Night of Laughs to benefit Hillie sports

Comedy Night copyIt’s no joke: A night of comedy at DiBurro’s will support the Haverhill High School Athletic Program.

The Sixth Annual Haverhill High School Comedy Night will be Friday, March 7 at DiBurro’s.

Four top professional comedians will perform their sets. A tremendous list of raffle, silent and live auction items add to the opportunity for audience members to increase the donation to Hillie ahtletes.

All proceeds will benefit the HHS Athletic Program.

Tickets are $25 per person and can be purchased at Haverhill High School.

For more information on tickets or sponsorship opportunities, contact Athletic Director Tom O’Brien at 978-374-5732.

Check out a video of the night’s top comedian, Jimmy Dunn from Late Night with David Letterman.


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Haverhill students help boost Elite Track Club

Six athletes from the Haverhill Elite Track Club team returned recently from the AAU Indoor National Championships in Houston Texas.

Three of those athletes are students in the Haverhill Public Schools.

Peter Crapsey Jr., 10, who attends Silver Hill Horace Mann Charter School,  took home two national titles in the 3000m run and the 800m run.  He also placed secnd, getting the silver medal, in the 1500m race, leaving  Houston with two national gold medals and a silver.

Hanna Holmes, 10, also a Silver Hill student, took home the silver medal in the shot put and the fourth-place medal in the long jump.

Azariah Hooper, 10 from Pentucket Lake Elementary, took home three medals as well, a bronze in the 1500m, fifth-place medal in the 800m and the eighth-place medal in the 400m.

AAU awards medals and All American Status to the top eight athletes at their national competition.  Congratulations to all the winners.

The Haverhill Elite Track Club is a nonprofit program.

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Spirit remains high at Hunking School

The walls may be cracked and the foundation may be sagging, but that does little to quell the spirit of the students at the Hunking Middle School.

bball gameLast week, students and staff alike dressed in pajamas and donned neon colored outfits to celebrate “Spirit Week.” The week, filled with activities and competitions meant to build camaraderie at the school, culminated with the annual Student vs. Faculty Basketball game.

“We all know that we need a new facility, but for the kids that are here now, this is their school. And even though (the building) is in rough shape, it is activities like this that really help us show our Hunking pride,” said Principal Jared Fulgoni.

Eighth-graders Alyssa Cerullo and Shainda Andino, respectively, said that “Spirit Week makes school really fun and interesting.”, “Yeah I liked wearing my pajamas to school, because I got to be comfortable all day.”

When asked who they predicted would win the basketball game, Shandia said that “the teachers are pretty good, they won last year, but this year they’re going down.” Mrs. Briggs (social studies teacher and girls basketball coach) bet us a pizza party, and Mr. Liston told us we’d have to do an extra homework if we won!”

Questioned if the condition of their school building hurts school spirit, Shaindia replied,” I really hope we get a new school; I won’t be here when it’s built, but I definitely will come back to see it.” Alyssa Cerrullo, one of the students who was relocated to the Bartlett School in 2011 when the foundation issues were discovered, said “Yeah we need a new school, but I like it here. It’s really fun.”

The Hunking school project is now officially in the MSBA “pipeline”, and is expected go to the voters for a debt exclusion vote in June. Until then, students will remain in a school that is physically run down, but where school spirit runs high.

By the way, the faculty beat the students again this year.

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Haverhill school district launches monthly newsletter

Beginning this month, the Haverhill Public School Department will distribute a monthly newsletter to parents, staff and members of the public who choose to subscribe.

The newsletter will highlight students and staff involved in newsworthy endeavors, provide parents with a calendar of important dates and events, and offer a glimpse into the district’s classrooms with profiles and photos of activities of interest.

The January newsletter includes an update on the status of the Hunking School building project, a feature on a Haverhill High School student committed to continuing a foreign language program for city middle schoolers, and an explanation of what teachers do on those early release days.

If you haven’t received a copy by the time you read this, you are not subscribed.

To see the latest edition, visit the Haverhill Public Schools Facebook page, where you can “Like” us, and click on the newsletter link. If you like what you see, you may want to subscribe to the newsletter (click HERE) to make sure you receive your own copy every month.

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Haverhill schools celebrate holiday season

Schools will close early on Friday, Dec. 20, to begin the holiday recess. Students will return to school on Jan. 2.

Before they enjoy a winter break, students will participate in the following holiday events, to which friends and family are invited:

cookie3Dec. 7, 8:30 to 10:30 a.m.  Golden Hill School, 145 Boardman St.
Holiday Pancake Breakfast with Santa. This is a fundraiser for Golden Hill School. Breakfast of pancakes and juice is $3 per person or $12 for a family of five. Final pancake orders taken at 10 a.m. Coffee and cocoa will be available for $1 a cup. Photos with Santa are $3. Tickets will be sold for grab bags, games and crafts, children’s books, face painting and raffles. Students cannot be dropped off. All children must be accompanied by an adult.

Dec. 10, 10:30 a.m. Golden Hill School, 145 Boardman St.
Holiday Concert Third- and fourth-grade students will perform songs of the season.

cookie1Dec. 10, 6 p.m. Silver Hill Charter School, 675 Washington St.
Winter Concert Second- and third-graders along with the Select Chorus perform.

Dec. 10, 6:30 p.m., Pentucket Lake School, 252 Concord St.
Holiday Movie Night Sponsored by the PTO. There will also be a basket raffle.

Dec. 10, Bradford Elementary School, 118 Montvale St.
“Christmas Carol” Field Trip Fifth-graders will attend a performance of “A Christmas Carol” at the North Shore Music Theatre. The timely trip is a finale to their literature unit focusing on point of view, inferencing and drawing conclusions.

Dec. 12, 7 p.m. Haverhill High School, 145 Monument St.
Opening Night of “A Christmas Carol” annual holiday performance by the HHS Drama Club assisted by several elementary and middle school student actors. The story of Scrooge, written by Charles Dickens, comes to life in this elaborate production. Performances continue Dec. 13 and 14 at 7 p.m. and on Dec. 14 at 2 p.m. Tickets are $8 general admission; $5 for senior citizens and students.

Dec. 12, 6 p.m., Consentino Middle School, 685 Washington St.
Family Dinner with Santa This is for kindergartners through fourth-graders and their families. It includes academic activities for the kids and everyone gathers to hear “The Polar Express” read. Not to mention, a very important visitor makes an appearance!

Dec. 12, 10 a.m. and 6:30 p.m., Pentucket Lake School, 252 Concord St.
Holiday Concert Students in kindergarten, first- and second grades will perform for family and friends, once in the morning and again in the evening.

Dec. 16, Consentino Middle School, 685 Washington St.
Holiday Concerts  Kindergarten through grade 4 perform at 9:30 a.m. Grades 5-8 perform at 7 p.m. The Chorus and Charged Up band perform as the headliners, under the direction of Ruth Cranton.

Dec. 16, Walnut Square School, 645 Main St.
Little Elves Shoppe During school hours, the PTO will open a shop for students who wish to buy gifts for family and friends. Shopping days continue on Dec. 17 and 18.

Dec. 17, 10:30 a.m. Golden Hill School, 145 Boardman St.
Holiday Concert Performances by kindergarten through Grade 2.

Dec. 17 through 19, Pentucket Lake School, 252 Concord St.
Holiday Shoppe During school hours, the PTO will open a shop for students who wish to buy gifts for family and friends.

Dec. 17, 9 a.m., JG Whittier Middle School, 256 Concord St.
Holiday Concert Fifth- and sixth-grade band students will perform songs of the season. Parents and friends are invited to attend.

Dec. 18, 9:30 and 10:15, Nettle Middle School, 150 Boardman St.
Holiday Band Concerts Two 20-minute presentations

Dec. 18, 10 a.m., Tilton School, 70 Grove St.
Winter Concert First-graders will perform for the rest of the school. Family and friends are invited, too!

Dec. 19, Hunking Middle School, 100 Winchester St.
Winter Band Concerts The Hunking Beginning Band and Advanced Band ensembles will perform three concerts for classmates and parents beginning at 9:30 a.m. (for Grade 6), at 10:30 a.m. (for Grade 7) and at 1 p.m. (for Grade 8). Parents are welcome to attend any of the performances. The concerts will feature holiday music and selections from Hillies football games and the Santa Parade.

Dec. 19, 10 a.m. Walnut Square School
Holiday Concert Students in Kindergarten through Grade 2 will perform songs of the season at the New Life Christian Assembly Church at 986 Main St., in Haverhill. The concert is being held off school grounds to provide a venue large enough for family and friends to come watch the performance.

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La Noche Informativa para Padres Latinos (Latino Parent Information Night)


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December 2, 2013 · 5:31 pm

December, January students of the month named at HHS

These are the Haverhill High School students of the month for December and January.

Shantal Aleman
Jalexis Alvarado
Sophia Antoniadis
Jeremiah Armas
Zulmarie Alvarez Balbuena
Madeline Bates
Bryan Bellemore
Joshua Blanchard
Patrick Bresnahan
Ivana Buenopena
Andrew Cummings
Vicente De La Rosa
Sydney Demarais
Hailey DeRoche
Naisha Diaz
Alex Eldridge
Brett Hewitt
Samuel Kieman
Heather Mansfield
Marissa Marks
Kaitlyn May
Benjamin Mayo
Kaylyn Mele
Armando Mendez
Danielle Mercier
Roscel Mesta
Kelly O’Brien
Justin Paquette
Juan Peralta
Morgan Reardon
Josselyn Rodriguez
Diana Vivia Romero
Alexandra Santana
Natalie Santana
Victor Soto
Gregory Valentin
Jonathan Vazquez
Jacob Velenti

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Haverhill High School physics teacher creates newsletter for parents

Haverhill High School physics teacher Ed Roberts has created a newsletter to inform parents about what their children are learning in his class.

The electronic newsletter, which Roberts said he hopes to send quarterly, updates parents on classroom projects, profiles a student, and offers a calendar of upcoming events. To see the most recent newsletter, click HERE.

State education standards encourage school districts to communicate with parents and to offer various channels for keeping parents “in the loop.”

A newsletter like Roberts’ is one of several vehicles the Haverhill school department uses to keep parents informed, including a news feed available for iPhones; a district website,; a district blog,; a district newsletter sent to anyone  who has an email address registered with the district; social media accounts on Twitter and Facebook; an electronic portal for parents to check their children’s grades, attendance and in-school behavior reports; as well as regular open houses, parent/teacher conferences, workshops and other events.

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Hillie girls in volleyball finals Saturday

This is another big weekend for Haverhill High School sports teams. Come support your Hillies! 
Football: No. 1 Haverhill vs. No. 4 Lincoln Sudbury
7:00 PM – Trinity Stadium. $6 adults, $4 students
MIAA Division 2 Semi-Finals.
Hillies advanced with a 10-7 win over Lynn English in Quarterfinals last week.
Tournament Bracket
Girls’ Volleyball: No. 5 Haverhill vs. No. 3 Andover
6:00 PM – Lawrence High School. $7 adults, $5 students
MIAA Division 1 Final
Hillies advanced by defeating No. 1 Peabody, handing them their first loss of the season.
Girls Swimming & Diving
4:00 PM – MIT. $7 adults, $5 students
MIAA Division 1 North Sectional Tournament
Boys & Girls Cross Country
9:45 AM Girls / 11:00 AM Boys at Wrentham Development Center
MIAA Division 1 Eastern Massachusetts Championships
MVC Cheerleading Championship
2:30 PM at Central Catholic High School

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Splat … or not! Whittier students experiment with egg drop

Students' smiling faces indicate their eggs' survival.

Students’ smiling faces indicate their eggs’ survival.

Sixth-graders at J.G. Whittier Middle School wrapped up (no pun intended!) a science unit in technology design by creating Egg-ceptional Packages and running experiments to show whether they would protect the eggs inside.

Science teacher Robert Estes’ students studied the steps of the engineering design process:
Identify the need or problem (students needed to design a package that could protect fragile objects when shipped in the mail);
Research the problem;
Select the best solution;
Construct a prototype;
Test; and

The team looks for cracks … there are none!

The team looks for cracks … there are none!

The parameters of the packages include limits on size and weight.

The experiment to test the prototype packages was to drop them from 25 feet.

Students were scored on how well their packages fit the design parameters and how well they protected the eggs, which were tossed from a Haverhill School Department bucket truck.

Oh-oh. There's one that didn't make it.

Oh-oh. There’s one that didn’t make it.

Another intact egg!

Another intact egg!

“The egg drop package was a prototype. Students, especially those whose eggs broke, were asked how they might have improved on their original version, or prototype,” Estes said.

Of the 50 eggs that were dropped, 34 survived, 15 broke and one cracked.

The weather on Drop Day might have helped in the number of eggs that survived. The day was exceptionally windy, with gusts of as much as 25 miles per hour.

The wind probably helped in two ways, Estes said. Some of the packages landed on the grass lawn instead of the hardtop, and it seemed that this year the parachutes deployed better and help up the packages better than in past years when there was less wind.

“After the experiments, a two-day review on the steps of the engineering design process will reinforce not just what we did, but remind students of why we did it,” Estes said.

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