Haverhill High Students Complain New ID Requirement Causes Problems at Events

The recent addition of student identification cards at Haverhill High School, a measure put in place to help protect pupils, is causing some confusion around after-school activities. Two Haverhill High students addressed the School Committee at Thursday’s meeting, complaining some students were turned away from a recent school-sponsored dance because they had not brought their school ID with them. Committee member Scott W. Wood Jr. told those students he had heard about the issue and thought a little common sense should have prevailed. “I did get a couple of calls from parents of students who were denied admission in. My understanding was they didn’t have their ID, but a staff member said ‘I know who they are, they’re a senior’ and they were still denied admission even though there was, legitimately a Haverhill High School staff member there saying ‘They’re a student here.

Pentucket Regional High’s Free Café Jazz Program Tonight with Guests Harris and McGowan

Pentucket Regional High School’s Jazz Program offers Café Jazz tonight with guest drummers Les Harris Jr and Phil McGowan. The free concert takes place tonight, May 13, beginning at 7 p.m., at Pentucket Regional High School, 24 Main St, West Newbury. Besides Harris and McGowan, the high school’s Improv Class, Big Band and award-winning Jazz Combo will perform. The music of Charles Mingus, Chick Corea and Horace Silver and others will be featured. Following tradition, the cafeteria will be transformed into an intimate jazz club where patrons may relax with a warm cup of coffee and a plate of tasty treats as they sit among the musicians.

MakeIT Haverhill, Haverhill Public Schools Score at Digital Equity Challenge

MakeIT Haverhill walked away with the top prize and Haverhill schools won the Fan Favorite Award at the Digital Equity Challenge April 27. The inaugural event, which took place at UMass Lowell’s Innovation Hub in Haverhill, gave entrepreneurs and nonprofits a chance to pitch their ideas and projects for increasing digital access and literacy. The Challenge was open to Essex County’s 34 cities and towns and offered a total of $10,000 in prize money. MakeIT Haverhill collected $5,000 for its Affordable Internet Access Program. Volunteer Tim Haynes, who leads the organization’s digital literacy and equity programs, said the program wishes to hire a “digital ambassador” to educate community members and create a public WiFi hotspot outside its Washington Street headquarters.

Pentucket Regional Schools Cut Spending, Increase Fees; Both Sides Blame State Ed Formula

The Pentucket Regional School Committee this week approved spending cuts and fee increases after two of its three member towns rejected a Proposition 2 ½ override. Groveland and Merrimac voters last week defeated what was called an “operational budget override” to pay for the district’s proposed $50 million spending plan. West Newbury had budgeted for the proposed increase. Both proponent Pentucket Regional School Superintendent Justin Bartholomew and override opponent, former Groveland Selectman Joseph R. D’Amore, agree on one thing—the state deserves the blame. They appeared in back-to-back, live interviews over 97.9 WHAV Wednesday morning.

Haverhill Schools’ All-City Middle School Band Concert at 6 p.m., Tonight at J.G. Whittier

Haverhill Public Schools’ All-City Middle School Band Concert takes place tonight and welcomes the public. The annual concert features students from Grades 5-8, representing Dr. Paul Nettle, John Greenleaf Whittier, Dr. Albert B. Consentino, Caleb Dustin Hunking, John C. Tilton Upper and Silver Hill Schools. It takes place tonight, May 11, 6 p.m., at the back field of John Greenleaf Whittier School, 256 Concord St., Haverhill. Admission is free, but residents are advised to bring a lawn chair or blanket.

Twelve Whittier Tech Seniors Receive State Cosmetology Licenses

A dozen seniors from Whittier Regional Vocational Technical School have secured their state cosmetology licenses as a result of their training. Now licensed to practice Cosmetology in Massachusetts are Angelyna Sarette, Paul St. Louis, Devon Judson, Ana Barrera, Abi Winship, Carlie Stafford, Madison Efstratios and Shaye Rampulla, all of Haverhill; Emilia Carducci of Groveland; Aliyah Carillo and Juliana Hammond, both of Lawrence; and Carly DeBenedictis of Byfield. “These achievements are a testament to the diligent work of our students done together with their instructors, which has proven our program to be successful in preparing students for licensure and the world beyond Whittier Tech,” said Superintendent Maureen Lynch. To attain licenses, students must have a minimum of 1,000 hours of practice, which they receive during their time at Whittier.

Board Unanimously Names Julie Chen to Succeed Moloney as UMass Lowell Chancellor

Dr. Julie Chen, who has served as UMass Lowell’s vice chancellor for research and innovation since 2016, was named Monday to succeed Chancellor Jacquie Moloney. UMass President Marty Meehan, a UMass Lowell alumnus and former UMass Lowell chancellor, recommended Chen to the University of Massachusetts Board of Trustees. “With her vast experience in all the areas that will determine the success of the university in the years ahead, and with her deep commitment to empowering students and communities through education and innovation, Dr. Chen is the right person at this moment to lead UMass Lowell,” Meehan said in a statement. The vote of the board was unanimous. The search for a new chancellor began in January with the appointment of a 10-member search committee, which held eight listening sessions attended by UMass Lowell students, faculty, staff and the public.

Following Failed Pentucket Regional School Override Vote, Both Sides to Pitch Ideas Wednesday Over WHAV

With two out of the three towns recently voting against a tax override for Pentucket Regional School District, both sides outline their next steps during live interviews Wednesday morning over 97.9 WHAV. Former Groveland Selectman Joseph D’Amore is scheduled to appear  on WHAV’s “Win for Breakfast” program around 8:15 followed by Pentucket School Superintendent Justin Bartholomew at 8:45. Both Groveland and Merrimac voters last week defeated what was called an “operational budget override” to pay for the district’s proposed $50 million spending plan. West Newbury has budgeted for the proposed increase. D’Amore, who is also a former vice chairman of the Pentucket Regional School Committee, advocated against the override.