Haverhill Confirms 2019-2020 School Calendar: Students to Report Tuesday, Aug. 27

Haverhill parents, it’s time to plan ahead. The school system has released the 2019-2020 calendar and students in grades one through 12 are set to report for the first day of school on Tuesday, Aug. 27. The first week back will be a short one for students, who take a Labor Day recess from the early afternoon of Friday, Aug. 30 through Monday, Sept.

All Haverhill Middle and High School Students Will Use Chromebooks Next Year

Every high and middle school student will have access to Chromebooks during the next school year, Haverhill School Committee members decided Thursday night. Money to pay for the cloud-based computers comes from $200,000 set aside for schools during a budget compromise almost a year ago. School Committee member Richard J. Rosa made the case for the purchase after consulting with school Superintendent Margaret Marotta. He said members intentionally waited to draw down the money. “Attorney (Paul A.) Magliocchetti, Ms. (Gail M.) Sullivan and I always believed we should wait until the close of the year to make sure we didn’t need the money for some sort of emergency,” Rosa said.

Nettle’s Corkery Up for Principal Role at Andover’s West Middle School

Nettle Middle School Principal Timothy Corkery has been named a finalist for a principal position in the Andover Public School system, that district confirms to WHAV. Andover Public Schools Communications Director Nicole L. Kieser tells WHAV Corkery is vying to succeed retiring West Middle School Principal Rebecca Franks. The other candidate for the position is Tracy Davis Sands, from Kingston Tenn., Kieser said. Shawsheen Road’s West Middle School prides itself on being an “active” learning environment for 10- to 14-year-olds, with intellectual, physical, social and emotional development a focus of school activities, according to the school website. Corkery, a retired Navy commander named Nettle principal in 2013, has seen the Boardman Street school through a wealth of behavioral issues in recent months.

Schools’ Suspend J.G. Whittier Principal Gill After Boy Ruins New Bathroom

The principal of J.G. Whittier Middle School was suspended Tuesday by Superintendent Margaret Marotta after a fight broke out in the brand-new bathrooms involving an eighth-grade boy, WHAV has confirmed. Brian Gill was placed on leave in the wake of the 1:02 p.m. altercation—called a “disturbance” by Haverhill Police on an official incident log provided to WHAV—involving a student who allegedly “flipped out,” a parent with children at the school told WHAV. Responding to WHAV’s inquiry, Marotta confirmed Gill was placed on “paid leave pending an investigation of a physical altercation that occurred May 7 involving an eighth-grade student and the principal.”

She explained placing staff on paid leave during an investigation is not a disciplinary action. Rather, it is the practice “to ensure the rights of all involved are protected during an investigation.”

The student is said to have vandalized a black divider that separates urinals in one of the two bathrooms in the school’s seventh and eighth grade wing. Those restrooms were among several areas in the Concord Street building to undergo renovations over April vacation.

Consentino Student Makes Social Media Threats to Attack Classmate With Weapon

Students at Mount Washington’s Consentino Middle School will see an increased police presence Wednesday after a juvenile used social media to threaten to attack a classroom peer with a weapon. Consentino Principal John Mele said the Tuesday night message was issued and immediately dealt with by school authorities and Haverhill Police. Officers will have a more visible presence on campus Wednesday to ensure safety for all students. “The increased presence does not signify danger but rather an outward display of support for the safety of all students,” Mele said. In a message to parents, Principal Mele called the conflict an “isolated incident.”

Fiorentini Confirms Return of Mandatory Haverhill Summer School: ‘Extended Learning Time Works’

Haverhill eighth graders in danger of failing to graduate will have to complete mandatory summer school next year before attending high school, Mayor James J. Fiorentini told WHAV last week. Next year, Fiorentini plans to resurrect the program he says is crucial to public school success. Through the program—funded last time around through the city budget instead of the school department budget—eighth graders will no longer be socially promoted and must pass the summer school program in order to become high school freshmen. “Extended learning time is a very important thing to me. We had the summer school a few years ago and they had a tremendous attendance record and a lot of success,” Fiorentini told WHAV.

Haverhill Promise’s Toulouse Receives $20K Grant to Support Citywide Children’s Vision Care Efforts

Haverhill Public Schools staffer and Northeast Regional School Nurse consultant Shanyn Toulouse is poised to bring expanded eye care to the city through participation in a new program backed by the National Center for Children’s Vision and Eye Health, she tells WHAV. Called “Better Vision Together,” the program Toulouse is taking part in is a team-based effort where eight groups across the country collaborate to brainstorm ideas and develop action plans to improve children’s vision programs in at-risk and minority populations. Haverhill was selected in addition to teams based in California, Idaho, Texas, Arizona, Florida, and Minnesota. The city was awarded a $20,000 grant, she said. Toulouse is using her platform to bring attention to the collaboration between Haverhill Promise and Haverhill Public Schools, which work together to get all children reading at or above grade level by the end of third grade. As Toulouse explains, vision screenings and school readiness go hand-in-hand.

Surprise Challengers Plan Runs for Haverhill Mayor, Council and School Committee

Competition for the corner office in Haverhill City Hall is making a September preliminary election seem likely. The first day local election nomination papers became available saw two newcomers take out papers for mayor and also present surprise challengers for City Council and School Committee seats. Hector Montalvo, 170 Washington St., and Melanie Tamberino, 7 Mount Dustin Ave., took nomination papers Wednesday from the Haverhill City Clerk’s office. Assuming the two obtain enough signatures and Mayor James J. Fiorentini and recently announced contender Daniel Trocki also run, a preliminary election would take place Tuesday, Sept. 10, to narrow the field to two.