternoons were spent building an addition to a clinic building that serves one of the poorest communities in Managua.  They spent time also with clinic workers during health visits in the community, and traveled to a mountain coffee cooperative that was started in the years after the Contra wars in an attempt to bring peace and economic sustainability to the rural community.   The group found all Nicaraguan people they met to be were very welcoming and hopeful.   The students held fundraisers and supported the rest of the cost of the trip with their own funds.

    It was an unforgettable and amazing learning and eye-opening experience for all who attended, especially the students.

    HHS MVP Team

    On March 1st, 25 grade 10 students visited Faneuil Hall in Boston to celebrate the kickoff for the White Ribbon campaign, a program to end gender-based violence begun by the Jane Doe Project ten years ago. The students are part of the MVP: Game Change program that is a grant-funded program from the Kraft Foundation and the Massachusetts Attorney General’s Office and facilitated by Assistant Principal Matt Steinberg along with Student Support Counselor Andy Polanco and Guidance Counselor Samantha Massahos.

    The 25 students heard moving, powerful speeches from Governor Charlie Baker, local sports celebrities and other notable figures in Massachusetts legislature about encouraging what it means to be a man, and ending the cycle of violence against women by men. After the ceremony, the students marched to City Hall to proclaim White Ribbon Day in the state of Massachusetts and look forward to getting Haverhill High’s own White Ribbon banner in the near future.


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    School Counseling Update

    Juniors met with counselors this week to review their options and select their courses for the 2017-2018 school year.  All sophomores are scheduled to select courses next week.  In the next week, all members of the freshmen class should log in to the Student Portal and choose their potential electives.  Parents are encouraged to log in to the Portal as well to review the courses and help your son or daughter elect classes that best meet his/her interests.  Directions on how students and parents access course recommendations can be found on the HHS website.  Freshmen will meet with their counselors during the week of March 13th.  

    Important Information for Seniors!  

    Scholarship Information

      • The HHS Scholarship Portal is open from January 3rd through 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!

    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!

    Upcoming Events/Important Dates

    • March 22nd- 6pm- Junior Parent College Information Night in the HHS Library.  
    • 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

    • 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!
    • Worcester Polytechnic Institute offers two summer programs: WPI Frontiers and WPI Launch.  WPI Frontiers is an on-campus, residential, research and learning experience for rising juniors and seniors.  This program blends science, technology, and engineering programs with humanities and arts workshops.  WPI Launch is a learning and research opportunity for students entering their freshman or sophomore year.  This program offers workshops in biology, chemistry, computer science, engineering technology, interactive media and game development, and more.  To see all summer opportunities at WPI visit wpi.edu/+summer.Applications are available at wpi.edu/+frontiers and are due with supporting materials by April 15th.   If you have questions or concerns in regards to the guidance department, please contact Jami Dion, Supervisor of Guidance K-12 @ 978-374-5700 ext. 1133 or via email @ jdion@haverhill-ps.org

             Have a wonderful weekend!

             Beth Kitsos, Principal

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


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