HHS Parent Newsletter October 23-27, 2023

Haverhill High School

Newsletter – October 23-27, 2023

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

Wed Oct 25, 2023 – Unified Basketball Home Game HHS Main Gym – 4PM

Thu Oct 26, 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 1, 2023 – AP Gov’s Mayoral Debate6PM-7PM HHS Auditorium – Public welcome

Thu Nov 2, 2023 – HHS Term 1 Grades CLOSED

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

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

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Do you want to send a shoutout? Feel free to email: HHSNews@haverhill-ps.org


FALLFEST – October 26, 2023; 7PM-9PM

Prepay only, $7 per ticket

Ground breaking ceremony for the newly donated by Ernie DiBurro Indoor Tennis/Pickleball Court took place Wednesday at 230PM at Haverhill High School.

Thanks to all that showed up to this event. Great article by WHAV.

Haverhill Unified Boosters

Canned Food Drive to support the Backpack 68 Program

The Backpack 68 Program is always looking for donations.

Help us contribute to the backpack program.

By bringing nonperishable food item/toiletry/backpack to the next

Unified Basketball Home Game
October 25 @4PM

The first 12 people to bring a canned food item will receive a free beverage cooler!


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. *


ACCESS 21 is an Out-of-School Time Enrichment Program offered at Haverhill High School for students in grades 9-12. Enrichments opportunities include:

  • Culinary Skills
  • Glee Club
  • Internship
  • Life Skills
  • Robotics Club

Applications for the 2023-2024 school year are available online through the Haverhill Public Schools’ Discovery & Access 21 Website. For more information, contact the Discovery Club/Access 21 office or through the link: https://Discoveryclub.haverhill-ps.org


Your Haverhill High School Marine Corps JROTC Raiders teams competed this weekend at Assabet Regional High School in their 2nd weekend in a row. The Haverhill Alpha team earned 2nd place and 6 more trophies for the table, bringing their total trophy count for the year to 20. We have one more Raider competition coming up this weekend at Salem High School.

HHS students in Mr. Kempinski’s Holocaust and Crimes Against Humanity class participated in the pilot of a virtual in-school field trip to the Auschwitz-Birkenau concentration camp in Poland. The live tour was led by a guide-educator at the Auschwitz Memorial and Museum, and students were able to see Auschwitz I and Auschwitz II-Birkenau with their own eyes. It was a very powerful experience, and it aligns well with the work Haverhill is doing around genocide education. Thank you to Mr. Kempinski for bringing this partnership to HPS!

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

Construction has started 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

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.

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 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!


National Honor Society Information

Sam Aiello

Bus information:

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

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