School Notes: Who Will Be Haverhill YMCA’s Educator of the Year?

The Haverhill YMCA will name its Educator of the Year on Tuesday, Nov. 14, at DiBurro’s Function Hall in Ward Hill. Dinner begins at 5 p.m. and the program follows. In addition to the teacher of the year, the Y will recognize retired Haverhill High School Spanish teacher Jean Ray for Commitment to Community. Tickets for the Educator of the Year dinner are $40 and benefit the YMCA. Teachers in all Haverhill schools were eligible to be nominated by peers, parents, students or supervisors. A panel from the Y will choose the winner.

Whittier Technical High School juniors Taylor Ann Uccello, Allasandra Thompson, Sean Bresnahan and Jaryd Plante (pictured, from left) received Excellence in Education awards from the Newburyport Five Cent Savings Bank. They were treated to lunch at The Phoenix Room in Newburyport with Principal Chris Laganas, Guidance Director Kristine Morrison and Guidance Counselor Rachel Rossi. The students were nominated while they were sophomores by members of the school’s guidance and administrative team based on outstanding academic achievement and effort in the face of a personal challenge or obstacle. Whittier educates students from 11 communities. It is located in Haverhill.

There will be no school in Haverhill or Methuen on Tuesday, Nov. 7, because of municipal elections. Because so many polling places are located in school buildings, it is safer for students to stay home that day. Teachers must report, however, for a professional development day. School is also closed on Friday, Nov. 10, in observance of Veterans Day, which falls on Saturday, Nov. 11.

The Timberlane Regional School District based in Plaistow, N.H., will partner with the Merrimack Valley Philharmonic Orchestra and make its performing arts center in the Timberlane Regional High School available as the philharmonic’s home venue. Students and faculty from the Timberlane district will perform with the orchestra throughout its season. The performing arts center director is Anthony J. DiBartolomeo, who led the band program at Haverhill High School for many years.

The philharmonic’s first performance is Nov. 5 at 2:30 p.m. with a Gala Pops event featuring a variety of musical styles. Tickets are $25 general admission, $20 for seniors and students; and $5 for children ages 4-12. Seating is not reserved. The high school is at 40 Greenough Road in Plaistow.

Haverhill High School welcomed a new assistant principal in October. Anthony Curet will supervise Grade 11. He comes to Haverhill from Methuen High School, where he was a teacher, interim assistant principal and interim athletic director.

This week, the number of National Honor Society inductees at Haverhill High School will exceed 100. In September, 64 students were inducted to the National Honor Society and 12 to the National Business Honor Society. On Thursday, Oct. 19, 32 Hillies join their peers as members of the National Foreign Language Honor Society.

At the Paul C. Nettle Middle School in Haverhill, kindness is on the agenda. The Junior VIP team is collecting food this month with a focus on spaghetti sauce, rice, beans and cereal. The homeroom that collects the largest number of items will receive a prize. Donations will be picked up on Oct. 27.

Meanwhile, Mrs. Crowley and Mrs. McCann are calling all interested students to join them Tuesday mornings from 8 to 8:30 a.m. in the music room to join a Kindness Club. It is open to any fifth- or sixth-grader who wants to help make a difference and spread kindness in school and the community. The first meeting is Tuesday, Oct. 24.


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