Haverhill High School
Principal’s Weekly Update- Week Ending September 1, 2017
It’s hard to believe that summer is almost over. I hope everyone had a great vacation. There have been some changes here at HHS over the summer. With the departure of Associate Principal Kevin McLaughlin and freshmen Assistant Principal Dan Faircloth, who both moved on to take administrative positions elsewhere, it became an opportunity to review and think about the current HHS leadership structure and see if there was a different way to better serve our students and families. Starting this year, the HHS leadership team redesign consists of four AP’s, each will be responsible for a different grade. They will stay with the same grade and loop with their students until that class graduates. The benefits of looping are many including building strong relationships with students, building strong relationships with parents/families and having more in-depth knowledge and a deeper understanding of their student needs. The current leadership team consists of veteran assistant principal’s for grade 12, Mr. Matt Steinberg, and grade 11, Mr. Mike Rossetti. Brand new to the HHS administrative team are:
Tamara Lobo – Assistant Principal Grade 9 at Haverhill High School
Tamara Lobo will be the Assistant Principal, for Grade 9. Tamara is coming to us from Lawrence High School in the Upper School Academy where she served as a teacher of Biology and Chemistry since 2012. In addition to her teaching position, Tamara was the Science Department Head and served as an Acting Assistant Principal for a short time. She received her Certificate of Advance Graduate Study (CAGS) in School Leadership from American International College. She also received her Masters in Education in Secondary Education Biology from Boston College. We are so glad she is joining our Haverhill High School team.
Ryan Brown – Assistant Principal Grade 10 at Haverhill High School
Ryan Brown, a Biology Teacher at Haverhill High School since 2011 has been promoted to Assistant Principal of Grade 10. Ryan received his Masters of Science in Biology at the University of New Hampshire and is currently working on his Doctorate of Education at Rivier University. We are thrilled to have been able to promote from within our community and are confident he will contribute to the success of Haverhill High School in his new role. We wish him all the best on his new journey.
Staff Changes 2017-2018
HHS has seen many staff changes this new year. We have had several retirements as well as staff that have moved away to take other positions. We wish them well in their future endeavors. I am happy to welcome the new staff here to HHS. In a few weeks we will have all the staff emails up on the HHS website and I encourage much communication between parents and teachers.
I was pleased to see the huge turnout of parents and students for the Freshmen Orientation held on August 17th. In the excitement of the evening, I did not officially welcome three of our local schools. To rectify that I am giving an official Hillie welcome Shout Out to:
Sacred Hearts Hawks!
St. Joseph’s Saints
Student information sheets (green sheets) were mailed home in August. If you haven’t done so already please review, make any necessary changes and return to the school on Tuesday.
Again this year Haverhill High School – in our efforts to reduce costs and reduce our carbon footprint- is offering the Student Handbook on-line only for review. This will eliminate using over 60,000 pages of paper for this one handbook. It is available on the front page of our HHS Webpage and on the Parent/Student Resources page. The signature page is also available for parents to print and return to us.
HHS MEET THE FACULTY
Meet the Faculty is scheduled on Thursday, September 21st from 6:00 p.m. – 7:30 p.m. It is our hope that all parents and guardians will continue as they did in the elementary and middle school years to participate in our Meet the Faculty and Parent-Teacher conference throughout the years here at Haverhill High school.
ADVANCED PLACEMENT PARENT MEETING
A meeting will held for all AP parents at 7:30 p.m. in the auditorium after the Meet the Faculty session concludes.
CLASS OF 2018
Attention Seniors Class of 2018: There is currently a four-year, full-ride scholarship opportunity to top-tier colleges students through Quest Bridge! There is a deadline of September 27th for this scholarship! Reach out to Mr. Singh with the Chyten Group in the back of the Guidance Office with any questions!
Middle School Language and Arts Loop
Middle School Foreign Language and our Fine Arts Loop program kicks off on Wednesday. Those 8th grade students will be joining us during A period and will earn credits prior to attending their Freshmen year. Our music program is also recruiting grade 7-8 students who want sing to join our chorus. Similar to the Language program, middle school students can participate in the HHS chorus during period A. They take the same buses back to their respective middle schools at the end of period A. Any students interested in joining the HHS chorus should email the Dean of Fine Arts, Ellen Mullane @ email@example.com
Students who participate in either of these opportunities and attend HHS for high school can earn a fine art/foreign language credit. These students will enter high school already having 1-2 honors credits before their 9th grade year even starts.
Parent Portal Access
Please make sure you have access to the HHS Parent Portal to stay current and on top of your students academic progress throughout this year. Working together we can make sure your child is successful and taking advantage of all the opportunities that HHS has to offer! If you do not have access yet email: firstname.lastname@example.org
You must provide them with your students name and grade.
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 email@example.com. 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.
- Counselors have been busy making adjustments to student schedules to ensure that all students are placed in the correct classes and that everyone has a full course load. The Add/Drop period for students to change classes or electives opened today and will remain open until Monday September 11. Students looking to change an elective should come to the counseling office during the period in which they are looking to make a change. 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. Counselors will work with students on adding and dropping electives until the 11th.
- 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. Any questions please contact Ms. Jami Dion, Supervisor of Guidance K-12 @978-374-5700 ext. 1133 or via email at firstname.lastname@example.org
Have a wonderful Labor Day weekend!