Silver Hill Horace Mann Charter School


Our Mission

Silver Hill Horace Mann Charter School is a thriving learning environment that nurtures, inspires, challenges and educates the minds and well-being of our diverse population of children in Kindergarten through Grade 5 where all children will achieve their optimal academic level and develop positive citizenship and character traits.

We support the growth of the Whole Child and the continuous professional development of the teachers in collaboration with the families of Silver Hill and the Haverhill Community. The vision of Silver Hill as a Horace Mann Charter is to provide our community with leadership in instructional practices, site based management by staff and parents, and increased community involvement in schools.

Our students wrote their version: The Mission of SHHMCS is to be NICE – Nurture, Inspire, Challenge, and Educate all students (Us!). Our thriving learning environment (classroom & school) helps us build and develop higher academic skills, positive citizenship and character traits.

  • Partners With Pizza

      Please Join Us for

    Partners with Pizza!

     Silver Hill Horace Mann Charter School invites you to a “Partners with Pizza” meet and greet to help us spread the word about our English Language Learner Program! We appreciate that you are a partner with us in helping your child be successful in his/her school programs, and want to know what we can do to make it even better! Friends and family with children who will be in grades kindergarten through grade 5 and would like information about Silver Hill are also welcome!

    We will have Ashley Bock, our English Language Learners teacher, and Graciela Trilla, Supervisor of English Language Education at the meeting to answer your questions.

    Lottery applications will be available.


    Thursday, October 23, 2014


    ** Childcare will be provided**

    Silver Hill Library

    Por favor unase a nostotros para una noche de Los Socios con Pizza!

    La Escuela Charter Silver Hill Horace Mann les invita a una noche de “Los Socios con Pizza” para saludar, aprender y regar la vos acerca del programa para el Desarrollo del Ingles Academico!  Apreciamos que usted sea un aliado en ayudarnos a que su hijo tenga exito en sus programas escolares y deseamossaber que mas podemos hacer para hacerlo aun major!  Los amigos y familias que van a ingresar a los grados de kindergarten a 5 grado y que deseen informacion sobre la Escuela Silver Hill son Tambien bienvenidos!

    Tendremos a Ashley Bock, nuestra maestro para el Desarrollo del Ingles Academico y a Graciela Trilla Supervisora del Programa ELE en la reunion para responder a preguntas.  Trendremos solicitudes disponibles para la Loteria.  Habra Interprete!

    Jueves 23 de octubre, 2014

    6:00 pm

    ** Se ofrecera cuidado para los ninos**

    En la biblioteca de la Escuela Silver Hill

  • Pokemon Cards

    Due to several current incidents surrounding Pokémon cards, we are asking that students please leave their cards at home.  We thank you for your cooperation in this matter.

  • Coffee With the Principal

    Topic: MCAS: How’d We Do, Plans from Here,

    PARCC This Year 

    Wednesday, October 22, 2014

    6:00 PM (Childcare Provided)

    Silver Hill Library

    *Please note new time

  • Silver Hill Retains Level 1 Status!

    I am very proud to announce that Silver Hill is Level 1 once again! This is the third year in a row that our grade 3-5 students have achieved the highest level in the MCAS testing.  MCAS is a rigorous test of reading, writing, math, and in grade 5, science. This is a tribute to the dedication and commitment of our staff, not only in these three grades but starting in kindergarten! My next Coffee with the Principal on October 22, will be a review of our MCAS data and a brief overview of the upcoming PARCC assessment, which will be given instead of MCAS this year. Hope to see many of you there!


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    2014 School Overview

    2014 School Report Card




  • Silver Hill Accepts Team Zylkuski’s ALS Challenge

    A fun (and refreshing!!) way to start the school year! Cooled off for a good cause!

  • Picture Day

    Make up day for pictures is scheduled for Monday, October 27, 2014


  • Welcome

    September 8, 2014

    Dear Silver Hill Families,

    Is it just me, or is summer getting much shorter! It was a quick one, but it’s good to be back into the swing of things. It’s not nearly as much fun without the kids! On behalf of all of my staff, I want to welcome back our “old” friends and welcome all of our new families. We are returning with 595 students, including 91 new kindergartners and 31 new students in grades 1-5, so we have many new faces and names for me to learn! We also welcome several new staff. Stephanie Reiland is our new Academic Support teacher. Stephanie was hired last year as a special education ESP, so her energy, enthusiasm, and positive attitude are already known to us all! Scott Singleton, who was with us part time last year as our school based Lahey clinician, is our new School Adjustment Counselor. Scott made many connections with our students and families last year, and we are fortunate to now have him on staff in this new counseling position. Alexandra Handel has joined our first grade team, coming to us from Lawrence where she taught second grade for one year and first grade for the last three years. Her upbeat personality and experience make her a great fit for our dynamic grade one team! Jennifer Gagnon is a new special education ESP. Jen did her student teaching with us last year and we were very happy to be able to find a spot to keep her! And our last “new hire” is a familiar face to most of you. Chris Saab is now an official member of the staff, joining us as a special education ESP in kindergarten. We already know from Chris’ PTO leadership what a strong advocate she is for students and teachers, and we are thrilled to have her as part of the Silver Hill team!

    During all of the orientations, I told families that I know you are trusting us with your “babies” and we will make sure that they have a safe, happy, and challenging learning experience here at Silver Hill. Especially for you new kindergarten parents, I know first hand how hard it is to send that little one off to school, taking photos as they hop on the bus, and knowing that they are beginning a brand new stage of growing up and new found independence. Many of you have heard me say, “The kids are way more resilient than us parents.”

    As I look back over my own sons’ first day pictures, through elementary, middle, high school, and off to college, it always reminds me of how special that first day is every year, and how it marks so many new beginnings. Several years ago when my oldest was going off to college, a parent sent me the following article. I’d like to share it with you… think it says it all.

    I look forward to working with you and your child in a year filled with meaningful, rigorous, and fun learning experiences.




    Mike Levine, Times Herald-Record: The First Day of School

    September 5, 2006

    Dear Reader,

    I wrote this column a decade ago. Since then, parents have told me it’s a way they mark the arrival of September’s first school bus. I’ve added a few lines for today. Here’s to a safe and healthy year for all our children.

    Quick, before they leave this morning. Take a good look. Touch their faces, run your hands through their hair.

    We got antsy with them last month, but now we want time to stand still. Like falling leaves and chilly mornings, some great force signals us today. We are aware of life passing.

    See the kindergartner with a brave, bewildered smile watching her mother cry as the school bus pulls away. The high school freshman with a lump in his throat hears his father whisper everything will be OK. Brothers and sisters who fought all summer now hold hands.

    Today is proud, today is helpless, today is tomorrow. This is a special morning, wrenching and sacred.

    As a young reporter, I wonder why. What’s the big deal about the first day of school? I would write down quotes in my notebook and comprehend nothing. Then I became a parent. I found out. We mark time by today.

    On this morning, we remember our own parents and our own childhood. We are filled with the smell of old raincoats, the sticky bond of classroom glue, the childhood knot of worried excitement. We were so small and lost. (Secret: A part of us is still lost. We tell no one.) Now we have children of our own. On this morning, we remember the moment of their birth. We see this is all just a matter of time. Once, we thought our children were ours alone. Each September, on this day, we learn better. Nothing is ours to keep. Time passes through our eyes this morning. We see our children as newborns, we picture them as grown-ups. We see them walking their own children to school. Time passes in the beat of a heart. I have seen my first kindergarten boy walk into his dorm on his first day of college. A few days ago, my younger son left for college. I stood there, at once empty and full, as frightened and proud as the morning his first school bus pulled away. Come on, it’s getting late. The bus is coming up the road. I’ll keep this short.

    Make sure they have everything they need. Double check. Write their name on the backpack. Sweetheart, did you remember your lunch money? Dad, don’t call me mushy stuff in front of the other kids.

    They are right. Like the summer birds leaving us, our children know what to do. Like September leaves waving on the trees, we, too, give way to the winds of change.


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