In advance of the March 5 presidential primary, students from Haverhill High School put together a voter awareness campaign—recording videos with HC Media, helping their peers register, and distributing information through the school’s website and social media. The goal was to not only increase turnout for the national primary, but encourage voting on the state and local levels, according to Shaun Ashworth, the teacher whose AP U.S. Government and Politics class created the campaign. He added that the effort came out of the city clerk’s office requesting he help get young people registered. “Local elections, local politics and local matters have the biggest impact on our lives, but the turnout, out of all three levels, local, state and federal, the local turnout is awful,” Ashworth said. David Martinez, a junior who wrote most of the video scripts, said he enjoys the class, finding particularly valuable its emphasis on local politics, which he had not thought much about before.
Haverhill Public Schools is expecting to pay over $1 million to transport unhoused students to and from school, as required by federal law, through June of this year. Some students move to nearby communities—to stay with relatives or in shelters—because their families lost their homes. They still need to go to school, Assistant Superintendent Michael J. Pfifferling told the School Committee last week, and school districts are responsible for getting them there. He added the same effort cost only $547,000 last year. In addition, committee Vice Chairperson Paul A. Magliocchetti said that less state funding came in than anticipated.
Haverhill students plan to take a half-time pledge tonight against gender-based violence. The White Ribbon Kick Off Night is sponsored by the YWCA and Haverhill Public Schools Wellness Department, and takes place tonight, Feb. 15, at 7 p.m., during the Boys’ Varsity Basketball game vs. Beverly, at Haverhill High School gymnasium, 137 Monument St. White Ribbon Day started in 1991 when a handful of men decided to take action on the second anniversary of one man’s massacre of 14 women in Montreal.
Graduating high school seniors who plan to continue their education in the arts may be eligible to receive the $1,000 Robert Gablosky Memorial Art Scholarship. It is open to public, private and home-schooled seniors from within the districts of Haverhill, Methuen, North Andover, Masconomet, Pentucket and Timberlane. The scholarship is named for late Haverhill Gazette staff writer Robert J. Gablosky, who also founded the Greater Haverhill Arts Association in 1971. Gablosky died in 2017 at age 88. The Greater Haverhill Arts Association administers the scholarship on behalf of the Gablosky family.
Greater Lawrence Technical School and the Green Jobs Academy are sharing $1.25 million in grants from the Merrimack Valley Renewal Fund to help develop clean energy workforce development programs.
Money for the Merrimack Valley Renewal Fund comes from a settlement agreement with Columbia Gas for its role in the 2018 Merrimack Valley gas explosions. Grants are jointly administered currently by state Attorney General Andrea Joy Campbell and Department of Energy Resources Commissioner Elizabeth Mahony for a variety of clean energy and energy efficiency programs.
Greater Lawrence Technical School’s Clean Energy Education Program Workshop Program will be incorporated into existing technical study programs and focus on clean energy careers in the technical area being studied, as well as additional clean energy topics such as greenhouse gas emissions impacts; programs to lower emissions; barriers to electrification and energy efficiency and methods to remove such barriers. It will enroll up to approximately 250 students annually, including adult learners and seniors enrolled in the school’s “After Dark” Program, which enrolls students who attend district schools during the regular school day and technical programs later in the day. A separate in-depth semester program will prepare students for entry-level clean energy jobs, enrolling up to 100 students annually. Superintendent John Lavoie said he is grateful for the award which opens career opportunities for diverse students—both high schoolers and adults—in the clean energy industry.
Correction: A quotation attributed to School Committee member Mikaela D. Lalumiere is now properly attributed to member Jill Story. Haverhill School Committee members asked Haverhill High School administrators last Thursday how they ensure all classes will have an adult present when the usual teacher is absent. Member Richard J. Rosa brought up the issue after he said he received emails from concerned parents. “I am hearing that there are classrooms where a teacher may be absent, we can’t get a sub, and there’s no coverage. And so, an entire class has no adult in the classroom.
The state Department of Elementary and Secondary Education’s Office of Language Acquisition plans a routine a Tiered Focused Monitoring Review of Hill View Montessori Charter Public School during the week of March 6. Language Acquisition reviews each district’s and charter school’s English Learner Education program every six years to monitor compliance with federal and state laws and regulations. Areas of review will include English learners’ student assessments, identification of English learners, what programs English learners are placed in, parent and community involvement, curriculum and instruction, student support services, licensure requirements for faculty, staff and administration, program plans, and evaluation and recordkeeping. The district will send a survey to the parents of students whose records the review team examines. The survey focuses on key areas of their child’s English Learner Education program.
Gov. Maura Healey, a bank president, a distinguished alumna, a volunteer and philanthropist and a state representative are set to be honored in May when Northern Essex Community College plans its second annual Impact Awards breakfast. Healey is set to receive the Equity and Social Justice Award, recognizing individuals, organizations or initiatives that have impacted the college community through values such as a commitment to equity, diversity and the advancement of human rights and social justice. The governor was named for her administration’s historic investment in higher education. College officials cite MassReconnect, Community College Nursing Scholarships and an increase in programs Supporting Urgent Community College Equity through Student Services—SUCCESS for short, all included in Healey’s first budget. She also created the new Tuition Equity Law, which provides access to in-state financial aid and tuition to many undocumented students in the Commonwealth.