Merrimac Schools Hire Four Teachers, Promote Another to Administration

A Haverhill woman has been hired as a special education teacher at Merrimac’s Helen R. Donaghue School, while three other teachers were also hired a new administrator named at Merrimac schools. Cecelia Burke is a Haverhill native and a UMass Amherst graduate, licensed in special education. She has served as a substitute in Merrimac schools and a teacher in Extended Year Summer Programming. At Dr. Frederick N. Sweetsir School, Barbara Kyle was brought on board as a special education teacher and Sarah Peterson and Mollie Watson were hired as second grade teachers. Kathleen Sullivan, who has been Merrimac school’s special education coordinator for years, expands her role as an administrator on the leadership team.

Haverhill Promise’s ‘Showing Up Together!’ Campaign Stresses Importance of School Attendance

Haverhill Promise this month joined an effort to celebrate the 11th annual national Attendance Awareness Campaign, pledging with community partners to focus on reducing chronic absenteeism in Haverhill’s schools. Haverhill Promise partnered with elected officials, Haverhill Public Schools and others to spread the word about Attendance Awareness Month. The campaign’s theme this year is “Showing Up Together!”

“School attendance is not just an investment in a child’s future. It’s an investment in our community’s future. Improving student attendance affects everyone, not just individuals with school-age children,” said Dr. Jessica Kallin, executive director of Haverhill Promise.

As Classroom Temperatures Rise, Haverhill Looks to Mitigate Effects of Climate Change

Climate change made its way into local decision-making recently as the Haverhill School Committee opened the window of discussion on how school administrators plan to deal with rising temperatures in classrooms and its effect on students and teachers alike. Committee member Gail M. Sullivan introduced the topic, expressing concern over excessive heat in school buildings and the likelihood of it only getting worse going forward. “I’m very concerned about some of the problems that I think are going to continue and get worse, and one of them is heat in the buildings. Our buildings are all designed to retain heat because we live in New England. So, we need to acknowledge what’s happening in the climate.

State Awards Grant to Pentucket Regional to add Manufacturing, Environmental and Life Sciences

Pentucket Regional High School is one of 31 high schools across the state to receive a grant aimed at creating new Innovation Career Pathways for students. Pentucket, which was awarded a $25,000, is one of 18 schools planning to add Innovation Career Pathways for the first time. The school will use the planning grant to pursue establishing two different pathways for students—Manufacturing and Environmental and Life Sciences. “Pentucket sees this as an amazing opportunity to connect with industry partners and provide our students with advanced learning that has practical applications. We are looking forward to leveraging all of the resources from the region, the department of education, and other districts engaging in Innovative Pathways work too,” said Assistant Superintendent of the Pentucket Regional School District Brent Conway.

Northern Essex Community College to Host Free Cannabis Industry Insights, Career Expo Wednesday

Northern Essex Community College is having a free career fair Wednesday for those wishing to learn more about the cannabis industry. Called, “Cannabis Industry Insights and Career Expo: Cultivating Your Future,” the event features local cannabis pioneers and executives who have shaped the industry and who will share their journey, discuss current trends and offer advice. There will also be opportunities to network and chat with local companies about their unique roles and career opportunities. Employers attending will be presenting a variety of opportunities for job seekers, including entry-level, experienced and career changers. The Insights and Career Expo takes place Wednesday, Sept.

Whittier Tech Athletic Hall of Fame Honors 10 as Part of 50th Anniversary Launch

Whittier Regional Vocational Technical High School celebrates its 50th anniversary next month with the first induction class into the Whittier Tech Athletic Hall of Fame. The Athletic Hall of Fame was established to honor the school’s 50th anniversary. The school received more than 100 nominations, but with the help of the Selection Committee, the field was narrowed to 10 honorees, including two teams—the 1979 football team and the 2005 girls’ basketball team, two coaches—Denis Cronin and Denise Woodcock, significant contributors Ed and Patricia Penny and five former student-athletes—Stephen K. Jayne ‘80, John Campbell ‘88, Scott LaValley ‘87, Alicia Cook ‘02 and Amanda Dennis ‘05. “Operating for 50 years is an outstanding accomplishment, and all of us at Whittier Tech are thrilled to be celebrating this milestone with the first induction class of the Whittier Tech Athletic Hall of Fame,” said Superintendent Maureen Lynch. “All of the individuals who have been inducted embody the values of Whittier Tech, and we cannot wait to celebrate with them and the members of our community at our upcoming celebration!”

An induction ceremony and celebration take place Friday, Oct.

Sullivan: Increased Competition or Bringing Services In-House May Resolve Haverhill School Bus Issues

At least one member of the Haverhill School Committee says increased competition or bringing some school transportation in-house could be the answer to late buses and a shortage of buses and drivers. Responding to parents last week, Committee member Gail M. Sullivan said the problem centers on the lack of competition. Local provider NRT Bus, for example, was purchased in recent years by national chain Beacon Mobility. Parent James Salerno said the whole ridership program is rife with problems.

“Here we are in the third week of school and bus 11 is still repeatedly 20 to 40 minutes late on a daily basis. My child does not get picked up until 8:50 to 9:05.

‘Vaping 101,’ First in Haverhill Schools’ Current Health Series, Takes Place Online Tonight

The first in a series of Haverhill school health talks, “Vaping 101,” takes place tonight to help caregivers, the community and families understand the negative effects of youth e-cigarette use. Dr. Bonnie Halpern-Felsher, a Stanford University professor in the Division of Adolescent Medicine, conducts a webinar tonight, from 7-8:30 p.m., as part of the Haverhill Public Schools’ Wellness Committee and Wellness Department. Halpern-Felsher’s research has focused on understanding and reducing adolescent and young adult tobacco use, alcohol and marijuana use and risky sexual behavior. Her research, including about 200 publications in journals such as JAMA Network, Pediatrics and the American Journal of Public Health, as well as her committee and policy work, have helped set policy at the local, state and national levels. She has been an active member on several national campaigns to understand and reduce adolescent tobacco and e-cigarette use.