Blood Drive in Honor of Principal Michitson
A Blood drive for Mr. Michitson will be held Thursday, August 26th from 9 am – 7 pm at Bradford Elementary School located at 118 Montvale St. Haverhill. More information can be found on the Red Cross Website.
HPS Transportation: Summer Update
We hope that students and families have enjoyed their first week of summer break.
The Haverhill Public Schools is excited to roll out the early stages of our expansive summer activities next week with Haverhill High School’s “Bridge” and “Credit Recovery & Advancement” programs on Monday, June 28. Please visit the HPS Transportation Department website for important updates about bus stop times and locations, or see the links at the end of this update.
There are many programs being offered across the district throughout the summer. Details, times, and locations will be communicated out as they are finalized. Please continue to check the HPS Transportation Department website for more updates. We encourage anyone to reach out to us by calling (978) 420-1921 or emailing Transportation@Haverhill-PS.org.
All dates, times, and schedules are subject to change. We are working quickly to add more buses and stops. Thank you to all from the HPS Transportation Department for your hard work and cooperation.
The details for the HHS Bridge and Credit Recover & Advancement bus stops are on the HPS Transportation page. Please walk to the bus stop location that is closest to your home.
Updated 6/28/21 @ 5:55 P.M.
End of Year Letter to HPS Staff and Families
Wednesday, June 16, 2021
Dear Staff and Families,
I hope this finds you all well. Well, this has been a school year for the record books! It has been such a challenging year for staff, students and their families. It has not been an easy time for anyone yet with all the obstacles that we faced, we still continued to move forward.
I am so very grateful that in the end we were able to celebrate together, carefully and thoughtfully, but together. To the thrill of our scholars, many senior activities happened under the stars including graduation for the Class of 2021! Promotion celebrations are occurring this week for our students in grades K – 8. There are many fun activities planned, please make sure your child attends school each day this week to wrap up the year with a smile.
There are countless people to whom I want to thank for their contributions to moving us forward this year, starting with our students, our families, and our staff. I thank you for your focus, patience and perseverance as we delivered the best education possible to the children of Haverhill during this unprecedented school year. I thank our community partners for rallying around our students and providing incredible support. In particular the YMCA, YWCA, and the Boys and Girls Club have been unsung heroes in keeping our students safe and families working throughout the past sixteen months. School committee, thank you for your support and for the countless hours of debate and deliberation this year has demanded.
Last Day of School – Friday, June 18, 2021
This will be a half day for students. The early dismissal schedule is as follows:
School Early Dismissal Time Haverhill High School 9:30 a.m. (Finals) Consentino, Hunking, Nettle, Tilton Upper, Whitter 11:05 a.m. Greenleaf Academy 11:05 a.m. Bradford, Golden Hill, Pentucket Lake, Silver HIll, Tilton, Walnut Square 11:35 a.m. T.E.A.C.H. at Bartlett 12:00 p.m. Moody School (Pre-K) 12:15 p.m.
Grab and Go Meal Sites
Grab and Go Sites are open Monday through Friday – 11:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m. all summer long with nutritious breakfast and lunch meal options available to children 18 and under. No ID or registration required! This will begin this Monday, June 21st at the following locations:
- C.D. Hunking School- 480 S. Main Street
- A.B. Consentino Middle School – 685 Washington Street
- Dr. Paul Nettle Middle School – 150 Boardman Street
- J. G. Whittier Middle School – 256 Concord Street
- Haverhill High School – 137 Monument Street
Additional Grab and Go sights will be open! Details to follow!
Haverhill Public Schools is dedicated to helping children learn and grow during the summer months. This summer we will serve well over 1,200 students participating in enrichment and remediation lessons to help bridge the gap that some may have experienced this school year. Summer program registration is largely complete. If you need details, please visit our summer program website at:
Summer Reading Lists
Research has shown that the single most important factor in predicting reading success is whether a child is read to when young. For those with young children please make it a part of every summer day. It is my hope that all students will make reading part of their everyday routine. Not only does summer reading help prevent regression of academic skills, reading expands vocabulary, improves writing skills, increases general knowledge, and reduces stress!
Summer Reading Lists & Literacy Resources | Haverhill Public Schools (haverhill-ps.org)
Kindergarten – Class of 2034 – Enrollment
Do you have a child who will be five (5) years old by August 31st? We are requesting all registrations for kindergarten be scheduled by August 1, 2021, allowing us enough time to establish transportation schedules and class lists. Please call 978-420-1951 if you have any questions. To learn more about the process and to watch a video about our FREE all-day kindergarten program, please visit our website below.
If you are moving this summer within Haverhill or out of the district, please contact our Family Resource Center at (978) 420-1951.
2021-2022 Budget Approval
On Thursday, June 10th the Haverhill School Committee approved the 2021-2022 school year budget. I wanted to again share my thanks to our School Committee for their support in approving a budget that will help us to reverse pandemic related learning loss. Federal grant funding has allowed us to hire additional classroom teachers, reading and math interventionists, special education teachers, EL teachers and counselors! Additionally, as part of our recovery plan many staff members will be participating in professional development over the summer months preparing us for the return of your student to school in the fall. We are so excited by this opportunity to meet our students’ needs after such a difficult year.
Moody II Pre-school Expansion
We are excited to announce that we are expanding our preschool program – Moody II on Main Street. A high-quality preschool program lays the foundation for student success. There is strong evidence that preschool has positive effects on a child’s mathematics and early literacy skills. It is our hope that we are able to add five additional classrooms for our youngest students. For more information contact the Moody Preschool at 978-374-3459.
School Calendar 2021-2022:
The school year will begin as follows:
- Monday, August 30, 2021 – Staff – All 10 Month Staff Report
- Tuesday, August 31, 2021 – Students – All Grades 1-12 First Day
- Friday, September 3, 2021 – Students – Half Day
- Monday, September 6, 2021 – All – No School – Labor Day
- Tuesday, September 7, 2021 – Grades 1-12 Return
- Wednesday, September 8, 2021 – Grades Pre-K and K – First Day
School Committee Approved School Calendar https://www.haverhill-ps.org/wp-content/uploads/2021/06/HPS2021-2022-Student-Calendar-APPROVED-BY-SC.pdf
We expect in the fall, under the current guidance from DESE, to return to a regular school year. It is my hope that we will take the best practices learned this year and continue to carry them forward. Handwashing, sanitizing and staying home when ill has helped to limit the number of students out with the common cold and flu.
Class Lists and Supplies
School assignments for the upcoming year will be noted on your child’s report card. As we get closer to the return to school, please be on the lookout for back-to-school emails from your school with more updates and information.
Thank you for your continued outpouring of support and suggestions throughout this school year. I truly appreciate your partnership in all we do for the children of Haverhill.
We will be periodically sending out updates over the summer, so please watch your email and our webpage! https://www.haverhill-ps.org/
In closing, stay safe, continue to use best practices in staying healthy, and please have a wonderful summer!
Margaret Marotta Ed. D.
Superintendent of Schools
End of Year Activities
May 19, 2021
Dear Staff and Families,
I hope this finds you all well. I wanted to take a moment to thank our school community including our students, parents and staff for your commitment to moving us forward every day during this unprecedented school year. The finish line is just around the corner with our last day of the 2020-2021 school year scheduled on Friday, June 18, 2021. This is a half day for students.
I have received many communications this week in reference to mask protocols and end of year celebrations. I do thank you for sharing your thoughts and concerns. Yesterday we received new guidance from the Department of Elementary and Secondary Education (DESE) and I wanted to take a moment to share our updates.
Masks – School Day
School Committee will be discussing the HPS mask mandate policy at the Thursday, May 27, 2021, School Committee meeting. The current HPS Face Covering policy reads:
All staff and students will be required to wear a clean mask. If a student or staff member is unable to wear a mask due to a disability an IEP or 504 Accommodation Plan must be in place. Face shields may be an option for those with medical, behavioral, or other challenges who are unable to wear masks/face coverings. Transparent masks may be the best option for both teachers and students in classes for deaf and hard of hearing students.
Masks will be supplied by the staff member/parent or guardian. Disposable masks will be available at the schools for those that forget, loss or break a mask.
Breaks from wearing masks will be scheduled throughout the day when social distancing allows.
On May 17, 2021, the DESE Commissioner announced, “Effective Tuesday, May 18, students no longer have to wear masks when outdoors, even if distance cannot be maintained. Adults must continue to wear masks outdoors if distancing cannot be maintained. At this time, adults and students must continue to wear masks inside schools.”
The school committee will discuss and determine any needed changes to our present policy. It is important to note that our policy presently allows students to be without masks outdoors – provided they are socially distanced.
Masks – Sporting Events
MIAA, CDC, and Haverhill Department of Public Health have lifted mask requirements for athletes to wear masks during outdoor sporting events. As such, our HHS student-athletes will be encouraged but not required to wear masks on the field. Requirements for spectators, which are in compliance with MIAA regulations, will remain in place. Please note that masks are required for all indoor sporting activities.
High School Graduation
The Baker Administration has lifted the cap on attendees to outdoor events beginning May 29; as such, Haverhill High will be able to increase the number of tickets per graduate from four to eight. That will bring our stadium seating close to capacity. Additionally, there will be some relaxing of previous limitations expected for other senior events such as Prom and Night of Stars. The Haverhill High administrative team will be reaching out to seniors with details.
Moving on Celebrations
At this time, we will continue with our current plans at building level. Most include a drive-through celebration and a student centered celebration.
I thank all of you for your continued support and partnership during this difficult year. I truly appreciate each one of you.
Additional Information for your review:
Department of Elementary & Secondary Education
Frequently Asked Questions, Week of May 17, 2021
- Do students have to wear masks while outdoors?
On May 17th, 2021, after consultation with the MA COVID Command Center’s Medical Advisory Board, the Governor announced that given the low rate of outdoor transmission of COVID-19, students no longer have to wear masks when outdoors, even if distance cannot be maintained. Effective May 18, this guidance update applies to recess, physical education, youth sports, and outdoor learning environments. Adults must continue to wear masks outdoors if distancing cannot be maintained. At this time, adults and students must continue to wear masks indoors.
After consultation with the Executive Office of Health and Human Services, it has been determined that close contacts who were exposed to a COVID-19 positive individual while outdoors at recess do not have to quarantine. DESE will issue an updated Protocols to Responding to COVID-19 Scenarios document accordingly.
- Are students allowed to share objects (classroom materials or art supplies?)
On May 17th, 2021, after consultation with the MA COVID Command Center’s Medical Advisory Board, the Governor announced that given the low likelihood of surface transmission of COVID-19, schools no longer have to avoid sharing objects. This includes classroom materials, items for physical education, or art supplies. Shared objects no longer have to be cleaned or disinfected between use and should follow the updated cleaning guidance outlined below.
- How frequently do schools have to clean spaces or surfaces?
Based on CDC guidance and updated information on the low likelihood of surface transmission, schools now only need to clean high touch surfaces (door handles, bus seats, drinking fountains) and shared objects within the school and on school transport vehicles once a day, excluding certain circumstances. If schools are located in an area of high transmission of COVID-19, then they may consider cleaning more frequently, or cleaning and disinfecting surfaces and objects once a day. Similarly, for areas where masks are not worn (i.e., lunch areas), schools may consider cleaning surfaces between use. If a surface or object is visibly soiled, it should be immediately cleaned. If someone in the school in the past 24 hours has confirmed to have COVID-19, the spaces (i.e., classroom, bus and lunch area) they were in should be cleaned and disinfected. If disinfecting, ensure safe and correct use and storage of cleaning products, including storing products securely away from children.
- Will the gathering limits for school events with outside participants change this spring?
In alignment with state guidance, the gathering limits for school events with outside participants will be lifted starting May 29, 2021. The other health and safety measures, such as masking, distancing, and other protocols, outlined in DESE’s Supplemental Guidance for Student Groups and School Events for School Year 2020-2021(download) will still apply.
- As the weather grows warmer, can schools and classrooms use air conditioning?
Schools should continue to maximize ventilation and air exchanges in schools and classrooms, even in warmer weather. Schools should target 4-6 air exchanges per hour through any combination of ventilation and filtration by keeping doors open, using portable air purifiers, and/or keeping windows cracked open one or two inches.
For schools with centralized systems or in-room unit ventilators, they should continue to have those units bring in as much fresh air as possible into the classrooms and increase the level of filtration in the system. Keeping windows open a few inches and doors open for cross-ventilation or using portable air cleaners with HEPA filters are good strategies.
If individual window air conditioning is used, schools should be mindful that many individual AC units often only recirculate air; they may not provide any ventilation, they may only have low levels of filtration. These AC units can be used but they are not a substitute for achieving the recommended 4-6 air exchanges per hour. Fans may also be used in windows (e.g., facing outwards to facilitate ventilation). Fans should not blow directly on or towards individuals.
- Do students have to wear masks while outdoors?
HPS Staff Announcements 4/29/21
Haverhill Public Schools
April 29, 2021
It gives me great pleasure to announce the following appointments to our leadership team for the 2021-2022 school year.
Principal of Tilton Lower and Tilton Upper Schools
We are pleased to announce Erin Mackay, Interim Principal at the Tilton Elementary and Tilton Upper School, has accepted the position of Principal at the Tilton Elementary and Tilton Upper Schools. Prior to joining us at Tilton as the Assistant Principal, Mrs. Mackay was a Grade 5 Teacher at the John K. Tarbox School in Lawrence for almost a decade.
She received her Masters of Education in Elementary Education at Fitchburg State College and her Certificate of Advanced Graduate Studies (CAGS) in Educational Leadership from Salem State University. We look forward to her continuing the traditions and successful practices at the Tilton Schools.
Principal of Pentucket Lake Elementary School
We are thrilled to announce that James Brennan, Interim Principal at Pentucket Lake Elementary School has accepted the position of Principal at Pentucket Lake Elementary School. Mr. Brennan joined our district in 2015 as the Assistant Principal at Pentucket Lake.
Mr. Brennan has earned his Masters in Education from the University of Massachusetts, Law Degree from Massachusetts School of Law and his Certificate of Advanced Graduate Studies (CAGS) degree from Merrimack College.
Principal of A. B. Consentino Middle School
Please join us in congratulating and welcoming Richard Poor to the permanent position of Principal of A.B. Consentino Middle School. Mr. Poor joined us as Assistant Principal in 2017 and shifted to the Interim Principal position this school year.
Mr. Poor received his Masters in Education from Endicott College and his Certificate of Advanced Graduate Studies (CAGS) Degree from American International College. We are proud to announce that he has just completed and earned his Doctorate in Education from the University of Massachusetts.
Congratulations again to Erin, Jim and Rich! We truly appreciate all you have done and will continue to do for the children of Haverhill.
Monday 4-12-21 HPS Plan Update
Good evening Haverhill families and staff,
I am writing to keep you abreast of our progress in dealing with the cyberattack on our school system. Ransomware recovery timeframes can vary widely and bumps are expected along the way. Our IT team has worked diligently all weekend on recovery efforts, however despite their long hours we hit a snag and are not able to have internet access available in our schools tomorrow as hoped. The lack of internet access will impact synchronous learning across the school district.
Fully in-person learners and fully remote learners should experience minimal impact. We have installed a limited number of hotspots to allow limited access to vital resources and we have regained remote access to our cloud-based platforms, such as Google and online curriculums.
As we noted, the limited internet access in the schools makes wide-spread synchronous teaching impossible. As such we have made the difficult decision that Haverhill High School will be fully remote tomorrow Monday, April 12, 2021. All other schools will operate per our full in-person reopening plan:
HPS Monday April 12, 2021
Students in Grades Pre-K, Kindergarten and Grades 1-4 (except those fully enrolled in the Remote Learning Academy) will continue their in-person learning on Monday, 4/12.
- Students attending our Learning for Life, Greenleaf Academy and T.E.A.C.H. program at Bartlett School (except those fully enrolled in the Remote Learning Academy) will continue their in-person learning on Monday, 4/12.
- Students in Grades 5, 6 (except those fully enrolled in the Remote Learning Academy) will begin their in-person learning on Monday, 4/12.
- Students in Grades 7 & 8 – Cohort A & C In Person, Cohort B remote (Cohort D – RLA will continue remote)
- Haverhill High School – Full Remote All Grades
It is possible that we will have some residual issues with phone systems. If that occurs, calls will be re-routed through the central office. Should there be issues with remote learning, particularly for Cohort B grades 7 & 8, our curriculum Department has provided standards-aligned, grade level, subject- specific asynchronous lessons for students.
- Please click here for Grade 7 asynchronous lessons.
- Please click here for Grade 8 asynchronous lessons.
As we continue our IT recovery process, we have been advised that a common time frame for a well-managed ransomware recovery effort is one to two weeks. It is important to state that “recovery” is defined here as getting the IT system back online so the school system can operate. After we are back online and operational, there typically are several more weeks of work to be done making sure the IT management and security infrastructure is effectively more robust than before the ransomware attack. Thank you for your patience. While the process is slow, it must be noted that the rate of progress we are making is impressive. We have an excellent IT Department and we are hopeful that school will operate as scheduled for all grades on Tuesday, April 13, 2021.
Margaret Marotta EdD
Superintendent of Schools