Pentucket Regional School District Formally Dedicates New Schools

The singing of the National Anthem helped kick off the official ribbon cutting for the new Pentucket Middle and High School Wednesday. Pentucket High students Lala Weinburg, Maddy Shikes, Paige Nottingham, Keira Milliken and Kyla Dolan welcomed those assembled to hear more about the completed project and get a firsthand look at the new building. Earlier in the day, Pentucket Regional School Superintendent Justin Bartholomew was a guest on WHAV’s morning show and expressed his satisfaction. “It’s a fantastic experience. It’s one of those situations where you look at something that’s been accomplished and you have so much pride in what your community was able to do—certainly for the children, for their education, but also what they were able to do for themselves.

Whittier Tech’s Adult Summer Career Technical Initiative Prepares 31 Students for Jobs

Thirty-one Whittier Regional Vocational Technical High School students, ages 18 to 57, completed 200 hours of training during the school’s adult Summer Career Technical Initiative. Superintendent Maureen Lynch said Whittier Tech offered free career training for unemployed or underemployed Massachusetts residents. Paid with a state Career Technical Initiative Grant, training was offered in the welding, carpentry, culinary arts, electrical and auto body pathways. “There are so many opportunities in the trades, and our core mission is to connect adult learners to these opportunities through our CTI program,” Lynch said. The program’s purpose is to provide access to training programs. Enabling participants to find meaningful employment directly after completion.

College Board National Recognition Honors Three Haverhill High Juniors

Three Haverhill High School juniors recently earned academic honors from College Board National Recognition Programs.

These National Recognition Programs grant underrepresented students with academic honors that may be included on college and scholarship applications. According to officials, the programs help students “meaningfully connect to colleges and stand out during the admissions process. In Haverhill, Abigail Mejia was named recipient of the National African American and National Hispanic Recognition Awards; Alexis Namulinda, National African American Recognition Award; and Kiara Ventura, National Hispanic Recognition Award. “We’re thrilled that our students have earned this recognition. We are very proud of them for their achievements in their classrooms and on College Board assessments,” said school leaders in a statement.

School Committee Learns a Fifth or More of Haverhill Students are Chronically Absent

September is National Attendance Awareness Month, designed to emphasize the need for students to maintain consistent attendance in order to achieve academic success. Haverhill School Committee members, however, were shocked and dismayed last Thursday to learn about a fifth or more of Haverhill students are chronically absent. Speaking to the committee, Haverhill Public Schools’ Supervisor of Attendance Lorna Marchant presented pre-pandemic statistics about local chronic absenteeism that Mayor James J. Fiorentini found shocking. “In March, prior to the shutdown, we were at 19.3% which was four percentage points lower than 2018, Marchant said. Fiorentini responded, 19.3% of our students are chronically absent?

Northern Essex Community College Names Paul as Executive Director of Marketing Communications

Keith Paul this summer joined Northern Essex Community College as executive director of marketing communications, taking over from Ron Taber, who is retiring after 24 years with the college. Paul comes to Northern Essex from Springfield Technical Community College, where he has been the director of marketing and communications since 2019. He says he considers marketing a “contact sport” and brings more than 25 years of experience in public and private sectors to the college. “NECC is innovating in amazing ways that keep it at the fore of career-based training here and across the nation,” says Paul. “Those innovations are a marketer’s dream, especially at this moment in time.

Haverhill Classes of 1965 High School Reunion Takes Place Friday

Haverhill’s Classes of 1965 Reunion is putting out a last call for members, spouses and friends who wish to attend this Friday’s event. The casual afternoon and early night of friendship, reminiscing and conversation takes place informally. Attendees may order off a limited menu and there will be a cash bar, but purchases of food and drink are not required. The casual gathering takes place Friday, Sept. 16, and all may drop in anytime between 3 and 7 p.m., at the Roma, ‪29 Middlesex St., Bradford.

Bus Driver Shortage Causes Delays, Continues to Vex Haverhill School Administrators

With the first two weeks of school now on the books, School Superintendent Margaret Marotta says, with one exception, the process has gone relatively smoothly. That one exception is, as it was last year, transportation. Speaking at Thursday night’s School Committee meeting, Marotta said there is a positive attitude at the schools this year. “Inside the schools, the attitudes are good. People are excited to be back.

Northern Essex and Emmanuel College Create Associate to Bachelor’s Nursing Path

Graduates of Northern Essex Community College’s Associate in Science in Nursing program are now able to make a seamless transition into Emmanuel College’s online Bachelor of Science in Nursing program through a new joint admissions agreement between the institutions. Northern Essex students who intend to complete the associate program will be conditionally accepted into Emmanuel College’s online program and be eligible for the joint admission program upon graduation. The first joint admissions cohort begins this fall. “We want to better serve nursing students throughout the Commonwealth in establishing a clear pathway from the ASN to the BSN and support workforce development and address skilled worker shortages,” said Michelle Sunday, director of transfer, articulation and academic center advising at Northern Essex. “This agreement shows that Emmanuel College honors our students’ time, dedication and commitment, not only in their education but also through providing additional career guidance.”

The partnership was developed after both institutions recognized a local need for a pathway for bachelor’s degree completion that is affordable, flexible and approachable.