Haverhill Public Library to Feature No Late Fees for Juvenile andYA Books!
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A Message from the Superintendent
As you may know, the ongoing heavy rains have resulted in water damage at some of our schools. The need for facilities upgrades and roof repair was brought to my attention by principals and custodial staff as I began school tours last summer. In particular, the Consentino School was highlighted as being in need of significant upgrades. This past spring, the school system and the City submitted a Statement of Interest to the Massachusetts School Building Authority (MSBA) seeking funds to repair, renovate and expand the School. We await the December meeting of the MSBA’s Board of Directors for a decision on our application.
Unfortunately, yesterday the eighth-grade wing at the Consentino School experienced leakage, causing some water puddling and damage to ceiling tiles in multiple rooms. The dedicated staff and students of the school remained on task with the work of the day despite the unfortunate circumstances around them. Given the present situation at the school we will be seeking both short-term and long-term solutions to remedy the problem. Roofing contractors have been contacted for immediate repair of leaks at several schools. Even with these repairs, the replacement of some roofs will soon be needed. We are working with the city, looking within the district’s budget, and seeking outside funders to cover the costs of the roofing projects. In addition to the funding proposal submitted for the Consentino School we also have plans to submit applications for accelerated repairs at several other schools in the coming months.
As a school system we are acutely aware that it is imperative that our students and teachers have safe and comfortable learning environments. We are dedicated to addressing the facilities inequities across our city and we thank the community for your support.
Margaret Marotta – Superintendent
Haverhill Team Places in Hack Haverhill 2018!
In the inaugural Hack Haverhill contest, two teams composed of current students from Haverhill High School’s NAF Academy of IT (with mentorship provided by IT faculty Michael Peterson) entered for a chance to test their problem-solving skills in a contest to “integrate data to create a digital ecosystem that uplifts student and family success.” One of the teams took 3rd place, receiving $1,000 in prize money. More information about the contest can be found here.
Superintendent Margaret Marotta was proud to be onsite to see the winners crowned and to see the continued success of Haverhill High School’s students and programs in the greater Haverhill community.
Free Flu Vaccines
FREE FLU VACCINE CLINIC FOR SCHOOL-AGED CHILDREN!!!
Haverhill Public Schools is holding a free flu vaccine clinic for school-aged children Wednesday, Nov. 7 from 4 to 6 p.m. at the #HaverhillCitizens Center, 10 Welcome St. The vaccine is free for school-aged children regardless of insurance or ability
Availability is limited due to limited quantities and is first-come, first-served.
Please see the links below for information about flu and the flu vaccine!!!
A Look Into the HPS Annual Induction and Mentoring Program
On October 16, 2018, Haverhill Public Schools hosted its annual Induction and Mentoring Program (IMP) for new teachers and administrators. MA Department of Elementary and Secondary Education (DESE) requires districts to create a program where beginning teachers and administrators are paired with more experienced mentors at the beginning of each school year.
The purpose of this program is to provide beginning teachers and administrators a strong start to the school year and guide them throughout their initial years to be as effective as possible. HPS IMP is designed to help beginning teachers launch into a productive year by making sure they know where to obtain all needed materials, are familiar with routines and schedules, and know the curriculum and instruction expectations. IMP also allows mentors to guide mentees in classroom management, handling various behavioral issues, and collecting evidence for their evaluations. In addition, Mentees get an opportunity to show leadership skills by modeling instructional strategies or facilitating opportunities to observe other effective teachers.
DESE does not dictate the number of hours required for the first year, the induction year. However, DESE requires that mentors and mentees engage in at least 50 hours of mentoring over the following two years. Academic Officer Dr. Darshan Thakkar stated that “a structured program like this allows beginning teachers a formal process within which to seek help by critically reflecting on his or her own practice and identifying areas in which assistance is needed.” HPS has offered informal mentoring opportunities since early 2000’s, however, the formal structured IMP has been offered for the past six years.
Forty-seven teachers attended the Induction session on October 16th where they were presented with the requirements of the IMP. HPS IMP’s induction year involves four two-hour meetings where teachers and mentors are trained and given an opportunity to demonstrate the successes had in their mentoring endeavors. The next three meetings are December 4th, February 5th, and May 7th. Then, for the subsequent two years, mentors/mentees keep track of their activities and complete a log.
Superintendent Margaret Marotta stated that, “completion of this program is required in order for teachers to upgrade their educator license to professional level,” but added, “that is not the only reason to engage in mentoring. Research indicates that there is a strong connection between mentoring and retention. Teachers benefit from refining their practice, which is good for the students.”
National Physical Therapy Month
October is National Physical Therapy Month. We would like to thank the therapists in our Physical Therapy Department for working with the students in Haverhill and ensuring they can fully access their school environments. Big shout out and thanks to Mary Fournier, Jessie Maguire, Chrisi Brown and Debora Ware!