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Haverhill High School
Newsletter January 15-19, 2024

Mon Jan 15, 2024 – No School – MLK day

Tue Jan 16, 2024Girls Lacrosse Information Meeting 210PM in room C14 will be rescheduled due to snow.

Wed Jan 17, 2024 – 2 Hour Delayed start due to SNOW

Thu (18), & Fri (19) – AP Assemblies for potential students in the auditorium – AM

Tues Jan 23, 2024 – AP Assemblies for potential students in the auditorium – AM (rescheduled due to delayed opening on 1/17/2024)

Wed Jan 24, 2024Half Day for Students – 7:25AM-10:25AM

Thu Jan 25, 2024NECC Reading Assessment for Early College During B & C Blocks in the Cafeteria

Fri Jan 26, 2024 – Report Cards for Term 2 Issued to the SchoolBrains Parent Portal by 3PM

Mon Jan 29, 2024Special Education Department Virtual Information “Transition Planning 101”  (re: ages 14-22)

Tue Feb 6, 2024 – MCAS Biology Test Retakes – Session 1

Wed Feb 7, 2024 – MCAS Biology Test Retakes – Session 2

Thu Feb 8, 2024 – Site Council Meeting – HHS Main office Conf room 5PM. Contact Mike Downs for more information

Feb 19-23, 2024February Vacation Week – No SCHOOL

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

Student of the Month – December 2023

Do you have a student SHOUTOUT to share? Please email so we can add it into the newsletter!

JROTC Shoutout!

The Haverhill High School MCJORTC 2024 Marksmanship team who came in 2nd place this weekend at our Shoulder to Shoulder Marksmanship Competition that we hosted at Revere High School.  They also started out 1-0 for the Metro Marksmanship League with 11 other schools that we also host.  Our next competition will be on 27 January 2024 which will be the Region 1, NE Drill Competition which we will be hosting at Hunking Middle School with 7 total Marine Corps JROTC’s attending.  3 Teams are coming up from NJ.

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!!

The district is adding text messaging (SMS) capability to SchoolMessenger Communicate, the system we now use for phone calls and emails.

Over the following weeks, families can opt-in to receive text messages from SchoolMessenger texting Y to number 67587.

  • If they opt-in before January 2, 2024, they will be pre-approved to receive text messages from Haverhill Public Schools.

  • If they do not opt-in before January 2, 2024, they will receive a mass communication from SchoolMessenger to their cell phone number on file in SchoolBrains asking for their permission.

 We have also included this information on the District website.

Check out the newest edition of the Brown & Gold

The Haverhill High School Student Newspaper!

Attached to this message is a letter that outlines the HHS scheduling process for the 2024-2025 school year. We are moving up our timelines to have schedules for next year settled before the end of this school year. Please read this letter and discuss course and elective options with your student(s).

Thanks and have a great day,

HHS Admin Team

Scheduling Letter.pdf

Scheduling letter Portuguese.pdf

Spanish Scheduling Letter.docx

On Thursday, January 11, 2024 Haverhill High School Principal Michael Downs was presented with a check for $500 at the School Committee Meeting.

Dr. Margaret Marotta, Superintendent of Schools, Michael Downs, Principal of Haverhill High School, and Ben Bolen of Summit Distributing, LLC.

Haverhill SEPAC is very excited to host the first presentation of the new year – “Transition Planning 101” (re: ages 14-22) featuring Andrea Morris, Director of Family Supports at the Arc GHN. This presentation will be held virtually via Zoom. This would be a great benefit to Haverhill families and we are eager to spread the word.
On January 29th, at 7:00 p.m., the Haverhill SEPAC will meet virtually on Zoom for a presentation on Transition Planning 101 by Andrea Morris, Director of Family Supports from the Arc of Greater Haverhill-Newburyport.  We hope you can join!

Counseling Department – 9th Grade Team Update

The HHS School Counseling Department has a new member to the Freshman Team. Ms. Christine Easton recently joined the team and has replaced former counselor, Ms. Lynch. Previously, Ms. Easton worked at Northeastern University as a college admission director. She has also worked with students in Lawrence for over 7 years at a local charter school, and the high school. Ms. Easton is experienced in coaching, admissions, and academic advising and is excited to join our staff at HHS. Ms. Easton’s caseload is 9th grade students with last names beginning with O through Z. She can be reached via email at or at 978-374-5700 ext. 1106.

Ms. Easton joins our current Freshman counselors, Ms. Jacilyn Hackett and Mr. Stephen Gwinn. Ms. Hackett works with grade 9 students with last names A through Gap. She can be reached at or 978-374-5700 ext. 1108. Mr. Gwinn works with grade 9 students with last names Gaq through N. He can be reached at or 978-374-5700 ext. 1107.


The nurse’s office will be completing health screenings will begin on January 25th on all 10th grade students per MA regulations. They will be held during their History classes. Screenings include height, weight, hearing, vision, and scoliosis. Scoliosis requires assessment of the student’s spine, we suggest for comfort, wearing a sports bra or tank top underneath regular clothing. If you would like to opt out of these screenings for your student, or have questions, please email prior to January 17th.

Please find the OPT out letters here:



University of New Hampshire

Location: Durham, NH
Mascot: Wildcats
Enrollment: 11,500+ Undergraduate, 2466 Graduate


UNH has top-ranked programs. Their research excellence changes lives. UNH’s nation-leading commitment to sustainability inspires tomorrow’s leaders. UNH is located in Durham, NH and is known for a safe and welcoming campus. UNH has a diverse student body with students coming from various states and territories, 43 countries. Upon graduating from UNH 94% of students are employed, volunteering or furthering their education. In 2022,  more than 270+ Million in financial aid was awarded.

Admission Criteria:

  • Completed Common Application & Essay
  • Official high school or secondary school transcript 
  • Test Optional SAT and/or ACT scores 
  • School Counselor recommendation
  • Teacher recommendation letter 

Average GPA: 3.58

Average Standardized Test Score:  Test Optional

SAT score between 1120 and 1320

ACT score of 26 and 31


Diagnostic Medical Sonography (Ultrasound Technician)

Education Required: Associates Degree

    • 2 year Diagnostic Medical Sonography Associate in Science degree
    • Bachelor’s degree optional programs
    • Certificate Programs available for current healthcare professionals
    • Typical Tasks Associated with This Career:
  • prepare the exam room and ultrasound equipment to conduct examinations 
  • Assist radiologists as needed with ultrasound-guided biopsies and vascular ultrasound procedures
    • Recognize and record the appropriate anatomy and pathology using sonographic equipment
    • Write reports based upon the scan results and completion
    • Work independently or with minimal supervision and as part of a team
    • Manage multiple priorities and projects, and display flexibility in a fast-paced work environment
    • Use the ability to solve problems and make decisions
    • Maintain the strictest levels of confidentiality
    • Pursue professional development for the continual improvement of patient care
  • Expected Income: Average: $95,000 
  • Job Growth: 26% over the next 5 years
  • Related High School Coursework
    • Anatomy and Physiology 
    • Biology 
    • AP Biology
    • English

Ruth's House Scholarship Opportunity

Are you or do you know a civic-minded, 14 – 22 year old Haverhill Resident?
Volunteer at Ruth’s House and let us help you with the cost of camps, classes, workshops, athletic programs, and more!

Call us at (978) 521-5575
Email us at
Ruth’s House
11 Lafayette Square
Haverhill, MA 01832



After School Tutoring!

Tuesdays and Thursdays from 2:30PM to 4PM
Room M12

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



Due to poverty levels in Haverhill, all students receive free breakfast and lunch at school.

But there are 68 hours between lunch on Friday and breakfast on Monday when many students go hungry.

Thank you so much to all the community members who have already reached out! It takes a village!

* If you are in a position to help, please reach out to Nancy Burke at Haverhill High School. *