Haverhill High School

  • Principal’s Weekly Update- Week Ending 9/8/17

    HHS is so fortunate to have a faculty who is committed not only during the school day to our students but after hours with our clubs. We are daily making announcements extending the invitation for our student to join and participate in the many clubs that HHS offers. Please encourage your child to join in on our extracurricular activities.

    Tuesday, September 12th

    Film Club – Room F20 with Mr. Brown

    Key Club – Room A13 with Mr. Hickey

    Art Club – Room A6 with Ms. Blim

    Band – Band Room – Every Tuesday after school with Mr. Tsioropoulos

    Wednesday, September 13th

    Freshmen Student Government – Room M17  with Ms. Pettis

    Ultimate Frisbee – Room F15 with Senor Elliott

    HHS Recognized by DESE

    The hard work done by the dedicated HHS staff has been recognized by DESE. The article below was shared by DESE in their August 2017 Monthly Instructional Support Newsletter!

    District Spotlight: Haverhill Public Schools

    There is a buzz in the content area classrooms of Haverhill High School (HHS).

    After being placed in Level 3 status, teachers and administrators at HHS engaged in a close collaborative examination of their MCAS data to determine their next steps. They visualized their data by test question by using different colors to highlight proficient, just under proficient, and low scores. HHS’s Data Specialist then aligned the results to the Massachusetts ELA/Literacy Curriculum Framework to determine key levers for curricular alignment and overall improvement.

    ESE’s Northeast District and School Assistance Center (DSAC) Team helped to implement and integrate the ELA/Literacy framework into history, science and math classrooms. HHS scheduled full days of professional development once a week with ESE – one or two periods each of English, History and Science teachers together. A school administrator participated in every professional development session, demonstrating that not only is everyone in the work together, but that everyone is a teacher of literacy.

    During professional development, staff examined MCAS passages and questions. Teams then identified the reasons why students did not answer questions correctly and connected passages to content areas. For example, staff identified that students were not consistently citing evidence from passages properly. By modeling teaching strategies with each group, the staff was able to take these best practices to their respective classrooms.

    HHS was also responsive to feedback from the state. For example, in classroom observations, ESE noted that teachers were asking too few higher-order questions, which was hampering student engagement and discussion. HHS immediately designed professional development sessions that focused on the practice of asking higher-order questions. Teachers brought their lesson materials to these sessions and worked collaboratively to plan higher-order questions for their lessons and units. Teachers then workshopped these questions with each other and monitored the subsequent amount of discourse. It was a “light bulb” moment for the team. Student engagement and productive discourse quickly increased. Teachers were excited to invite ESE staff back to see the improvements; many happily reported that they were no longer fielding one-word responses.

    HHS continues to be successful due to a number of factors, including:   

    • Trust shared by participants  
    • Gracious acceptance of constructive criticism and suggestions  
    • Shared understanding that literacy is the foundation for all learning. Reading and writing strategies are necessary for all classrooms 
    • Commitment to speaking and listening to one another on a regular basis, which leads to greater collaboration 

    During a Monitoring Site Visit in the spring, ESE noted that the climate at HHS is upbeat and that students are engaged. We appreciate their hard work and willingness to share their best practices! ESE will continue to support the effective implementation of the ELA/Literacy Curriculum Frameworks in a variety of ways during the school year. Please stay tuned! 



    Early College Program

    The HHS/NECC Early College Partnership started this week. Approximately 65 juniors and seniors who qualified for admission to this program began classes on Wednesday. A kick-off ceremony was held Tuesday, September 5 at the Haverhill campus where our students were welcomed by NECC President Dr. Lane Glenn and Dr. Noemi Custodia-Lora as well as other NECC staff. Students participated in Q & A session with NECC staff, were given their upcoming class schedules and had a tour of the campus. The trip ended with a cake welcoming all of them.


    Our athletic teams are in full swing and we wanted to be sure we shared a friendly reminder to all our students who attend the games. When at all Hillie events including athletic events, the administration expects all Haverhill Hillies to represent the school as the great young men and women we know that you all are. That being said, any derogatory language or gestures at the opposing team, fans, or referees from our student section will be dealt with swiftly and severely. If a student is caught using profanity or gestures, they will be asked to leave immediately from the arena. Also, they may face school consequences the following school day. Please show your Hillie Pride in appropriate ways!

    Good luck this weekend to all of our athletic teams and we hope to see our Hillie community tomorrow at Trinity Stadium with Coach O’Connor and the Varsity football team for their home opener at 2:00 p.m. against St. John’s Prep.

    MVP:Game Change 

    The MVP:Game Change student leaders, along with Mr. Steinberg and Ms. Massahos, are proud to announce that Haverhill High has been chosen for “Phase 3” of the peer leadership program through the Massachusetts Attorney General’s Office. In Phase 3, HHS students in the MVP leadership program will be trained on bringing their program on domestic violence and peer-to-peer healthy relationship building to middle school students throughout Haverhill. The training for the HHS students will begin on Sept. 18th for two days, with the hope that the MVP students will be in the middle schools by mid to late fall, facilitating discussions for students in grades 6-8 on these sensitive subjects

    Haverhill VIP Team (Violence Intervention & Prevention)

    This year, our Haverhill VIP Team is collaborating with the neighborhood group, Urban Kindness and the Mt. Washington Alliance. The event is free and open to the entire community. The event strives to raise awareness and celebrate the commitment of efforts within our community that address and prevent the impact of violence. Many students will be working hard to promote, perform and assist with the day’s activities. It provides a tremendous opportunity to highlight strong school-community engagement!

    The walk begins at 1:00 pm, rain or shine, at Swasey Field and ends at Silver Hill Elementary School with a celebration for all. We will  have music, snacks, zumba, games, youth speakers, face & pumpkin painting and info on community resources at the celebration. We will also be throwing color powder at 3 different times along the route. The kids LOVED that last year!

    Other Events:

    National Honor Society Induction Ceremony will be held on Thursday, September 14th starting at 6:30 p.m. in the Auditorium.

    Meet the Faculty will be held on Thursday, September 21st from 6:00 p.m. – 7:30 p.m.

    Advance Placement Meeting will be held in the Auditorium at 7:35 following the Meet the Faculty night.

    Progress Reports will be issued on September 28th.

    Homecoming – School Spirit Week will be September 25th through September 30th.

    School Counseling Update

    • The school counseling office welcomes Ms. Jennifer Cannon to the department.  Ms. Cannon is taking over for Mr. Downing.  Her caseload will include students in grade 9 and 10 with last names beginning with Ce – E and students in grades 11 and 12 with last names beginning Cl – El.  She can be reached at extension 1127 or via email at jennifer.cannon@haverhill-ps.org.  We are very excited to have her join our team!
    • Last year we announced a new partnership with Chyten Education to provide more opportunities for our students.  This year we will be offering test prep services, college application support, and essay writing workshops to all members of the junior and senior classes.  This is a wonderful opportunity for all of our students to assist them in opening the doors to a wide array of post-secondary options.  More information and details around the junior and senior programs will be coming soon.
    • The Add/Drop period for students to change classes or electives closes on Monday September 11th.  When picking courses last spring, students were advised to carefully choose their subjects and electives as making any changes once the master schedule is created can be difficult.  There are a limited amount of spaces in remaining electives and students may not always be able to switch into their top choices.
    • The counseling office will be administering the PSAT/NMSQT to students in grades 10 and 11 on Wednesday October 11th at 7:25am.  Participation is not mandatory, but it is encouraged.  The PSAT is a standardized test that measures a student’s reading, writing, and math skills needed for college.  Students who take the PSAT receive important feedback on individual strengths and weaknesses as well as a personalized study plan for the SAT.  Juniors who take the PSAT are considered for eligibility through the National Merit Scholarship Program.  Students can sign up for the PSAT beginning next week in the counseling office.  The cost for this test is $16.  Payment can be made via cash, check (made payable to Haverhill High School), or bank check/money order.  There are a limited number of spaces available for this testing so please do not wait to register.  The deadline to register is September 29th.
    • There will be a brief, 20 minute meeting, for parents/guardians of students currently enrolled in Advanced Placement (AP) classes at the conclusion of the Meet the Faculty Night on September 21st.  The meeting will begin at approximately 7:35pm and will be located in the Auditorium.  This meeting will discuss the AP exam deposits and fees, the AP agreement contract, and the exam schedule for May.
    • College admission representatives are visiting HHS this fall.  All scheduled visits are listed in Naviance under the “Colleges” tab.  Students can sign up to meet with a college representative directly through Naviance or by signing up in the counseling office.  Students must sign up a minimum of one day in advance and will receive a pass to attend this appointment in their first period class.  To kick off the college visits, a representative from Massachusetts College of Pharmacy and Health Sciences will be coming to HHS on Wednesday September 13th.
    • Upcoming Events (details coming soon!)
      • Senior Parent College Information Night- Wednesday September 27th
      • MEFA College Financing Seminar- Thursday October 12th
    Have a great week-end!
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