Haverhill High School
Principal’s Weekly Update- Week Ending 4/28/17
2017 Chamber of Commerce Interview Challenge
I am proud to share that two students from HHS took both 1st and 2nd place in the the 2017 Chamber of Commerce Interview contest. Congratulations to: First Place– Sarah Tavitian, Haverhill High School, Second Place – Isabela Yepes, Haverhill High School and Third Place – A student from Timberlane High School. These deserving students will be invited to an upcoming Chamber event, along with their parents, where they will be presented with a certificate and prize pack! Thank you to ALL who participated in this year’s Interview Challenge – it’s a lot of work and takes a lot of time, but there is so much to be gained!
Senior Shout Out:
I am proud to announce that senior Liam McCracken has been accepted by seven schools. UMass Amherst, Emmanuel College, Mass Collage of Liberal Arts, Keene State University, Plymouth State University, University of Maine, University of Vermont. He has chosen to attend UMass Amherst in the fall.
Academic Awards Ceremony
On Tuesday, HHS celebrated the academic success of over 100 students for this school year. Students received recognition from their teachers for being the Most Improved or Most Outstanding during the Academic Awards ceremony. Congratulations to all our students on their success!
Seniors Class of 2017: Prom Tickets went on sale this week and continue through May 10th in the cafeteria during all three lunches and in room K12. This year the prom will be at the Seaglass is Salisbury on May 30th from 6:00 to 11:00. Tickets are $80.00 per student. Guest forms need to be submitted by May 19th.
Netflix Series focused on Teen Suicide
There continues to be a great deal of appropriate concern around the message and potential impact of 13 Reasons Why, which is a book and now a series on Netflix. Attached below are some links to materials that provide guidelines for how we talk with youth about suicide about media portrayals and social media messages that affect them and other vulnerable individuals. As we know, students who receive guidance and education about these issues can be powerful allies in cultivating and maintaining a safety net.
The Haverhill High School Band needs new uniforms!
You can help by attending a “HHS Alumni Talent Show” planned for Friday, May 5. The show, titled “React & Reaction” is from 7 to 10 p.m. in the high school’s auditorium, 137 Monument St. The show will feature more than a dozen acts ranging from pop and punk bands to singers and soloists. Haverhill High School band alumni will reenact talent show acts from the past along with performances by the HHS Band, “The TAKE,” featuring our band director Dean Tsioropoulos and many more! Admission is $10, or $5 for students. Tickets will be available at the door or can be purchased online at hhsalumnitalentshow.weebly.com/. Donations are appreciated and can be made online as well. All proceeds will go towards the purchase of new band uniforms.”
Spirit Week Wraps Up
Powderpuff Football Game: Friday, April 28th at 7:00 p.m. at Trinity Stadium. It is junior girls against the senior girls in flag football! Admission to this event is free!
On Saturday, April 29th at the conclusion of Spirit Week there will be a Spring Fling dance hosted by the Senior Class. The charge will be $5 at the door and the dance will be from 7-10 in the cafeteria. Students must have their ID! Please make sure your child has a ride promptly at 10:00 p.m.
Saturday April 29th from 8:30 a.m. to 1:00 p.m. the senior class is having a yard sale here at Haverhill High.
Haverhill High School Girls’ Tennis Team will be having a car wash on Saturday, April 29th, from 9:00 a.m.-1:00 p.m. at the Water Street fire station. Any donation will be accepted to have your car washed by our Hillie girls’ tennis team players!
We will be offering the Accuplacer Test on Friday, May 19th in the HHS Library at 8:00 a.m. for all students interested in the Early College Cohort or Dual Enrollment opportunities at NECC. This is a wonderful opportunity to earn college credits while still in high school. Students who are interested are to sign up for the test with their guidance counselor!
Work-based Learning – Tour and Job Shadows
On Tuesday, the NAF Academy of Information Technology students went on a field trip to Juniper Networks. The Freshman cohort toured the various departments available within Juniper, while the Sophomores had the opportunity to shadow a professional in a department they had found interesting during their tour last year! It was a great learning opportunity for all of the students. We would like to thank Juniper Networks for their support of our students. Special thanks to Marci Barnes of Juniper Networks for coordinating this day; and to Tiffany Barfield of NAF for connecting us with this wonderful partner company! If you have questions about work based opportunities please contact Lisa Hunt, HHS Internship Coordinator @978.494.4221 or via email: firstname.lastname@example.org
There is a paid summer internship opportunity available for graduating seniors interested in working with the developmentally disabled. This is a great opportunity for students pursuing careers in special education. Interested students should stop by the Internship room – Library Room 6 for more information.
For all students we have created a new job opportunities webpage to find out about available job opportunities with local employers. The page is on the HHS site under Parent/Student Resources.
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!
- School Committee Scholarships are now available. Copies can be obtained in the Counseling office or on Naviance. Completed applications and all supporting documentation are due no later than May 24th. Incomplete or late applications will not be considered.
- Students interested in next year’s Early College Cohort or Dual Enrollment opportunities through Northern Essex should sign up for the Accuplacer Test. This test will be held in the HHS Library on May 19th. Don’t miss out on this wonderful opportunity to earn college credits while still in high school. Students can sign up for the test with their school counselor.
AP Testing – See attached schedule
- All final balances for AP exams must be paid in full by April 28th. The cost per AP exam is $93. Students who meet eligibility criteria qualify for a reduction in fees. The reduced fee amount as determined by CollegeBoard and state funding is $53 per exam for non-STEM exam subjects and $15 for STEM-related subjects. The qualifying STEM exams are Biology, Calculus, Chemistry, Computer Science, Environmental Science, Physics, and Statistics. Any student with a remaining balance will be notified next week.
- AP testing will be conducted at HHS from May 1st through May 12th. The testing schedule along with the exam locations are attached. Exams times are set at 8am or 12pm by the AP Program. Any student taking an AP exam must arrive for Check In at the HHS Counseling Office 30 minutes prior to the scheduled start of the exam. During Check In, attendance is taken and students will be required to leave any personal belongings and other items not permitted in the testing room. All personal items will be stored in a locked room for security. The complete list of what students can and cannot bring with them into the testing room is also attached. If you have any questions or concerns, or if there is an unexpected circumstance that prevents your student from testing on the scheduled day please contact Jami Dion or Marie Gravel at 978-374-5700 ext. 1134.
Upcoming Events in May
1-5 Teacher Appreciation Week
1-12 AP Testing
2 Site Council 3:00 p.m.
4 Mr. HHS – 7:00 p.m. – 10:00 p.m. Auditorium
6 SAT Testing – Scheduled through College Board
6-12 National Nurses Appreciation Week
9 Seniors Term 4 Progress Reports Issued
10 Fashion Show 6:30 Auditorium
11 Coffee House 7:00 Library
12 Junior Social 6:00 p.m. – 11:00 p.m.
13 HHS Sports Hall of Fame Induction 5:00 p.m. at Hunking
15 District Art Show hosted at HHS
17 Grade 9-11 Term 4 Progress Reports Issued
Have a great weekend!
Beth Kitsos, Principal