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A Message from the Superintendent:
It may be helpful to share with your students the significance of the following so that their understanding of our world is enriched…
This coming Wednesday evening our Jewish sisters and brothers begin the celebration of Rosh Hashanah – during this time ancient customs are revisited with special foods and traditions, and it’s one of the most important holidays in the Jewish calendar. Essentially Rosh Hashanah, literally the “head of the year” is the Jewish New Year. It is a time of inner renewal and divine atonement.(from USAToday) What is Rosh Hashanah? It’s the Jewish New Year – also spelled Rosh HaShanah, Roshashana and Rosh Hashannah, among other variations – is the first of the Jewish High Holy Days and is usually celebrated in September. Due to the Jewish calendar being based on the lunar cycle – like Easter is for Christians – it moves every year. In 2016, it began October 2.When is it this year? It begins the evening of Wednesday, Sept. 20, and ends on the evening of Friday, Sept. 22. In general, Orthodox and some other conservative Jews observe it from start to finish, while more liberal Jews tend to attend services only on the first full day, in this case Thursday, Sept. 21.What happens during Rosh Hashanah? Though it depends on which Jewish tradition is being followed, much time is spent at a synagogue. During services, a hollowed-out ram’s horn, known as a shofar, is blown, symbolizing a call to repentance. Many Jews also observe a tradition called tashlich, meaning “casting off” in Hebrew, in which they go to a nearby river or lake and throw pieces of bread, which signifies the washing away of sin.My thoughts…In this time of reflection as celebrated by those of the Jewish faith…so should us all…take a moment to share in this rich tradition and reflect on our own lives…are we fair…are we judgmental…do we look to see the good in all…what are we really all about ?The history of the world is entwined around the history of religions…let us all cherish the value and meaning of this diverse world we live in…To our friends of the Jewish Faith…Happy New Year…Jim Scully
Trails & Sails: Explore the History and Nature of Essex County
Explore Essex County’s historic, cultural and natural sites during two weekends of 150+ FREE events during Trails & Sails: Two Weekends of Walks and Water, September 15-17 & 22-24, 2017!
Enjoy a variety of guided walks, paddles, historical tours and other adventures for all ages, skill levels and interests, that will connect you to the spectacular places, history and heritage that define the Essex National Heritage Area—the 34 cities and towns of Boston’s legendary North Shore. It’s all FREE and it’s all located within the 34 cities and towns of Essex County including the communities of Salem, Gloucester, Newburyport, Lawrence, Saugus and more.
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A Message from the Superintendent
I hope this letter finds you and your family refreshed and reenergized to begin a new school year. This year brings the full occupancy of the new Hunking School as a grade K-8 building in the Bradford section of Haverhill. The school district will be rolling out two advanced programs in all schools aimed at pushing academic performance among all students in all grades.
Whether you are the parent of a Kindergartener starting school for the first time, a high school senior entering the final year of their Haverhill Public Schools’ career or have children in several grade levels – elementary, middle or high school, being a parent and raising a child is no easy task. The challenges we encounter in society are substantial.
Below please find pertinent information relative to the upcoming school year. Each school has a wealth of information on their webpages that you may find helpful. Please visit our website www.hillie.org for both school and district news.
The staff of the Haverhill Public Schools is committed to providing your child with the best education in a positive, healthy, and secure school environment which will support your efforts at home. In that vein, please make sure throughout the school year, your child’s school has updated cell phone numbers for emergencies and current email addresses for general notices. Please contact your school principal, who is a strong ally in your child’s education and well-being, if you have any issues or concerns.
In closing, thank you for believing in the Haverhill Public Schools and enrolling your children in our schools. As Superintendent, I can attest that our staff members take this responsibility very seriously and are committed to doing what is in the best interest of all children entrusted to their care.
Best wishes for a successful school year. Sincerely,
James F. Scully
Superintendent of Schools
Special Screening of “If Only”
HOPE Task Force and the Haverhill YMCA presents “If Only” – a screening with Producer James Wahlberg, Executive Director of the Mark Wahlberg Youth Foundation.
August 17th 6:00pm
Haverhill High School Cafeteria
The film will be followed by an interactive discussions about drug use and addiction featuring a panel of local experts. Backpacks stuffed with supplies for first 200 families! Pizza & babysitting offered. More info at www.ifonlymovie.org.
Summer 2017 Reading Lists
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