West Newbury, Haverhill and Groveland Students to Perform at New England Conservatory of Music

Four Pentucket Regional High School students were recently accepted into the 2023 Massachusetts Music Educators’ Association Northeastern Senior District Music Festival taking place Jan. 7 at Boston’s New England Conservatory of Music. Senior Bella Higgins of West Newbury, percussion, and juniors Lily Friend of West Newbury, horn, Chaney Goldstein of Haverhill, saxophone, and Adam Hannula of Groveland, tuba, were among more than 700 high school music students from across the district who auditioned at North Andover High School Nov. 19. Goldstein was accepted into the Jazz Band, while Friend, Hannula and Higgins were accepted into the Concert Band.

John Greenleaf Whittier School’s Drama Club Presents Winter Concert with Past Year Overview

The drama club of John Greenleaf Whittier School is hosting its annual winter concert. The performance is happening Friday, Dec. 16, at 5 p.m., at the cafeteria at Whittier School, 256 Concord St., Haverhill. Musical performances include harmonies and choreography from last season including Willy Wonka Jr., Moana Jr. and The Lion King Jr.

Attendees may watch the show either in-person or online. Tickets are $2 for students with valid student IDs, $4 for general admission and $8 for a virtual ticket.

Essex County Sheriff’s Program Graduates Nine from Program Aimed at Keeping People Out of Jail

The Essex County Sheriff’s Department recently graduated its first group of nine from its new community-based program Supporting Transitions and Reentry—known as STAR—Program. The graduates were in need of services to keep them out of jail and on a path to successful citizenship. Each were assigned a STAR navigator that developed an individualized plan for services and connections to community resources that helped them get the treatment, counseling, educational services, workforce training and other supports they required. “This is just the start for these men and women who came to the STAR program looking for a chance. They put their trust in our navigators, they put in the hard work, and now they have hope for a better life,” said Sheriff Kevin F. Coppinger.

Whittier Tech Students Learn Art of Coordination at Ipswich Construction Site

Earlier this month, 25 students from Whittier Regional Vocational Technical High School participating in the Engineering, Carpentry and Computer-Aided Design pathways learned how various trades are coordinated through an Ipswich construction site visit. Whittier Superintendent Maureen Lynch said students toured a biology lab construction site thanks to an invitation from Associated General Contractors of Massachusetts. The tour was led by team members from Columbia, a North Reading-based construction management firm overseeing the project. “It was cool to see that designers from various fields, such as electrical, plumbing, masonry and more, all needed to work together on one set of design drawings to accommodate all needs of the building for the client,” said CAD junior Nathan Woitkowski of Haverhill. Whittier Tech students learned about the project’s challenges and solutions; the process of procuring materials; site development; coordination of mechanical, electrical and plumbing systems; the project planning process; and more.

Gov. Baker Appoints Silverio to Northern Essex Community College Board of Trustees

Evan Silverio has joined the Northern Essex Community College Board of Trustees following his recent appointment by Gov. Charlie Baker. Silverio is president and CEO of Silverio Insurance Agency of Lawrence and also owns Woodcome Insurance Agency of Leominster and Diverse Real Estate of Lawrence. He replaces William Cox of Haverhill, whose term expired

After graduating from Wheaton College, Silverio got his start in real estate working as a loan officer for Wells Fargo Home Mortgage. He joined his family’s insurance agency a few years later and increased the agency’s business while investing in dozens of local properties. In 2019, he purchased Silverio Insurance Agency from his parents.

Haverhill Council Signs Off on $160 Million for New Consentino School; How to Pay on Next Week’s Agenda

A new Dr. Albert B. Consentino School moved a major step toward becoming reality Tuesday night as the Haverhill City Council voted unanimously to appropriate about $160 million to pay for its construction. The Council also voted 9-0 to allow Mayor James J. Fiorentini to submit a second document, known as the Project Scope and Budget Agreement, to the Massachusetts School Building Authority. This document assures the state agency the city has approved the project and agreed to pay for it.  Speaking before the Council, the mayor said the project will alleviate a number of problems facing Haverhill schools. “The first thing the new school will address is overcrowding.

Northern Essex, Haverhill High Plan STEM Tech Career Academy with $1 Million State Grant

Haverhill High School and Northern Essex Community College are working together to launch a STEM Tech Career Academy next spring, focused on providing free education for students entering manufacturing, healthcare and environmental and life sciences. The institutions will build on existing Early College and Innovation pathway programs and include Lawrence General Hospital, Whittier Health Networks, Holy Family Hospital, New Balance and Hydracor as industry partners. “The ultimate goal is to establish a high-quality workforce-related degree program for about 400 students when this academy is fully operational,” says Northern Essex Provost Paul Beaudin. “We’re excited to be chosen as one of the five partnerships for this initiative. This helps confirm our long-standing collaborative partnership with Haverhill High School.”

When the program is ready to launch in the fall of 2025, participating Haverhill High students will earn between 18-24 college credits before graduating high school.

Podcast: Haverhill School Supt. Marotta Looks to Expand University Relationships for Students, Staff

Haverhill school students and staff are the beneficiaries of expanded relationships underway with area universities. Haverhill School Superintendent Margaret Marotta, a recent guest on WHAV’s morning program, said efforts are aimed at delivering a better experience for teachers and employees. Overall, she said, school is better this year for the students despite a high-profile incident. “There’s still a lot going on. Social media doesn’t help.