• A Message from the Superintendent

    Bobcat News – A week or so ago a young man, Cale Wood from the Hunking School interviewed me for his school news program. Since then I have had numerous requests to share my sentiments with all staff. Reluctant to do so, I have since given it much thought and have changed my mind. Simply put – if you can take a moment to hear my my words, you can see that I am just so very grateful to so many of you for all that you do with such a great attitude and demeanor. In the past 24 hours I have received four emails from parents singing the praises of some of you for making a difference in their child’s life. Just a few minutes ago I received a call from a young lady graduating from college who struggled here a bit some years ago but now has a burning desire to come back to work with those that help so many.

    Cale Wood represents the best we see in so many of our students and you make that all happen…and their dreams come true.

    I hope you sense the depth of my comments on this video.

    Have a wonderful vacation and God Bless you and your families…

    Jim Scully

     

  • A Holiday Message from the Superintendent

    This weekend the Christian and Jewish faiths celebrate two different religious holidays, both are holidays that signify hope and promise.

    In the Jewish faith, Passover is a festival of freedom. In the Christian faith, Easter – The Resurrection – is a time in which we renew hope and begin again to see the promise of a better tomorrow.

    Both religions have different traditions that mark this time of year and all of us should take a moment to reflect on how our role in the schools amplifies the rich traditions of both. It is through you, your example, and your belief in the love and dreams of a child that each adult and child is touched by your enthusiasm and strong desire to enrich others. Your skill and talent help so many prepare for a better tomorrow.

    On behalf of Jared Fulgoni and all in the various departments that support our schools, I hope you and your families share in the hope and promise that each religion celebrates this weekend.

    Thank you for all…
    Jim Scully

  • Haverhill School Calendar

    Dear Parents,

    You have heard much in the news recently about the adjustment of school calendars because of the number of storms we have had this school year. For clarification, as of today, if there are NO additional snow days, our schools will close on Friday, June 22, 2018.

    Depending on how and when another predicted storm hits this week, the decision, as always, will be made in the best interest of the children in mind.

    Thank you for your cooperation and understanding this past winter.

    Sincerely,

    Jim Scully
    Superintendent

  • A Message from the Superintendent/DESE Press Release

    Good morning,
    Late yesterday I shared a press release with you from the Governor and DESE commending Haverhill for significant improvement with our drop out rate. While that targets one component of our school system…I hope you realize that this one very significant component reflects MANY of the gains we have made across our system.
     
    I write to you this morning so that you truly understand…that all of you play an important role in that success…our clerks that handle so much data and greet many with a smile…custodians that have our schools looking clean every day…security which through these difficult days provide safety and comfort to many…nurses that provide such kindly care to so many…our cafeteria’s staff that greet students with a smile every day as they provide welcomed nourishment…transportation staff that every day face many challenges…facility staff that are always are there to help and improve…our coaches and athletic staff that encourage and champion victories while they keep hope and promise alive in defeat…to our Principals, Assistant Principals, Guidance and support staff that labor behind the scenes to pull all the pieces together and to our teaching staff who daily take on the formidable task of capturing the minds and hearts of so many that sit before them…and if I have missed someone… all should know it is because of all of you …that so many good things happen and success continues to be realized…
     
    You know some critics believe “in their own minds their character is impeccable” …while we should listen to criticism we have to be driven by our unique ability to be optimistic and positive for when we inspire another…plant a seed – and properly cultivate it then growth will result…
     
    Respectfully,
    Jim Scully
  • A Message from the Superintendent

    “Darkness cannot drive out darkness, only light can do that. Hate cannot drive out hate, only love can do that.” 

    From Martin Luther King—from Strength to Love, 19

    Monday our schools are closed and the nation pauses to reflect on the memory of a man…a man who had a dream and a belief…we as teachers have that unique and sacred responsibility to do our very best with honesty and integrity to keep the message of Martin Luther King alive…
     
    I hear some speak at school committee meetings, public forums, and in the media with messages that on the surface appear to be so sweet and sincere but their message is quickly tarnished by their actions and subsequent words…

    So why do I say we have that unique and sacred responsibility…because it is through our words and actions that so many students integrate our behaviors and words into their very being…if I leave any lasting footprint in Haverhill – I hope it is one of belief in a teacher’s real value to a community and to the life of a child – which is intimately linked to the responsibility each of us have…no matter what our role is in this system may be… we should always remember…

    “A hundred years from now it will not matter what my bank account was, the sort of house I live in, or the kind of car I drove…but the world may be different because I was important in the life of a child…

     
    So today as we go forth we must remember… like Dr. King who had a dream…others also have a dream…help them realize their dreams… for because of Martin Luther King our country is in a better place and so to will others be so blessed by those that sit before us who will enrich others by their dreams, talents, integrity, and love. 
     
    Thank you all for your faith and respect for othersHave a good weekend !
    Jim Scully
  • A Message from the Superintendent

    Good afternoon,

    Today marks the end of Chanukah, the Jewish eight-day, wintertime “festival of lights”. As this holiday concludes and the excitement of Christmas begins for many, the significance in all religions is similar – in that hopefully both celebrations bring light to many…the hope and the promise of believing in something greater than ourselves…

    So many of you, as I have once again observed have brought the magic of Christmas to so many children…many in our community have donated to the schools to help brighten the lives of others…but again because of you… many have been sparked by your genuineness and you have allowed their spirit and future to be forever brightened by your love and effort… 

    On Christmas Eve take a moment to gaze at that Star and know well… you have brought light to some in darkness and joy to so many…

    I hope you and your families have a wonderful Christmas and I trust all will be blessed in the New Year…

    Thank you for all…Merry Christmas,
    Jim 

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