UMass Lowell was recently named as one of the state’s most successful organizations led by a woman. The university ranks first in the education sector and No. 17 overall in The Women’s Edge 2023 Top 100 Women-Led Businesses in Massachusetts. The university said this marks the seventh consecutive year UMass Lowell has been named among the Top 20 such organizations. It is the first year of Chancellor Julie Chen’s leadership.
Educational support professionals currently negotiating a new contract with Haverhill Public Schools appear to have fresh backing from the state’s two senators. Sen. Edward J. Markey, a member of the Senate Health, Education, Labor and Pensions Committee, has put forward the Paraprofessionals and Education Support Staff Bill of Rights. It’s a resolution that calls for living wages, good benefits and fair working conditions for the paraeducators, classroom assistants, bus drivers, custodial workers and others. “For too long, we have asked paraprofessionals and education support staff to do too much with too little,” Markey said in a statement. “We have asked them to educate, feed, transport and support students in their path to grow, learn and thrive—all without the pay, benefits and job security they deserve.
Haverhill Public Schools is presenting a free, online class on supporting yourself and your family when loved ones need mental health help. During “Mental Health Essentials for Parents and Caregivers,” strategies will be outlined for how and where to get professional help and much more. It is presented in concert with the Mental Health Collaborative and is the second part in a Wellness Caregiver Series. The program takes place Wednesday, Nov. 15, from 7-8:30 p.m., via Zoom.
Fifty-four percent of all Americans between the ages of 16 and 74 read at below sixth-grade level, while 70% all jailed adults cannot read at a fourth-grade level. Educator and literacy advocate Kareem Weaver works to correct this problem with the documentary film “The Right to Read.” Haverhill Promise, the local campaign for grade level reading, is showing the film on Monday, Nov. 13, at 6 p.m., at HC Media, Harbor Place, 2 Merrimack St., Haverhill. Following the film, a panel discussion on literacy in Haverhill takes place with Rep. Andy X. Vargas, Haverhill Public Schools Superintendent Margaret Marotta and YMCA Executive Director Tracy Fuller.
Should the new Dr. Albert B. Consentino School come with a change of name? That was a motion put before the Haverhill City Council this week by Councilor Joseph J. Bevilacqua, who suggested the new learning institution, scheduled to open in the fall of 2025, instead be named in honor of long-time Haverhill resident, educator, civic worker and volunteer, Kallister Green-Byrd. Bevilacqua gave his rationale for making the recommendation. “She is a champion of education, an advocate for those voices may not be heard and she’s an inspiring teacher. She was actively involved in community engagement and many of you have seen this individual at so many events that volunteering could be her middle name,” he explained.
Pentucket Regional High School celebrated the opening of its new football stadium during a halftime ceremony last Friday, recognizing fall athletes and those who made the new stadium possible. Superintendent Justin Bartholomew and Principal Brenda Erhardt said the Pentucket Regional School Committee and Building Committee and all fall athletes and band members were recognized at halftime during game that saw the Pentucket Regional High School varsity football team’s 27 to 20 victory over Northeast Metro Tech. “We are blessed to be able to enjoy a new middle high school and all new athletic complex, and that blessing is the result of the hard work of members of our School Committee and Building Committee,” said Bartholomew, adding, “It was also a pleasure to recognize all of our hard working fall athletes and band members in this new and wonderful stadium.”
Fall athletes dressed up in their uniforms or Halloween costumes as they took the field at halftime, and community members in the stands were asked to recognize the band and committee members who made the new stadium possible. The stadium was built as part of the $146.3 million project that also saw a new middle high school built.
Eighteen area educators are to be honored this month when the Haverhill YMCA hosts its 15th Annual Educators of the Year ceremony. The nominees are Michael Scatamacchia, Gateway Academy; Jason Burns, Haverhill High School; Kimberly Malynn, Melissa Cook, and Terri Bragg, all of Whittier Tech; Amy Maldonado, Dr. Albert B. Consentino School; Scott Tarbell, Haverhill High; Robert Gariepy and Anne Lees, both of John Greenleaf Whittier School; Melissa Burns, Silver Hill School; Lisa Desberg, Whittier Tech; Melissa Allen, Haverhill High School; Nicole Lucia, John C. Tilton School; Molly Markos, Moody School; Gregory Beauregard, Whittier Tech; Ashley Rogers, Dr. Albert B. Consentino School; Carla Vaughan, Hill View Montessori School; and Tom Jordan, retired teacher. Besides the honorees, nominated by the community, the Youth Development Award will be presented to Denise Johnson, Healthy Living Award to Wellness Hot Yoga and owner Teri Almquist, Social Responsibility Award to Bobby Brown and Commitment to Community Award to Whittier Regional Vocational Technical High School. The YMCA’s Educators of the Year ceremony takes place Wednesday, Nov. 15, beginning at 5 p.m., at Haverhill Golf and Country Club, 58 Brickett Lane, Haverhill.
Haverhill High School sports teams have been on a roll over the past few weeks. School Superintendent Margaret Marotta put on her sports commentator’s hat at last Thursday’s School Committee meeting to praise those team’s recent wins. “(The) girl’s volleyball team won the conference championship this weekend for the third straight year. The team finished the regular season with 17 wins and one loss and they are ranked number two in the state. The girl’s cross-country team are also tearing it up.