Haverhill High School
Principal’s Weekly Update-Week Ending June 16, 2017
HHS is Honored to Host The Wall That Heals
The Haverhill Veterans Council and the City of Haverhill brought The Wall That Heals to the HHS athletic field on Wednesday, June 14th. The Wall That Heals will be here from June 14-Jun 18. There will be staff from the Vet Center on site 24/7 during this exhibit. I encourage all to visit this exhibit which honors the many sacrifices made by so many young men and women so we are all able to enjoy the freedoms we have!
Shout Out to Rising Hillie Senior Jayden Ireland
Earlier this year, rising senior Jayden Ireland had completed an Independent Study with Technology teacher Cliff Ashbrook. Because of this independent study, he was able to secure an internship at a medical company in Salem NH. Because of his excellent work, the medical company turned the internship into a hired position. Not only did they hire him, this medical company has offered to pay for him to go to UMass Lowell following his high school graduation. This is another example of the wonderful opportunities available for our students! Congratulations to Jayden and a big thank you to Mr. Ashbrook!
Middle School Foreign Language and Fine Art Loop Program
This week we said goodbye to our 8th grade students who joined us every day this year for first period. We are looking forward to having them join us next year full-time. The staff was quite pleased with their success and excellent behavior.
Summer Reading Lists
All students MUST read at least 2 books over the summer. The summer reading lists for grades 9-12 are attached below. The lists will also be posted on the HHS website starting next week. The grade 9 reading list will be sent home with the incoming grade 9 students report cards that they will receive on June 20th. Grade 10-12 summer reading lists will be mailed home with the students’ report cards and tentative 2017-2018 schedules.
Finals Finish Up 6/19-6/20
Monday, June 19th
Period EF or FG – 7:25 a.m. – 9:30 a.m.
Break 9:30 a.m. – 9:40 a.m.
Period GH or HI 9:40 a.m. – 11:40 a.m.
Bus – 11:45 a.m.
Tuesday, June 20th
Period J – 7:25 a.m. – 9:30 a.m.
Bus – 9:40 a.m.
The Freedom Shrine – Rededication
Madeline Melvin – Brown and Gold Newspaper Reporter and Editor
Marilyn Caradonna – Photographer – Pics will soon be up on the website
“I Have A Dream” added to Exchange Club’s Freedom Shrine at High School
By Brown and Gold reporter and editor Madeline Melvin
On June 14, 2017, a plaque commemorating Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.’s, “I Have A Dream” speech was added to the high school’s Freedom Shrine. The modest ceremony was also followed by a moving rededication service led by Exchange Club representative Bob Harb.
The Freedom Shrine, a series of plaques commemorating moments of various artifacts symbolic of liberation throughout American history, has been on display outside the high school gym since 2011. The shrine was installed in the high school to strengthen citizen appreciation of American heritage and to recognize the sacrifices responsible for our freedom.
Associate Principal Kevin McLaughlin stated, “This town makes a great effort to show its patriotism, which is why the Shrine within Haverhill High is so appropriate.”
The story behind the installation of the Freedom Shrine, as told by Harb, was an interesting one: it once was that a “Freedom Train” traveled the United States with authentic historical U.S. documents that were available to be accessed by the public. As so, the Freedom Shrine was born when the train stopped running, and Freedom Shrines were installed around the nation to commemorate and acknowledge U.S. history, ensuring citizens would not “…forget the cost of freedom, or what makes us free,” said Harb.
As far as installments go at Haverhill High School, it is a shame that this one goes overlooked, often rushed past as students leaving gym bustle hastily to their other classes. Nonetheless, Harb insisted on reminding us how important it is “to reflect and not just walk by [the Freedom Shrine].”
To question what it means to be free and to view the documents that led to our freedom is vital to being a conscientious citizen of a thriving democracy. This rededication ceremony was particularly important due to the significance, popularity, and relevance of MLK’s powerful “I Have A Dream” speech, which speaks more clearly to the modern world than many of the more antiquated documents also contained in the Shrine.
Commenting on the phrase painted above the Shrine itself, “Let Freedom Ring,” History teacher Tom Jordan said that the MLK installation and rededication was “appropriate,” as Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. quoted the phrase verbatim in his speech.
As said on the plaque itself, MLK’s speech was not a logical legal brief on civil rights. It was a mastery of spoken word that moved a nation. Haverhill High School’s Freedom Shrine is one of the most important commemorative installations within the school, as it allows students to look history in the face and realize exactly what it is that makes them free.
Lions Club Scholarships
Last week the Lion’s Club awarded two of our seniors scholarships. Congrats to Class of 2017 student Jennifer Magee who received the Haverhill Lions Scholarship Award and Kyra Sevene who received the Haverhill Lions Military Appreciation Award!
HHS Summer School
All course offerings are contingent upon the availability of an instructor and an adequate number of registrants.
July 6, 2017 – August 10, 2017
8:00 a.m. – 11:30 a.m.
Hugh Morrison – Coordinator
English I, II, III, IV Algebra I and II Geometry Wellness
U.S. History I and II World History I and II Physical Science/Biology/ Earth Science
Gradpoint- Online credit recovery
Registered Haverhill High Students…$275
School Counseling Final Update
- Tentative schedules will be mailed home to students with final report cards. Included in this mailing will be a memo reviewing the process for requesting schedule changes, if needed. Only requests that meet the stated criteria will be considered for review. Keep in mind that we are still in the process of balancing classes so there is a chance that while core academic classes will not change, it is possible that the class period or classroom will be different. Final schedules will be available closer to the end of the summer.
- Parents of the Class of 2019, in the next week you will receive an email from Chyten Premier Tutors, Test Prep and Admission. This email will contain a link for a mini survey that we ask all rising juniors to complete. This survey will take approximately 15-20 minutes to complete and will assist Chyten in determining which standardized test (SAT or ACT) would be the best fit for your child. All rising juniors will partake in test prep for either the SAT or ACT during the 2017-2018 school year.
- Parents of the Class of 2018, for the first time the counseling office will be running several College Bootcamps in the month of August. Topics covered during these sessions include Naviance, The Common App and other college application systems, scholarships, FAFSA, and the college essay. The final bootcamp session will also involve a panel of admission representatives to answer questions about the college application process and what they look for in a potential applicant. Bootcamp sessions will be offered on August 10, 11, 17, and 18 and will run from 12pm-2pm. Sign ups for this great opportunity will be advertised in early July. Students will be able to sign up by calling the department and registering with Ms. Gravel or through an online registration form which we will send out via email in July. Each session will be capped at 20 students and so we encourage students to sign up once we release our program invitations. We are very excited to be able to offer these sessions and look forward to helping our students prepare for their senior year! If you have any questions in regards to guidance please contact Jami Dion, Supervisor of Guidance K-12 @ 978-374-5700 ext. 1133 or via email @ email@example.com
Important Dates for Next Year 2017-2018:
Freshman Orientation – Class of 2021 – Thursday, August 17, 2017 – 6:00 p.m. – Gymnasium
HHS Meeting the Faculty: Thursday, September 21, 2017 6:00 p.m. – 7:30 p.m.
Term 1: Progress Reports Issued – Thursday, September 28, 2017 (Day 22)
Term 1: Marks Close – Wednesday, November 1, 2017 (Day 45)
Term 1: Report Cards Issued – Wednesday, November 8, 2017
Parent Teacher Night – Thursday, November 16, 2017 6:00 p.m. – 7:30 p.m.
Term 2: Progress Reports Issued – Thursday, December 7, 2017 (Day 22)
Term 2: Marks Close – Thursday, January 18, 2018 (Day 45)
Term 2: Report Cards Issued – Thursday, January 25, 2018
Parent Teacher Night – Thursday, February 1, 2018 6:00 p.m. – 7:30 p.m.
Term 3: Progress Reports Issued – Monday, February 26, 2018 (Day 22)
Term 3: Marks Close – Thursday, March 29, 2018 (Day 45)
Term 3: Report Cards Issued – Thursday, April 5, 2018
Parent Teacher Night – Thursday, April 12, 2018 6:00 p.m. – 7:30 p.m.
Term 4: Progress Reports Issued – Tuesday, May 8, 2018 (Day 22)
Graduation – Friday June 1, 2018
Term 4: Marks Close – Monday, June 11, 2018 (Day 45)
Term 4: Report Cards Issued – Mailed Home
Have a wonderful week-end!
Beth Kitsos, Principal