Hello Haverhill Families,

April was an excellent month for HPS; along with academics, students enjoyed April Vacation Week, prom shopping, and spring sports are in full swing. Students have now settled in and are ready to finish the year strong. May will be an exciting month for us; we have many important events coming up as we wind down the school year. Teacher Appreciation Week is May 8-12, 2023; we hope you join us in showing how grateful we are for our teachers.

On Tuesday, May 2, 2023, the Health & Wellness Department, with funding assistance from Haverhill Youth Activities Mental Health Fund, presents The Chris Herren Story; Prevention Starts with All. Former NBA Celtics Player Chris Herren will visit Hunking School and speak about his personal story of recovery while also inspiring people to start the conversation and educate themselves on the disease of addiction.

April Vacation Academies was again a great success! Students had a great time with our teachers and community partners while celebrating and learning about Earth Day. We have recently published our Summer Learning Opportunities schedule. We encourage you to visit our website to view all the great programs offered to HPS students at no cost!

We encourage you to check out the school websites, Hillie Athletics, and Senior events and view the Important Dates in the newsletter. This is a busy time of year, and we would love to celebrate these milestones with you!

Important Dates

May 2, 2023  6:00 PM
Chris Herren Story/Prevention Starts with All – Hunking School

May 9, 2023  6:30 PM
Hunking/Tilton Upper Band Spring Concert – Hunking School

May 11, 2023  9:00 AM
HHS Parent Coffee Hour with School Counseling/Guidance Department

May 11, 2023
Moody Preschool Walk-a-Thon

May 11, 2023 
Early College Graduation

May 11, 2023  5:00 PM – 7:00 PM
Nettle Spring Fling Dance

May 11, 2023  7:00 PM
School Committee Meeting

May 16, 2023  8:30 AM
John & Abigail Adams Scholarship Breakfast – HHS

May 16, 2023. 5:00 PM
Senior Class Trip – Red Sox

May 16, 2023  6:30 PM
Consentino/Silver Hill Band Spring Concert – Consentino

May 18, 2023  4:00 PM
Arts Alive District-Wide Art Show

May 18, 2023  5:00 PM – 7:00 PM
Tigermania – Tilton Lower School

May 18, 2023  6:30 PM
Nettle/Whittier/Pentucket Lake Band Spring Concert – HHS Auditorium

May 19, 2023  1:30 PM
Future Educator Signing Day – HHS

May 23, 2023  6:00 PM – 7:30 PM
Kindergarten Information Night – Pentucket Lake

May 23, 2023 6:30 PM – 8:00 PM
HHS Academic Awards Night (Gr. 9-11)

May 24, 2023
Last Day of Classes/Express Senior Sign-Out



May 24, 2023  6:00 PM
CTE Celebration – HHS

May 24, 2023  5:30 PM – 6:30 PM
City-Wide Civics Project Showcase – City Hall Auditorium

May 25, 2023 
Around the World Concerts – Bradford Elementary

May 25, 2023  10:00 AM
Chapel Practice – Seniors

May 25, 2023  12:30 PM
Senior Sign-Out

May 25, 2023  6:00 PM
Night of Stars

May 25, 2023  7:00 PM
School Committee Meeting

May 26, 2023 – 10:45 AM

May 26, 2023
Early Release – All Students

May 29, 2023
Memorial Day Observed – No School

May 31, 2023  7:00 PM
Senior Prom – Atkinson Country Club

June 1, 2023  10:30 AM
Graduation Practice – Senior BBQ

June 1, 2023 
Nettle Multicultural Night

June 1, 2023  7:00 PM
Senior Farewell

June 2, 2023  1:30 PM – 2:30 PM
Walnut Square Spring Concert

June 2, 2023
Graduation – Trinity Stadium

HPS Wellness Committee with funding assistance from Haverhill Youth Activities Mental Health Fund Presents

Prevention Starts with All – The Chris Herren Story

Calling all sports fans, families, and those who want to hear a powerful true story by a former NBA Celtics player about his road to recovery. Chris Herren will be at Hunking School on Tuesday, May 2nd, from 6-8 pm to present a discussion on substance abuse. FREE EVENT! Raffle Baskets! Counselors and Community organizations are available for resources following the event! Every participant will receive a ticket to be entered in a drawing at the door!


Portuguese Chris Herren Flyer 2023 (1)

Tilton Lower Elementary School

Anna and Melissa from Food Services visited Tilton Lower to teach third-graders about vegetables, fruits and how to plant. Students planted vegetables or fruits and took them home. Students loved learning about the growing process!

Health & Wellness Department 

The Stat Geek in Natick play was a success; many organizations joined us. It was a powerful and impactful performance and a must-see for students! Hoping to have the Firehouse Center of the Arts in Newburyport return to HHS in the fall for a day performance!

Kindergarten Information Nights

Haverhill High School

Abigail Brown and Sean Wynn visited the State House in Boston as Representatives of Haverhill High School. The visit was for Student Government Day. Schools across Massachusetts choose two students to represent their schools and attend a one-day session where they replicate the legislature’s activities. This year the students voted on two bills: changing the voting age to 16 and offering more nutritional lunches.

Bartlett School & Assessment Center

The 11th Annual Bartlett School & Assessment Center Spaghetti Dinner was a success! Great Food, Great Friends, Great Cause, and a Great Time!!!

Charger Information Night at Consentino School

Charger Information Night had an amazing turnout! We are so excited for the families who came out to become acquainted with Consentino; it will make the transition in the Fall much easier. Students took tours, ate a bite, pedaled smoothies while meeting with teachers, and learned about Consentino’s extracurriculars. Thank you to everyone who helped make this event a great success!

HHS School Counseling & Guidance Department

HHS Monthly Parent Coffee Hour 

Join our Monthly Parent Coffee Hour hosted by the School Counseling Department. This event will guide parents with:

  • Student/Parent opportunities and Events
  • Grade Level Expectations
  • College and Career Planning
  • College Applications, SAT Timelines
  • Financial Aid and other Resources

May 11, 2023 @ 9:00 AM

Save the Dates

Kindergarten Information Night at Silver Hill Elementary

Last night Silver Hill Elementary hosted an HPS Kindergarten Information Night. The room was packed with teachers, administrators, and parents who learned some valuable information as their children start their educational journey. Thank you to all who came out, especially those who helped make this event a success!

The next Kindergarten Information Night is on

May 23, 2023, from 6:00 PM – 7:30 PM
At Pentucket Lake Elementary

Tilton Lower Elementary School

HPS Students in Grade 3 took the MCAS ELA test for the first time this year. At Tilton Lower, their younger classmates took the opportunity to cheer on these young scholars! We love when students support students!

Haverhill High School

Congratulations to HHS AP Statistics teacher Patti Giampa! Ms. Giampa was honored this month by Mass Insight Education & Research for the 2023 Partners in Excellence Teacher Award. Recipients were recognized for exemplary work in the Advanced Placement STEM & English Program. Ms. Giampa was among 16 Massachusetts AP teachers awarded for outstanding contributions to student success during the 2021-2022 academic year. At HPS, we have the BEST Teachers!

Hillie Athletics

Unified Track Team

Hillie Unified Track Team competed against Methuen High School. Shout out to Hillie Coach Jason Burns for leading the team to a great season opener! We wish the team great success for the rest of the Spring Season!


Wrestling Team

Some Hillie wrestlers ventured down to Riverside Park to clean out the woods along the Merrimack for Earth Day 2023!

This is wrestlings second community volunteering effort in only a month – with a handful of boys at the road race a few weeks back! We are proud of this team for always being available to help their community with smiles and laughs along the way!

ATTENTION: MassHealth Members

Starting April 1, 2023, MassHealth will begin the eligibility redetermination process, renewing all 2.3M members over the following 12 months. We understand that this may be difficult for members. For more information and brochure translations, visit our website:

The First Annual City-Wide Civics Project Showcase

Haverhill Public Schools is 1 of 21 Schools in Massachusetts invited to The First Annual City-Wide Civics Project Showcase—students in Grades 8 and 10 will participate. A Middle and High School winner will be asked to attend the Massachusetts State-Wide Civics Showcase in Worcester! For more information and translations, visit our website:

Haverhill High School

Congratulations to HHS Freshman Kaitlyn Marin Arteaga, who was named the Boys and Girls Club Youth of the Year!!! Kaitlyn is also a member of the JROTC and the freshman Volleyball team! We are #HillieProud! Check out the article which was in the Eagle Tribune!

Photo Credit: Tim Jean/Eagle Tribune


Haverhill High School

Haverhill High School Honor Roll for Term 3 has been released. The three categories are Honors with Distinction, High Honors, and Honors. We are incredibly proud of these Scholars; keep up the excellent work! To view the list visit HHS website.


Did you know that children spend an average of 4 hours daily on apps unrelated to schoolwork? Do you want to know how to change that? HPS has teamed up with Qustodio, a FREE student safety, digital wellbeing platform that helps you control your child’s access to the internet on their school-issued Chromebook. For more information, visit our website.

Haverhill High School

HILLIE HIGH FIVE & THANK YOU to Nancy Burke and Beth Buck, both Paraprofessionals at Haverhill High School! Nancy and Beth recently went to “Hope and Comfort” in Needham, MA to pick up shampoo, toothpaste, toothbrushes, and deodorant. Every Friday, they fill Backpacks for students in need with health, beauty aids, and food to go home on weekends to ensure they have food. For many students and their families struggling to make ends meet, sometimes this is the only food they receive to eat on the weekends. This is part of BackPack 68, a program they started to help students in need. For some students, it is 68 hours from Friday at 2 PM – Monday at 7 AM, till they get their next meal at school. We are so grateful and blessed for their kindness and generosity!

Summer Learning Opportunities

Haverhill Public Schools is committed to helping children learn and grow during the summer months. Please see the variety of programs that we offer at no cost to families. Programs start and end on different dates/times and are subject to change. Please feel free to contact your student’s school with any questions. For more information about our Summer Learning Opportunities, visit our website.

April Vacation Academy – Day 1

April Vacation Academies was a big success last week. On Day 1 (Tuesday), Students in Mrs. Dalton and Mr. Parker’s 2nd and 3rd Grade classes at the YWCA learned about growing seeds and sunflowers. Students in other classes prepared for Earth Day with Environmental Sciences, specifically Climate Change and the Greenhouse Effect. Students logged temperatures taken with thermometers left outside, compared them to thermometers left in closed jars, and then evaluated the results.

April Vacation Academy – Day 2

Day 2 at April Vacation Academy, students learned about food waste and the importance of Reuse, Reduce, and Recycle. They made bird feeders and posters to share awareness with our community! Some classes read “The Tiny Seed” and talked about how plants started from a seed. As an activity, students made their own sunflower. They also did a math connection using seeds and rolling dice. The whole week is based off of Earth Day and how we can treat our planet and the living things in it.

April Vacation Academy – Day 3

Students are spending this week celebrating Earth Day. On Day 3, Students continued working together on Reduce, Reuse, and Recycle readings and text dependent questions. They also made Earth Day symbols with PlayDoh and fun math game with a deck of cards made from recycled paper. They then went out to enjoy some fresh air and hung the bird feeders from trees.

April Vacation Academy – Day 4

Day 4 was a wrap of the 2023 April Vacation Academy! Today students made sculptures from tin foil. They used pieces of tin foil to form body parts (legs, arms, head, torso) and then positioned them in any way they wanted (sitting, kneeling, standing, arms up, arms down). If your student missed the April Vacation Academies fun, we have teamed up with our Community Partners for Summer Learning Opportunities. For more information, visit our website!

HHS Cinderella’s Closet – Say Yes to the dress! or Suit!

April 13th was a big day at Haverhill High School. It was the opening of Cinderella’s Closet! Prom Season will be here shortly, and Students from HHS could shop for Prom Dresses, Shoes, Suits, and accessories, all at NO COST to students who would like to attend Prom but need to keep costs to a minimum. Special Thank You go out to Nancy Burke, Eridania Nieves, Bonnie Antkowiak, Jean Ray, Rose Keefe, the employees of Pentucket Bank – Westgate Branch; Kerry Beaton, Maggie Foulks, Donna Rossetti, and their customers for making this event such a great success! To read more about this event, check out the article in the Eagle Tribune!


C.D. Hunking School

Grade 7 Students at Hunking School were working hard In Math Class exploring 7.G.3 using Play-Doh to create cross sections of 3D figures.

HHS CTE Information Technology

The HHS CTE Information Technology students were fortunate to visit Axis Communications. Axis Communications is a Swedish manufacturer of network cameras, access control, and network audio devices for the physical security and video surveillance industries. Their Human Resources staff provided an insightful overview of what HR looks for when selecting potential candidates for open positions. They also highlighted internship opportunities they have available for high school students. The tour of their Axis Experience Center was the trip’s highlight and left us all wanting to learn more! A huge thank you to Thomas Liehard, former HHS IT teacher, for connecting us with this fantastic company and to the Axis Communications team for hosting an excellent day for our students!

For more information about the HHS CTE programs or to provide work-based learning opportunities to HHS students, please contact Lisa Hunt at lhunt@haverhill-ps.org.

News from the Health & Wellness Department

Bartlett School & Assessment Center

Bartlett School and Assessment Center had a visit from John Miller, Author and Illustrator of the Land of Handom Series. Land of Handom is a series of books about a boy with autism who dreamed up a fanciful world of Handom, a unique planet where all aliens are shaped like hands and have good and kind hearts. Students had a great time visiting with John!

Consentino Middle School

Consentino Middle School had a visit from State Senator Payano and State Representative Hamilton! Students in Grades 5-8 were able to have a Q & A session with the delegation before the 7th and 8th Grade Students brought them on a tour of the school! We are grateful for their support in our schools!


Golden Hill Elementary School

Golden Hill School had so much fun kicking off this year’s “Kids Heart Challenge” fundraiser. Students traveled the globe with this year’s heart heroes, who emphasized the importance of helping others, drinking water, getting enough sleep, and saying NO to tobacco and vaping. If you want to donate to their fundraiser, visit the school page here.

J.G. Whittier Middle School

Shout out to the JGW Middle School Volleyball Team! They are the 2023 Middle School Volleyball Champs! Congratulations, we are proud of your hard work and accomplishments!

Walnut Square School

Students in Ms. Caruso’s second grade class wrote Earth Day Promises to make the world a better place!

Health & Wellness Department 

The Wellness Department is kicking off the Month of May with The Chris Herren Story – Prevention Starts with All on Tuesday, May 2, 2023, from 6-8 pm at Hunking School. They are also dedicating the month of May to educate, raise awareness and reduce the stigma of mental, behavioral, and substance abuse issues. We have provided two calendars with links, resources, tips, and activities to offer families and students. Schools will be celebrating Wellness Wednesdays in May, including promoting wearing purple and/or green for prevention and awareness. 

May Cal 2023 Grades K-4 Mental Health Month            

May Cal 2023 Grades 5-12 Mental Health Month


Haverhill Public Schools is Hiring! We would love for you to join our team. Here is a complete list of Current Employment Opportunities!



Our Schools

Bartlett School & Assessment Center,  Grades K-12.

Bradford Elementary, Grades K-4

Caleb Dustin Hunking, Grades K-8

Consentino Middle School, Grades 5-8

Gateway Academy, Grades 7-12

Golden Hill, Grades K-4

Greenleaf Academy, Grades 5-12

Haverhill High School, Grades 9-12

J.G. Whittier, Grades 5-8

Moody PreSchool, Grades Pre-K – K

Moody PreSchool Ext., Grades Pre-K

Nettle Middle School, Grades 5-8

Pentucket Lake Elementary, Grades K-5

Silver Hill Elementary, Grades K-5

Tilton Lower Elementary, Grades K-3

Tilton Upper Elementary, Grades 4-5

Walnut Square, Grades Pre-K-2

Grade Level Movements for Fall 2023-2024

We are changing things up this Fall at HPS. We are adjusting our classrooms as Haverhill grows and our enrollment increases. This Fall, with School Committee approval, the following changes are being made:

Haverhill School Committee

 Haverhill School Committee Approved Meeting Schedule:

Thursday, May 11, 2023
Thursday, May 25, 2023
Thursday, June 8, 2023
Thursday, June 22, 2023

Regular meetings of the School Committee are held at 7:00 p.m. on the second and fourth Thursdays of each month in the Theodore A. Pelosi, Jr. Council Chambers, 4 Summer Street in Haverhill. Citizens of Haverhill who wish to submit items  for a meeting agenda, should email the agenda item to the School Committee Office, Attn: Beverly McGillicuddy, Secretary to the Haverhill School Committee beverly.mcgillicuddy@haverhill-ps.org with a copy to both the Superintendent of Schools and the Mayor no later than the seven (7) days  prior to a Committee meeting is held.

For additional information please visit the School Committee Department on our website

Mayor, James J. Fiorentini, Chairperson

Ms. Toni Sapienza Donais, Vice Chairperson

Mr. Scott Wood, Jr.

Attorney Paul Magliocchetti

Ms. Gail Sullivan

Attorney Richard Rosa

Ms. Maura Ryan-Ciardiello