J.G. Whittier Middle School

JG Whittier Mission Statement

Mission Statement

John Greenleaf Whittier Middle School strives to be a community of learners dedicated to educating adolescents. We are preparing children for the future by providing differentiated education, which will encourage all to be responsible, active, respectful, and tolerant members of our school and society. We provide a safe atmosphere that is intellectually challenging and that recognizes the student’s physical, emotional, social, and academic needs. Frequent and open communication is encouraged to help ensure the effectiveness of the education we provide. We believe that it is the responsibility of the entire school community to share in the education of the middle-school child.

  • Whittier’s Got Talent! Join the fun Thurs., May 25

    Please join us at the School Talent Show!


    • Thursday May 25th
    • Doors open at 5:45 PM, Show starts at 6:30 PM
    • All students who are dropped-off must be picked-up by 7:45 PM


    JGW Cafeteria

    Premium Seating Available:

    • First row $3.00
    • Second row $2.00
    • Third row $1.00
    • Premium tickets sold on a first-come, first-served basis
    • All other seats are FREE


    50/50 Raffle

    Gift Basket Raffle


    We will have pizza, soda and snacks available for purchase! 

    All Refreshments $1.00 each

    And the winner is…  Hope to see you there!

  • Spring is Here

    Dear Families and Students,


    As we head into Spring, I wanted to take a moment to remind everyone about the importance of dressing appropriately when in the school environment.


    The staff at the JG Whittier will continue to enforce the school dress code. Students will be preparing for several public presentations of their work in coming months and we have many visitors at this time of year. We feel it is important for students to make a positive impression in our community and dressing appropriately is important in that regard.


    Students who do not come to school dressed appropriately will be asked to change clothes or, if that is not possible, a call will be sent home to get different clothes.


    The JG Whittier Middle School dress code is designed to maximize personal expression and style, while maintaining a positive atmosphere that allows everyone to feel comfortable and do their best learning.


    Below is a list of prohibited clothing. “Clothing” refers to any personal items, including jewelry/accessories, sweatshirts, backpacks, etc.


    Prohibited clothing includes:

    • Items with drug or alcohol messages
    • Clothing with ripped holes
    • Sunglasses or hoods (not allowed to be worn inside)
    • Spikes, chains or collars
    • Bandanas
    • Headphones
    • Wearing pants below the waist (i.e. no “sagging”)
    • Items that promote racism or violence
    • Items or combinations of clothing that have gang-affiliated significance
    • Clothing considered provocative (i.e. short shorts, spaghetti straps, low cut shirts, exposed midriff)
    • Any item considered extremely offensive or disruptive to the learning process


    Finally, a reminder about personal electronics:

    • All cell phones are turned off and put away during the school day.
    • Students are allowed to use a school phone in the office to call home in an emergency,  and parents can always contact their child by calling the main office at 978-374-5782.


    We are eager to work together with our families to maintain the best learning environment possible for our students.


    Thank you in advance for your support.


    Brian Gill, Principal


  • Early Release


    Friday, January 27th is a half-day due to Teacher In-Service. Students dismissed at approximately 11:00 AM.

  • Weather Delay 2 hrs.

    Due to the adverse weather conditions the Haverhill Public Schools will have a 2 hour delay today, Tuesday the 24th of January.  Thank you, Jim Scully, Superintendent of Schools

  • Vo-Tech Interview Dates – 8th Grade Applicants


    • Wed., February 15, 2017 & Thurs., February 16, 2017 — Whittier Regional Vocational (WVT) Interviews – Gr. 8 applicants only
    • Thurs., March 16, 2017 — Essex Agricultural & Technical Institute Interviews – Gr. 8 applicants only

    JGW School Counseling Department Web Page

  • ELL Department Notices – English Language Proficiency Assessment


    Dear Parent/Guardian of ELL Students,

    The purpose of this letter is to inform you that your student will be taking the ACCESS for ELLs 2.0

    assessment between January 5, 2017 and February 8, 2017. This test measures your student’s progress in

    listening, speaking, reading, and writing English language skills. Later this spring, your student will receive

    an Individual Student Report that provides information about how well he or she is progressing in the

    English language.

    Please review the following policies with your child before testing:

    Electronic Devices—If your student is found with ANY electronic devices, including, but not

    limited to, cell phones and smart phones, at any time during testing OR during breaks, his or her

    test section will be invalidated, which means it will not be scored. The best practice is for students

    to leave electronic devices at home or in their lockers on the day of testing.

    Leaving School—If your student leaves campus before completing a test section (for an

    appointment, illness, etc.), he or she WILL NOT be allowed to complete that test section. If your

    student does not feel well on the day of testing, it may be best for him or her to wait and be tested

    on the day designated for this purpose.

    To learn more about ACCESS for ELLs 2.0 test

    ACCESS Parent Notification Letter 2017 Spanish

    Thank you


  • Model UN Committees & Closing Ceremony


    Congratulations and Thank You to all who participated and supported the Model United Nations Program!

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  • Delayed Opening

    This morning, Monday, December 12th, due to the snow and icy conditions at this early hour it will be everyone’s best interest if we delay the opening of the Haverhill Public Schools by two (2) hours.

  • Permission Slips Due

    field trip

    Dear 7th Grade Parents,

    Field Trip Permission Slips for A Christmas Carol for the Wednesday, Dec. 7 performance are now due! 

    Please reply back ASAP so you child does not miss out on this enrichment activity.

    Thank you so much,

    JGW Grade 7 Teachers
  • HPS Drama Club Tryouts

    The Nettle Knight Players are excited to announce we will be opening our drama club to middle school students district wide, under the new name HPS Theatre Company.
    Auditions for our spring production of Broadway’s Jr. Aladdin will be held December 8th, December 12th, and December 14th  from 3:00 pm -5:00 pm in the Nettle School Cafeteria.
    An informational meeting for parents will be held Wednesday, November 30th in the Nettle Middle School Library at 6:30 PM.
    We look forward to meeting with all of you and your budding thespians. 
    Devon Foustoukos & Erin Parolisi
    Nettle Middle School​​
(978) 374-3400
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