Bobcat Bulletin 3/10/23

MCAS Grade 3-8 Schedule: Hunking MCAS Calendar



WASHINGTON D.C.: The final deadline for any 8th grader interested in signing up for the Washington D.C. trip is NEXT Friday, March 17th. Final payments are due by April 7th. If you haven’t already please join the Facebook Group: Hunking DC Trip 2022-2023.   All updates will be posted on this site moving forward. 


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. 

CONGRATULATIONS to all of our Hunking Hero t-shirt winners from the month of February: Leah W., Noah M., Selene T., David M., Khloe S., Mason A., Josmaily V., Liam S., Scarlette B., Ernis M., Ellie C., Arturo A., Mikayla P., Riley H., Brooke N., Elijah S., Callan G., & Brendan B. 


Future themes will include: 

April – Patience & Peace:

May –Honesty: 

June – Pride: 









WELLNESS EVENTS: Stat Geek Flyer 2023

Spanish Stat Geek Flyer 2023 (1)

Portuguese Stat Geek Flyer 2023






  • The next PTO meeting is tentatively scheduled for April 12th!
  • The 8th Grade performance, The Brothers Grimm Spectaculathon, has been postponed to Fri., Mar. 31st @ 7:00 pm! This is a one-act performance and tickets are $5.00 each…preorder them here:!
    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 March 20th…more info to come next week!




Your School Counselors:

Sarah Petrick k-4 School Counselor

Terri Carney 5-8 School Counselor


Haverhill High School (Scheduling) Here We Come!!!

This is an exciting time for 8th graders!!! We will begin working with 8th grade students selecting their electives for 9th grade. Students will select their first choice electives as well as back up choices. 


Two Options to Access Form:

Google Doc HHS Course Elective Selection Form

Word Doc    HHS Course Elective Selection Form


Send or share completed form back to Guidance

Last name A-M send to

Last name N-Z send to


 HHS 9th Grade Course Descriptions


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 13th!

Unfortunately, many interviews had to be rescheduled for Monday the 13th from Friday the 10th. Your students have been rescheduled to meet with Whittier staff on Monday the 13th. 

The team from Whittier will be at Hunking to interview applicants on Monday, March 13th. The interview appointment list for March 13th will be 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 Admissions
  • Whittier Admissions: 978.373.4101 x252  |

Work Permits

Lots of students are looking to start jobs! Work permit information can be found here:

Guidance Information

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.





Hunking’s ST Math Puzzle Clubs!

Hunking’s 500 Puzzle Club

Hunking’s 1,000 Puzzle Club

Hunking’s Finishers Club


i-Ready  March Madness

It’s back!  i-Ready March Madness started this week!  We will be looking at ELA and Math Lessons Passed averages.  Updated brackets will be posted each Monday.  


 Math Drop-in Center  Grade 4, 5  & 6  


Grade 4 students are now welcome to join us in the library every morning from 8:00. to 8:25 A.M for extra help in math.

Congratulations to Anthony Santos- winner of the February raffle!


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!


4th Grade –Ms. Mastropiero wants to say CONGRATULATIONS to Jacoby, Cam, Mikey, Charlie and Adrian who got to pie her in the face for having the highest increase on the Winter i-Ready diagnostic! The top 3 scores in reading and top 3 in math got to pie Ms. M in the face!! 🙂 Who will get to pie her in the Spring?

8th Grade: Eighth graders turned their hallway into a viewing gallery of student-created websites. See more information and links to these informative and creative sites here.


STmath heart challenge. Top winners Keren, Kendall and Emmett chose to have pizza with Mrs. Fielding. 


NEWS FROM OUR NURSES:   The Health office will be continuing mandatory Postural screening for 7th grade and for students in 5th, 6th and 8th, who missed their classroom screening  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. 





3-13: co-ed practice 3:00-4:30    

3-14: game @ nettle girls play 1st

3-15: practice cancelled due to academic bowl.

3-16: co-ed practice 3:00-4:30(change from original schedule)

      *optional practice every day 8:00-8:30am




ACADEMIC BOWL: Next week is a huge week for our Academic Bowl teams. We will have our next practice on Monday until 3:30. It is our last practice prior to the semi-finals, which is on March 15th here at Hunking. For semi-finals, we need the junior team here at 4:45pm and senior team here at 5:45pm. Once your team plays, you are free to go home. If we make it to finals on March 16th, juniors will need to arrive by 4:10 and/or seniors will need to arrive by 5:15. 


LEAD Program (Formerly VIP): next meeting is Thursday, Mar 16 until 4:00.


GRIT: Meetings every Monday 2:45 -4:30 until April 10


CHORUS: Chorus had some great rehearsals this past week! Junior Chorus will rehearse this Tuesday, March 14th and Senior Chorus on Thursday, March 16th. See you then!


STUDENT COUNCIL:  Monday is the last day to contribute to the “Pennies for Patients” fundraiser. Thank you for all that contributed and continue to. The classroom who raises the most money will earn a pizza party. The winner will be announced next week. As always, thank you for your support. We could not do this without you! The next meeting will be Tuesday, March 14th in room 110 at 3:00 p.m. Please ensure a ride is scheduled for 4:00 p.m.


NJHS: The NJHS team will be having our 2nd food drive this year to benefit the Sacred Hearts Food Bank right here in Haverhill. The Food drive will run from Wednesday, March 15 through Wednesday, March 29, 2023. Please consider donating non-perishable items to your child’s homeroom teacher during this time. We thank you in advance for supporting our community.


DRAMA CLUB:   8th grade class play cast members will have rehearsal Monday thru Thursday from 2:45 to 4:00 next week in room 216.  Important dates to remember the class play will be on March 31, 2023 at 7pm, formally on March 17. Xanadu will be on May 19, 20 and 21. 


GUITAR ENSEMBLE:   We are no longer accepting new members, but there’s always next year.  Outstanding job this week!  I’ll see you all next Thursday at 8:00!


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:

  1. Students can use this Google drive folder Instructions
  2. Anyone without an HPS email account can use this link to TreeRing
    1. Note: This method requires creating a username/password
    2. 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.




-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 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.