Bobcat Bulletin 1/19/24



HUNKING THEME OF THE MONTH: We are embracing the theme of ACCOUNTABILITY throughout the month of January. Accountability is the act or condition of being responsible. Accountability is the acceptance of responsibility for honest and ethical conduct toward others. Finally it is an obligation or willingness to accept responsibility or to account for one’s own actions. Staff will be on the look out this month for students who are holding themselves accountable for their own goals and actions. 





February 2024 Vacation Academy

February 2024 Vacation Academy – Portuguese

February 2024 Vacation Academy – Spanish (1)

February 2024 Vacation Academy – Haitian Creole

February 2024 Vacation Academy – Arabic



  • Update: 106 students are registered! Once you have registered, your student will be added. However, just registering with no payment does not hold your spot. Chaperones, registration will be after Feb. 12th. Stay tuned. 
  • Students will be provided with a google form in their google classroom homerooms in February to list 3 other students for their room preference. Accommodations will be made as best as we can for students to room with their preferred choices. They will also be able to list three students that they would like in their chaperoned group.

Dates/Info to remember:

  • January 24th- MEETING CANCELED!
  • Feb. 9th-2nd payment $225 
  • February 12, 2024: Sign-ups for trip close. No exceptions.
  • May 22, 2024: Parent/Guardian meeting @ 6pm, Hunking. Please attend specifically for those students who will have medication distributed on the trip. Nurses will be available. Medication and doctors orders (that match the district permission form) are to be brought to this meeting.





  • The Someone Special Dance is scheduled for Friday, February 2nd in the Hunking cafeteria! K-2 is from 5:00-6:00pm; and grades 3-4 are from 6:30-7:30pm. Tickets are $5.00/each and can be purchased at: (Students and their “someone special” both require a ticket). Cash concessions will be available! If you’d like to donate/volunteer, please do so here

Someone Special Dance

  • The online auction is coming and we need your help! We’re looking for the following…please reach out with any questions:
    • Gift basket donations (movie night, game night, wine night, pampering night, etc)
    • Item donations (we will happily take those holiday gifts you don’t want!) so we can create a basket
    • Anything else you’d like to donate!



Meet your school counselors!

Grades 5 and 6: Sarah Petrick    

Grades 7 and 8: Terri Carney   terri.carney@haverhill-ps-org




Haverhill High School


HHS Programs:

Classical Academy: DEADLINE JAN 19th (please allow me time to process the application! Submit application as soon as possible!!) 

Apply: CA One-Pager (updated fall 2020)


Career Technical Education (CTE): DEADLINE FEB 16th (please allow me time to process the application! Submit application as soon as possible!!) 



Early College Information:

Students can begin taking Early College Classes in 10th grade! 


Whittier Tech DEADLINE FEB 1ST (please allow me time to process the application. Submit application as soon as possible!!)



Information on Private Schools

Private School Info 23/24




Kindergarten: The 100th day of school is quickly approaching. Students will be coming home with a 100th day of school project to work on at home with help from a family member. You will also be receiving information regarding our Valentine’s Day celebration. Reach out to your child’s teacher with any questions!


Grade 2: We are excited to take part in a nationwide Valentine’s Exchange!  Grade 2 will be sending a letter including facts about our city and receiving letters from different states across the continental United States.  Be on the lookout for pictures from where we have received letters and cards from during the month of February.


GRADE 3:  Students will be taking the Winter i-Ready Diagnostic in the next few weeks, beginning with Math on Monday (1/22).  We will use this data to create learning activities that target students’ particular gaps and needs.  Let’s make sure each child is ready to do their best on their Diagnostics!


Grade 7: ELA students submitted their poetry song analysis project today. Students applied knowledge from the poetry unit to popular songs of their choice. Next week we will be constructing an analysis essay using the work they put into their project. 


Grade 8: All 8th grade students were given presentations about the CTE program at HHS in science classes. Applications are not due until February but if your child is interested in the program have them apply sooner than later. Next week students will take the 2nd iReady Diagnostic in Math.



On Tuesday Jan. 16th and Wednesday Jan 17th, program leaders from the Haverhill HS Career Technical Education program visited Ms. Mansour’s and Ms. Tsolakos’ 8th grade science classrooms.  Leydi Diaz-Breton (CTE Recruitment & Retention Specialist), Victoria Kelley (Curriculum Supervisor of CTE), and Kevin Higginbottom  (Curriculum Supervisor of Science & Technology) met with students to discuss the five STEM CTE programs and the application process.

Incoming 9th grade students can enroll in one of the following programs: 

  • Information Technology; 
  • Programming and Web Development; 
  • Healthcare Occupations;
  • PLTW Engineering/Manufacturing; or 
  • PLTW Biomedical Science.

Students and parents/ guardians can learn more about the HHS CTE program by visiting the website at The application can be access through this website under the “Application Process” tab and the deadline for applying is Friday February 16, 2024.  After February 16th, CTE program leaders and Ms. Carney will collaborate to schedule applicants for interviews at Hunking on March 8th & 11th. Questions about these programs that are not addressed on the website can be directed to program leaders at


ST Math News!

Jiji’s Snowball Challenge is heating up!  With just over a week to go, who will be our winner?!




Spelling Bee Winners: We are pleased to announce the results of our middle school spelling bee. A total of 51 students competed for 14 rounds. Each one of these amazing students were already winners in their own class spelling bees, and we are so proud of them!


Our new spelling bee champion is Ashton K. from Grade 6. Ashton was a repeat competitor who also made it to the final round of the schoolwide spelling bee in fifth grade.  Ashton was joined in the final round by our first runner up, Daniel K. from Grade 5 as well as two students who tied for second runner up, Keilani G. from Grade 6 and Kalina C. from Grade 7. Congratulations to our champion as well as our first and second runner ups!


The following students complete our top ten roster: Spencer S. (Gr 8), Mia B. (Gr 7), Gerald U. (Gr. 6), Zoe H. (Gr 7), Murilo N. (Gr 5), Frankie M. (Gr 8). Well done, competitors! 


NEWS FROM OUR NURSES:  If your child is out for an illness please reach out to the nurses at 978-420-1913.  Weather is getting really cold and we have had some snow recently. Please send your child in with proper attire. Make up and repeat vision and hearing screening will be continued in January. If your child was given a referral, please make sure it is sent back in after seeing an eye or hearing specialist. Stay healthy. 




Basketball: Our basketball teams will be hosting Sacred Hearts on Monday, January 22nd in their final regular season game before the playoffs. 




Academic Bowl: The first Academic Bowl practice for the junior & senior team will be Monday January 22 from 2:45 – 3:30 PM outside of Mr. I’s room 206.


GSA (Gender-Sexuality Alliance): The GSA calendar can be found here


LEGO Club: The LEGO club calendar can be found here


NJHS: The NJHS calendar can be found here. Please check the Google Classroom to apply for a $500 scholarship and more opportunities for Community Service hours. 


Student Council:  All member meeting on Tuesday, January 23 from 2:45-3:30 in Room 301. See you all there!


Guitar Ensemble:  We will be meeting Thursday, January 25th at 8am in Mrs. Fairbrother’s room. We’ll be starting new songs and chords for our Spring concert May 21st.


Drama Club:  Rehearsals will continue to be on Tuesdays and Thursdays from 2:45 to 4:45 for Mean Girls Jr, weather pending.  Rehearsals are just for those cast in the show.  Tickets will be going on sale at the of January. 


YEARBOOK: The Hunking Yearbook Team needs your help! Do you have photos you would like to contribute to the yearbook? Please see attached flyer for instructions




-All students have been issued school IDs. It is required that they bring and wear their ID badges each day. These badges are also used for breakfast and lunches as well as to “swipe” on & off the bus. 


-Please make sure that your student(s) are coming to school daily with a fully charged chromebook. 


HPS has chosen School Device Coverage (SDC) to insure the Chromebooks that students have been issued. The cost of coverage for the year is $20 and includes accidental damage, loss, fire, and theft. As of right now, families have the option to sign up during the month of September (we will let you know if it extends). After sign up closes, only new students will be given a special code to sign up at registration. Our website explains SDC and has instructions on how to signing up online:


Qustodio: a FREE student safety, digital wellbeing platform that helps parents/guardians control their child’s access to the internet on their school issued devices. Qustodio is FREE for HPS Students/Families. More information and how to sign up for Qustodio can be found on our website at:


-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. 


SCHOOL POLICIES: Please click on the link below to review Hunking policies including cell phone, dress code, and pick up & drop off procedures: