HHS Parent Newsletter Oct 16-20, 2023

Haverhill High School

Newsletter – October 16-20, 2023

Mon Oct 16, 2023 – 2nd College Essay Workshop in the HHS Library at 12:30PM

Mon Oct 16, 2023 – AP Gov’s City Council Forum 6PM-730PM HHS Auditorium

Mon Oct 16, 2023SEPAC Basic Rights Workshop 630PM HHS Library

Mon Oct 16, 2023Field Hockey Senior Night  – 6:30PM @Trinity Stadium

“Come celebrate our Haverhill High School Field Hockey Seniors for their years of dedication, spirit, and good sportsmanship.”

Tue Oct 17, 2023 – Extra HELP! Every Tuesday and Thursday Room M12

Wed Oct 18, 2023 – Haverhill District Court Cultural Appreciation Day

Wed Oct 18, 2023 – GREATER HAVERHILL CHAMBER – Volunteer Fair – 2 Merrimack Street, 2nd Floor 4PM-7PM

Thu Oct 19, 2023Extra HELP! Every Tuesday and Thursday Room M12

Fri Oct 20, 2023 – Scratch BINGO – Haverhill Education Foundation sponsored 18+ event

Fri Oct 20, 2023Girls Swim team Senior Night Meet starts at 3:30PM – Come out and support!

Sat Oct 21, 2023 – Homecoming Dance at HHS; Please see flyer below

Mon Oct 23-27, 2023 – Haverhill High School SPIRIT WEEK!

Tue Oct 24, 2023 – HPS Job Fair at Haverhill High School in the Library 230PM-5PM

Wed Oct 25, 2023 – Half Day Students/Professional Development for Staff

Thu Oct 25, 2023PSAT Test for ALL 10th graders, and 11th graders who have opted in. LATE START for ALL other students! 1030AM

Thu Oct 26, 2023 – AP Gov’s School Committee Forum 11AM-1230PM HHS Auditorium – Not open to the public

Thu Oct 26, 2023HHS Fall Fest – Please see flyer below

Fri Oct 27, 2023Homecoming Football Game at Haverhill Stadium 6PM

Mon Oct 30, 2023National Honor Induction Ceremony at Haverhill High School Auditorium 6PM – On invitation

Wed Nov 15, 2023 – HPS Wellness Caregiver Series, Part 2 – see flyer below for more information

Fri Nov 17, 2023 – Fall Play “Deadline” 7PM HHS Auditorium

Sat Nov 18, 2023 – Fall Play “Deadline” 2PM and 7PM HHS Auditorium

Wed Dec 6, 2023Coffee House! Save the Date – plan a performance

District Calendar / En Espanol

On Wednesday, October 18, 2023, construction will start on a new building project near the pool and drop-off area. Please see the attached map for the new drop-off and pick-up area. Parents/caregivers will not be allowed to drive past the new drop-off/pick-up area (behind the pool building) for the safety of students and staff. Having the drop-off/pick-up area near student parking would/will produce too many safety concerns.

Please plan accordingly, as this is going to cause significant disruption to our parking and drop-off/pick-up processes for at least 4 months.

Three suggestions:

  • Arrive 10-15 minutes earlier than normal for drop-off.
  • Arrive at 2:30 after buses are gone and the small loop in front of the high school will be available for pick-up
  • Have your student(s) take the bus.

Again, if you you arrive at your normal time you will experience delays and contribute to traffic congestion.


Michael J. Downs, M.Ed., C.AG.S Ed., Principal, Haverhill School

Northern Essex Community College - Massachusetts Association of Community Colleges

College Essay Workshop

We will be holding our 2nd College Essay Workshop on Monday October 16th in the HHS Library at 12:30PM. This is for any student looking for ideas and help getting started on college essay writing or students working on their drafts and needing us to look at them for submission.


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

Each year Haverhill Public Schools in conjunction with the Haverhill Police Department run ALICE drills to prepare our schools for emergencies that would require this protocol.

Please click LINK for more information.

Student Shoutout!

Max St. Hilaire, Sophomore 

Dislocated and Fractured his ankle during football practice before games and season even started. Surgery required a plate and 5 screws. Max hasn’t missed a practice or game even
while on leg scooter and crutches.  Contagious smile and positive attitude all while staying on Honors. A true gentleman, teammate and definition of sportsmanship.
A Family Friend who Wishes to remain anonymous
Do you want to send a shoutout? Feel free to email: HHSNews@haverhill-ps.org




Does your student need a work permit for a job in Massachusetts?

Here is the information: and the MA Work Permit Application

Students can get their workers permit issued (with fully completed application and proof of age) at Haverhill High School in the Main Office, M Wing Office, and the C Wing Office before and after school or during lunches. They can also get it issued at City Hall M-F 8AM-4PM.

Please join us on October 16th for this year’s Basic Rights Workshop with Attorney Holly Vietzke – for our seasoned families familiar with special education, this is a great opportunity to brush up on basic rights, and for all our families that are new to special education, this is a great way to learn/understand some of the basic rights for both you and your student. And of course – to ask questions you may have. On behalf of the Haverhill SEPAC, we hope to see you there.
Location: Haverhill High School Library, 137 Monument Street, Haverhill, MA 01832
(Lot E past the tennis courts)
Date: October 16, 2023
Time: 6:30 PM
(Please note, a Spanish translator will be available.)


The Haverhill Education Foundation would love to have you join us at our 2nd Scratch Ticket BINGO Event! It was so FUN, we’re doing it again!

Get ready to shout “BINGO!” and double your luck at this 18+ fun-filled event to benefit the Haverhill Education Foundation (HEF)!

The Haverhill Education Foundation is a private, 501(c)(3) non-profit organization established in 1990.

Our Mission is to support and promote engaging, creative, and challenging projects and

programs for Haverhill Public School students through mini-grants to Haverhill Public Schools teachers and staff.

Friday, October 20, 2023
6:00 PM Doors Open, 7:00 PM Bingo

Amvets Post 147
576 Primrose St, Haverhill, MA

Admission Price: $30 in advance ($35 at door)

One Bingo card to use for all games
Pizza & Snacks (Cash bar available)
Multiple rounds of Live Bingo
Chances to win MA State Lottery scratch ticket prizes!

*Extra Bingo cards may be purchased at the door for $5 each to increase your odds of winning!

Haverhill Public School Staff who show their HPS ID badge at the door will receive an additional BINGO card at no cost ($5.00 value)!


Kick off Homecoming week at the Homecoming Dance. The dance is on October 21st from 6 to 9pm
at HHS. Tickets must be purchased in advance, no tickets will be sold at the door. Tickets are $5 and
can be purchased the week of October 2nd during all lunches or in rooms 205, 217, 218, M23 or M11.
Tickets are also sold online for $6 – link to online sales can be found on Class Google Classroom or on
fliers throughout the school. Students must bring their school ID or show their SchoolBrains account and
must arrive by 7:30pm. Please talk to your class advisors or officers with any questions.


FALLFEST – October 26, 2023; 7PM-9PM

Prepay only, $7 per ticket

Please contact Anna Sabella or Sam Aiello for more information.

** Anyone can purchase a yearbook, however it will only feature seniors **


Yearbooks can be purchased using the information below.

Yearbooks are currently $45 — prices will increase on SATURDAY, 9/30. 

code: 6716

Senior Portraits:
Senior portraits must be uploaded to the Herff Jones website by November 26th.

Students who do not upload a portrait will have their current SchoolBrains photo uploaded.

If no photo is in SB, they will be listed under “not pictured”.

We do not accept photos via email, hard copies, etc.
select — > PORTRAITS


If you missed our Senior Family Night to prepare for life after High School, please check out our presentation!

Please contact your guidance counselors with any questions!

Stay up to date on College representatives who will be visiting with students at Haverhill High School.

HHS College Visits Calendarto see future dates, please toggle with the arrow keys.

High School Transcript Request Form

Updated Chromebook Policy

We offer an outside company for an insurance plan for Chromebooks. Please follow this link. **

The deadline for returning students to purchase Chromebook insurance has been extended to December 1st, 2023

** Please remember to have your students charge their Chromebooks every night! And bring their charged Chromebooks to school every day. 

We will no longer be able to give loaner devices. If your students’ Chromebooks is broken, or missing, please have them alert their

AP offices as soon as possible so that they can get a replacement device. Lost/missing Chromebooks are $200 each, without insurance.

Lost chargers are $40 each. Invoices will be added to your students account.

** The only exception to this policy is if the student has an assessment on a specific block/day. **

Wellness Caregiver Series Webinar

Here is the presentation for those who may have missed it:  

Wellness Caregiver Series Webinar recording-Vaping 101

We will be following up on this important discussion soon. Please look for our upcoming events.

Thank you for your time and attention on this important matter.

Mental Health  Essentials  for  Parents  & Caregivers

with Mental Health Collaborative

Wednesday, November 15, 2023
7PM-8:30PM – Zoom Registration
Translation available during zoom: specify language at registration

Step 1: Register for Zoom: https://tinyurl.com/y7333wm6
Step 2: Check email for Zoom link
Step 3: Sign in and join via the link in your email on 11/15/2023 by 7PM

Haverhill parents & caregivers will learn strategies to include mental health as part of their parenting, how to identify when loved ones need support for mental health, how and where to get professional support, how to use strategies for self-care for themselves and their loved ones, and much more! This is strictly educational!


Haverhill District Court Cultural Appreciation Day; October 18, 2023

Featuring Haverhill High School students: Band/Choir/JROTC and the BIPOC members will be participating in this annual event.

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.

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

National Honor Society Information

Sam Aiello


Bus information:

If students have not done so yet, please have them pick up their bus passes in their AP offices:

12th – C Wing; 11th – F Wing; 10th – S Wing; 09th – M Wing

HHS – AM Bus routes/numbers

HHS – PM Bus routes/numbers

Locker update:

All lockers that were requested have been assigned.

If your student still needs a locker, please see Mrs. Zbitnoff in the M Wing Office.

Hillie Sports

Hillie Sports Calendar

Come out and show your HILLIE pride!

Winter Sport Sign up: WINTER SEASON – STARTING DATE Nov. 27, 2023

          • Basketball, B/G (V/JV/FR)
          • Wrestling (V/JV)
          • Ice Hockey, B (V/JV), G(V)
          • Skiing, B/G
          • Swimming, B
          • Indoor Track, B/G
          • Cheerleading (Basketball)
          • Gymnastics, G

**All home games are free to students– bring your student ID or show your School Brains account on your phone **

Check out our very own on campus store for all of your Hillie gear!

Hillies Shop

Haverhill Public Schools
Multilingual Learner Education Department

Free English Classes for Parents of Haverhill Students!
Students are welcome too!
Registration Night
October 24th, 2023
Consentino School Library
6:00pm – 8:00pm

    • Parents will have the opportunity to increase their English skills, computer literacy skills, and learn about HPS websites and parent portals.
    • HPS students will have teacher directed homework support and enrichment activities. Parents and students will connect for 30 minutes at the end of the session for a Family Literacy experience.
    • Classes will be held on Tuesday and Thursdays from 6:00pm – 8:00pm at the Consentino School.

Four sessions:

Session 1:  November 9, 2023 – December 21, 2023.
Session 2:  January 9, 2023 – February 15, 2024.
Session 3:  March 5, 2024 – April 11, 2024.
Session 4:  April 30, 2024 – June 6, 2024.
Students who miss less than 2 sessions will be invited to continue in the program.

Chromebooks are available to parent/adult learners to learn how to access HPS information.
Children of the adult ESL HPS parent must be between the ages of 5-12 to attend the program.

For more information about enrollment, contact: Jasmin Rosario at (978) 420-1945 or jasmin.rosario@haverhill-ps.org

Volunteer Fair

Greater Haverhill Chamber

October 18, 4PM-7PM

2 Merrimack Street, Floor 3, in Haverhill, MA 01832

This event is open to anyone looking to volunteer with local non-profits. This is a perfect opportunity for high school or college students, retirees, or anyon interested in volunteering in the Greater Haverhill Area.









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