Haverhill Renews Search for Asst. School Supt. After Being Unable to Reach Pact with Silva

The sole candidate for Haverhill school’s new assistant superintendent is out, and the School Committee is hoping an up to $165,000 yearly salary will attract a new round of candidates before the end of the month. Talks with Maria Silva, the current business manager for Greater Lawrence Technical School, broke down during negotiations a week ago. A member of the subcommittee, Paul A. Magliocchetti, declined to identify specific areas of contention. “We couldn’t come to terms on a contract. We decided to repost it,” Magliocchetti told WHAV Friday.

Haverhill High Senior O’Leary Receives HEA Scholarship; Plans to Study Law

A graduating Haverhill High School senior was awarded at least $2,000 to help him study law this fall. Sean O’Leary was awarded the Haverhill Education Association scholarship during the union’s annual dinner last Wednesday. Eighteen-year-old O’Leary, who plans to attend UMass Amherst, told WHAV he received the good news two weeks ago. “I was pretty excited. I need money for college.

Haverhill High’s Steinberg Leaving for Leominster Middle School Principal Gig

Haverhill High’s seniors aren’t the only ones getting ready to move on at this month’s graduation. Matt Steinberg, the school’s grade nine assistant principal, is preparing to leave the district after seven years for a role in Leominster, he tells WHAV. A Lowell native, Steinberg has accepted a job as the principal of Samoset Middle School, he said. He’ll continue in his current role through June, and calls leaving his brown and gold years behind “bittersweet.”

“Haverhill High is my home. I’ve really grown close to a lot of people here in the community and in the city and it’s going to be a hard transition, that’s for sure,” says the educator.

Silver Hill Third Graders Beg Fiorentini: ‘Fund the Library’

When it comes to the Haverhill Public Library this budget season, it’s all about dollars and cents, but if you ask third grade readers from Silver Hill Elementary School, there’s a pretty famous wizard from Hogwarts who matters just as much, too. Putting their recently learned public speaking and persuasive letter writing skills to use, several third graders with a love for literacy received a few extra credit points for speaking up to Mayor James J. Fiorentini and City Councilors Tuesday night in a bid to close the public library’s $195,000 funding gap. Teacher Kerri Alves introduced her students, sharing how an October visit from librarians and the Library van really struck a chord with the youngsters, who joined nearly 200 of their peers to check out books using their very own library cards. Sebastian and Annie were two such students. “I believe it is very crucial for the Library to stay funded so that children we be able to check out books…also, I’ve always had a love for building LEGOs, so I think you should keep the funds the way it was months ago so the LEGO program can still happen,” the boy said.

Nettle Principal, Supt. Marotta Reaffirm Zero Tolerance Policy in Wake of ‘Go Thirty’ School Fights

Nettle Middle School Principal Timothy Corkery and Haverhill Public Schools Superintendent Margaret Marotta this week reaffirmed their zero tolerance policy for school violence in the wake of two instances of what they say is a destructive game making its way from social media to local hallways. In a letter to parents, Principal Corkery alerted Nettle families of two altercations at the Boardman Street school in which fifth grade girls engaged in a game called “Go Thirty.” According to Corkery, students “tell classmates about it ahead of time, someone will time the altercation and another will record the incident with a phone and post on social media.”

Marotta tells WHAV the “Go Thirty” challenge is not specific to Nettle and is happening all over Massachusetts and the country. “These destructive games come out on social media and we have to pay attention and make sure teachers are discussing them with their students and that parents are aware and also talking with their children,” Marotta said. “We want parents to be aware of these social media trends and talk to their kids about how destructive they can be, just like we are doing at school.”

Any student caught fighting at school for any reason will be suspended, Marotta said. Students who participate by cheering or recording a physical altercation are also subject to disciplinary action.

Consentino Parents Share Safety ‘Fears’ With Marotta Amid Haverhill School Strife

A group of parents from Consentino Middle School met with Haverhill Public Schools Superintendent Margaret Marotta last week to argue for a “more effective approach” in dealing with both students and families in the wake of several incidents of school violence. The intimate group joined Margaret Marotta to voice concerns during a Wednesday night session organized by Mount Washington parent Mirca Mejias, who tells WHAV the meeting was a productive way to make feelings heard on issues of school safety and equity. “Parents talked about their fears and a desire for a more effective approach in dealing with students and families,” Mejias told WHAV. “The meeting was an important first step to make parents’ voices heard that are often missing during citywide conversations.”

Marotta told WHAV she agreed to meet with the group regularly moving forward. One key item of discussion Marotta plans to action is the possibility of having more active school councils, which include principals, parents, teachers and community members and students who work together to shape school policies and programs.

In recent weeks, Haverhill Public Schools have seen several incidents of school violence to put parents on notice.

Autism Speaks, MGH Speech Lab Among Groups Coming to Tuesday’s SEPAC Resource Fair in Haverhill

Representatives from several city, regional and state agencies are headed to Haverhill Tuesday to take part in the Special Education Parent Advisory Council’s resource fair May 14 from 5:30-8 p.m. at Haverhill High School. The free event, held at 137 Monument St., includes information sessions and giveaways, while supplies last, for parents of students of all ages in the Greater Haverhill area. Scheduled to appear at the fair are:

American Training
Autism Speaks
Beacon ABA and Assessment Services
Blue Wave Recreation
Career Resource Corp. (Fidelity House)
Communitas, Inc.
Creative Living
Federation for Children with Special Needs
Haverhill Commission on Disability Issues
Haverhill Police Department
Haverhill Public Library
Haverhill SEPAC
Haverhill STARS
HHS Unified Sports Boosters
Jordan Financial & Insurance Services
MGH Speech & Language Literacy Lab
Massachusetts Rehabilitation Commission
Opportunity Works
Special Stars Performing Arts
The Arc of Greater Haverhill-Newburyport
TLC Autism Parent Community

PHOTOS: Haverhill High Celebrates Future Teachers With ‘Signing Day’ Event

Thirteen of Haverhill High’s future teachers received a unique honor Thursday from their Hillie peers and faculty members at the school’s first annual “signing day” ceremony, held to recognize their achievements and wish them well as they officially announced their intentions to pursue a career in teaching at area colleges. Haverhill High Principal Glenn Burns, Superintendent Margaret Marotta joined Brian Devine from the state’s Department of Elementary and Secondary Education, along with family members and representatives from the students’ chosen colleges to celebrate the seniors as they signed letters of intent to their respective schools. Burns told the students, set to graduate on May 31, he hopes they never forget their brown and gold roots. “I know my children will be in good hands with great people like you in front of them teaching and I’m proud to call you my colleagues in a few short years.”

Also during Thursday’s event, students took time during Teacher Appreciation Week to recognize those educators who were instrumental in inspiring their career path. Prior to heading to the Massachusetts College of Art and Design to major in art education, Mary Miller applauded Haverhill High’s Mrs. Mullane, while Brenna Sullivan had Jay Fiorentini—a 2002 HHS grad who now teaches at the school—stand next to her as she inked her letter of intent to attend Southern New Hampshire University in the fall.