Haverhill High School

  • Principal’s Weekly Update- Week Ending 4/7/17

    Term 3 marks closed today. Report cards will be issued on Monday, April 24th. PTC will be held Thursday, April 27th from 6:00-7:30. The administrative team will also be available as well.

    Upcoming Important Dates:

    April 2017

    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.

    27 Drive-in Movie Night – F-Wing parking lot- 7:00 p.m.

    28 Powder-puff Game Trinity Stadium – 7:00 p.m.

    29 Spring Fling Dance – HHS Cafeteria – 7:00 p.m. – 10:00 p.m

    Senior Shout Outs: HHS Proudly Announces…..

    Senior Andrew Bell has been accepted St. Anselm’s, Emmanuel College, UMASS Lowell, and Assumption

    Senior Ryan Lord has been accepted to UMASS Amherst, UMASS Lowell, Roger Williams University, Merrimack College and Penn State University

    Senior Alexia Lamparelli has been accepted to San Marcos College in California

    Freshman Shout out:

    Freshman Vikhyara Fermin has been accepted to Philips Andover (MS)2 summer program. The application process was extremely selective. This year 381 students from the surrounding communities applied to this summer STEM opportunity. Out of this number, 81 students had been invited to the interview process. This year 38 students were accepted, only one was accepted from Haverhill. Vikhyara Fermin is only the second student from Haverhill High School to be accepted into this summer STEM program at Phillips Academy. Congratulations to Vikhyara!

    NAF Academy

    NAF AOIT Lenovo App Inventor Challenge

    On Tuesday, March 28, the students of the NAF Academy of Information Technology (NAF AOIT) participated in the MIT / Lenovo Scholar Network App Inventor Challenge. Grade 9 and 10 students in the NAF AOIT were given Lenovo PCs and tablets and were challenged with designing, coding, developing, and testing a mobile app. Students worked in teams to:

    • identify a problem;
    • develop a solution to address the problem;
    • design & implement a prototype;
    • test the app; and
    • present their app at a competition.

    Students worked with industry mentors to design their apps and prepare for the competition. The freshman class winners were Hunter Bourassa, Emma Eramo, Lindsay Joubert and Shea Vadeboncoeur with their app “Shake and Go” and the sophomore class winners were Olivia Bene’, Declan Dean, Mina Girgis, Grace Michitson and Robert Russell with their app “ZenGarden”.  Two apps, “ZenGarden” and “To The Rescue”, were chosen overall to move on to the national competition. “To The Rescue” is the app created by sophomore class members Nicholas Bell, Tyler Daigneault, Justin Falcone, Domingo Houston, Emily Kelley, John Wholley and Treyton Wolcott. With over 100 people in attendance, the current students were able to showcase their final products to family, friends, mentors, teachers and incoming NAF AOIT students. We would like to extend a big THANK YOU to our mentors who guided the teams through the entire process and served as judges in the competition:  Vadim Beliak,  HydraCor LLC, Andrew Dysart, DEKA Research & Development,  Jeff Rask, Utility Cloud, Gordon Reynolds, Haverhill High School, Richard Smyth, Stoneham Public Schools, Joe Veilleux, Google, and Chris Valliere, HydraCor LLC.


    On Thursday evening, during a candle light ceremony,  10 students were inducted into VIP.  New members: Isaiah Williams, Xzavier Pizzaro, and Greer Candage earned induction into the VIP 2017 Team. Seven students were also inducted in as leaders: Tyler Byram, Keighley Credit, Savannah Croft-Levin, Francisco Gonzalez, Miguelina Huertas, Grace Michitson and Courtney Venditti. Also six graduating seniors were also recognized for their participation over the past four years: Natasha Santana, Natalie Santana, Cassandra Gaff, Angelique Fernandez, Josselyn Rodriguez and Breijanna Ward. Congratulations to all of these student leaders!

    Key Club Update from Mr. Hickey:

    The Haverhill High School Key Club members attended the New England and Bermuda District of Key Clubs Convention in Springfield Ma. Friday March 31-Sunday April 2. This convention is student run throughout the weekend. Eight members attended including Lieutenant Governor Lauren Rostosky, Incoming Lieutenant Governor Sean Cokely, Key Club President Jennifer Magee and 2017-2018 Key Club President Allison House. They attended general meetings and state caucuses where they chose people to represent the district next year. In addition the attended workshops designed for the positions the will hold next year. Haverhill’s Allison House received the secretary’s award. We also received for the third year in a row a top three award for donations per member. We got involved at the cubby bear auction. We had set an initial ceiling price at $100.00. This got intense between Haverhill and one other Key Club. The bid kept climbing due to changing our ceiling price and donations from other key clubs that wanted to support our cause. We finally gave up the ghost at $780.00; it sold for $800.00. We got a great ovation; especially when we donated the money in hand ($560.00) to the Key Club supported charities. This convention left those who attended fired up for next year and looking to compete in more Key Club projects that offer recognition.

    Work-Based Learning – Career Awareness

    On March 31st, the Freshmen in our new CTE Healthcare Occupations program attended a career awareness event held at Lawrence General Hospital.  The hospital allowed students to tour their new, high-tech Surgical Services building, the clinical laboratory and simulation (SIM) lab.  Students also had the opportunity to meet with representatives from various departments throughout the hospital, enabling the students to quickly learn about many different options within the healthcare field.  We would like to extend a huge thank you to the staff who took time out of their day to share their information with students.  Special thanks to Brenda LeBlanc, Volunteer Coordinator at the hospital, who spearheaded this informational event!

    Model United Nations Update from Mr. Simmons

    The Model United Nations Team had its final conference of the year. The entire program is student run. The year included a Middle School Model UN (all of Haverhill’s Middle Schools attended ) hosted and run by HHS students at HHS in December, the two National High School Model United Nations Conferences held in NYC at the Hilton/United Nations, and our final regional competition against 11 regional high schools at UMass, Lowell this week. To attend any of these conferences the students must research and create a long research paper (a position paper) on the topic based on their assigned country’s point of view. They research their country’s history and current status on the topic. They also must learn and follow the international rules of debate and finally create written solution with collaboration of other countries called a Resolution. It’s closely modeled after how the actual process of international law is done. This week at UMass, Lowell our team did very well. Attending, with the countries that they represented and the committees they were in were Anna Rossi-Russia, ECOSOC, Jon Basile-Russia Security Council, Ryan Wynn-Mynanmar, ECOSOC, Sean Cokely-Denmark, NATO, Connor Ferguson-Australia, ECOSOC, Stephano Tarentino-Afghanistan, UN Women, Sean O’Leary- Russia, WHO, Natalie Plourde-Russia, UNEP, Megan Fitzgerald-Australia, UN Refugees, Michael Murphy-Kazakhstan,Security Council, Meredith Budds-Australia,WHO, Alyssa Foresta-Afghanistan, ECOSOC and Ann Mary Girgis-Australia, UNEP. Some of the many topics debated included the Territorial dispute of islands in the South China Sea, Refugee Physical and Mental Health of Refugees, International Waste Reduction, NATO Expansion, Unaccompanied Minors in Syrian Refugee Camps, Gender Gaps in STEM field, Woman’s Voting Rights in Developing Nations, and many more real life issues. Five of our students placed in their committee rooms. Anna Rossi won First Place, Jon Basile won Third Place, Sean Cokely won Second Place, Sean O’Leary won Second Place and Meredith Budds won Third Place. All the students did extremely well. Additionally, Haverhill High School 2014 Graduate Alejandro Lopez was selected to lead UMass, Lowell’s conference next year as the Secretary General!! Go Hillies!!

     Junior Social:

    Juniors Class of 2018, Junior Social tickets will be on sale through Thursday, April 13th.  Tickets will be on sale during 2nd and 3rd lunch or you can purchase them before or after school in Mrs. McIntyre’s room, K30. Tickets will be $75 each and checks can be made payable to Haverhill High School. 

    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!
    • We are still receiving new scholarships.  Seniors, be sure to check Naviance!  There are several scholarships with deadlines approaching soon, including the Haverhill Education Association Scholarship.  Don’t miss out on these great opportunities!
    • 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.  
    • Any student taking an AP exam in May must attend one of six scheduled pre-administration sessions.  The purpose for holding a pre-administration session is to save time on exam day by having students complete required demographic information on their first AP exam answer sheet.  Pre-administration sessions last approximately 40 minutes and will all be held directly after school in the library.  It is the student’s responsibility to inform the AP Coordinator if they cannot attend a pre-administration session for any reason.  Students should contact Mrs. Dion in the School Counseling Office no later than April 10th to schedule an alternate session.  The remaining dates available for pre-administration are as follows:
      • Monday April 10
      • Wednesday April 12
      • Thursday April 13   
    • The Merrimack Valley Credit Union is hosting a FREE seminar on how to pay for college on Saturday April 22, 2017 from 10am-12pm at the MVCU Corporate Office, 500 Merrimack St., Lawrence, MA.  Topics covered in this workshop include financial aid, the cost of college attendance, student loans, and loan consolidation for graduates.  To register for this event visit www.mvc.com/student-seminar.    

    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.  
    • The Public Health Museum in Massachusetts is inviting students to apply to their “Outbreak! 2017” summer program for high school students entering their junior and senior year.  This is a week-long interactive program in August that is designed to introduce high school students to the history and importance of public health.  Students learn about epidemiology, investigate a simulated disease outbreak, learn about the wide range of health careers, and more.  For more information and to complete the application, visit www.publichealthmuseum.org.  The application deadline is June 1st.


    Have a safe and restful week-end!

    Beth Kitsos



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