Haverhill Uses $131,000 Grant to Support STEM-Focused Internships for High Schoolers

Haverhill Public Schools is using a $131,000 state grant to pay for STEM-focused internships for Haverhill High schoolers. The grant is part of a program launched last April to provide 10,000 high school students with opportunities for paid work experiences in fields built on science, technology, engineering and mathematics. Approximately $4 million was awarded to 16 regional workforce boards and 24 career centers, enabling them to pay students directly. Haverhill K-12 Supervisor of Science and Technology Kevin Higginbottom applauded the state grant. “Thanks to this opportunity, our students will be able to extend the skills and knowledge they have been developing throughout their learning in the HPS K-12 Science and Technology programs. Applying their critical thinking skills to in-the-field applications will prove to be invaluable experiences for this group of interns,” he told WHAV.

Northern Essex Community College Begins Offering 8-Week Cannabis Industry Certificate Courses

Northern Essex Community College is taking registrations for three cannabis industry-related certificate courses. It is the first community college in northeastern Massachusetts to offer job training in the industry, offering Advanced Manufacturing Agent, Advanced Dispensary Associate Program and Advanced Cultivation Technician Program. The courses are administered by Ventura, Calif.-based Green Flower. “At NECC, we are committed to offering training for upwardly mobile jobs and responding to the need of the local industry. We’re excited for this latest collaboration which was two years in the making and includes many partnerships,” says Northern Essex Vice President of Institutional Advancement Allison Dolan-Wilson.

Haverhill Schools Tailor Multi-Pronged Plan to Lift Student MCAS Scores Post Pandemic

The 2022 MCAS test results are in and, while they are less than ideal, Haverhill educators say they show signs of improvement now that in-person classes are back in session once again. As WHAV first reported in September, the Massachusetts Comprehensive Assessment System showed city students lost ground during the pandemic in English language arts like many communities across the state Speaking to the School Committee last Thursday, Chief of Teaching, Learning and Leading Bonnie Antkowiak said the pandemic clearly took a toll on students, particularly those in the lower grades and, as expected, but the recovery is ongoing. “In 2021, MCAS was a shortened version, and many students took it remotely. In 2022, MCAS was a full in-school version. Students had not had a normal year of MCAS since the 2018-2019 year.

Haverhill Schools Accept Rent Increase at Former City Building Now Used for Maintenance Crew

Haverhill schools will continue to lease public property for use by its facilities department albeit with a bit of an increase in the monthly rent. The building at 60 Brown St. is owned by the Haverhill Housing Authority which gave the school system a five-year lease on the property for a $1 per year. The lease expired last month and Assistant Superintendent Michael J. Pfifferling said the Authority agreed to let them stay until some other arrangement can be made. “The Housing Authority has presented us with an option to continue to lease that building as a tenant-at-will.

Pentucket Regional School Puts New Auditorium to Use with Production of ‘Into the Woods Jr.’

Pentucket Regional Middle-High School is unveiling its theatrical premiere of “Into the Woods Jr.” at the new middle-high school auditorium. The auditorium, which seats 620 people, opened in September along with the rest of the school. The musical, directed by theatre teacher Rachel McGowan, is the first production to use the space. Pentucket Regional School District Superintendent Justin Bartholomew discussed the upcoming production during a recent interview on WHAV’s morning show. “We’ve got our first, our very first production is coming up.

Haverhill High School Cancels Thanksgiving Football After Alleged Sex Assault, Hazing Videos Surface

The Haverhill High School football season ended abruptly today and coaching staff were placed on paid leave after multiple videos surfaced, allegedly depicting a sexual assault and hazing incident involving members of the team. Sources said there are multiple videos, at least a week old, but it isn’t yet clear whether there was more than one incident. Haverhill School Superintendent Margaret Marotta issued a statement Wednesday afternoon, saying a referral was made to the police department. “Given the seriousness of the misconduct, the district has decided to end the current football season—cancelling all future practices and forfeiting future games,” Marotta said, adding, “Out of an abundance of caution, members of the coaching staff have been placed on paid administrative leave during the investigation.”

The Hillies were scheduled to play their traditional rival, Lowell Red Raiders, on Thanksgiving. Mayor James J. Fiorentini, who serves as chairman of the School Committee, said he saw one of the videos.

Northern Essex Community College Receives $300,000 for ‘Diversifying Nursing Pathways Initiative’

Northern Essex Community College is one of 10 community colleges in the U.S. receiving money to increase access to nursing careers for people from various racial and ethnic backgrounds and address systemic barriers they may face. The Accelerating and Diversifying Nursing Pathways at Community Colleges Initiative is awarded through the Achieving the Dream organization and is made possible with support from the Brave Heart Fund. Selected colleges are awarded $300,000 between now and May 31, 2025. The money allows schools to create stronger pathways to employment in nursing, especially for students who face barriers due to their race or ethnicity. Northern Essex plans to achieve the goal by coordinating existing programs and support services.

Northern Essex Community College Athletic Dept. Seeks Nominations for 2023 Hall of Fame

The Northern Essex Community College Athletic Department is accepting nominations for its Hall of Fame Class of 2023. Nominations are open throughout year, but those to be considered for the Class of 2023 are due by Wednesday, Nov. 30. All nominations received will remain in consideration future years if not selected for the spring induction. The 2023 Hall of Fame Class will be announced in December.