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Haverhill High School
Newsletter February 26-March 8, 2024

2 week edition

Mon Feb 26, 2024 – HPD & ICAS Task force Presents: CYBER CRIMES – 6-7PM in the HHS Auditorium (Spanish translation provided)

Wed Feb, 28, 2024 – Half Day for students – 725AM-1025AM

Wed Feb 28, 2024 – TRIVIA NIGHT – Hosted by Student Council – 6-8PM in the Library $5

Mon Mar 4, 2024 – MCAS ELA Session 1 (Only for retesters)

Wed Mar 6, 2024 – MCAS ELA session 2 (Only for retesters)

Thu Mar 7, 2024 – MCAS MATH session 1 (Only for retesters)

Thu Mar 7, 2024HHS Parent Teacher night 6-7:30PM at Haverhill High School

Fri Mar 8, 2024 – MCAS MATH session 2 (Only for retesters)

Thu Mar 14, 2024 – Site Council Meeting 5PM at HHS (contact Principal Downs for more information)

Thu Mar 14, 2024 – HPS School Committee Meeting 7PM at City Hall

Wed Mar 20, 2024Early Release at 10:25AM for most students

Wed Mar 20, 2024 – AP STATS Mock Exam 1030AM-2PM

Thu Mar 28, 2024 – HPS School Committee Meeting at City Hall

Sat Mar 23, 2024 – AP STATS Mock Exam 8AM-12PM

Tue Mar 26, 2024 – MCAS ELA Session 1 (ALL grade 10 students)

Tue Mar 26, 2024LATE START for Grades 9, 11, 12 (unless you are in an AP Class or have been given other instructions) 10:40AM start time

Wed Mar 27, 2024 – MCAS ELA Session 2 (ALL grade 10 students)

Wed Mar 27, 2024LATE START for Grades 9, 11, 12 (unless you are in an AP Class or have been given other instructions) 10:40AM start time

Fri Mar 29, 2024 – NO SCHOOL – Good Friday

Sat Apr 6, 2024 – HEF Trivia Night at 6PM at AmVets

Get involved in CLUBS!!

Check out the latest edition of the Brown and Gold.
Our own student run newspaper!

Check out what our seniors are planning after Haverhill High School!


We are running a children’s book drive this month in the hopes of distributing children’s books to various places in the community (daycares, shelters, etc..) in the hopes of increasing a love of reading.

Staff can drop off any books in Ms. Aloisi’s classroom (M23), families interested in donating, similar to the coat drive, a box will be placed in the vestibule of the school for the community to drop off children’s books.

Thank you for all of your help in bringing books into our community!



THANK YOU TO MR K for helping Haverhill Unified Athletics obtain a $500 donation from Haverhill Bank
In November we were at the Educator Awards that were sponsored by Haverhill Bank and Mr K struck up a conversation with Glenn from the bank. Mr K got me Glenn’s card and last week Glenn told us Haverhill Bank was giving us a donation for Unified! He deserves all the high five’s we can give him!
Not only is he a fabulous 1/1 for Aaron, he is one of our awesome assistant basketball coaches! His updates are fantastic! Mr K thank you for all you do for our kids!!  Thank you Michelle for letting me “borrow” Aaron for the picture!!!
Thank you as well to Haverhill Bank for the donation!

Matthew Rinehart and his wife Caroline have a son Josh Rinehart (sophomore) who is a part of Unified Athletics. The Rinehart family got their family together and got us a very generous donation for unified athletics.
Thank you to Matt Rinehart and Family for fundraising a substantial amount of money for the Haverhill Unified Boosters.
Thanks to the money raised through their family contributions, combined with Bank of New York Mellon’s Community Impact, we will be able to have a well deserved banquet for all of our Haverhill High Unified athletes this year.

Sports Shoutouts! ~ What an amazing winter season!

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Welcome to the newest member of our SRO family, Officer Timothy Campbell!


We had a wonderful event on Monday, February 26, 2024 celebrating the district’s partnership with the Auschwitz Birkenau Memorial Foundation. The students representing the high school, primarily drawn from our Holocaust and Crimes Against Humanity and AP US Government courses, were a wonderful audience for a first, official live virtual tour of the camp, and asked excellent questions of the tour guide– all in the presence of the Director General of the Foundation from Poland, with whom Ted Kempinski has been working to get this opportunity for Haverhill.
There was a report on the 6:00 news on Channel 5, about this event and our partnership!  Thank you to the district and school administration, the grade 9 history team, Ted, District History Coach Meg DeLong, and everyone here who has been so supportive of this program from the time Ted brought it back from his summer Professional Development!

John Craven
Dean of History
AP US History and US History I Teacher, Haverhill High School

HHS History Teacher Shaun Ashworth and his AP Government & Politics class have organized a Voter Registration Campaign! This is the same group that assembled the School Committee Forum, City Council Forum, and the Mayoral Debate last Fall! Scrolling through the newsletter, you will find their “Did you Know” social media posts containing factual information on why voting is important. We are proud of our future leaders and their hard work and dedication!







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District Calendar / En Espanol

HHS Bus information:
HHS – AM Bus routes/numbers
HHS – PM Bus routes/numbers

District is adding text messaging (SMS) to SchoolMessenger Communicate!!

 We have also included this information on the District website.

TWO Highlighted Local Scholarships for HHS Students ONLY!

Featured Scholarship: Pentucket Kiwanis Scholarship
Criteria: Student who attends Haverhill High School. The award is based on scholastic ability (B-C grade average), character, activities/community service, and financial need. Applicants must complete the application and submit it along with a copy of your high school transcript, a character reference letter from a core subject teacher, and proof of acceptance from the school you plan to attend next year.
Deadline to Apply: Wednesday April 3, 2024
How to Apply: This application can be found in Naviance. (Go to the Colleges section and select Scholarship Search). Scholarship is listed as The Pentucket Kiwanis Scholarships.

Featured Scholarships: Neal Harvey Memorial Scholarship and Jordan Rankin Memorial Scholarship
Criteria: Must have played, coached or refereed a minimum of 3 years for Haverhill Youth Soccer, graduating in 2024, enrolling in a full-time college program, submit a 200-500 word essay and letter of recommendation, complete an application form.
Deadline to Apply: April 30, 2024
How to Apply: This application can be found in Naviance. (Go to the Colleges section and select Scholarship Search).
Scholarship is listed as: Neal Harvey Memorial Scholarship and Jordan Rankin Memorial Scholarship.

FOUR Highlighted Local Scholarships for HHS Students ONLY!

Featured Scholarship: Michelle Benedetti Memorial Scholarship: Track
Criteria:Graduating senior who participated in cross-country or track for four years.
Deadline to Apply: March 22nd
How to Apply: In Naviance or the Michelle Benedetti Memorial Scholarship Application

Featured Scholarship: Michelle Benedetti Memorial Scholarship: Social Work
Criteria:Graduating senior who plans to pursue a career in social work or a similar field.
Deadline to Apply: March 22nd
How to Apply: In Naviance or the Michelle Benedetti Memorial Scholarship Application

Featured Scholarship: Michelle Benedetti Memorial Scholarship: DCF or Foster Care
Criteria: Graduating senior who is, or who has ever, had involvement with DCF or the foster care system.
Deadline to Apply: March 22nd
How to Apply: In Naviance or the Michelle Benedetti Memorial Scholarship Application

Featured Scholarship: Michelle Benedetti Memorial Scholarship: Cancer Impact
Criteria: Graduating senior who has been impacted, directly or indirectly, by cancer. A brief essay is required. Topic: How has cancer impacted you?
Deadline to Apply: March 22nd
How to Apply: In Naviance or the Michelle Benedetti Memorial Scholarship Application

HHS MCJROTC present Colors at State House in Boston

Monday, February 26, 2024,  the Haverhill High School MCJROTC had the opportunity to present Colors at the Iwo Jima remembrance ceremony at the State House in Boston.  After the ceremony the Cadets were given a tour of the State House by a Marine Corps Gold Star Father and Representative from Cape Cod.  It was an honor to represent Haverhill High School.  Thank you for the continued support.

CTE PLTW Engineering/ Manufacturing Juniors toured the Lindt manufacturing facility in Stratham, NH. This was a great opportunity for students to observe robots in action and see a modern manufacturing facility!  Prior to the tour students heard from one of the engineers about how humans interact with the robots and gave an example of the coding language that is used to program them.  Students were on their best behavior and the tour guide commented about their participation and well-thought out questions.  He mentioned that they were one of the best groups they have ever had!  So proud of our Hillies!  For more information about CTE career awareness activities, contact Lisa Hunt, CTE Work-Based Learning Specialist, at

CTE Healthcare Occupations Freshman class learned about public health and a comparison of the topic in the USA vs Scotland. Dr. Kathryn Martin, an HHS alum, stopped by to share about her experiences both in the US and in Scotland, where she currently resides.  Special thanks to Megan Arivella and Dr. Martin for providing this opportunity to our students! For more information about CTE work-based learning activities, reach out to Lisa Hunt.

HHS CTE Healthcare Occupations Freshmen were fortunate to learn about Medical Illustration from Elysia Hentschel.  Elysia shared her journey through grad school and showed examples of her work.  She also spoke about the various career paths this type of education can take you.  What a great way to combine a love of healthcare and art!

HHS MCJROTC takes on the Big Apple!


Students in the Biomedical Science and Healthcare Occupations Career Technical Education programs at HHS had the opportunity to hear from local pharmacy professionals.   Pharmacists from the Greater Lawrence Family Health Center met with students to provide information about the pathway to becoming a pharmacist as well as information about a day in the life of a retail, clinic and disease management practitioner. Students were excited to hear about professionals who are the “face of medicine” as well as job opportunities and security.  We appreciate our business mentors so much!  For more information about work-based learning opportunities for CTE students, contact Lisa Hunt at

I wanted to share a success story with you all that happened over break. For the past three years, I’ve been invited back to my alma mater, UML, to direct a staged reading. Each year I’ve been able to bring some of my theatre arts students to collaborate in the production, with our HHS students performing alongside students in the Theatre Arts Program. This year was extra special, because two of my former students who participated in the staged reading last year are now current UML freshmen and chose to participate again (Sheeba Nabiryo and Celia Schoenfeld, class of 2023).

Thank you for supporting the arts both here in Haverhill and in the local community. This was a really valuable learning opportunity for our students and grew their performance skills and confidence onstage.


Melissa Allen, Theatre Arts
Haverhill High School
Read more about this inspiring story in the UML On-line Paper

The A wing has been abuzz with activity. All of the classes in the art department have been working on a 15 ft original mosaic mural and it has been an awesome collaborative experience for us all. Cassie Doyan, our Artist in Residence, has been working with our students teaching them the history and the process of working with mosaic tile. We are making progress, and are so proud of our students! Stay tuned for our unveiling at the Fine & Performing Arts Academy end of the year show on May 16th!



Simmons University
Location: Boston, MA
Mascot: Sharks
Enrollment: 1,837 Undergraduate, 2179 Graduate

Located in the heart of Boston, Simmons University is a private university, home to a respected women’s undergraduate program, as well as coeducational graduate programs in nursing and health sciences, liberal arts, business, communications, social work, public health, and library and information science.

A degree from Simmons provides graduates with a diverse and well-rounded academic background. Many students mix and match majors and minors to create programs as unique as they are. Students are encouraged to explore their interests with rigorous classes, thoughtful discussions, real-world experiences and life-changing people.

Admission Criteria:

  • Completed Common Application & Essay
  • Official high school or secondary school transcript 
  • Free application (2024)
  • SAT and/or ACT scores (currently test-optional 2024)
  • School Counselor recommendation
  • Teacher recommendation letter 

Average GPA: 3.34

Average Standardized Test Score: 1185 SAT, ACT 27  (test optional 2024)


Physical Therapist

  • Education Required: Doctorate in Physical Therapy (DPT) 
    • High school diploma +
    • Bachelor’s degree +
    • 3 year physical therapy program post bachelor’s degree
  • Typical Tasks Associated with This Career:
  • Develop medical treatment plans for patients
  • Record patient medical histories
  • Test and measure patient’s strength, range of motion, and muscle performance
  • Analyze patient data to determine patient needs or treatment goals
  • Examine patients to assess general physical condition
  • Monitor patient progress or responses to treatments
  • Evaluate patient outcomes to determine effectiveness of treatment
  • Expected Income: Average: $87,900
  • Job Growth: 30% over the next 5 years
  • Related High School Coursework
    • Anatomy and Physiology 
    • Biology 
    • AP Biology
    • Psychology
    • Chemistry

HEF Trivia Night

HEF Trivia is Back!
A long time ago, before Covid changed the game, Haverhill Education Foundation hosted the most epicly awesome trivia night Haverhill had ever seen! Were you there? If not, you’re in luck! This April 6, 2024 at 6PM at the Amvets Post 147, you’ll have another chance to flex your big bad brain muscles, win some great prizes, and help raise money for a good cause! Start recruiting your smartest friends and keep checking back for details on how to register in the coming weeks!


After School Tutoring!

Tuesdays and Thursdays from 2:30PM to 4PM
Room M11

Late bus available at 4PM. All are welcome to stay for extra help.

Late Bus information:
Your student will need a bus pass from a teacher, coach, or club advisor in order to be able to access the late bus.
The bus picks up at 4PM. Students are not allowed to stay in the building to roam the hallways, they must have a reason to be here, or they will be escorted out of the building. They will be able to wait in the cafeteria from the time they are finished until 4PM.

HHS – Late Bus routes/numbers


SchoolBrains | Parent Portal Access

Gain access to the Haverhill Public Schools Community Portal, where you can look up your student’s information related to schedules, grades, attendance, and more.

Step 1 – Contact Your School – Contact your child(ren)’s schools and make sure your email address and other relevant contact information is up to date.  Without this, you will not be able to receive a Portal Account.

Step 2 – Check Your Email – You may already have a message from the SchoolBrains Portal Support with the link and initial login information in your email. It may be in Junk/SPAM, so check there just in case! – The email will be from with the subject “SchoolBrains Community Portal Account.”

Step 3 – Login and Access! – You can find the Portal website link from the welcome email, as well as on the HPS LaunchPad at underneath “Admin/Community Links.”

Troubleshooting – If you did not receive an automated email, simply contact Portal Support by emailing from the email address you have on file with the school.  

Please also include the following in the email:

  • Your Full Name
  • The Full name of your child(ren)
  • Your Full email address
  • Your child(ren)’s Grade Level(s) and School(s)
  • Detailed explanation of issue