Haverhill High School Seeks New Assistant Principal as Stras Becomes Principal at Newton South

Haverhill High School will begin the next school year with a new assistant principal. Assistant Principal Tamara “Tamii” Stras was recently named the next principal at Newton South High School, according to Newton school Superintendent David Fleishman. Haverhill Superintendent Margaret Marotta congratulated Stras Monday. “A well-deserved honor. We will miss her greatly,” Marotta told WHAV.

Haverhill Schools Modify Grab ‘n’ Go Meal Sites Now That Children are Returning In-Person

There are changes to Haverhill schools’ Grab ‘n’ Go meal sites now that students are returning to in-person learning. Three mobile sites operate Mondays through Fridays from buses in the parking lot of Caleb Dustin Hunking School, from 11-11:30 a.m.; Fantini Bakery on Washington Street, from 11:45 a.m.-12:15 p.m.; and Haverhill Public Library parking lot, from 12:30-1 p.m. The Haverhill High School site continues Mondays through Fridays from 3-4 p.m.

Grab ‘n’ Go sites at Albert B. Consentino, Paul Nettle, John Greenleaf Whittier and Tilton Lower schools are discontinued. All breakfasts for in-person learners are sent home with students for the following morning. Breakfast packs contain milk and must be refrigerated as soon as students return home. Second chance breakfasts will also be made available to students.

Greater Haverhill Arts Association Calls for Student Artists for May Exhibit

The Greater Haverhill Arts Association invites all high and middle school students to display their works during the upcoming annual Student Art Exhibit at Haverhill’s Buttonwoods Museum May 1 through 8. Art must be recent and original and all mediums accepted, including acrylic, drawing, watercolor, pastel, oil, mixed media, digital art, photography, printmaking, sculpture and ceramics. Deadline for entry is Tuesday, April 28, and art must be delivered by Friday, April 30, between 2:30 and 4:30 p.m., and remain at the show until Saturday, May 8. The first entry is free for members of the Greater Haverhill Arts Association and $2 for each additional entry up to three. Nonmembers may apply fees towards a $15 student membership.

Education Commissioner Riley Recommends No MCAS for This Year’s 11th Graders

This year’s 11th graders would not be required to take the state’s MCAS assessment under a plan Education Commissioner Jeffrey C. Riley expects to present to the Board of Elementary and Secondary Education for approval. Riley announced Thursday that he intends to recommend changes to the graduation requirements for the class of 2022 that would modify the competency determination for English and math so those students would not be required to take the test, a move the education department said was “in recognition of the missed testing opportunities when schools were closed last spring.”

State education officials previously announced a series of modifications to this year’s MCAS program, including shortening the tests for third to eighth graders and postponing the exams until a later point in the spring than they are typically administered. While the Baker administration and some advocacy groups have described the common assessment as a key tool for measuring learning loss experienced during the pandemic’s disruptions to schooling, others, including teachers unions and some lawmakers, have called for canceling the tests this year. Twenty-nine of the 40 state senators sent Riley and Gov. Charlie Baker a letter Wednesday asking this year’s tests be delayed until fall. The department also plans to extend the timeline for administering the tests for high school sophomores and third- through eighth-graders through June 11, and will offer remote administration of English and math exams for grades three through eight to accommodate families who have chosen to keep their kids learning remotely.

Haverhill Schools Seek to Add After School Program at Nettle; Invite Comments

Haverhill Public Schools is seeking a new after school site at the Dr. Paul Nettle School and accepting resident comments on the plan. Haverhill currently offers Discovery Club and Access 21 programs before and after school, and during the summer for students at Bradford, Golden Hill, John C. Tilton elementary and Upper, Dr. Albert B. Consentino, John Greenleaf Whittier and Haverhill High Schools. The expansion to Nettle allows more students to receive homework help and participate in academic enrichment programs and recreational activities in a school-based program at little or no cost to parents. Healthy snacks and transportation home will be provided. Those who wish to comment on the grant application are asked to contact After School Program Director Denise Johnson by calling 978-420-1954 or emailing [email protected]

Whittier Tech Honors Bob Hardy as March Employee of the Month for Pandemic Efforts

Whittier Regional Vocational Technical High School Facilities Director Bob Hardy was selected as the school’s Employee of the Month for March. (Photograph courtesy of Whittier Tech.)

Bob Hardy, well-known to many Haverhill residents as one of the organizers of “Ozzie’s Kids,” started by his father, has been named as the March Employee of the Month by Whittier Regional Vocational Technical High School. Hardy earned praise for his efforts to protect Whittier and its students during the pandemic, leading his staff when tasks needed to be turned around quickly, innovating new solutions and keeping a positive attitude during challenging times. Superintendent Maureen Lynch said this week, “Bob has truly worked tirelessly to make sure our building is safe. He goes above and beyond every single day!”

Hardy graduated from Whittier Tech’s Carpentry program in 1989 and returned to earn his Unrestricted Builder’s License from Whittier Tech Evening Education a few years later.

Haverhill Begins Fall Kindergarten Registration with Online Information Session Tonight

Haverhill Public Schools kindergarten registration for the fall has begun and an online information session takes place tonight to explain the process and answer questions. The session, in both in English and Spanish, takes place tonight at 6 p.m. via streaming video on the Haverhill Public Schools website. Children turning five years old on or before Aug. 31 are eligible to enroll in Haverhill’s free all-day kindergarten program. Students currently enrolled in the Moody preschool program do not have to reregister for kindergarten.

Whittier Tech Students May Now Earn Northern Essex Early College Credits for Free

Students of Whittier Regional Vocational Technical High School taking part in an Early College program are now able to earn credits at no cost. The Early College partnership between Whittier Tech and Northern Essex Community College was recently awarded designation as a Massachusetts Early College Program, which takes effect this fall. Whittier students have been taking Northern Essex Early College courses since 2018, and there are currently 70 students enrolled in the program. With this new designation from the state and the benefit of free tuition, the schools anticipate the number of participating students will increase. “We truly value our partnership with Northern Essex Community College,” Whittier Superintendent Maureen Lynch said.