A Message from the Superintendent of Schools
Dr. Margaret Marotta
Dear Students, Families, and Staff
Happy New Year! I hope you enjoyed the holidays with your loved ones and had some rest and rejuvenation over the winter break. We ended the year strong at HPS and are ready to see the successes the new year has in store for us. As you can see in our newsletter, we were busy during December. Many schools had holiday concerts, and we collaborated with our community partners in hopes that everyone could enjoy the holidays. HHS Model UN hosted the middle schools for the Hillie Model United Nations Conference. It was great listening to students debate and tackle historical issues (Cuban Missile Crisis). They are well on their way to being our future leaders!
During one of our Hillie Varsity Basketball Games, we had a former HHS student, Noah Vonleh, return and visit with our athletes. Noah has had quite the journey in his basketball career and currently plays for the Boston Celtics! We are incredibly grateful for his visit and for spending time with students; we even shared a photo of him as a Hillie.
We look forward to students returning to our schools and filling the hallways and classrooms with an eagerness to learn while also enjoying their time together. I am thankful for all you do to support our students. When we partner to meet the daily needs of our students and families, we create a thriving community!
Margaret Marotta, EdD
Bartlett School and Assessment Center
Great News from the Doug Flutie, Jr. Foundation for Autism! They have been awarded Bartlett School and Assessment Center the Autism Community Impact Grant. This was announced at the Doug Flutie, Jr. Foundation for Autism Holiday Spectacular!
If you missed the Holiday Spectacular, you could watch a recording here. Keep your eye out for some familiar faces!
Haverhill High School
The School Counseling department’s quarterly newsletter, Counselor Connection, has been published. It includes current and upcoming guidance events for each grade level through the second quarter of this school year. Please reach out to your counselor with any questions. Click on the links below to view them!
COUNSELOR CONNECTION Q2 22-23
COUNSELOR CONNECTION Q2 22-23 – Spanish
January 2, 2023-
No School – New Year’s Day
January 3, 2023 –
No School – Winter Recess
January 4, 2023 –
Schools Reopen – All Students
January 11, 2023 – 6:00 PM – 7:30 PM
7th & 8th Grade Parent Night at Haverhill High School (Library)
January 12, 2023 – 7:00 PM
School Committee Meeting
January 16, 2023 –
No School – MLK, Jr. Day
January 20, 2023 – 9:00 AM – 11:00 AM
NECC On-the-Spot Admissions (HHS Library)
January 23, 2023 –
HHS Marks Close – Term 2
January 24, 2023 – 4:00 PM – 5:00 PM
FAFSA Support Webinar
January 26, 2023 – 7:00 PM
School Committee Meeting
January 30, 2023 –
HHS Report Cards Issued – Term 2
HHS Career Technical Education (CTE) Program
We are pleased to announce that Haverhill High School’s CTE Innovation Pathways Programs have been awarded a $125,000 Innovation Pathway Support Grant. Kevin Higginbottom K-12 Science and Technology Supervisor, Victoria Kelley Supervisor of Career Technical Education 5-12, Lisa Hunt HHS Internship Coordinator, and Grace McIntyre HHS Dean of Science collaborated on this grant.
This grant will support work-based learning opportunities and industry-recognized credentials for Haverhill High School’s CTE Healthcare Occupations Innovation Pathway, CTE Project Lead the Way Biomedical Science Innovation Pathway and CTE Project Lead the Way Manufacturing/Engineering Innovation Pathway.
Haverhill High School
HHS Senior Class President Deyanarah Gutierrez recited a poem at Mass Probation Court Cultural Proficiency Event. Mass Probation Court Cultural Proficiency Champions’ role is to help expand competence and cultural proficiency throughout Trial Court. We are proud of you, Deyanarah!!!
Haverhill High School MCJROTC
Marine Corps JROTC Drill team earned three more trophies for the trophy table this weekend, participating in the North Quincy Drill Competition. They have now earned 21 trophies for the year and are still training hard every day. We could not be prouder of their hard work and dedication.
Search for HHS Principal
Hello Hillie Families,
I am writing to update you on the Haverhill High School principal search. As you know, Kevin Soraghan has stepped in and stepped up as interim principal of Haverhill High School this year. He has worked closely this fall with another long-time Haverhill retired Principal, Roland Boucher, to lead the staff and students.
Mr. Soraghan took on the role in July and has worked tirelessly since. He informed us early on that, as a retiree, he enjoyed winters in Florida. A plan was developed where Mr. Soraghan and Mr. Boucher would share the responsibilities of HHS principal across the year, with Mr. Soraghan taking his well-deserved break in the cold winter months. Following the winter break, Mr. Soraghan will begin his well-deserved rest, and Mr. Boucher will take-on the role of building lead; Associate Principal Lu and the dedicated team of Assistant Principals will accompany him.
Mr. Soraghan will return to the team to enjoy spring sports and wrap up the school year when the snow stops falling.
While this action plan has supported the return of many expectations and routines at Haverhill High School, and we greatly appreciate Mr. Soraghan and Mr. Boucher for their dedication to the School and the City, it is time to re-open our search for a Principal of Haverhill High School.
In the coming weeks, we will post the Haverhill High Principal position for the 23-24 school year. We will be going out with a competitive salary, as HHS is a large and complex school. We need an experienced and dedicated leader. Our search will be extensive, and we will not compromise on quality. Upon returning from winter break, a search team will be assembled, including students, teachers, administration, community representatives, and school committee members.
Please be on the lookout for more information if you are interested in joining the search team.
Thank you and happy holidays,
Margaret Marotta EdD
Superintendent of Schools
Haverhill High School Coffee House
Tilton Elementary (Upper) School
Tilton Elementary (Upper) School was in full swing at this year’s Holiday Concert. Students had a great time performing for their families. You certainly left with the Holiday Spirit if you attended any HPS Holiday Concerts!
Girl Scouts of America Medal of Honor
At Haverhill Public Schools, we have many exceptional Students! Samantha Hobbs, recently recognized by the City of Haverhill, Haverhill City Council, Mayor James J. Fiorentini, and HPD Sgt. Kevin Lynch for being awarded the Girl Scouts America Medal of Honor for saving the life of her 4-year-old cousin. We are so PROUD of you, Samantha!!!! #bobcathero #bobcatstrong #truehilliehero
Hunking/Tilton Upper Holiday Concert 2022
The Holidays were in full swing at Haverhill Schools! The Hunking School and Tilton Upper combined their talents for a Holiday Concert. Families and Friends enjoyed an evening of Holiday Songs!
Haverhill High School Holiday Concert
On December 14, 2022, Haverhill High School Chorus and Bands performed in their Holiday Concert. Students performed Holiday songs showcasing their talents in the Fine Arts!
Tilton Elementary (Lower) School
December 15, 2022, was the Jingle Bell Hop at Tilton Elementary (Lower). Students, families, and teachers surprised neighbors with Christmas Carols. They topped the night off at the end with some cake!
HHS and Middle School Hillie Model UN
The HHS Model UN Club hosted the middle school Hillie Model United Nations Conference. Delegates were sent from all middle schools in Haverhill to debate current events topics and even a historical crisis issue of the Cuban Missile Crisis. All the students did a fantastic job representing their country/person’s best interests and ultimately solved the problems.
Special thank you to HHS Head Delegate Noelle Gregoire, HHS Club Advisor Liz Briggs, and all of the committee chairs for their hard work. Congratulations to Hunking for being named Best Delegation and to all the delegates awarded at the conference.
Tilton Elementary (Lower) Holiday Concert 2022
Last week students in K-3 Grade at Tilton Lower School shared their talents in a Holiday Concert. Teachers even performed their School Every Day song for everyone. To view the live version of “School Every Day,” follow the link https://youtu.be/nFs05Cu8Hr0
Nettle/Whittier/Pentucket Lake Schools Holiday Concert
On December 20, 2022 – Nettle/Whittier/Pentucket Lake Beginner Band, Nettle/Whittier Advanced Band, and All City Middle School Jazz Band performed a series of Holiday songs for friends and families!
Nettle Middle School
Big celebrations at Nettle this month for November Attendance! Mr. Sweeney’s Grade 6 Homeroom (left) had over 96% of the students attending for November. Mrs. Lavalle’s class (right) had 100% attendance for November. For December, with ongoing help from our families, we are working hard and ensuring our students attend school every day. Nettle has a school-wide raffle; we are giving out 10- 3 month YMCA memberships and Amazon gift cards. Every day the students come to school, they get to add their names to our school-wide raffle.
Bradford Elementary School had a celebratory Attendance Breakfast on December 8, 2022. These students had the most improved attendance and were treated to breakfast with their families to celebrate!
Tilton Elementary (Lower School)
Congratulations to Ms. Queenan’s Class at Tilton Lower! They won the November Award for Most Improved Attendance! Keep up the Good Work!
Heroes & Helpers 2022
In Haverhill, we are #CommunityStrong! Shout out to HPS Student Resource Officers; Gillian Privitera, Nicole Donnelly, and Milady Figueroa for organizing the 4th Annual Heroes to Helpers Program, which generously allows students to shop with first responders for Christmas gifts. This year the event was a big success; we thank everyone who helped or donated to this program. Helping families and students in need during the holidays makes this community special!
McKinney Vento Program
WE ARE SO GRATEFUL FOR OUR COMMUNITY PARTNERS!!! The Crescent Yacht Club of Haverhill adopted three families for Christmas. Five McKinney Vento students received Christmas presents, and their parents received Walmart and Market Basket gift cards. Thank you to Crescent Yacht Club for making a difference in these families’ lives!
Bradford Elementary School
Congratulations to Mrs. Browner’s third-grade class and Ms. Goulet’s first-grade class! Both classes earned a snowball each week of the snowball challenge! These kids worked so hard solving so many puzzles during December. As the winners, they earned munchkins and hot chocolate with Mrs. Davoli. Mrs. Davoli and Jiji are very proud of their hard work and perseverance! Keep it up in the new year!!
A.B. Consentino Middle School
The power outage at Consentino Middle School was fixed just in time for the Holiday Concert! What a turnout!!! First indoor holiday band concert in THREE years!!! Excellent job by our musicians and our fantastic middle school band directors, Ms. Sliva and Mr. Leftin.
Hillie Varsity Basketball
On December 22, 2022, we had a visitor at HHS, and no, it wasn’t Santa! It was a cold rainy night, and the Varsity Basketball Team was taking on North Andover’s Scarlett Knights. Ending the game with a Big Win (70-57), the Hillies soon realized they had Noah Vonleh in the house! Vonleh attended HHS before transferring to New Hampton School and committing to Indiana University. He entered the NBA Draft in 2014 and was selected in the ninth overall pick by the Charlotte Hornets. This past August, Vonleh signed with the Boston Celtics. It was great to have Noah back and able to celebrate with current Hillies. #onceahilliealwaysahillie #hilliestrong
7th & 8th Grade Parent Information Night at Haverhill High School.
January 11, 2023 from 6:00 PM – 7:30 PM
Haverhill High School
137 Monument Street
Haverhill, MA. 01832
This is intended for Parents/Guardians of current 7th & 8th Grade Students planning on attending Haverhill High School. For more information, click here.
HAVERHILL SCHOOL COMMITTEE
Haverhill School Committee Approved Meeting Schedule:
Thursday, January 12, 2023
Thursday, January 26, 2023
Thursday, February 9, 2023
Thursday, March 9, 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 email@example.com 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: https://www.haverhill-ps.org/school-committee/
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