Silver Hill Elementary School
The Mission of Silver Hill Elementary School is to be a thriving learning environment that educates, inspires, challenges and nurtures the minds and well-being of our diverse population of children Kindergarten through Grade 5; where all children achieve at their optimum academic level and develop positive citizenship and character. Silver Hill supports the growth of the Whole Child and the continuous improvement of the teachers in collaboration with the families of Silver Hill and the Haverhill community.
Our students wrote their own version: The mission of Silver Hill is to educate, inspire, challenge and nurture all students (US). Our thriving learning environment (classroom & school) helps us build and develop higher academic skills, positive citizenship and character traits.
Thanks to several parents, I realized I had not given permission for you to edit the google form to sign up for the Morning Mingles on Wednesday August 14th from 8:30-9:30am or Monday August 19th from 8:00-9:00am! Not very helpful at all! I think I may have been just so excited to meet you all that I hit send too fast! I believe I have corrected that mistake. Please try again to sign up at the following link.
In addition, the open House is scheduled from 4:30-6:00pm on Monday, August 26th! Again, I will just blame it on my true excitement for the upcoming school year!
I have also received many emails concerning class lists and class supplies needed. As a district, we will be posting the class lists on Friday, August 23rd. Class supply lists should be on the school website and the PTO facebook page within the next few days. I understand how difficult this can be for many of the students and parents alike. Please know we have an amazing staff here at Silver Hill! Aside from the wonderful students, the staff was a huge draw for me to apply for the role of Principal here. I can assure you, we are putting a lot of thought into the class lists and trying to ensure the best fit for each and every student! Your patience and understanding are greatly appreciated.
I am truly looking forward to meeting with all of you at some point over the next few weeks. Still plenty to get done at school but forming connections with school and families is a top priority! Please feel free to email if you have any other concerns with the google form or anything else I may be able to assist you with.
Thank you and have a great night,
Mary Ellen Lucas
Silver Hill Principal
May 28, 2019
Dear Silver Hill Families,
I am thrilled that Mary Ellen Lucas has been nominated as the new principal of Silver Hill Elementary! Mrs. Lucas has shown her dedication to our students and staff from the minute she started as an Assistant Principal mid year and has been a tremendous asset to the school during this transition year. Staff is excited to welcome Mrs. Lucas into her new role, and I know she will provide exemplary leadership for the Silver Hill community. I wish her all the best in her new position!
This week will be my last week at Silver Hill. I want to thank you again for your partnership in sharing your children with me during their early learning years. I know I’ve learned just as much from them as they may have from me! I have been blessed to work with an amazing group of educators, custodians, cafeteria staff, families, and most all, I’ve loved my daily hugs and always interesting conversations with our wonderful students! My memories of Silver Hill will forever have a place in my heart.
I hope you all enjoyed the Memorial Day weekend and summer weather. A very special Thank You to all of our service men and woman and their families. Your sacrifices keep our country free, and our nation is truly grateful for your service.
And with Memorial Day comes the start of the summer season. The last few weeks will fly by…even faster than the rest of the year seemed to! Enjoy it all… Silver Hill ROARS on!
With gratitude and love,
May 13, 2019
Dear Silver Hill Families,
MCAS is almost done! Grades 3 and 4 are complete, Grade 5 will be taking the STEM Session 1 on Tuesday, May 14, and Session 2 on May 16. Thank you for getting your child to school on time and ready to go!
Tonight is the City Wide “Arts Alive” Show from 4:00 – 7:00 PM at Haverhill High School. There will also be additional viewing times May 13 – 16 from 9:00 AM – 3:00 PM. This event is always a wonderful display of Haverhill students’ artwork, including lots from Silver Hill!
Last but not least, a huge thank you to our PTO Board, Nicole Kardos, Andrea Barman, Amy Nazzaro, Lauren MacKinnon and a HUGE special thanks to Tessa, Karlyn, and Ameila Boiselle for decorating, setting up, and organizing the staff breakfast! We have some great cooks in our school. Thank you to all of the volunteers who made Staff Appreciation Week an amazing week of being appreciated and spoiled. The umbrella is especially useful!
Have a great week,
May 14 – 5th Grade Science MCAS
May 16 – 5th Grade Science MCAS
May 17 – Storyteller Marty Kelley & Musician Steven Blunt
(sponsored by PTO)
May 23 – Grades 2 & 3 Band & Chorus Memorial Day Concert
May 24 – PTO Fun Run Grades 3 & 5 @ 10:15, Grades K & 2 @ 11:15,
Grades 1 & 4 @ 11:45
May 27 – Memorial Day: NO SCHOOL
May 29 – Grade 1 Patriotic Celebration @ 9:30
May 29 – Title I Night Grades 3-5: STEM Activities 6:00 – 7:30 PM
May 30 – Kindergarten Shoe Presentation 10:30 – 11:00 AM
May 31 – ROARS Assembly
June 3 – Grade 5 Luau BBQ
June 3 – Camp Tricklin Falls – Grade 4
June 3 – Grade 3 Junior Police @ 9:30
June 4 – Grade 5 Math Museum: 9:30 – 10:30
June 4 – Grade 5 Luau (rain date)
June 5 – Grade 3 Museum of Science Field Trip
June 5 – Kindergarten – Baby Beluga @ 2:00 PM
June 6 – Grade 4 Camp Tricklin Falls (rain date)
June 6 – Grade 5 Banquet 6:00 – 8:00 PM
June 6 – Math Museum @ Haverhill High School
June 7 – Field Day
June 10 – Field Day (rain date)
June 10 – Junior Police Graduation @ Bradford Elementary
June 10 – PTO Meeting 6:00 PM
June 11 – Kind is Cool Day
June 11 – Grade 4 & 5 track meet @ Haverhill High School
June 13 – Last day of school (half day) Summer time!
May 6, 2019
Dear Silver Hill Families,
Happy Staff Appreciation Week! I have been blessed to be the school leader of such a dedicated and talented group of educators. To all of you I say thank you for the caring and upbeat outlook you show each day. Your energy and commitment touch students’ lives and help make each day brighter. Your power of a positive attitude gives our children enthusiasm for learning. Silver Hill will always be a school community that works together to make a positive difference in the lives of our students. Education is for improving the lives of others and for leaving our community and world a better place through our actions – that is what defines the Silver Hill community of students, parents/guardians, and staff! Our school community ROARS and as the school principal I appreciate you all!!
A special THANK YOU in advance to our awesome PTO “Cruise Directors” for planning another spectacular Teacher and Staff Appreciation Week. I know I’m ready to “set sail” for all those goodies! J
This week’s events:
May 7 – Grade 3 MCAS – Math Session 2
May 8 – Kindergarten walking field trip to Market Basket
May 9 – Grade 4 MCAS – Math Session 2
May 10 – Grade 5 MCAS – Math Session 2
Summer Program Opportunities
Academic Bowl Champions!
April 8, 2019
Dear Silver Hill Families,
Congratulations to our Academic Bowl team: Lucy Cavallini, Sam Cordes, Sophia DeFrank, Maya Lique, Ming Pineiro, Lucas Ferreira, Karick Sebastian and their awesome coach Daniela Murphy for making it to the semi finals! Come cheer them on tonight as they play Nettle at 5:00 at Hunking School!
Evening conferences are this Wednesday, April 10. Teachers have sent out conference times. Conferences are an important part of communicating with your child’s teacher. We’re in this together! It is our goal to have every teacher have some sort of conference/communication with 100% of his/her class. We realize that this very short amount of conference time is not enough and will make every attempt to share your child’s progress with you through some form of two-way communication, whether it’s a conference, phone call, or e-mail. Mrs. Lucas, Mr. Parker, and I will be available during conference time if you’d like to stop by or schedule a time to meet.
We finished up our first week of MCAS testing, and all in all, it was a good week. We tell the students to be sure to get a good night’s sleep, get to school on time, answer every question, and just do their best. Please remember that attendance is very important. So we ask that unless it is an emergency that you do not make appointments on testing days. Also, if a student comes into school late, we cannot allow them to enter the classroom if the testing has started, and they will have to do make-ups.
We have our next ROARS Assembly this Friday. Grades 3, 4, and 5 will have their assembly at 9:30. Grades K, 1, and 2 will be at 10:30. Teachers have sent out the invitations.
Don’t forget the PTO meeting tonight is at 6:00. Get your raffle ticket!
Next week is our spring break vacation week. I hope everyone has a wonderful week off, with some fun adventures, relaxing family time, and great spring weather!
March 19, 2019
Dear Silver Hill Families,
I hope everyone is enjoying this sunny spring like weather. A reminder that tomorrow, March 20, is an early release day for professional development for staff. Kindergarten is dismissed at 11:15, all other grades starting at 11:30, or as buses arrive. Breakfast is served as usual, but no lunch is served.
March is certainly a busy month at school. Our first annual spaghetti supper was a big success. Thank you to all of our volunteers, to Fantini Bakery for the Italian bread, to Tuscan Kitchen who supplied the pasta, and a huge thank you to our PTO Board, Nicole Kardos, Andrea Barman, Lauren MacKinnon, Amy Nazzaro, and Evan Barman our “PTO Dad” for organizing and overseeing the night . I’m sure this “First Annual” will become a yearly event!
Another thanks to PTO for the K- 3 VIP Dance. I saw lots children all dressed up showing their dance floor moves with parents/guardians and teachers dancing up a storm with their students. A fun time was had by all! The grades 4-5 VIP Dance is on March 29th.
This Thursday, March 21, is our Title 1 family reading night for grades K, 1, 2. The theme is:
Roll out the Red Carpet
Lights, Camera, Read!
For students in grades 3, 4, 5:
The MCAS testing dates are as follows. Schools are rated for attendance during these assessments. It is important that all students attend school every day, and critical during MCAS test dates.
Grade 3: April 2 & 9
Grade 4: April 3 & 10
Grade 5: April 4 & 11
Make Ups: April 5, 8, 12 & 23-26
Grade 3: April 30 & May 7
Grade 4: May 2 & 9
Grade 5: May 3 & 10
Make Ups: May 6, 13, 17 & 20-24
Grade 5: May 14 & 16
March 8, 2019
Dear Silver Hill Families of current Grades K-4 Students,
You should have received a letter from Superintendent Marotta regarding siblings attending kindergarten at Silver Hill in the fall. Keeping our kindergarten students at Silver Hill is so important not only for continuity in each child’s educational programs, but also in building our relationships with families from the beginning of your child’s school experiences. This is the true concept of a neighborhood school and I am so happy to see that kindergarten will remain at Silver Hill!
In order to determine kindergarten numbers as soon as possible, the letter below went home in the mail. Included with the letter is a response form that asks parents/guardians to complete and return to the Silver Hill main office NO LATER THAN FRIDAY, MARCH 15. We must send all forms back to the Superintendent’s office on that date. Please note that we are only reaching out to the families whose children are currently in grades 1-4 and parents/guardians still need to register their children with HPS. If you have questions related to the letter, please contact:
Office of the Superintendent
I appreciate that the Superintendent is keeping the promise made by the previous administration in keeping our kindergarten classes at Silver Hill!
December 11, 2018
Dear Silver Hill Families,
I hope you are all staying “calm and bright” during this often hectic holiday time! I know how busy everyone’s schedules can be, and I appreciate the time you give to your child’s school. Family engagement is so important in your child’s education. Tomorrow night is Teacher Conferences. The allotted time is not nearly enough for us to give you all the important information that we have to share with you about how your child is progressing in school. Teachers are always available through e-mail, most have a communication system such as Remind or Dojo, our web site is frequently updated, and I am always available to meet with any parents/guardians who have concerns about their child – or just to hear how things are going! Knowing how brief the conference times are, if you are planning on attending conferences tomorrow night it would be very helpful if you could send an e-mail to your child’s teacher before the meeting with any specific information you’d like. This way, the conference can be targeted to discussing your priority. If you are not able to make the conference night, please let your child’s teacher/s know and they will schedule an alternative conference. We want 100% of conferences – e-mail, phone call, or in person!
Thank you for being a partner in your child’s education,
SANTA PARADE INFO
What a great day for a great cause, The 54th Annual Santa Parade
Mrs. Shepherd and Mr. Parker with one of our Silver Hills walkers.
It was a pleasure to see all of our Silver Hill families along the route and we loved walking in conjunction with the Mt. Washington Alliance.
October Update !!!
October 25, 2018
Dear Silver Hill Families,
Tomorrow is Red Sox Day! Wear your colors to cheer on the winning team!
Trick or Treating in Haverhill has been moved from Saturday to Sunday night from 5-7, anticipating some bad weather on Saturday. Silver Hill does not have a costume day, and we ask that parents/guardians do not send children to school wearing costumes. We DO have an Orange and Black Day on October 31st, so wear your Halloween colors that day!
The City has decided to reschedule Trick Or Treat to this Sunday, Oct. 28, from 5 to 7 p.m. As we all know, it was originally scheduled for this Saturday. But we are moving it due to forecasts of heavy rain and wind Saturday evening. According to the National Weather Service, the chance of better weather is more likely Sunday night. Happy Halloween!!!
Tomorrow is our first ROARS (Respect, Ownership, Attitude, Responsibility, Safety) assembly to recognize students who have gone above and beyond to consistently show RESPECT at school. Our ROARS assemblies are part of our Social-Emotional Curriculum, using the PBIS model. Positive Behavioral Interventions and Supports (PBIS) is a program for schools to encourage good behavior and improve school safety. We believe that ever child can learn proper behavior. With PBIS, children learn about positive behavior, just as they learn other subjects like math or science. Letters have gone home to the parents/guardians of students who will be receiving an award at tomorrow’s assembly. Congratulations to those students and their parents/guardians!
Some parents have asked about Progress Reports. Silver Hill uses a standards based report card, and will continue to do so. With standards based reporting, there are no progress reports. The grading is based on trimester reporting. There may be confusion if a family has received a “progress report” developed by an individual teacher. Silver Hill teachers may use their own form of communicating. Mr. Parker has been updating our web page, and staff have a direct link to their email on the Silver Hill Staff page. http://silverhill.haverhill-ps.org/shhmcs-staff/
This would be a good way to keep in touch with your child’s teacher. Parents/guardians are always encouraged to e-mail or call the teacher if they would like to discuss their child’s progress!
And…last but not least, please do not allow your child/children to bring balls from home. We have had several children hurt after being hit with hard balls. We provide all the necessary recess equipment, chosen by our physical education teacher, Mr. Murphy. Mr. Murphy takes frequent inventory on the equipment, and will be sure that there is always enough safe equipment to keep our students active.
Full moon AND Trick or Treating all in one week! Wow!
Mid Week Update 9-26-18
Dear Silver Hill Families,
You can tell it’s been a busy week by the fact that this is already a mid week update!
Our bulletin board is up and ready to go for the Haverhill Public School’s School Everyday campaign. Our goal is to get students to school on time everyday. Chronic absenteeism is defined by the Department of Education as, “Absent 10% or more of the school year.” We have 180 days of school, so that would be 18 days. We know that there are times that your child just cannot be here…and if he/she is ill we want them to stay home! But we do encourage you to not plan vacations during school days. Even if your child makes up missed work, he/she is still missing learning experiences that can only happen by being in the classroom. Our school wide goal is to maintain a 95% average attendance from September – June. If there is a reason that getting your child to school is difficult, please let me know and we’ll help. We can do this! The first Attendance Awareness Breakfast will be on Thursday 10/4/18, from 9:00-9:30. Parents/guardians of the winning class will be invited to attend breakfast at Silver Hill! As soon as I have more information on the upcoming breakfast, I will be in touch.
During tomorrow night’s School Committee Meeting, 7:00 in the City Council Chambers, Superintendent Marotta will present an overview of Haverhill Public School’s MCAS Data. I have provided her with highlights of Silver Hill’s data, and will be at the SC meeting to answer any questions. I am very pleased with our Student Growth percentiles, and very proud of the students and teachers who worked so hard to meet our goals! MCAS reports for students currently in grades 4 and 5 will be going home to parents/guardians within the next two weeks. My Coffee with the Principal on November 7 will be a presentation of our Spring 2018 MCAS data.
The October Coffee with the Principal will be on Wednesday, October 10, from 6:00-7:00 in the library. Fifth grade parents have requested an overview of the fifth grade programs this year. I have invited fifth grade teachers to attend, as well as Diane Palmaccio our reading specialist and Jenn Donais our math coach, to present the curriculum and programs. The notice and RSVP will be coming home with your child next Monday. Please list any specific questions you have so we can be sure to address them during the meeting. Thank you!
This year’s Walk for Peace will be held this Saturday, September 29, starting at 4:00 at GAR Park and ending at Riverside Park. Lots of fun with music, games, and food. Hope you can March for Peace on Haverhill City Streets!
Have a great week,
September 16, 2018
Dear Silver Hill Families,
Hope you had lots of family fun on this beautiful Sunday!
This year Haverhill Public Schools has adopted the theme, School Everyday. Excessive absences, dismissals, and coming to school late directly impact how you child performs in school. Students with good attendance outperform students who miss school regularly. We need your cooperation as parents and guardians in setting good examples by having your child in school each day on time and not dismissing him/her early. At our first ROARS assembly last Friday, I spoke to the students about the importance of coming to school everyday. Each month the class/classes with the best attendance will be rewarded with a variety of prizes. There is a School Everyday bulletin board in the school lobby that will show which classes are in the lead. I am hoping that EVERY class will win, with all families making your best effort to get your children to School Everyday on time so they can be successful learners!
We are asking for donations for school supplies for families in our school community. Although we have a school budget, these items can be costly and must be frequently replaced. Any and all items are appreciated, from backpacks, to markers, to pens. There will be a box in the office for you to drop off your donations, and I will be delivering them to the Mt. Washington Alliance on Wednesday, September 26. Thank you in advance for helping our school community!
We will be using our school website as the best way to share information on all school events, including grade level updates, information from our School Adjustment Counselor Amanda Symmes, and our Nurse Kelli Fetty. http://silverhill.haverhill-ps.org We also have a menu for PTO http://silverhill.haverhill-ps.org/pto-2/ We are working on getting our website updated, and appreciate any suggestions you may have!
Just a reminder that we serve breakfast starting at 8:30, and all students who are eligible for free lunch are also eligible for breakfast. When mornings are hectic, this is a great opportunity for your child to have his/her breakfast right at school.
Hope you’re easing into the school routines. As always, please call or e-mail if you have any questions.
August 26, 2018
Dear Silver Hill Families,
This is my back to school Weekend Update…and it’s a different one! Last year it was snow and now it’s heat! Due to the extreme heat expected this week and lack of air conditioning, Superintendent Marotta has called for early release days on Tuesday and Wednesday. That means that based on when the buses arrive I’d expect the students to be dismissed at 11:30. Breakfast starts at 8:30, and no lunches are served on early release days. The Y program is open so if you have made arrangements with them, you are all set. What a first day!
I apologize to those of you who have been anxiously waiting to hear who your child’s classroom teacher will be. We’ve had some last minute changes and letters have gone home for most of them. Colleen Wezesa will be teacher in grade 2, Room 205. Mrs. Wezesa is excited to join the grade 2 team! Laura Guimond will be taking the grade 5 position opened up by Mrs. Wezesa. Mrs. Guimond will be in Room 308. Mrs. Guimond taught grade 5 in Texas for seven years before moving to Massachusetts where she taught grade 5 in Fall River for the last two years, so she is new to Silver Hill but not to grade 5! Lori Caron accepted a transfer to teach grade 4 at Hunking, and Morgan Connell will be teaching that class in Room 311. Ms. Connell received her degree in Elementary Education from Stetson University in Florida, and last year did a full year student teaching as a grade 5 teacher in Florida before moving back to New England. We are happy to have their experience, and they are excited to join the Silver Hill family!
Mr. Gartner accepted a position closer to home, and Kevin Murphy will be our new Physical Education teacher. Mr. Parker and I were impressed by Mr. Murphy’s enthusiasm not just for the physical requirements of teaching, but his commitment to behavior and character standards. His experience with PBIS and involvement in the Haverhill community, where he is on the District Wellness Committee, makes him a great fit for the Silver Hill community. Mr. Murphy is coming to us from High Plain Elementary in Andover, where he was a long-term substitute for their physical education teacher.
I hope to see you all tomorrow night for Open House, 3:30 – 5:00. We will have representatives from transportation, the Mt Washington Alliance, PTO, and the YMCA to answer all of your questions.
I am excited about starting the new year as Silver Hill Elementary School. We have amazing staff, great family involvement, and of course, the best kids anywhere! It’s going to be an awesome year! J
See you tomorrow!
August 5, 2018
Hello Silver Hill Families!
Wow! My first Weekend Update for the 2018-2019 school year…I’ve had a wonderful summer but must admit I’m looking forward to having the kiddos back! And I bet you are, too JI hope everyone is enjoying a fun filled summer. It does fly by!
I wanted to send out a summer letter to give you some information on upcoming dates and events to slowly ease you back into the school routine.
First…It is with pleasure that I announce Brendon Parker as Silver Hill’s new Assistant Principal. Brendon is not new to Haverhill. He grew up here, graduated from HHS, taught at Golden Hill, and served as an Assistant Principal at JG Whittier and Consentino. For the last five years Brendon has been the Dean of Students at Marsh Grammar School in Methuen, a Pre-K – 8 school with 1350 students. His focus as Dean included academic curriculum and also PBIS implementation and data analysis and positive discipline. Brendon also worked with the guidance team to develop a “mental health aware environment”. With his background in working on Social-Emotional Learning, he is a perfect fit for our school community. He’s a hands on leader and is even looking forward to monitoring our lunches and recesses! (Yes, he really did say that!) I am excited about working together as an administrative team and welcome him to the Silver Hill community. If you have a chance in the next few weeks stop by and say hello, or introduce yourself at Open House.
To communicate with our families we will be frequently updating our web site. http://silverhill.haverhill-ps.org I will also be sending my Weekend (Sometimes Mid Week) Updates. Please use this web site as a reference for school information including calendar events, classroom news, resources from our specialists, and a link to PTO. Please let me know if there is something that you’d like us to include on our web page. Frequent communication with our families is always our goal!
Our Open House will be on August 27, from 3:30 – 5:00. A flyer is attached. Hope to see you all there!
The first day of school for grades 1-5 is Tuesday, August 28. Our school day begins at 9:00, students may begin arriving at 8:30. We do not have staff on hand before 8:30, so for the safety of your child/children we ask that you please do not drop them off before that time. Thank you in advance!
We will continue to house the YMCA program for before and after school child care from 6:30 a.m. until 6:00 p.m. I have met with their director to increase the number of students they can enroll, so hopefully we’ll have more spaces. You will need to call the Y directly to reserve a space for your student/s. The number is 978-374-0506. https://www.northshoreymca.org/child-care-camps/after-school-program
Friday, August 31 is an early release day to begin our Labor Day Recess. Early Birds will be dismissed at 11:15, kindergarten walkers at 11:25, and each grade level about every five minutes after, starting with grade 1. No lunches are served on Early Release days.
Please be patient with buses for the first week or so. It takes a while to get the routes down, so the times may not be exact. IT has posted the neighborhood lines on the HPS web site and is working with the bus companies to include bus number assignments. Until then, Coppolla buses will have routes set in time for Open House. To find out your school neighborhood, go to the HPS web site under Transportation, http://www.haverhill-ps.org/transportation/school-assignments-by-street/ and type in your street name/number.
Kindergarten screenings will take place on August 28 – 30. I’ll be sending home the Welcome to Kindergartenpacket this week that will include assigned teachers, screening appointment times and lots of kindergarten information.
It’s going to be a great new school year at Silver Hill Elementary School!
Enjoy the rest of summer,
Dates to Remember
August 27 – Open House 3:30 -5:00
August 28 – First Day of School for students in grades 1-5
August 28, 29, 30 – Kindergarten Screening. Letters will be mailed home assigning your child’s
August 31 – Labor Day Recess – Early Release, Grades 1-5, No School for kindergarten
September 3 – No School – Labor Day
September 4 – No School – Labor Day Recess, State Primary
September 5 – 9:00 – Full day of school K-5
September 10 – Picture Day (October 22 – Retake Day)
September 10 – PTO Meeting – 6:00 p.m.
September 12 – Early Release for Students – Staff Professional Development