CLASS PICTURES: Class pictures will be taken on Tuesday March 7th. Geskus photography will be printing out a 5×7 for each student as part of our new program with them. Thank you Geskus! The 8th grade panoramic is also being taken on Tuesday, order forms will be sent home Friday.
2ND TRIMESTER REPORT CARDS: 2nd trimester grades officially close on Monday, March 13th. Report cards will be issued on Monday, March 20th. Report cards will go back to being presented physically rather than electronically through the portal.
HUNKING’S 1ST ANNUAL MULTICULTURAL CELEBRATION: Hunking’s 1st annual Multicultural Night is happening this coming Wednesday, March 8th from 6:00-7:30 at Hunking!
We want families to come and enjoy this event, and are asking that people register here for the event: my.cheddarup.com/c/multicultural-night-registration.
So far, the countries represented are: Brazil, Dominican Republic, Greece, Guatemala, Ireland, Kenya, Morocco, Palestine, Russia, Armenia,Trinidad, Italy, Wales, South Africa, Namibia, France, Nigeria, Puerto Rico, Japan, and Scotland!
Help us bring our community together and celebrate the diversity and what makes Hunking so great!!
MULTICULTURAL SPIRIT WEEK: Hunking Bobcats are full of culture, charisma and creativity! We want to kick off Multicultural Night with a week long celebration! Students and teachers are invited to participate in showing off your cultural creativity in a Multicultural Spirit Week, March 6th-10th. Daily themes include colors, sports, and flags!
This Wednesday, March 8th from 6-7:30pm we invite you and your families to build connections, try new foods, learn about others and appreciate diversity!!
Themes for the week
Monday– Dress Like a Tourist, learn about a new place
Tuesday-Wear Your True Colors, wear the colors of your country’s flag
Wednesday– Let’s Celebrate! Multicultural Night-wear cultural clothing
Thursday-Sports Day, represent a country’s most popular sport
Friday– Unity Day! Finish off this week as a united group and wear our school colors.
**Please remember to adhere to the dress code. Can’t wait to celebrate good times!
MCAS Grade 3-8 Schedule: Hunking MCAS Calendar
HUNKING THEME OF THE MONTH: Hunking will be embracing a theme of the month which will be focused on in and around our School building throughout each month. Hunking staff will promote and nominate students each month who they feel have personified the monthly theme on a consistent basis. Based on those nominations, one boy and one girl in each grade will be recognized as a “Hunking Hero” and receive a t-shirt.
Throughout the month of March, our theme will be a familiar one to morning announcements…. Kindness & Respect. Kindness is the quality of being friendly, generous, and considerate. Showing others they are valuable by how you treat them. How you can care for others. Respect is the admiration for someone or something elicited by their abilities, qualities, or achievements. It is the regard for the feelings, wishes, rights, or traditions of others. It is Treating someone how you and they want to be treated. You can care about others. Staff will be on the lookout this month as we are everyday for the students who personify kindness & respect.
Future themes will include:
April – Patience & Peace:
June – Pride:
KINDERGARTEN REGISTRATION NEWS:
Portuguese Stat Geek Flyer 2023
Spanish Stat Geek Flyer 2023 (1)
MAKE IT HAVERHILL ELL CLASSES:
- Thanks to everyone who came to this week’s PTO meeting! The next one is tentatively scheduled for April 12th.
- On March 8th (the same day as Hunking’s Multicultural Night!), the PTO is serving up some coffee any way our Teachers & Staff like it! Sponsor a coffee or latte today: my.cheddarup.com/c/the-hunking-pto-is-serving-up-some-coffee
- We have a date! Cookie orders must be picked up on Fri., March 10th! Small orders (under 6 boxes) will go home with students that day (unless otherwise specified), but If you have a larger order, please plan to pick up at Hunking.
We’re looking for some volunteers to help sort and distribute in shifts from 12:00-6:00p.m….sign up here: https://www.signupgenius.com/go/20F0A4EA5A823A5FD0-cookie
- Hunking’s Drama Club presents this year’s 8th Grade performance, The Brothers Grimm Spectaculathon, scheduled for Fri., Mar. 17th @ 7:00 pm! This is a one-act performance and tickets are $5.00 each…preorder them here: https://hunking-drama-grimm-brothers.cheddarup.com!
Two narrators attempt to recreate all 209 of the fairy tales of the Brothers Grimm in a wild, fast-paced extravaganza. To make it more difficult, they attempt to combine them into one gigantic fable using Rapunzel, Rumpelstiltskin, Hansel and Gretel, Snow White, Sleeping Beauty, Cinderella and other more obscure stories like Lean Lisa and The Devil’s Grandmother.
- The Read-A-Thon is coming back March 20th…more info to come!
NEWS FROM GUIDANCE:
Your School Counselors:
Sarah Petrick k-4 School Counselor firstname.lastname@example.org
Terri Carney 5-8 School Counselor email@example.com
Haverhill CTE Interviews March 16th!!
The team from Haverhill CTE will be at Hunking to interview applicants on Thursday, March 16th. The interview schedule is posted in the 8th grade hallway.
Whittier Interviews March 10th and 13th!!!
The team from Whittier will be at the Hunking to interview applicants on Friday, March 10th and Monday, March 13th. The interview appointment list for March 10th is posted in the 8th grade hallway.
Questions about Whittier Admissions should be directed to Whittier. Please contact the admissions staff at Whittier:
- Ms. Lisa Zappala – Confidential Secretary to the Dept. Head of Guidance & Admissions
- Ms. Jill Karatkewicz – Director of Guidance and Admission
- Whittier Admissions: 978.373.4101 x252 | firstname.lastname@example.org
Lots of students are looking to start jobs! Work permit information can be found here:
We are introducing a new avenue for you to access all information regarding applications and the transition to high school. We recommend you utilize this resource as often as possible, as we will consistently update this site throughout the week. We at Hunking believe that working together to support student success is paramount.
Mrs. Fielding’s ST MATH HEART CHALLENGE winners- Congratulations to Keren Mukuna, Kendall DiStefano and Emmett George. They will all have lunch with Mrs. Fielding one day to celebrate.
2nd Grade is watching out for those pesky leprechauns! Since they will be coming on March 17, our classes will be creating leprechaun traps. First, each group will plan out their trap to encourage teamwork. Then, they will use their plan to write a How To piece. Finally, they will create their traps in hopes of catching a leprechaun. Let’s hope the leprechauns don’t cause a raucous in our classrooms like they have in the past!
Hunking’s ST Math Puzzle Clubs!
It’s baaaack! Let’s get ready for some i-Ready March Madness! Data tracking will begin Monday, March 6th. Updated brackets will be published each Monday until we have our Champions! Thanks to our awesome PTO for sponsoring this event! Let’s go!
March Madness Lower i-Ready student version 22-23
March Madness Upper i-Ready student version 22-23
NEWS FROM OUR NURSES: The Health office will be continuing mandatory Postural screening for 7th grade during gym class. The purpose of the screening is to detect possible curvature of the spine in children. The school nurse will check your child’s back by observing it while your child is standing and bending forward. To assure a view of the spine, we will request that students expose their backs during screening. It is recommended that boys wear a shirt that can be easily removed. Girls should wear a bathing suit top or sport bra or a halter top under a shirt or sweater. If you would like to opt your child out of the screening, the health office will require written notification. If your child has an issue with Scoliosis or posture, please provide information from the doctor so we may update your child’s health record. Please see the link below for information letters in English, Spanish and Portuguese.
LOST AND FOUND: Our lost and found for any clothing items is located in the locker room area in the main hallway of the school. Any lost lunch boxes or water bottles can be found on the shelves in our cafeteria. We encourage you to have your students check frequently, as all unclaimed clothing at the end of each month is then donated by the school.
Volleyball: Congratulations to boys and girls Volleyball teams for their wins over Whittier .
3/6 girls practice 3-4:30
3/7 boys practice 3-4:30
3-8 co-ed practice 3-4:30
3-9 game @home v Consentino boys play 1st
ACADEMIC BOWL: Congratulations to both the junior and senior team for their wins against Nettle yesterday. Our next practice is Monday, March 6th until 3:30 in Mr. Ivancic’’s room.
GRIT: Our third cycle of GRIT is well underway. This round, Ms. Curry and Mr. Schaefer are welcoming 7th graders looking to develop the perseverance and problem solving skills needed to tackle the many challenges they will face in the program. By developing these skills in an educational setting, students are able to receive feedback regarding their approach and strategies. They will take these skills with them outside of the program and apply them to challenges they face in their everyday lives. There will be one more cycle of GRIT starting after April Vacation. If you think this program could be beneficial, please reach out to Ms. Curry, email@example.com, or Mr. Schaefer, firstname.lastname@example.org.
GSA: The GSA meets on March 3rd and the next meeting will be March 31st.
CHORUS: Junior Chorus missed rehearsal last Tuesday due to the snow day, but will rehearse after school this coming Tuesday, March 7th. Senior Chorus will rehearse after school next Thursday, March 9th. See you then!
STUDENT COUNCIL: Please do not forget that the student council will be hosting a fundraiser called “Pennies for Patients.” This is to honor blood cancer survivors. Money will be collected until 3/13/23. Any donation is appreciated. (coins & bills) Money can be given to homeroom teachers. It can also be donated in the office. The class that raises the most money will earn a pizza party. Hope you can find some loose change and thank you for your support! The next meeting will be Tuesday, March 14th in room 110 from 3:00-4:00 p.m.
NJHS: There will be an all member meeting on Friday March 10th from 2:45-3:30 in Mrs Sciuto’s classroom, room 118. We will be discussing Bobcat Buddies as well as the upcoming food drive to support Sacred Hearts Food Bank in Haverhill.
GUITAR ENSEMBLE: We are off to an amazing start! Rehearsals will continue Thursday morning at 8:30 in Mrs. Fairbrother’s room. Can’t wait to see you.
YEARBOOK: The Yearbook Committee has switched our meeting day to Thursdays at 2:45 in Room 213.
Additionally, the Yearbook Committee needs your help gathering photos! Any and all throwbacks, candids, group shots or selfies of the graduating 8th grade class will be considered. There are two ways to upload:
- Students can use this Google drive folder – Instructions
- Anyone without an HPS email account can use this link to TreeRing
- Note: This method requires creating a username/password
- SCHOOL PASSCODE: 101663874693208
Lastly, if you would like to pre-order your yearbook, click this link to create an account and purchase a yearbook. Here’s an informational flyer with all the same information.
ODDS & ENDS:
-All students in grades 5-8 have been issued school IDs. It is required that they bring and wear their ID badges each day.
-Please make sure that your student(s) are coming to school daily with a fully charged chromebook.
-Please make sure that you are sending your student(s) with a water bottle. We have a limited supply of cups and we do not have access to water fountains, only water bottle filling stations.
MORNING DROP OFF: To all families that drop their students off in the morning, please remember to drop your students off at the proper end of the building. All K-4 students should be dropped on the lower school side of the building. All 5-8 students should be dropped off on the upper school side of the building. Please be aware that there should be NO DROP OFFS AT THE FRONT OF THE BUILDING BETWEEN 8:00AM-8:30AM. This is for safety reasons. We appreciate everyone’s support and cooperation with this procedure. Thank you!
UPPER SCHOOL DROP OFF: Parents and Guardians, please be aware that the safety and security of our students is the number one priority. We kindly ask that all parents/guardians who drop students off in the morning on the upper school side of the building, please follow the proper traffic pattern to ensure everyone’s safety. Please do not cut across the parking lot. We ask that you drive slow while on school grounds, and we appreciate your patience as we are aware that many people have places to be after dropping off. Again, we appreciate you prioritizing the safety of our students. Thank you!
CAR PICK UP & DROP OFF: Safety and Security of our students, staff, and families is our number one priority, so we would like to ask that those families who utilize car pick up and drop off be cognizant of our security guards directing traffic. Security would like to emphasize the use of turn signals when picking-up or dropping-off your student. If you are not turning, please flash your headlights so that they are aware that you are continuing straight. We want to make sure everyone remains safe. We greatly appreciate your attention and support with this matter.
Lower school pick up: If you are walking to pick up your K student please wait near the kindergarten doors and if you are walking to pick up your grade 1-4 student please wait at the lower school walker pick up door. DO NOT come to the lower school playground to pick up your child. The students in the playground area are waiting for car pick up only.
Student Dress Code: I have attached the dress code policy that can be found on page 23 of the HPS student handbook for all families to review:
“The responsibility for the dress and appearance of the students will rest with individual students and parents.
They have the right to determine how the student will dress providing that attire is not destructive to school property, complies with requirements for health and safety, and does not cause disorder or disruption. The administration is authorized to take action in instances where individual dress does not meet the stated requirements.
This does not mean that student, faculty, or parent groups may not recommend appropriate dress for school or special occasions. It means that students will not be prevented from attending school or a school function, or otherwise be discriminated against, so long as their dress and appearance meet the requirements set forth above.
Students are not permitted to dress in any manner that is distracting to teaching or learning, to other students or disrupting the educational process or environment of the school. Clothing that is considered to be distracting includes but may not be limited to the following:
- Extremely short skirts or shorts rising more than 7″ above the knee.
- Shirts or blouses bearing midriffs.
- See-through clothing.
- Halters or tank tops with less than 1″ straps, tube-tops, or blouses with excessively low cut tops.
- Low rider pants and pants that do not cover underwear.
- Clothing or jewelry that advertises or promotes products or activities that are illegal.
- Clothing containing inappropriate or suggestive language or pictures.
- Clothing that identifies students as members of a gang or an imitation of gang paraphernalia will not be permitted. This includes but is not limited to bandanas, pins, insignias, colors, jewelry, emblems, wave caps, etc.
- Studded accessories such as belt buckles, bracelets, chains, etc. are not permitted.
- Any other dress that distracts, disrupts, intimidates or provokes can be deemed inappropriate by the Principal or Assistant Principal.
The Principal and Assistant Principal have the final decision in making the determination that there has been a violation of the dress code policy. In the event that the Principal is unavailable, the Assistant Principal has the full authority to make the final determination on whether a student’s clothing is in violation of the dress code policy.”
CELL PHONE POLICY:
-Cell phones are not allowed to be used throughout the school day. The expectation is that the phone is turned off and put away.
-If students are found to be using their cell phone for any purpose the following policy will be followed:
-1st offense: Cell phone will be confiscated and submitted to the main office where the student can get the phone back at the end of the day with a warning.
-2nd offense: Cell phones will be confiscated and submitted to the main office where a parent/guardian will need to pick up the phone.
-3rd offense: Cell phone will be confiscated and submitted to the main office where a parent/guardian will need to pick up the phone and the student will be issued an office detention.
-4th offense: Cell phone will be confiscated and submitted to the main office where a parent/guardian will need to pick up the phone and a meeting will need to take place in order to establish a contract where phone can either be dropped off at arrival time and picked up at dismissal, or the phone is not allowed in school.
-Students will not be allowed to have cell phones in the bathroom. Students will need to leave their phones face down on their desk when leaving for the bathroom.
-We recognize the importance for students to have cell phones, but we respectfully ask for your support in reinforcing the cell phone rules. If there is ever a reason for a student to call home, I am happy to allow them to utilize my office phone. Also, if you have to get in touch with your student, we would ask that you please contact the main office during school hours.