J.G. Whittier Middle School

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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.

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  • Principal’s Weekly Update (5/26-5/29)

    Hello J.G. Whittier Students and Families,

    It is amazing to think that we have not physically been in school for 10 weeks! Memorial Day Weekend is now upon us, and everyone can see the finish line to the school year (only 4 weeks to go)! I want to thank both the students and families for continuing to prioritize education!

    Please remember that it is crucial that ALL students continue to put in their best effort into EVERY subject in order to ensure that they receive credit on their report cards at the end of the trimester. We appreciate your continued support and perseverance as we as a JGW staff continue to provide remote learning opportunities to help all students be successful.

    Please continue to encourage your students to hand in assignments to all of their teachers. We recognize that each family is different and that your student may not always be able to follow their remote learning schedule exactly as it is written, and that is understandable. The important thing is that the school work get completed (for ALL subjects) and turned in when it is most convenient for you and your family, taking into account your individual circumstances and prioritizing safety and well-being first. As always, if you have specific questions about any assignments, or how to access those assignments, please reach out to the specific teachers with your questions. I am also available via email at tbetty@haverhill-ps.org if you or your students have specific questions and would like to set up a phone call or virtual meeting with me.

    As always we have a great deal of information to share with you in regard to news in our classrooms and in and around JGW. You can find that information below…

    HAVE A WONDERFUL MEMORIAL DAY WEEKEND!!

    STUDENT BELONGINGS: 

    I would once again like to thank everyone for making our student belonging distribution days run smoothly. We were able to return belongings to 331 students over those 2 days this past week! We do still have some belongings left at the school, so if you believe that your student has belongings that need to be picked up, please email me (tbetty@haverhill-ps.org) and we can coordinate a time for you to receive these belongings. The last day to pick up belongings will be Friday, May 29th. Please remember that we also have a Lost & Found (1 new item added today: 5/22). You can click the link below to be connected to the Lost & Found. You only need to click on the picture and comment to claim the item.

    https://photos.app.goo.gl/xmbU5jqfq55syoNA8

    If belongings are not claimed or picked up by Friday, May 29th they will be donated.

    TITLE 1 NEWS: 

    JGW is hosting its first virtual Title 1 Event!  We hope your family will be able to participate!  

    Memorial Day 2020:  Honor and Remember 

    Our virtual Title 1 event will give families the opportunity to learn about Memorial Day.  Unlike other holidays, Memorial Day is not a celebratory holiday like Halloween or Thanksgiving.  It is a day to honor soldiers who died while serving.  For our virtual event, families can participate in the following activities:

    • Watch a video to learn about the history of Memorial Day.

    • Listen/watch to The Wall by Eve Bunting.  It is the story about a boy who visits the Vietnam Veterans Memorial with his dad to find his grandfather’s name.

    • Drive by or visit monuments and places in Haverhill that honor veterans and honor the soldiers who died while serving.

    The site for the Title 1 Virtual Event is here:

    https://sites.google.com/haverhill-ps.org/memorialday2020honorandremembe/home

    • Complete the activities.

    • The slideshow highlights the monuments and a cemetery in Haverhill to drive by or visit.  Some monuments honor veterans who served, and some monuments honor and remember those who died while serving.

    • Please click on the link below to complete the Family and Community Event Evaluation by Saturday, May 30, 2020.  https://forms.gle/YkGpeCUbgzrwgU5t5

    If you have any questions, please e-mail Jean Sargent (jsargent@haverhill-ps.org) or Jen Rubera (jrubera@haverhill-ps.org).  Thank you!

    YEARBOOK: There have been many questions about yearbooks. Once yearbooks have been delivered to JGW, we will set up a plan for all of those who ordered a yearbook to receive it. Remember that all of our 8th graders will be receiving their yearbook for free this year, thanks to the PTO! Please stay tuned…

    SUPPORT & COMMUNITY RESOURCES:

    Here is a reminder of some resources that could be useful to your family or others that you know:

    For Technology: Basic login support for students and parents should always start with the classroom teacher.  Then if there is something the teacher can not assist with please visit this webpage: https://sites.google.com/haverhill-ps.org/athome/   At the bottom of the webpage there are instructions on how students and parents can submit tickets for support. All you have to do is go to the Student Support Ticket system by visiting the HPS LaunchPad > ClassLink > HPS Tech Support and you can submit a ticket for support.

    For Community Resources: The city has a 311 number https://www.cityofhaverhill.com/news_detail_T30_R35.php that can help families connect with services.

    There is also information updated on the HPS website under community resources. http://www.haverhill-ps.org/haverhill-community-programs/. This includes food pantry and other resources as well as weekly updates on available therapeutic resources in the community including wait lists.

    GRADE 5 NEWS: 

    Ms. MacDonald: 

    Math:  The kids are doing a great job with their new material. Be sure to watch each video completely. Please keep working on your Topic 11 Independent Practice and Quick Check work. If you have any questions, please attend a Google meet during office hours.
    Science: This week we will be re-visiting orbit vs. rotation. There will be one hands-on investigation and a quiz due this week. Be sure to join Google meets during office hours if you have any questions!
    Ms. Sanguedolce: Congratulations to the following students for completing all of their work last week: Orange Group – Joseph, Jadelyn, Maya, Giovanni, Christopher, Sophia, and Ava; Red Group – Dillan, Jude, Mason, Jayden, Jonathan R., and Colby; Yellow Group – Lauryn, Ethan, Liam, Adriel, Brodie, Raquildis, Baylee, Yilliannis, and Enmanuel. This week we learned about coordinate grids, horizontal lines, vertical lines, and lines of symmetry. We also reviewed important math concepts like multi-digit multiplication, word problems, and math facts. Next week is a four-day week. Assignments will be posted on Tuesday and office hours will be held on Wednesday and Thursday.
    Mr. Marinella: Hello everyone, please continue to check Google and your emails for updates. History is working on a Tuesday/Thursday schedule, and English is Monday/Wednesday/Friday. I am encouraging all students to be reading everyday and Orange English will be posting their notes on those days. Please remember to attach or share your work with me. Assignments are generally due on the Friday of that week, but if any more times is needed or any questions arise please just ask via email or comments!

    ELA just finished “Chocolate Fever” and are writing an essay, ask your child what they think was the lesson of the book!
    History is moving on to the Civil War, talk with your kids about what you know from that time period or any famous Americans you remember from this time, or what they have already learned so far from class!
    History Shoutouts: Eve Farrell and Brodie Melvin
    ELA Shoutouts: Sophia Lafontaine and Jackson Casullo
    You have all been working hard and I am extremely proud of all of you!
    Ms. Simes: I want to give a “BIG SHOUT OUT” to the following students who completed all of their Week 5 ELA assignments and are my “ELA Superstars of the Week”: Eve F., Autumn G., Dylan G., Rowen G., Ryan H., Madeline J., Paige K., Saniyah M., Kaelie M., Aiden M., Lucas P., Dale P., Angelina R., Halley S., Aurora A., Jaida-Marie C., Sophia B., William C., Dillan D., Kayleigh D., Cameron F., Shannon G., Cash M., Jonah N., Jude O., Mason P., Jayden Q., Jonathan R., Colby S., Lauryn C., Ethan G., Liam G., Adriel H., Brodie M., Christopher M., Baylee P., Analia R., Yilliannis R., Zenia R., Jeremy S., and Enmanuel V.  We will continue with our Google Meets on Wednesday and Friday mornings, the link is located on the front page of your student’s classroom page.  Students will be working within their weekly folder of, “Week of 5/25 – 5/29.” They will read an article on Newsela and begin the process of a persuasive writing piece, this will be done in steps.  Additionally, students have completed their novel study of “The Great Gilly Hopkins” and will be working on a meaningful project.  Office hours continue to be everyday from 11:00 a.m – 12:00 p.m. for questions or assistance with assignments.  As always, if you have any questions or concerns, please do not hesitate to contact me at michele.simes@haverhill-ps.org.  Have a great holiday weekend.
    Ms. Lees: I hope everyone has a wonderful Memorial Day Weekend. The weather is blessing us. Next week, Miss Lees and her fifth grade reading groups will read another chapter and work on questions about what is happening to Henry in “Chocolate Fever.” Everyone will begin writing a persuasive essay to Mr. Betty and Mrs. Kitsos. Students should regularly be logging onto Lexia if it is assigned to them. Orange and Purple small group Google Meets and lessons continue on Mondays, Wednesdays, and Fridays for both Math and ELA. Students are encouraged to join all of these as well as to check in regularly with Ms. MacDonald, Mrs. Sanguedolce, and Mrs. Simes during Conference Hours. Additional teacher conference time to support students work completion will be on Tuesdays and Thursdays from 10:00 – 11:00. Parents are encouraged to set up weekly phone appointments for check-ins and appointments already set up will continue. Help is available by email (alees@haverhill-ps.org) and directly in Google Classroom for questions about ELA, Math, and History to support all assignments. See Classwork page in the Google Classrooms to see weekly assignments.
    GRADE 6 NEWS: 
    Ms. Delong: Science (Red/Blue/Purple) – We will be starting our Human Body Projects using the information we learned last week. Body System assignments will be posted on Google Classroom on Tuesday.  This will be an ongoing project that will take a couple weeks to complete.  We have Science class Tuesday and Thursday.

    Social Studies (Red/Blue/Purple):  We will be completing our last Ancient Civilization Project this week.  All projects are due on Friday.  You have all been doing a great job researching and we will be using these presentations to explore all civilizations the following week.  We have Social Studies class on Wednesday and Friday (Monday is a holiday).
    Google Meets will be on Tuesday and Wednesday next week from 12-1pm.  Families will get email reminders with the links.  Thank you to all the parents for their support during remote learning!
    Ms. Rubera: I am proud of you for working so hard to learn and grow!  This Monday is Memorial Day.  When we were preparing for our Veterans Day Ceremony back in November, we learned about the difference between Veterans Day and Memorial Day.  You learned that Veterans Day is a day to honor all those who have served in the military, whereas Memorial Day is a day to honor and remember those who died while serving.  I hope you will take the opportunity to participate in our Title 1 virtual event about Memorial Day.  The Wall by Eve Bunting is a beautiful story about a boy who visits the Vietnam Veterans Memorial with his dad to find his grandfather’s name. I hope you listen to the story and share your thoughts with me.  Also, I hope you visit or drive by the monuments in Haverhill.  Some of the monuments are very close to where you live!  Take care, and I will see you Tuesday and Thursday during our Google Meets!
    Ms. Aylward: This week students continued to read through Percy Jackson. They fought with Ares and rode a zebra cross-country. In writing they chose their argument topics and began to write the introduction to their essays.
    Ms. Sargent: Hello Grade 6.  Great Job again this week.  I think most of you are getting yourselves into a great routine of getting your work completed and passed in.  Thank you.  We have set up a Virtual Slide activity that you can do with your family in honor of Memorial Day.  Go to our website to check it out.  I hope you all enjoy your weekend and I will see you all on Tuesday’s Google Meet.
    Mr. Taylor: ELA- The Giver continues. How will Jonas react as he begins training for his new role? What will he think of the ways of society? Coupled with vocabulary and comprehension questions, we check in to see if Jonas is rethinking how the community works.

    SS- All projects should be completed by Friday.  Great job of researching! This skill will help you next year. We will be showing the some of the projects so you can learn a little about the civilizations you didn’t do later. Finishing up this week by adding pictures! No class Monday.
    Ms. Guisti: Grade six is doing an amazing job working on online assignments and attending google meets! Mrs. Guisti has been holding small group google meets during math and ELA in order to meet student needs and break down tasks.  In Math, Mrs. Guisti has offered extra help sessions for all students across all five math classes during the “study” block.  In ELA Mrs. Guisti’s small group continues to read and discuss Holes and work on online reading programs.  Mrs. Guisti has posted videos of herself reading the chapters aloud and discussing specific questions related to the characters and the plot. Ms. Blanchette has been holding small group google meet for both math and ELA. Ms. Blanchette and Mrs. Cronin continue to support students in google meets as well.  Mrs. Guisti, Ms. Blanchette and Mrs. Cronin have also continued to support students during one to one google meets and phone calls.  Please let us know if you would like one to one support and we can schedule that. Please email me at nancy.guisti@haverhill-ps.org
    GRADE 7 NEWS: 
    Ms. Marciano: During Week 7, students will complete a Flipgrid Check In video, read Chapters 16-20 of “Freak the Mighty”, and work on a cause/effect graphic organizer.
    Ms. DiGloria: For Remote Learning next Week (Week 7), students will have assignments on Wednesday and Friday. We will be learning about the death of the great Julius Caesar and the crumbling of the republic into an empire. This week, I sent home emails to families of students who were missing TWO or more assignments from the past two weeks. Please encourage your student to “catch up” and check Google Classroom for missing work. As always, please reach out to me with questions or requests for support.
    Ms. Berthiaume: It looks like you enjoyed the story of Icarus and his father, Daedalus, this week.  One of my favorite things is to introduce students to the portrait of Icarus by the artist Henri Matisse. I hope you liked that part of the lesson, too!  We will continue the oral tradition unit with more tales.  Be sure to turn in your work and keep up the great effort! I’m proud of you all!
    Ms. MacKinnon: Hello 7th grade parents!! hope everyone had a nice Memorial Day Weekend!! The weather was gorgeous!!! This week in science the kids will be learning about potential energy.  It is an A week so they will have science on Tuesday and Thursday.  On Tuesday they will have an optional assignment using a rubber band and a ruler, or they can do the vocabulary, or they can do both for extra credit!! On Thursday there will be a reading with questions.  Hope everyone has a great week, and thank you again for all your help with the participation, it has been great to see so many doing science still!!!
    Ms. Trombly: Mrs. Trombly.‘s math classes continue to work through Google classroom and sending their work through the Remind app.  We are currently in review of rates, proportions and geometry. Please email Mrs. Trombly at Strombly@haverhill-ps.org with any questions.
    Mr. LeGrand: This week we are working on multiplying and dividing rational numbers.  Please encourage your student to log on to my Google Classroom for assignments and updates.  As always, do not hesitate to reach out to me if you have any questions.  My email: wlegrand@haverhill-ps.org.
    Ms. Bilmazes: It’s been great to see increased google participation this week. Keep up the good work on assignments and continue to reach out for help. I’ve read some wonderful student-written myths this week. Enjoy the long weekend and be ready to work on Tuesday.
    Ms. Senior: It’s wonderful seeing students’ faces on the screen and working with them.  Reading and Mathematics are moving along nicely as students do their best in distance learning during these times.  Here’s hoping the long weekend brings rest and relaxation to students and their families.
    GRADE 8 NEWS: 
    Ms. Sullivan: All 8th grade science assignments will be posted on google classroom.  I have google meets on Tuesdays and Thursdays from 11-12 and office hours Tuesday from 1-2. I hold them to either answer questions or to do the assignment together.  Students should be checking their google classrooms for daily updates.
    For the blue group the civics assignments will be posted on google classroom.  I have google meets on Tuesdays and Thursdays from 12-1 and office hours Tuesday from 1-2. I hold them to either answer questions or to do the assignment together.  Students should be checking their google classrooms for daily updates.
    Mr. Harris: Blue & Purple Math – we will be finishing up Functions soon and moving into Expressions and Equations.  Specifically we will look at all the different relationships, and how to solve linear equations and systems of equations.

    Yellow & Orange Civics – we continue to look at the Legislative Branch of the government and how it functions.  Specifically, next week we will delve into how a bill becomes a law and the process that it takes.
    Please make sure your student is accessing google classroom, as that is the ONLY place I am assigning work.
    Mr. Blaustein: 
    Civics Red & Purple
    • I will add another article from Newsela this week- Once you are logged in go to Binder and click on My progress to go to new assignments. Remember to click on the activities tag to take the quiz when you finish reading.
    • I will open the next round of Chapter 6 The Executive Branch activities in iCivics.
    • All assignments in McGraw -Hill remain open.
    • Our Google meet are Thursdays from 1-2 look for the invitation in our Google classroom. This week 5/28
    ELA Blue & Yellow
    • I will the 9 article assignment I created in Newsela last week, open as many students have not completed it yet. – Once you are logged in go to Binder and click on My progress to go to new assignments. Remember to click on the activities tag to take the quiz when you finish reading.
    • I will post  Questions for the next two Outsiders Chapters [8 + 9] as well.
    • Our Google meet is Thursday from 1-2 look for the invitation in our Google classroom
    • Our Google meet are Wednesdays from 1-2 look for the invitation in our Google classroom. This week [5/27]
    Ms. Deblasis: Lesson 14 Assessments due today, Friday 5/22.  Next week will be a make up week for anyone that needs to get past assignments handed in.  No new lesson will be assigned next week.  Please email me any work you owe as soon as possible.  If you need to make sure you are caught up, email me or check in to one of my Google Meets either Wednesday 12-1:30 or Friday 12-1.  I hope you all enjoy the long weekend.
    Mr. Yanoff: The grade 8 accelerated math/Algebra 1 is busy reviewing for their placement exam May 28. Our attendance has been 100% since the pandemic stopped standard learning. We have meet at least three times a week, with an abundance of homework. They deserve to be commended, having completed the book. Sponges, pure sponges. Good luck class!
    Mr. Lewis: English class continues to roll with The Outsiders. In chapter 5, Pony and Johnny flee town after a “significant event” forces them to do so. Students worked on vocabulary to reinforce the two column note strategy and reading questions as they read. As always, if a student has fallen behind a little in work, that’s no problem, just please reach out to me at mlewis@haverhill-ps.org

    Have a great holiday weekend!
    Ms. Brown: Dear grade 8, first, please continue try to attend your teacher’s Google Meets, on Google Classroom. If you are struggling, you simply have to make an appearance – you can get your questions answered, and then sign off. My Google Voice is: (978) 361-3024 and my email: kbrown1@haverhill-ps.org. For those students that I have speaking to, only, please know that you still have to be in school, as difficult as it is, with all the great weather!  My office hours are Wednesday: 1:00-2:00.  Please enjoy your Memorial Day Weekend, however, please take some time to think of those that have given the ultimate sacrifice of their lives, not only in wars past, but in the world that we live in right at this moment.  Take care, be well, and I’ll see you on Tuesday!
    SPECIALISTS: 
    ART (Ms. Boulger): All assignments for grades 5-8 art classes are posted in Google Classroom. There is no need to buy any art supplies, all art assignments will focus around only using recycled materials that can be found at home.
    PHYSICAL EDUCATION (Mr. Demarais): We will be continuing with our workouts and challenges.  I have been hearing from more students but would love to hear from more of you!  There are several ways to maintain a healthy lifestyle (wellness).  Please take a moment to check in with me and let me know what you have been doing.
    HEALTH (Ms. Reynolds): As we continue on with our human body knowledge, we are focusing on the 5 senses.  The first lesson is all about vision and our eyes.  The second lesson this week is about our ears and hearing.  Take the fun quizzes to find out how you measure up!!
    SUPPORT STAFF: 
    GUIDANCE (Ms. Vlahos): I want to encourage you all to keep up the great work and finish the school year off strong!  I am very proud of your efforts and hard work during this unusual time.  I continue to be available to connect with and support all students and families throughout the week by email (jvlahos@haverhill-ps.org), please do not hesitate to reach out.  Aside from email, I facilitate check ins through Google Meet or by phone.  If desired, please email me to request a check in and I will coordinate with you.  My office hours are Tuesdays and Thursdays from 930-11am.
    STUDENT ADJUSTMENT COUNSELOR (Ms. Midolo): Please continue to encourage your child to attend our weekly social groups. The link and times to “google meets” can be found on my google classrooms page.

    As always, if you have any questions or concerns, please feel free to email me @ tmidolo@haverhill-ps.org.
    Stay safe and be well!
    STUDENT SUPPORT CENTER (Ms. Greenwood): The Student Support Center wishes you a wonderful and much deserved Memorial Day weekend! Enjoy the warm weather and we will see you next Tuesday on Google Meet. As always, you can send Ms. Greenwood or Ms. Christine a message through the SSC classroom page.
    STUDENT SUPPORT COORDINATOR (Mr. Newell): I am available Monday through Friday by email. Please contact me with questions, concerns or just to say hello.
    MSSP (Mr. Diffin): Great participation from the MSSP students for the week. The “Social Group” challenge is still going on. The 7th grade group won last weeks challenge and their Pizza’ were delivered on Wednesday. This weeks winner will get $10 gift cards to McDonalds. Keep up the tremendous effort! Enjoy the long weekend ahead.
    READING COACH/INTERVENTIONIST (Ms. Forrest): Hello students and families. As the school year is winding down, it’s time to start thinking about summer reading. Are there books that you’ve really been wanting to read all year, but haven’t had the chance to? Summer is a great time to catch up on your reading and to add some new favorites to those books you’ve read and loved.

    If you don’t already have a library card, Haverhill Public library has an online application. Click on this link to apply: https://www.haverhillpl.org/library-services/get-a-library-card/reg-form/. With your library card, you will have access to books online.
    I’m still looking for book recommendations and reviews from students. Please check in with your ELA teacher to get the Google Book Review doc. You can make a copy of the form and share it with your teacher and with me. You can also share your reviews with friends and family.
    Happy Reading!
    SPEECH (Ms. Ostovskaya): This week in Speech, we finished and reviewed part 2 of the conjunctions assignment, social skills inference assignment, and 3 different vocabulary assignments.  Several students have submitted all or some of these, but there are still quite a few people missing.  I encourage all students to try whatever you can of the work, and don’t hesitate to ask me for help if you need!  Even if you can’t finish everything, or don’t know all of your answers, please turn in what you have done so that you can get credit  for your work, and help if you need it. Assignments are NOT graded and you will NEVER lose points for turning something in late or not having everything 100% correct, so no need to worry!  Just give it your best effort and turn in whatever you can!

    This week we also started fun new assignments!  Students will work more on forming sentences with conjunctions, read or listen to an article about a REAL LIFE batman (!!), and make a virtual pizza!  Give these a try and let me know if you need help.  We’ll be going over these in next week’s Meets.
    Last, I want to give a HUGE SHOUT OUT to the Wednesday Google Meet group.  This week, we had the best turnout so far this year, with students from both 6th and 8th grade attending!  It was such a joy to see your smiling faces and I can’t wait to see you back next week!  I hope more friends are able to join us – stop by for 10 minutes or stay the whole hour, ask questions about homework or just say hi!  You’ll be glad you did 😀 (Meet times and links are posted in your classroom – 3:30-4:30 Mon or Wed, depending on your grade).
    NOTE: Since the upcoming Monday is a holiday, the Monday Google Meet group should watch for an announcement about rescheduling our meeting.  We will meet Tuesday or Wednesday – announcement coming soon!
    I hope everyone has a FANTASTIC LONG WEEKEND, and I look forward to see many of your next week!
    As always, don’t hesitate to email me with any questions.
  • Principal’s Weekly Update (5/18-5/22)

    Hello JG Whittier Families,

    Here is the latest information to share with you all for this upcoming week!

    STUDENT BELONGINGS: 

    We will be distributing all of your student’s personal belongings from their lockers back to you on Monday and Tuesday (5/18 & 5/19) rain or shine.

    The JGW staff worked hard emptying lockers and placing belongings in brown paper bags labeled with your student’s name on them. I must state that there is a possibility because students share lockers, that some belongings may have accidentally been put into your student’s locker partner’s bag. We did take great pride in trying to make sure that this did not happen, however, it is possible. We ask that when you get home with your student’s belongings that if you are missing something or have something extra, that you should first have your student contact their locker partner.

    Here is how distribution days will work: 

    Monday, May 18th from 1pm-5pm any 5th and 6th grade parents may come to the school to pick up their student’s belongings. This will work much like the chromebook distribution. We ask that you loop around the main parking lot and then pull up in front of the main doors as to avoid traffic backing up onto Concord St. Once in front of the school, a staff member will be there to great you and ask which student you are picking up for. We will then retrieve your student’s bag and bring it to your car.

    Tuesday, May 19th from 1pm-5pm any 7th and 8th grade parents may come to the school to pick up their student’s belongings. The procedure will be exactly the same as the one listed for Monday.

    There is a possibility that your student does not have any belongings here with us at the school, as we did come across several empty lockers. So it will be important for you to communicate with your student to make sure that they have things at the school that need to be picked up.

    Finally, we have developed a Lost and Found. Please look at the album created below at our 48 lost and found items. You are able to make a comment right on the photo if you are claiming the item, and we will then make sure to put that belonging with your student’s items.

    https://photos.app.goo.gl/xmbU5jqfq55syoNA8

    Please note that we have taken great care to retrieve and carefully place all of your student’s personal belongings safely in a bag for you to pick up. We however are not responsible for any lost or damaged items, and please note that we did have to cut off several combination locks because the combinations were not shared with the student’s homeroom teacher.

     

    PTO News: 

    The PTO met  Wednesday evening and voted unanimously to purchase yearbooks for all 8th graders.  They have been ordered!  Here are the meeting minutes:  (see attachment)

    5_12_2020 JGW PTO Meeting Minutes

    Here is the album showing our love for the amazing staff at JGW!

    https://photos.google.com/share/AF1QipPC4BIO8GZ3452Z8GgV8zQA1EDcvwJ218pSBLSN8qpJkgortAA2DDJjyu3wbr-rWA?key=anBOQUttYVUzRDAyVGxpZl9lY1hjTXdDV0RtR2FB

    JG Whittier PTO is now listed as a charity on AmazonSmile.  What does this mean?  You shop. Amazon gives. Amazon donates 0.5% of the price of your eligible AmazonSmile purchases to the charitable organization of your choice. AmazonSmile is the same Amazon you know. Same products, same prices, same service. Support your charitable organization by starting your shopping at smile.amazon.com.Please support JG Whittier PTO by using the following link when you shop,  https://smile.amazon.com/ch/90-0135139 or by selecting John Greenleaf Whittier PTO as your charity of choice.

    YEARBOOK: Our yearbooks are ready! Please see the link below to view the online order form. As mentioned just above, the 8th graders will all be receiving their yearbooks for free this year! We are excited about that!! We have also extended the time that you can place an order in grades 5-7 for your own yearbook until Monday May 18th. This is the absolute last day you can purchase a yearbook.  The price for the yearbook is $15. When yearbook orders are received and the yearbooks are shipped, we will set up a day to distribute the yearbooks to students. Please stay tuned!

    Yearbook Order Form

    VOLLEYBALL NEWS: 

    As you are all clearly aware, our volleyball season was cut short due to COVID-19.  Now that we are all relatively settled, we do have to ask for the return of the uniforms provided to your student.  The boys team received shirts and jerseys, while the girls team received only jerseys.
    We would kindly ask that you drop the uniforms off on either Monday or Tuesday between 1-5, the same time that Mr. Betty has provided for locker items to be picked up.  Hopefully this will take an extra trip off of your plate.  It would be extremely helpful if the uniform is placed into a plastic bag with a paper inside with your student’s name on it, as one of the coaches may not be the one to take the uniform from you.
    If you cannot make it to drop the uniform off at this time, please reach out to myself or Mr. Taylor (todd.taylor@haverhill-ps.org) so that we can arrange something with you for the uniform to be returned.

    TITLE 1 NEWS:  John G Whittier is a Title 1 school.  This means that we are a school that uses Title 1 funds to provide a range of services to support improving achievement for all students in academic and social/emotional learning.  We encourage all families to work in partnership with their child’s teachers to ensure student success.  The Title 1 Parent Facilitators at JGW are Jean Sargent and Jen Rubera.  Please contact them with any questions (jsargent@haverhill-ps.org and jrubera@haverhill-ps.org).

    During this unprecedented time, we would like to provide families with some resources to help students with academics and social/emotional learning.

    Academics:

    Social/Emotional Learning:

    • Helping Children Cope With Changes Resulting From COVID-19

    https://www.nasponline.org/resources-and-publications/resources-and-podcasts/school-climate-safety-and-crisis/health-crisis-resources/helping-children-cope-with-changes-resulting-from-covid-19

     

     

    Grade Level Remote Learning Schedules: Please see the attached schedules for each grade to utilize as a guide as to when your students should be working on each particular subject. We recognize that each family is different and that your student may not always be able to follow this schedule exactly as it is written, and that is understandable. The important thing is that the school work get completed and turned in when it is most convenient for you and your family, taking into account your individual circumstances and prioritizing safety and well-being first. As always, if you have specific questions about any assignments, or how to access those assignments, please reach out to the specific teachers with your questions. I am also available via email at tbetty@haverhill-ps.org if you or your students have specific questions and would like to set up a phone call or virtual meeting with me.

    Grade 5 Remote Learning Schedule

    Grade 6 Remote Learning Schedule

    Grade 7 Remote Learning Schedule

    Grade 8 Remote Learning Schedule

    Here is a reminder of some resources that could be useful to your family or others that you know:

    For Technology: Basic login support for students and parents should always start with the classroom teacher.  Then if there is something the teacher can not assist with please visit this webpage: https://sites.google.com/haverhill-ps.org/athome/   At the bottom of the webpage there are instructions on how students and parents can submit tickets for support. All you have to do is go to the Student Support Ticket system by visiting the HPS LaunchPad > ClassLink > HPS Tech Support and you can submit a ticket for support.

    For Community Resources: The city has a 311 number https://www.cityofhaverhill.com/news_detail_T30_R35.php that can help families connect with services.

    There is also information updated on the HPS website under community resources. http://www.haverhill-ps.org/haverhill-community-programs/. This includes food pantry and other resources as well as weekly updates on available therapeutic resources in the community including wait lists.

    GRADE 5: 

    Mr. Marinella: Hello everyone, please continue to check Google and your emails for updates. History is working on a Tuesday/Thursday schedule, and English is Monday/Wednesday/Friday. I am encouraging all students to be reading everyday and Orange English will be posting their notes on those days. Please remember to attach or share your work with me. Assignments are generally due on the Friday of that week, but if any more times is needed or any questions arise please just ask via email or comments.! Take a well deserved break next week, you have all been working hard and I am extremely proud of all of you!

    Ms. Simes: I want to give a “BIG SHOUT OUT” to the following students who completed all of their Week 4 ELA assignments and are my “ELA Superstars of the Week”: Eve F., Autumn G., Dylan G., Ryan H., Paige K., Saniyah M., Kaelie M., Aiden M., Dale P., Angelina R., Halley S., Sophia B., William C., Dillan D., Kayleigh D., Cameron F., Shannon G., Cash M., Jonah N., Jude O., Mason P., Jayden Q., Jonathan R., Colby S., John B., Lauryn C., Ethan G., Liam G., Adriel H., Brodie M., Baylee P., Yilliannis R., Zenia R., and Enmanuel V.  We will continue with our Google Meets on Monday, Wednesday, and Friday mornings, the link is located on the front page of your student’s classroom page.  Students will be working within their weekly folder of, “Week of 5/18 – 5/22.” They will continue reading within the myON app, “Clear Skies Above?” and complete a writing piece that will focus on “Cause and Effect.”  Students will share their “Firework” figurative language analysis during one of our Google Meets and we will complete our reading of “The Great Gilly Hopkins.”  Office hours are everyday from 11:00 a.m – 12:00 p.m. for questions or assistance with assignments.  As always, if you have any questions or concerns, please do not hesitate to contact me at michele.simes@haverhill-ps.org.  Have a great weekend.

    Ms. MacDonald: 

    Math: This week we will be starting a new unit with new material. All students in the purple group are required to join our Google meet at 10 am (Link can be found in Google Classroom) so that I can explain the new format of assignments.
    Science: Students in all color groups will continue their understanding of our star, the Sun. All assignments are due Friday, May 22nd. Please make sure students are joining Google meets if they are finding the material to be confusing.
    Ms. Sanguedolce: We are continuing to learn new math vocabulary, practice math facts, write word problems, and review important math concepts like multi-digit multiplication and long division. Congratulations to the following students for completing all of their math work last week: Orange Group – Joseph, Jadelyn, Giovanni, Christopher, Kayleigh, and Abigail; Red Group – Mason, Dillan, Jonathan R., and Colby; Yellow Group – Lauryn, Valentina, Ethan, Liam, Adriel, Brodie, Christopher, Baylee, Yilliannis, and Jeremy.
    Ms. Lees: Miss Lees and her fifth grade reading groups learn more about Henry’s adventures in “Chocolate Fever.” Students should regularly be logging onto Lexia if it is assigned to them. Orange and Purple small group Google Meets and lessons continue on Mondays, Wednesdays, and Fridays for both Math and ELA. Students are encouraged to join all of these as well as to check in regularly with Ms. MacDonald, Mrs. Sanguedolce, and Mrs. Simes during Conference Hours. Additional teacher conference time to support students work completion will be on Tuesdays and Thursdays from 10:00 – 11:00. Parents are encouraged to set up weekly phone appointments for check-ins and appointments already set up will continue. Help is available by email (alees@haverhill-ps.org) and directly in Google Classroom for questions about ELA, Math, and History to support all assignments. See Classwork page in the Google Classrooms to see weekly assignments.
    GRADE 6:
    Ms. Delong: 

    Science (Red, Blue, Purple) – Our exploration of cells is complete and I am so proud of how everyone handled the difficult material.  I want to give a special shout out to Evey Mansour, Aneida Ortega, Allyssa Rodgers, and Jack Perkins for making some Edible Cells as part of this unit.  They came out great! We will be starting the Human Body this week through readings and questions.
    Social Studies (Red, Blue, Purple) – We are starting our LAST rotation of Ancient Civilization projects before reviewing all civilizations.  Since you are all familiar with the research process, you will have 2 weeks to finish the project.  Those projects will be due on Friday, May 29.  Everyone will be assigned a new civilization Monday so please check the Google Classroom for your new assignment!
    I will have Google Meets Monday, Wednesday, and Thursday from 12-1pm. Thank you to all my students for their continuous hard work during remote learning!
    Ms. Aylward: This week students continued their mythological journey with Percy Jackson. They met both Ares and Medusa, as long as they’re keeping up with their reading that is. Students are also working on Argument Writing, so they can back up their claims with evidence and reasoning, so I apologize if they start to sound like lawyers. I ask that families please check to make sure their student’s work is complete before it is submitted. Thank you for your help, and stay safe!
    Ms. Rubera: Mrs. Rubera:  I am so proud of all grade 6 families!  You are all working so hard to learn and grow.  We have settled nicely into our routine for learning.  Students, I appreciate your effort, respectful behavior, and cooperation during our Google Meets as we solve problems and learn about cell organelles. Families, I am so grateful for your support and frequent communication during this time.  Thank you!
    Mr. Taylor: 

    Social Studies  – We are starting our LAST rotation of Ancient Civilization projects before reviewing all civilizations.  Since you are all familiar with the research process, you will have 2 weeks to finish the project.  Those projects will be due on Friday, May 29.  If you have completed projects you may choose between Greece, Rome, or Egypt. If not, you will have to do the previous civilization you have not completed.
    ELA- We continue Learning what Jonas’s new role in the community will be in chapters 11 and 12 of The Giver. Vocabulary and comprehension questions to go with this new information.
    Ms. Sargent: Hi Grade 6, Keep up the great work.  I know it is getting harder and harder as the weather is getting nicer and nicer!!!   I want to remind you that as soon as you finish a paper you can send it in so I can give you immediate credit/feedback.  If you need any help please attend the google meets where I am conducting lessons that will help you.  Also, if you could please make sure your name and lesson # are placed on the work that you are doing that would help me tremendously.  Again, I miss seeing you all!!!
    Ms. Guisti: Great job grade six in continuing with your online assignments! Mrs. Guisti has been holding small group google meets during math and ELA in order to meet student needs and break down tasks.  In ELA Mrs. Guisti’s small group continues to read and discuss Holes and work on online reading programs.  Ms. Blanchette and Mrs. Cronin continue to support students in google meets as well.  Ms. Blanchette has been holding small group google meet for both math and ELA. Mrs. Guisti, Ms. Blanchette and Mrs. Cronin have all been supporting students during one to one google meets and phone calls.  Please let us know if you would like one to one support and we can schedule that. Please email me at nancy.guisti@haverhill-ps.org 
    GRADE 7: 
    Ms. DiGloria: In Week 5 of Remote Learning, students looked at our civilizations at WAR – the Persian War and the Punic Wars. There were two assignments this week (Monday and Wednesday), and an enrichment activity for FUN Friday. For Week 6 next week, students will have assignments on Tuesday and Thursday. I will continue to accept late assignments – please go back and check to see if your child turned in all their assignments. You can check SchoolBrains (M is missing), or look on Google Classroom; if the assignments are gray, they are done, but if they are colored (purple for Purple group, etc), then they are not done. Be aware that I return work to students if they submit blank assignments – there is no credit if they don’t do any part of the assignment. Feel free to email me with questions!
    Ms. Marciano: During Week 6, students will complete a Flipgrid Check In video, read Chapters 11-15 of “Freak the Mighty” and complete ten comprehension questions. Students will also work on identifying the sequence of events within Chapters 11-15.
    Ms. Berthiaume: We got right into the Oral Tradition unit last week with some myth writing. I loved reading your original stories!  I can tell that many of you enjoy this section of grade 7 literature from the positive feedback I got. Thanks! We will continue our unit this week. Please be sure to turn in your assignments. Do not hesitate to contact me if you need assistance with anything. One more thing: I will hang onto your writing folders and give them to you when you are in grade 8, so don’t worry. It will be fun to look back a year later to see how much you have grown as a writer!
    Ms. MacKinnon: This week we will be finishing up kinetic energy.  It will be a B week, which means the kids will have science Monday, Wednesday and Friday.  For Monday they will have a reading with questions on stemscopes.  Wednesday, we will do an online review of kinetic energy and Friday they will have their quiz.  To log onto stemscopes, please go to the Haverhill Launchpad and click on the stemscopes icon.  All work will be listed there.  I also plan to have a google meet on Monday at 10 am to go over the week with the kids.   Please make sure your child logs onto the meeting as it shows their participation for science and helps with any questions.  Thank you for all your help in getting through these uncharted times. Your children have been doing a great job!!
    Mr. LeGrand: This week we started working on rational numbers: terminating decimals, repeating decimals and ordering rational numbers. We will continue working on adding and subtracting rational numbers.  Please encourage your student to log on to my Google Classroom for assignments and updates.  As always, do not hesitate to reach out to me if you have any questions.  My email: wlegrand@haverhill-ps.org.
    Ms. Senior: Clearing out the lockers was bittersweet; it showed how much we miss the students being in the building. ELA and Math Google Meets were held and there were some new faces to cyber-greet. Lots of emails to students and parents so I could touch base with support and well wishes.  Half-way through May!
    Ms. Bilmazes: It’s been great seeing and talking to many of you in the google meets. Those of you who wrote myths this past week, great job! Keep up with your studies and it’s not too late to pass in missing work. Reach out if you need help.
    GRADE 8: 
    Mr. Harris: 

    Please make sure your student is going into google classroom to find their assignments and that they are clicking “turn in” when finished. Many students are missing that button and it is not getting back to Mr. Harris.
    Please try to stay up to date on your workload. Math will be assigned on Monday, Wednesday, and Friday. Civics will be assigned on Monday for the week.
    Ms. Deblasis: Ms. Deblasis Grade 8 Math Classes:  Lesson 13 Assessment- solving linear equations with rational coefficients is due today, Friday 5/15. Next weeks Lesson 14 is solutions of linear equations.  Google Meet/Office Hours are: Monday 12-1, Wednesday 12-2, and Friday 12-1.  All assignments are posted on Google Classroom.
    Mr. Blaustein: 

    8th Grade Civics-  Red & Purple
    • Google Meets are Thursdays from 1-2. Look for the invitation in your Google classroom. I post them on Sunday nights.
    • I will be opening up assignments for Chapter 6 The Executive Branch this week 5/18-5/22 as well as including an article from NewsELA.
    • If there are any questions please email me at jblaustein@haverhill-ps,org
    8th Grade ELA- Blue and Yellow
    • Google Meets are Wednesdays from 1-2. Look for the invitation in your Google classroom. I post them on Sunday nights.
    • I will be opening up new assignments for Chapter 6 The Outsiders this week 5/18-5/22  as well as a discussion question for our Google meet.
    • If there are any questions please email me at jblaustein@haverhill-ps,org

    Mr. Lewis: 

    In English, students should have read through chapter 4 of The Outsiders. We have getting into a rhythm of reading a chapter and answering questions on Monday, a writing activity on Wednesday that reinforces skills learned in class, and a more creative assignment on Fridays to try and keep things fresh and interesting during quarantine. I would also like to repeat to both families and students that if you are behind in the work, I do not want you to panic about getting everything done. All of the assignments are on my Google Classroom, and students can turn in any missing work at any time. My email is mlewis@haverhill-ps.org if you have any further questions. As always, be safe!
    Ms. Sullivan: All 8th grade science assignments will be posted on google classroom.  I have google meets on Tuesdays and Thursdays from 11-12 and office hours Tuesday from 1-2. I hold them to either answer questions or to do the assignment together.  Students should be checking their google classrooms for daily updates.

    For the blue group the civics assignments will be posted on google classroom.  I have google meets on Tuesdays and Thursdays from 12-1 and office hours Tuesday from 1-2. I hold them to either answer questions or to do the assignment together.  Students should be checking their google classrooms for daily updates.

     

    Ms. Brown: Dear grade 8, first, please continue try to attend your teacher’s Google Meets, on Google Classroom. Second, it was great to speak directly to some of you this week, and to see you.  It felt wonderful and thank you to some of you for sharing your cell phone numbers with me! My Google Voice is: (978) 361-3024 and my email: kbrown1@haverhill-ps.org.  Office hours are Wednesday: 1:00-2:00. I hope you are able to get outside and enjoy the great weather this weekend.  I was at J.G. Whittier on Thursday, and I was able to get some beautiful picture of the fields, and of the blooming cherry trees. Spring has sprung!  I look forward to seeing you on Monday!
    Ms. Kaiser: To JGW students and families, Creativity shines through again this week in the work submitted by JGW students! Grade 8 students, I was very impressed by all your different solutions to the Animal Adaptations assignment. Your drawings were terrific! And even though some of you found yourselves at home without your usual array of colored pencils for science, or graph paper on hand for math, you managed to make it work. You, too, are “adapting”! Remember, first and foremost, your teachers are looking for your ideas and your effort; they understand your classroom environment has changed. So keep the ideas flowing, and see where remote learning can take you! Be sure to attend your Google Meets so that you can continue to collaborate with your teachers as well as each other. See you there next week!
    SPECIALISTS: 
    Physical Education (Mr. Demarais): We will continue with our workouts and challenges.  Stay tuned for a student created workout challenge.  I realize that everyone is busy, but I really want to hear from more students in regards to what you are doing to maintain a healthy lifestyle!  Please take a moment to post to me what you are doing to keep your body moving!
    Music (Mr. Gariepy): Mr. Gariepy’s Website

    (whittiermiddlemusic.webs.com)

    Mr. Gariepy’s Facebook

    (facebook.com/whittiermiddlemusic)

    Mr. Gariepy’s Instagram

    @mr.gariepy

    There will be a Coffeehouse musical performance night this Monday night at 5pm! You can view the coffeehouse performance live on Monday night at 5pm on my website, whittiermiddlemusic.webs.com, or on my facebook page at facebook.com/whittiermiddlemusic.

    The talent show is coming up!!! This year’s talent show will be held on Monday, June 1st at 5pm and consists of a variety of fun, interesting, and entertaining acts of talent!! If you are still interested in participating, it’s not too late!! Email me or send me a message on Google Classroom. There are prizes available for certain participants. The talent show will air on Monday, June 1st @ 5pm on my website, whittiermiddlemusic.webs.com

    Art (Ms. Boulger): All assignments for grades 5-8 art classes are posted in Google Classroom. There is no need to buy any art supplies, all art assignments will focus around only using recycled materials that can be found at home.

    Health (Ms. Reynolds): In Health we will be exploring the 5 Senses starting with Seeing and the eyes. The video on Candy Blood went out on Friday and students can still do that lesson as well.

    SUPPORT STAFF: 

    Guidance (Ms. Vlahos): I continue to be available to connect with and support all students and families throughout the week by email (jvlahos@haverhill-ps.org), please do not hesitate to reach out.  Aside from email, I facilitate check ins through Google Meet or by phone.  If desired, please email me to request a check in and I will coordinate with you.  My office hours are Tuesdays and Thursdays from 930-11am.

    Student Support Center (Ms. Greenwood): It was great to see those of you who joined in on our Tuesday Google Meet! Emails were sent out to all of the SSC students as a reminder to log in every Tuesday at 1:00. Ms. Greenwood and Ms. Christine will be sending out a special prize to those in attendance! Keep up all of your good work. We MISS you all.

    Student Adjustment Counselor (Ms. Midolo): 

    Please continue to encourage your child to attend our weekly social groups. The link and times to “google meets” can be found on my google classrooms page.
    As always, if you have any questions or concerns, please feel free to email me @ tmidolo@haverhill-ps.org.
    Stay safe and be well!
    Speech (Ms. O): This week in Speech, we worked on finishing our last two week’s worth of assignments.  We are reading about wacky animals, practicing making sentences with conjunctions, making inferences about what people are thinking and feeling, and practicing our vocabulary skills!  Don’t forget that directions for accessing and completing all assignments are posted in the classroom.  Some of these have been updated – check these if you’re having trouble!

    HUGE PLUG FOR OUR GOOGLE MEETS!  While I was very happy to see the friends who came this week, very few 6th or 8th grade students are attending.  I miss you guys, and strongly encourage you to join in for even a few minutes!  This is a great opportunity to say hi to your friends and your Speech teacher, as well as to ask any questions on the homework and get help!  Times are posted in your Google Classrooms (Mon or Wed 3:30-4:30, depending on which classroom you’re in) and sent out in our weekly emails.  Come say hi!!
    I hope to see many of you next week.  Don’t hesitate to email me with any questions!
    Have a great weekend and keep up the good work!
    MSSP (Mr. Diffin): We are looking for some good numbers for our “Social Group” challenge. This challenge will continue till the end of the school year. The MSSP students have been working hard on their assignments.So a little break from work to spend time with their peers should uplift the moods.
    Student Support Coordinator (Mr. Newell): I am available Monday through Friday by email. Please contact me with questions, concerns or just to say hello.
    Reading Coach/Interventionist (Ms. Forrest): Hello students and families. Please check out First Paragraph/Page Fridays, where I will share the beginnings of some really great books for you to read!

  • Principal’s Weekly Update (5/11-5/15)

    Hello JG Whittier Families,

    There is a great deal of information to share with you all this week!

    Retrieving Student Belongings: We have come up with a plan for all families to retrieve their student’s belongings from school. On Monday, May 18th families of Grades 5 & 6 students will be able to come and pick up their students belongings (further information on specific times will be sent later this week), and on Tuesday, May 19th families of Grades 7 & 8 students will be able to come and pick up their students belongings (further information on specific times will be sent later this week). 

    This process will work very similar to the chromebook distribution where families will pull up in their cars (and remain in their cars), and JGW staff will bring out your students materials to your car.

    This week our staff will be working on identifying and placing all contents of your student’s lockers in labeled paper bags which will be distributed back to you. Please note that if your students have followed the JGW locker policy, this should be a relatively easy process because their homeroom teachers should have all locker assignments and combinations to their locks. If that is the case, staff will easily be able to identify belongings and place them in your student’s labeled bag to be returned.

    We recognize that all belongings may not be labeled in each locker, but please note that we will do our very best to place all belongings in the appropriately labeled bags. If for some reason your students seems to be missing belongings, our first recommendation is that you have your student reach out to their “locker buddy” to make sure that they do not have it.

    If we do not have your student’s locker combination, unfortunately we will have to cut off the lock. As previously mentioned, if your student has followed the JGW locker policy, we will be able to open the lock and return that to you with all other belongings.

    We anticipate that there will be some belongings that are not identifiable, based on not being labeled, being left in classrooms or other areas of the building, or being in unassigned lockers. When this is the case, our staff once again will do the best that we can to properly identify these belongings to get them back to their rightful owners.

    Unfortunately we are not allowed to have any students or families in our buildings at this time. 

    We will be setting up a lost and found system for any and all belongings that cannot be identified. We will lay out all material and take pictures of each individual item and then share with all families, so that you can contact the school to set up a time to retrieve your student’s items. Please stay tuned for more information in regard to our lost and found AFTER all other materials are returned to students and families on May 18th & 19th.

    When picking up belongings on the 18th and 19th, we kindly ask that you take into consideration that this is like the chromebook distribution where your bag will be delivered to you, and then we will need you to not go through these belongings until you reach home. We will need to keep our lines moving in an efficient and effective manner. As previously mentioned, please check with locker buddies first if you are missing belongings, and if that does not resolve the situation, please check the lost and found notice that will be sent out shortly after our distribution days. If following this process, you still have not received a specific student belonging, please contact the school and we will do our best to assist you.

    Please note that JGW is not responsible for any lost or damaged materials. As previously stated, we will take great care in making sure that all of your student’s belongings from their lockers and all other areas of the school are returned safely to you. Thank you and stay tuned…

    HPS SUMMER ACADEMY: Haverhill Public Schools will still be offering 3 different summer school/program opportunities to our students.

    -Summer Academy: This will target a specific group of students based on their academic performance and needs.

    -Summer Academy for EL students

    -Extended School Year: This service is for students who have this service written into their IEP.

    If your student is being recommended for the summer academy, you should be hearing from one of your student’s teachers very soon if you have not already heard from them.

    The application process is all online this year. Stay tuned for more information…

    ATTENTION GRADE 8 STUDENTS – If your grade 8 student has failed more than 1 trimester of ELA or Math they will be required to attend summer school in order to move on to HHS. If your student has failed 1 trimester of ELA or Math, it is imperative that they complete all remote learning assignments this trimester to avoid the potential of being required to attend summer school. This is the second year that the district has implemented mandatory summer school for 8th graders who fail more than 1 trimester of ELA or Math. Make sure to get your work done to the best of your ability!

     

    ATTENTION GRADE 6 FAMILIES: Please see the attached letter from our Supervisor of Mathematics in regard to criteria to be placed into the grade 7 accelerated math class.

    Gr 6 Math Parent Letter w_ translation 05-2020

    ATTENTION GRADE 7 FAMILIES: Please see the attached letter from our Supervisor of Mathematics if you would like your student to be considered for the accelerated class in grade 8, based upon the criteria.

    Gr 7 to Gr. 8 Math Parent Letter w_Translation 05-2020

    For those grade 7 students who are already placed in the accelerated math program, please see the letter below.

    Gr 7 Accelerated Math Parent Letter w_translation 05-2020

    ATTENTION GRADE 8 ACCELERATED MATH STUDENTS: Please see the letter below from our Supervisor of Mathematics.

    Gr 8 Accelerated Math Parent Letter w_ translation 05-2020

    PTO News: 

     

    Thank you to all of the families that participated in our virtual Staff Appreciation Week!  The JGW PTO would also like to thank the Betty family for helping the PTO with daily staff raffles.  Our next PTO meeting will be Wednesday, May 13, 2020 at 6 pm through Zoom.  Jen Rubera will send out an e-mail with the link.  If you are not on the PTO mailing list and would like to attend, please e-mail jrubera@haverhill-ps.org .

    Here is the album showing our love for the amazing staff at JGW!

    https://photos.google.com/share/AF1QipPC4BIO8GZ3452Z8GgV8zQA1EDcvwJ218pSBLSN8qpJkgortAA2DDJjyu3wbr-rWA?key=anBOQUttYVUzRDAyVGxpZl9lY1hjTXdDV0RtR2FB

    YEARBOOK: Our yearbooks are ready! Please see the link below to view the online order form. You can place an order for your own yearbook by May 15th. The price for the yearbook is $15. When yearbook orders are received and the yearbooks are shipped, we will set up a day to distribute the yearbooks to students. Please stay tuned!

    Yearbook Order Form

    Grade Level Remote Learning Schedules: Please see the attached schedules for each grade to utilize as a guide as to when your students should be working on each particular subject. We recognize that each family is different and that your student may not always be able to follow this schedule exactly as it is written, and that is understandable. The important thing is that the school work get completed and turned in when it is most convenient for you and your family, taking into account your individual circumstances and prioritizing safety and well-being first. As always, if you have specific questions about any assignments, or how to access those assignments, please reach out to the specific teachers with your questions. I am also available via email at tbetty@haverhill-ps.org if you or your students have specific questions and would like to set up a phone call or virtual meeting with me.

    Grade 5 Remote Learning Schedule

    Grade 6 Remote Learning Schedule

    Grade 7 Remote Learning Schedule

    Grade 8 Remote Learning Schedule

     

    Grade 5: 

    Ms. Sanguedolce: We are learning about volume and continuing to review other math concepts. Congratulations to the following students for completing all of their math work from last week: Orange Group – Jadiel, Joseph, Jadelyn, Madison, Avery, Maya, Cameron, Giovanni, Gavin, Christopher, Sophia, Ava, Kayleigh, Abigail, and Anderson; Red Group – Dillan, Cameron, Jonah, and Jonathan R.; and Yellow Group – Leighton, Joao, Lauryn, Schylar, Valentina, Ethan, Adriel, Brodie, Christopher, Baylee, Yilliannis, Zenia, Jeremy, and Enmanuel.

    Ms. MacDonald: 

    Math: This will be our last week of review as we go over Topic 9 on dividing fractions. I want to commend our 5th graders on a great job these past few weeks as we’ve reviewed our previously learned topics. Students this week will work on Xtra math, discussion question, and their review sheet. Be sure to have them join a Google meet if they have any questions on their work. Keep the hard work going!
    Science: This week we will be focusing on my favorite star, the Sun! Students will have a discussion, reading, and a hands-on investigation. Please make sure students are watching the videos that go with the assignments. Plant journals are also due this week. Students who planted sunflowers will no longer have to record their observations but I would encourage them to continue to care for their plants and join a Google meet if you are not sure what to do next, as your sunflower grows larger and larger!
    Mr. Marinella: Hello everyone, please continue to check Google and your emails for updates. History is working on a Tuesday/Thursday schedule, and English is Monday/Wednesday/Friday. I am encouraging all students to be reading everyday and Orange English will be posting their notes on those days. Please remember to attach or share your work with me. Assignments are generally due on the Friday of that week, but if any more times is needed or any questions arise please just ask via email or comments.! Take a well deserved break next week, you have all been working hard and I am extremely proud of all of you!
    Ms. Simes: I want to give a “BIG SHOUT OUT” to the following students who completed all of their Week 3 ELA assignments and are my “ELA Superstars of the Week”: Eve F., Autumn G., Dylan G.,Ryan H., Saniyah M., Kaelie M., Jadiel M., Aiden M., Dale P., Angelina R., Jack-Henry S., Halley S., Sophia B., William C., Kayleigh D., Cameron F., Shannon G., Cash M., Jude O., Mason P., Jayden Q., Jonathan R., Colby S., Lauryn C., Ethan G.,Adriel H., Brodie M., Christopher M., Baylee P., Analia R., Yilliannis R., Zenia R., Jeremy S., and Enmanuel V.  We will continue with our Google Meets on Monday, Wednesday, and Friday mornings, the link is located on the front page of your student’s classroom page.  Students will be working within their weekly folder of, “Week of 5/11-5/15.” They will continue to read within the myON app, as well continue reading chapters of their novel study.  Also, we will end our Poetry Unit with a Figuarative Language and Poetic Device Activity.  Additionally, office hours are everyday from 11:00 a.m – 12:00 p.m. for questions or assistance with assignments.  As always, if you have any questions or concerns, please do not hesitate to contact me at michele.simes@haverhill-ps.org.
    Ms. Lees: Miss Lees and her fifth grade reading groups read on to find out how Henry navigates life on his own in “Chocolate Fever.” Purple group will analyze a song by Katy Perry with Mrs. Simes, and read about wildlife on myON. Students should regularly be logging onto Lexia if it is assigned to them. Orange and Purple small group Google Meets and lessons continue on Mondays, Wednesdays, and Fridays for both Math and ELA. Students are encouraged to join all of these as well as to check in regularly with Ms. MacDonald, Mrs. Sanguedolce, and Mrs. Simes during Conference Hours. Parents are encouraged to set up weekly phone appointments for check-ins and appointments already set up will continue. Help is available by email (alees@haverhill-ps.org) and directly in Google Classroom for questions about ELA, Math, and Social Studies to support all assignments. Students will have a weekly outline of work to be completed on the Google Classroom Classwork Page.
    Grade 6: 
    Ms. Aylward: Students this week are doing a grammar review about Adverbs. They’re also continuing their study of Percy Jackson. Thank you so much for all of the kind Teacher Appreciation messages!
    Mr. Taylor: 

    ELA- This week in The Giver  we continue to find out what exactly is Jonas’s future in the community. We will continue word exploration in the chapters read and answering some comprehension questions to keep the students analyzing the story.
    Social Studies- Students should be finishing up their second exploration of our ancient civilizations research project.
    Ms. Rubera: Thank you all for the kind words and positive vibes this week!  I felt incredibly appreciated and loved!  I am very proud of you for working so hard and doing your best to attend Google Meets and submit your work.  Next week’s lessons will be included in my weekly Sunday e-mail; it will also be posted on my website, https://jrubera.wordpress.com/
    Ms. Sargent: I miss you all more and  more as the year goes on.  I want to thank you for working so hard.  You are doing a great job.  Keep it up!!!
    Ms. Delong: Ms. DeLong’s Science and Social Studies Classes (Red, Blue, Purple):  SCIENCE (Tu,Th)- We are completing our study of cells this upcoming week.  Similar to this past week, we will answer some multiple choice questions, open response questions, and do a CER.  All assignments will be due on Friday so there is flexibility for getting the work done.  SOCIAL STUDIES (M, W, F)- Our second Ancient Civilization project is due this Friday.  Students should be completing their research and adding pictures to help explain the information presented.
    Ms. Guisti: Mrs. Guisti, Ms. Blanchette, and Ms. Cronin continue to support students during subject area google meets as well as holding small group google meets and extra help google meets.  Mrs. Guisti has posted read aloud videos of the novel Holes and discussion questions related to the novel for her small group in Mrs. Aylward’s class. Ms. Blanchette has created support activities to understand the vocabulary and comprehension questions in the novel The Giver for Mr. Taylor’s small group.  Please email me with any questions or to request a one to one google meet to support your student Nancy.guisti@haverhill-ps.org
    Grade 7: 
    Ms. Marciano: During Week 5, students will complete a Flipgrid Check In video, read Chapters 6-10 of “Freak the Mighty”, and complete ten comprehension questions. Students will also complete a guided notes Problem/Solution graphic organizer – one part will be completed for them (either the problem or the solution) and they have to fill in the other part (either the problem or the solution).
    Ms. DiGloria: 

    All 7th grade Social Studies work continues to be posted and graded via Google Classroom. Students have been learning about two important cultures: Ancient Greece and Ancient Rome. This past week, lessons for Week 4 of Remote Learning were posted on Tuesday and Thursday. Next week, they will be posted for Week 5 on Monday, Wednesday, and Friday (fun Friday/enrichment activity). Grades are continually updated on SchoolBrains with credit (100%) or missing (M) designations. If you or your student have questions, please reach out via Google Classroom private comments OR email me. Please look out for weekly communications by email on Monday mornings, and any other communications about missing work or concerns as the week goes on.
    Mr. LeGrand: I want to thank those students who have completed all of their assignments since we started remote learning.  For those who have not done so, there is still time for you to work on those assignments.  This week we concluded our review on adding, subtracting, multiplying and dividing integers.  Starting next week, we will work on rational numbers: terminating decimals, repeating decimals and ordering rational numbers. Please encourage your student to log on to my Google Classroom for assignments and updates.  As always, do not hesitate to reach out to me if you have any questions.  My email: wlegrand@haverhill-ps.org.
    Ms. Berthiaume: 

    Thank you for submitting interesting sayings about the weather for our work on The Schoolchildren’s Blizzard/Native American folklore.  There were some new ones I had not heard of!  Good job!  We will continue our Oral Tradition unit with a focus on mythology.  Please submit any work you have completed, even if it is late.  Ask for help any time you need it.  Have a good week! (And thank you for the Teacher Appreciation Week emails, photos, poems, etc.!  It my privilege to be your teacher!)
    Ms. MacKinnon: I hope everyone had a nice weekend and a Happy Mothers Day!! This week is an A week so your children will have science Tuesday and Thursday 10-11 and we will continue to work on Kinetic energy.   On Tuesday this week they will read and complete the questions on Stemscopedia and on Thursday they will watch a video and answer the questions that go along with it.  The following week we will conclude Kinetic Energy and move onto Potential Energy.
    Ms. Trombly: We continue to move forward in math.  Please continue to submit your answers via email, REMIND (with pictures) or google doc (with work). I still recommend taking pictures of your notebooks and send it to me.  As always please email me with any concerns.  There are many of you that still owe me work.  Please get that in.
    Ms. Senior: Thank you for the messages sent for Teacher Appreciation Week.  It’s truly an honor to be a part of the JGW “family”.  Friendly faces appeared on the screen this week, as always, especially in Science where students explored energy sources and their origins.  Math and ELA were exciting as students displayed their varied abilities and insights.  A belated Happy Cinco de Mayo to all.
    Ms. Bilmazes: I’m seeing more students logging onto the google meets, which is fantastic. Please continue to do so, as it’s a good way to get your questions answered. I am continuing to call and email parents to inquire about missing work. Please continue to reach out as to how I can further assist you.
    Grade 8: 
    Mr. Harris: 

    Blue & Purple Math – we are continuing to provide a choice between review work and enrichment work.  The review work, right now, has been centered around geometry topics, while the enrichment has been on functions.  The topics being picked are one’s that have been highlighted by the Department of Education as being the most important during our remote learning.  Please make sure that your student is logging onto the Google Classroom and completing the assignments there.  It is of the utmost importance for your student to be doing the most current work provided.  Mr. Harris is available via google meet every Monday, Wednesday, and Friday from 12-1, unless otherwise noted.
    Yellow & Orange Civics – we are continuing to take a look at the legislative branch of our government.  Students have been completing vocabulary terms and answering guided reading questions.  Students should be submitting their work through Google Classroom.  Assignments for the week are posted on Mondays.  Please make sure your student is doing the most current work and not falling behind.  Mr. Harris is available via google meet every Tuesday and Thursday from 12-1, unless otherwise noted.
    Ms. Deblasis: Lesson 12 Assessments are due today.  Next weeks lesson 13, we will be learning how to solve linear equations with rational coefficients.  Google Meets/Office Hours are Monday 12-1, Wednesday 12-2, and Friday 12-1.  All students should be checking their Google Classroom for daily updates on interactive videos and assignments.
    Mr. Blaustein: 

    Red & Purple Civics
    • Google meets are held from 1-2 every Thursday, invitations [ i.e. the link] may be found in our Google classrooms. Students will get participation credit for attending.
    • Main plan: Do 1 assignment for each section of Chapter 5 from McGraw Hill, then do the 3 iCivics web quests and 2 games.
    • We decided at the last Google meet to move to Chapter 6 in 2 weeks.
    • Please email me with any questions you may have and I will promptly call back.
    Blue & Yellow ELA
    • Google meets are held from 1-2 every Wednesday, invitations [ i.e. the link] may be found in our Google classrooms.Students will get participation credit for attending.
    • I will continue to post one Chapters worth of work each week until we finish out novel. Next week is Chapter 6.
    • Please email me with any questions you may have and I will promptly call back.

    Mr. Yanoff: The eighth grade accelerated math class is rolling!  We will be finishing our next to the last chapter of our Honors Algebra 1 book by next week. The students have adjusted well to virtual learning. They are learning how to depend on themselves which maybe the greatest outcome of a bad situation. We spend time on learning plus we get to talk about what the future of education could be and understand they need to be more proactive, using the teacher as a resource. Congrats guys, you and your parents rock!

    Ms. Sullivan: 

    All 8th grade science assignments will be posted on google classroom.  I have google meets on Tuesdays and Thursdays from 11-12 and office hours Tuesday from 1-2. I hold them to either answer questions or to do the assignment together.  Students should be checking their google classrooms for daily updates.

    For the blue group the civics assignments will be posted on google classroom.  I have google meets on Tuesdays and Thursdays from 12-1 and office hours Tuesday from 1-2. I hold them to either answer questions or to do the assignment together.  Students should be checking their google classrooms for daily updates.
    Mr. Lewis: Students continue to work on the Outsiders. If able to keep pace, they should be up to chapter 3 now. We are focusing on the themes of social class, violence, and how people interpret each other by how we look and what we possess. As always, I am available on M-W-F at 9am and at mlewis@haverhill-ps.org. Be safe!
    Ms. Brown: Hello grade 8! Please try to attend your teacher’s Google Meets, on Google Classroom.  I am seeing many of your questions being answered there very quickly, and it helps to ease your stress.  It is much more effective than emailing on the Google Classroom, and your questions can be answered in “real time”, and will be specific to your needs.  I have shared my Google Classroom phone number with a number of your parents, and will now post it here.  Info is: Google Voice: (978) 361-3024 and email: kbrown1@haverhill-ps.org.  I have been able to speak to some of you on the phone, and you may find it easier than email.  Office hours are Wednesday: 1:00-2:00. Enjoy the weekend, and I will see you on Monday!
    Ms. Kaiser: Greetings JGW students and families, Thank you so much for recognizing your teachers, nurses, and support staff during this year’s Teacher Appreciation Week. Your messages were so clever and creative! I especially enjoyed the chalk drawings, the homemade signs, the clever poems, the good humor (with costumes and pets) and, most of all, the smiling faces! Many thanks to the PTO for all your support, your time and energy, and your generosity. With each posting on your Facebook page, a wonderful community spirit shines through! To the JGW Poets, keep up the good work beyond this week; keep drawing, keep writing, keep smiling. And, keep sharing your creative ideas!
    SPECIALISTS: 
    Ms. Boulger (Art): All assignments for grades 5-8 art classes are posted in Google Classroom. There is no need to buy any art supplies, all art assignments will focus around only using recycled materials that can be found at home.
    Ms. Reynolds (Health): For Health we’ll be learning about our circulatory system with a scholastic video followed by me making candy blood. Stay tuned…
    Mr. Gariepy (Music): Hello JGW Students!!! All of us specialists hope that you’re doing extraordinarily well right now. We just wanted to remind you that specials are still a Credit/No Credit requirement for you, so if you haven’t checked into specials since we began online learning please do so! We just want to make sure that everyone is doing well. If you have any questions, please fill this form out and one of us will reach out to you: https://forms.gle/6YjrNCGviejsUt3u9
    SUPPORT STAFF: 
    Mr. Newell (Student Support Coordinator): I am available Monday through Friday by email. Please contact me with questions, concerns or just to say hello.
    Ms. Vlahos (Guidance Counselor): 

    I continue to be available to connect with and support all students and families throughout the week by email (jvlahos@haverhill-ps.org), please do not hesitate to reach out.  Aside from email, I facilitate check ins through Google Meet or by phone.  If desired, please email me to request a check in and I will coordinate with you.  My office hours are Tuesdays and Thursdays from 930-11am.
    Ms. Midolo (Adjustment Counselor): 

    Please continue to encourage your child to attend our weekly social groups. The link and times to “google meets” can be found on my google classrooms page.
    As always, if you have any questions or concerns, please feel free to email me @ tmidolo@haverhill-ps.org.
    Stay safe and be well!
    Ms. Greenwood (Student Support Center): The SSC is waiting for those of you who havern’t submitted your favorite video clip or song that has raised your spirits and/ or made you laugh. I will post the winner on Tuesday so get them in. Also check in for Ms. Christine’s video made especially for you!
    Mr. Diffin (MSSP): 

    We have a 100% student participation in class activities. We started social groups last week, but need more participation from all grades. Starting next week we have the “Social Group” challenge. The grade with the highest % rate of attendance will all get a small cheese pizza from Romano’s on Wednesday 5.20.20. Each week will bring a different prize. Get you students involved! Social group times are listed on the MSSP Google Classroom.
    Thanks for supporting your student, it shows.
    Ms. O (Speech): 

    This week in Speech, It was great to hear from more of my students via email and Google Classroom, and I’m glad to see more people trying the assignments.  I missed many of you at our Google Meet, but was happy to see those that came. I hope more students make it next week!  Come to say hi to your friends, ask questions about the homework, or share what’s going on in your life!  In our Google Classroom, we have continuing to work on the Cloned Cats assignment as well as the Conjunctions assignment – these are due next week (but don’t worry if you need longer!).  Two new assignments have also been posted: an activity where students practice their inference and social thinking skills, and another working on vocabulary.  In addition, I encourage students to check Google Classroom frequently for updates and helpful resources – I’ve added extra directions and videos showing you exactly for how to log in and submit work on Readworks, Listenwise and Boom Cards, so check that out if you’re confused on any of those.
    Students should continue to try the assignments, do what you can and do your best!
    I hope to see many of you next week.  Don’t hesitate to email me with any questions!
    Have a great weekend and keep up the good work!
    Ms. Forrest (Reading coach/interventionist): 

    Hello Families! I am your Reading Coach and Interventionist at JG Whittier. I would love to hear about what your children have been reading during quarantine and invite them to write a book review on some of their favorite books. Please have them fill out this Google doc, Book Review, and share it with me on Google Drive.

    In addition, if you have an avid reader at home who might be interested in participating in a book club, please let me know!

    As always, please feel free to reach out to me with any questions about reading and writing at stephanie.forrest@haverhill-ps.org.

  • Teacher Appreciation Week (Day 5 Raffle Winners)

    Sadly it is our final day of the PTO Teacher Appreciation Raffle. My family had an amazing time putting these raffle videos together and sharing them all with you! Thank you to the businesses who donated great prizes, and to the PTO for organizing this week! Here are your final videos and raffle winners….

  • Teacher Appreciation Week (Day 4 Raffle Winners)

    Here are all of the winners of today’s (5/7/2020) PTO Teacher Appreciation Raffle:…

  • Teacher Appreciation Week (Day 3 Raffle Winners)

    Here are all of the winners of today’s (5/6/2020) PTO Teacher Appreciation Raffle:…

    ….And a BIG Shout Out to Nurse Kelsey for all of her hard work and dedication to our students and school on School Nurse Appreciation Day!!!

     

     

     

     

     

  • Teacher Appreciation Week (Day 2 Raffle Winners)

    Here are all of the winners of today’s (5/5/2020) Teacher appreciation raffle:

     

     

     

     

  • Teacher Appreciation Week (Day 1 Raffle Winners)

    JG Whittier Families,

    As you all know, our school is blessed with great teachers and staff! This week we have the opportunity to show them how much they are appreciated! The PTO has been kind enough to provide different gift cards/prizes to our staff to be raffled off 6 times each day!! I have the privilege of pulling the names of each winner (with some help!) and will be recording each prize being pulled and posting them here on our website each day for your viewing pleasure! Maybe you can send that teacher a congratulations email after you watch to see what they have won! Please enjoy, and thank you all for what you do to help support our teachers and staff in making teaching and nurturing your students their priority!

     

     

     

     

     

     

  • Principal’s Weekly Update (5/4-5/8)

    Hello JG Whittier Families,

    I hope that your students were able to settle back into remote learning this week after April Vacation. I have a lot of information to share with you and so does our staff. I hope that everyone was able to see the amazing video that Ms. Reynolds put together of staff. If not, I am going to attempt to post it here and hope that it works!

    Report Cards: Report cards were posted on Wednesday, April 29, 2020. These report cards reflect school work your student completed from mid-December, 2019 to March 11, 2020.  Please visit the Parent/student portal to view your child’s report card/progress report online if you have not already done so.

    The Parent/Student Portal is a website where you can access specific information for your child.

           Step 1 – Log In (via HPS LaunchPad > Parent/Student Portal (near bottom)
           Step 2 – Access Information (from top menu)

    Click here for more instructions on viewing report cards online:

    For students, your username/password is the same as your regular HPS account.
    For parents/guardians, all should have received a welcome email (if you have not previously logged in). If not, information on how to confirm your contact information with your child(ren)’s school and connect with Portal Support can be found here.

    Retrieving Student Belongings: We continue to work out a plan to make sure that all students at JGW will have the opportunity to retrieve all of their personal belongings from the school. We do not have a specific date as of yet, but all student belongings will be placed in a labeled paper bag and we will schedule a day (much like how we did chromebook distribution) for families to come and pick up their student’s belongings. That date has yet to be set and we appreciate your continued patience. I will be in touch with all families when more details become available.

    Yearbooks: Our yearbooks are ready! Please see the link below to view the online order form. You can place an order for your own yearbook by May 15th. The price for the yearbook is $15. When yearbook orders are received and the yearbooks are shipped, we will set up a day to distribute the yearbooks to students. Please stay tuned!

    Yearbook Order Form

    Summer School: The Haverhill Public Schools will be holding summer school this year. It has yet to be determined exactly what that looks like (whether it will be in person, remote learning, or some hybrid of the two), so please stay tuned for that.

    ATTENTION GRADE 8 STUDENTS – If your grade 8 student has failed more than 1 trimester of ELA or Math they will be required to attend summer school in order to move on to HHS. If your student has failed 1 trimester of ELA or Math, it is imperative that they complete all remote learning assignments this trimester to avoid the potential of being required to attend summer school. This is the second year that the district has implemented mandatory summer school for 8th graders who fail more than 1 trimester of ELA or Math. Make sure to get your work done to the best of your ability!

    Grade Level Remote Learning Schedules: Please see the attached schedules for each grade to utilize as a guide as to when your students should be working on each particular subject. We recognize that each family is different and that your student may not always be able to follow this schedule exactly as it is written, and that is understandable. The important thing is that the school work get completed and turned in when it is most convenient for you and your family, taking into account your individual circumstances and prioritizing safety and well-being first. As always, if you have specific questions about any assignments, or how to access those assignments, please reach out to the specific teachers with your questions. I am also available via email at tbetty@haverhill-ps.org if you or your students have specific questions and would like to set up a phone call or virtual meeting with me.

    Grade 5 Remote Learning Schedule

    Grade 6 Remote Learning Schedule

    Grade 7 Remote Learning Schedule

    Grade 8 Remote Learning Schedule

    PTO News: 

    Dear Students and Families,
    We need your help! All year long, the staff at JGW has been working hard to help students learn and grow. When the Covid-19 pandemic hit, staff worked even harder to help students and their families navigate this difficult and unprecedented time. Please help us in showing the love for ALL school staff by participating in one or more virtual activities listed on the attached notice for Teacher Appreciation Week.. We hope you’ll help us show appreciation for the amazing staff at JGW!

    Grade 5 News:

    Mr. Marinella: Hello everyone, please continue to check Google and your emails for updates. History is working on a Tuesday/Thursday schedule, and English is Monday/Wednesday/Friday. I am encouraging all students to be reading everyday and Orange English will be posting their notes on those days. Please remember to attach or share your work with me. Assignments are generally due on the Friday of that week, but if any more times is needed or any questions arise please just ask via email or comments.! Take a well deserved break next week, you have all been working hard and I am extremely proud of all of you!

    Ms. MacDonald: A huge shout out to all the 5th grade students for jumping back into remote learning after a week off. The participation is fantastic. The 5th grade kids are working so hard! For weekly shout outs, be sure to watch my weekly introduction videos for science and math (purple group only).

    For math: Purple group students will continue to work on review of this year’s topics with your weekly discussion, DICE Problem, and review sheet. Don’t forget to go on Xtra math. The kids are really persevering through their math work and it shows.
    For science: I am loving all of the sunflower plant updates I have received from the kids! I would love it if you could email me pictures of the kids’ plants that we could put on our Facebook page. I also want to encourage parents and families to get involved with some of the hands-on investigations they have. They are usually no stress and it gives you a little time away from the computers! If any student was unable to do our shadow investigation due to weather, I have extended the due date to Friday, May 8th. Please keep up the hard work!
    Ms. Sanguedolce: Hello Grade 5! It is great to see so many of you working on your math assignments at home. There will be a Math Super Star award each week for students that complete all of their math assignments. Stay tuned for a list of winners on the Stream. Please remember that Office Hours are everyday from 11:00-12:00. Stop in to say hello, ask questions, or get help with your math work.
    Ms. Simes: I want to give a “BIG SHOUT OUT”  to the following students who completed all of their Week 2 ELA assignments and are my “ELA Superstars of the Week”: Eve F., Autumn G., Saniyah M., Dale P., Angelina R., Sophia B., William C., Dillan D., Kayleigh D., Cameron F., Shannon G., Cash M., Jude O., Mason P., Jayden Q., Jonathan R., Colby S., Brodie M., Christopher M., Baylee P., Analia R., Yilliannis R., Zenia R., Jeremy S., Nyla S., and Enmanuel V.  We will continue with our Google Meets on Monday, Wednesday, and Friday mornings, the link is located on the front page of your student’s classroom page.  Students will be working within their weekly folder of, “Week of 5/4-5/8.” They will continue reading a “news article a week” within the myON app and will also, create a Cinquain poem, as we wind down our work within our Poetry Unit. I additionally, hold office hours everyday from 11:00 a.m – 12:00 p.m. for questions or assistance with assignments,  As always, if you have any questions or concerns, please do not hesitate to contact me at michele.simes@haverhill-ps.org.  Have a great weekend.
    Ms. Lees: Miss Lees and her fifth grade reading groups will continue to the next chapter in “Chocolate Fever”, create a cinquain poem with Mrs.Simes in purple group and explore more reading on myON. Students should regularly be logging onto Lexia if it is assigned to them. Orange and Purple small group Google Meets and lessons continue on Mondays, Wednesdays, and Fridays for both Math and ELA. Students are encouraged to join all of these as well as to check in regularly with Ms. MacDonald, Mrs. Sanguedolce, and Mrs. Simes during Conference Hours. Parents are encouraged to set up weekly phone appointments for check-ins and appointments already set up will continue. Help is available by email (alees@haverhill-ps.org) and directly in Google Classroom for questions about ELA, Math, and Social Studies to support all assignments. Students will have a weekly outline of work to be completed on the Google Classroom Classwork Page.
    Grade 6 News: 
    Ms. Delong: I am so happy with the quality of work that I have been receiving in both classes.  Next week we are concluding our introduction to cells and will be moving on to looking at the organelles that make up the cell.  We have science on Monday, Wednesday, and Friday next week.  In Social Studies, we are continuing to research our ancient civilizations and create our Google Slides presentations.  Those projects are due Friday, May 15th so please try to keep up with the assigned questions.  We have Social Studies class on Tuesday and Thursday.  I will be holding Office Hours via Google Meet on Monday, Wednesday, and Friday from 12-1pm to answer any questions/help with assignments.  Please come check in with me. I will post the links to the meets on classroom the day of the meet.  Hope you are all doing well!
    Ms. Aylward: Students spent this week reading about the Islamic holiday of Ramadan which started on April 23rd. They also practiced using sensory imagery to write beautiful colorful poems on (virtual) paint chips. Last, but not least, the students continued their mythological journey through Percy Jackson and the Lightning Thief.
    Mr. Taylor: 
    ELA- Classes will continue their vocabulary work and comprehension questions geared toward “The Giver” story we are reading.
    SS- Classes have now moved onto researching their next ancient civilization using the same questions and different cultures.
    Ms. Rubera: I hope you are all well and staying safe!  We have completed our third week of remote learning!  During our first two weeks, Google Meets were held to check in with students, answer questions,  and become acclimated and familiar with our new routines for  learning.  This week, our Google Meets have shifted to focusing on math and science instruction.  While attending the meets, students will have the opportunity to work collaboratively to learn the content.  I understand that students may not be able to attend due to scheduling conflicts.  If it is possible and it works for your family, it would be great if they could attend because I am there to help and support them.  If you have any questions, please let me know.  Thank you!
    Ms. Sargent: I want to thank all of you who are working so hard to keep up with your Math work.  Keep it up!! You are doing a great job and I am very proud of you all.  Our Google Meet format is changing a little bit this week.  If you are struggling with the work or have a question that you can’t explain in an email then I would ask that you come onto the Google Meet from 9-9:30.  During this time I will be conducting a math lesson which involves going over the work that you have been doing.  If you do not have any questions and are not having a problem with the assignments and would like to pop on to say “Hi”, I would ask that you do that between 9:30 -10:00.  I miss you all and it is nice to get to see your face, say a quick hi and to see how you are doing.  A reminder that my email is jsargent@haverhill-ps.org.
    Ms. Guisti: Mrs. Guisti has been co-teaching in math google meet classes and then having small group extra help math google meet sessions.  She has been working with small group ELA, reading the novel Holes and using Read Live.  Ms. Blanchette has been holding small group meets for Math and for ELA while working on the novel The Giver.  Mrs. Cronin has been supporting students in Ms. Aylward’s ELA google meets and in math.   Mrs. Guisti, Mrs. Cronin and Ms. Blanchette have been reaching out to students daily to see if anyone needs support.  Please feel free to schedule a one to one google meet at flexible times or email to ask questions on assignments. Thank you grade six students for all of your hard work this week. Hope to see all my students on google meets next week! Nancy.guisti@haverhill-ps.org
    Grade 7 News: 
    Ms. Marciano: During Week 3, students started the novel “Freak the Mighty”. Moving into Week 4, students will complete work on character traits, point of view, summarizing, and figurative language. Students will work on their own Google Slides document to record their answers. The plan moving forward is to read five chapters on “A” weeks and then work on skill-based practice during “B” weeks.
    Ms. DiGloria: For 7th grade Social Studies, there were three assignments this week (Monday, Wednesday, and Friday), but Friday’s was a fun activity with no grade. I encourage families to get in touch if they have any questions for the work assigned. Next week, there will be two assignments posted to Google Classroom – Tuesday and Thursday. I am available via email Monday through Friday if there are any issues or questions: krista.digloria@haverhill-ps.org.
    Ms. MacKinnon: Over the next few weeks we will be working on kinetic and potential energy.  I am going to give a presentation for each class on both concepts next week during science time.  Please check your child’s schedule as to when they will have a google meet and I will present.  Next week is a B week so they have science Monday, Wednesday Friday, from 10-11.  I will do my presentations during the class time and during our office hours.  I am also looking into any activities the kids can do and video that will be cheap and easy stuff around the house.  Stay tuned for that.  Hope everyone is staying safe. Thank you.
    Ms. Trombly: We are still moving ahead with our work.  all work is posted on Google classroom.  Please send me your child’s work through email or the REMIND APP.  taking a picture allows me to check their work.  I am sending out videos for students who are having trouble with assignments or even individual problems.  Please have them reach out to me though-out the week to get help.  All work is due on Fridays.
    Ms. Berthiaume: We are going to be working on the Oral Tradition unit, exploring myths, legends, and lore. We will continue to utilize myOn and Newsela.  If you have completed assignments, but haven’t submitted them, don’t delay.  I will be issuing some incentives for work completion (you’ll find out!). Do not hesitate to ask for assistance at any time.  Thank you for your dedication and hard work!  I’m really proud of you!
    Ms. Senior: Our first week after vacation was fruitful with students getting back into the swing.  Helping students review Math concepts (even ‘singing’ “The Integer Song” to one) plus ELA whole-class novel reading were instrumental in assisting a number of students to reach success.  Google Meets internet virtual classroom provided a chance to welcome students back, and for some, to showcase their pets during our sessions!
    Ms. Bilmazes: It’s been great seeing many of you on the weekly google meets. Please continue to tune in, as it’s a great way to touch base with all your teachers, especially if you have questions. I have been making phone calls to parents regarding missing work and will continue to do so. Reach out via email if you have any questions. There is a combined Math / ELA project due this week. Stay well and keep up with your studies!
    Grade 8 News: 
    Mr. Yanoff: Our accelerated 8th-grade math class has made significant progress.  We meet a minimum of three times a week as a class and individually needed.  We are even doing an online test this week and beginning the next to the last chapter of our book which we WILL finish. An awesome group of students! They are looking to the algebra final.
    Mr. Lewis: I hope we all had a safe and relaxing vacation. In ELA class, we have begun reading S.E. Hinton’s The Outsiders and students should have read through chapter 2. Thus far, there have been exercises with vocabulary, guided reading questions, and journals exploring some of the significant relationships and conflicts within the book. Moving forward, we will try to change up the activities and offer students some more creative exercises during this time. Stay Safe!
    Mr. Harris: 
    Blue and Purple Math – students should be checking the google classroom daily for assignments.  This week, students have the option between two assignments each day.  One is a review of material we did while together in the building, and the other is enrichment material that we would be studying together and is new information.  Both options will typically have a short video attached to give some guidance, followed by questions to be answered.  I may still assign things to the iReady platform, but students absolutely need to be going onto google classroom to be doing the assignments there.  Google meets are held on Mondays, Wednesdays, and Fridays from 12-1 each week, with a link posted in the google classroom to access.
    Yellow and Orange Civics – students are continuing to look at the structure of our government, and learn how the different branches work together.  Our current focus is on the Legislative branch.  Students should be reading from the McGraw-Hill website (accessed through the HPS Launchpad and classlink), and answering the questions posted to google classroom.  Google meets are held on Tuesdays and Thursdays from 12-1 each week, with a link posted in the google classroom to access.
    Ms. Deblasis: Lesson 11 Assessment due on Friday 5/1.  Next weeks lesson 12: Understand the Slope-Intercept Equation for a Line.  Google Meet/Office Hours every Monday 12-1, Wednesday 12-2, and Friday 12-1.  If you have any questions, please contact me via email or through Google Classroom.

    Ms. Sullivan: All 8th grade science assignments will be posted on google classroom.  I have google meets on Tuesdays and Thursdays from 11-12 and office hours Tuesday from 1-2. I hold them to either answer questions or to do the assignment together.  Students should be checking their google classrooms for daily updates.

    For the blue group the civics assignments will be posted on google classroom.  I have google meets on Tuesdays and Thursdays from 12-1 and office hours Tuesday from 1-2. I hold them to either answer questions or to do the assignment together.  Students should be checking their google classrooms for daily updates.

    Mr. Blaustein: jblaustein@haverhill-ps.org

    Civics- Red & Purple
    New assignments have been posted in icivics. I have made the attempt to call all my students to give them the class code, password and to ensure everyone has access to the program. If anyone experiences any difficulties please send me an email and I will call to help solve the problem. Invitations to Google meets can be found in our Google classroom and are held on Thursdays.
    ELA Blue & Yellow
    New assignments have been posted in our Google classroom. If you are experiencing any difficulties accessing these assignment, please send me an email so I call and we can solve the problem. Invitations to Google meets can be found in our Google classroom and are held on Wednesdays.
    Ms. Brown: Hello grade 8 students!  I’m glad to see some new faces in your Google Meets, so please keep that up.  Please remember that everything is doable and manageable.  Please continue to regularly check in, with your teachers, or a trusted staff member. I have so enjoyed some of the laughs that I have been able to have with some of you this week, and I truly thank you for some of the computer technology “tricks”, that you have patiently and kindly shared with me.  Be well, and have a fantastic upcoming week.
    Ms. Kaiser: Greetings JGW students and families! I enjoyed seeing so many students participating in remote learning this week. Students remain engaged by checking in with their teachers in GoogleMeets and communicating via Google Classroom. They are certainly gaining a sense of responsibility, and demonstrating a level of autonomy when they successfully access assigned materials, and submit finished work. In the process, students are developing communication and time management skills that will surely benefit them in high school. Grade 8 students, be sure to reach out for assistance, as needed, to your teachers and support staff, as we work to maintain the lines of communication. Keep up the good work! See you next week!
    Specialist News: 
    Physical Education (Mr. Demarais): I will continue to send out weekly exercise routines as well as weekly exercise challenges.  I love hearing about how the workouts are going but I would really like to hear from more students!  Parents please encourage your children to get up and move!  I know they are busy with their classwork but physical activity is so important when it comes to maintaining a health lifestyle.  It only takes a minute to send me a quick post to let me know what they are doing to stay active.
    Health (Ms. Reynolds): For the next few weeks, we will be reviewing the body systems with the help of some videos, games and articles.  I am continuing to accept older assignments and pictures of students wearing their masks.
    Art (Ms. Boulger): All assignments for grades 5-8 art classes are posted in Google Classroom. There is no need to buy any art supplies, all art assignments will focus around only using recycled materials that can be found at home.

    Music (Mr. Gariepy): 

    ——> Mr. G’s YouTube Schedule <——
    Announcements and new videos below: TALENT SHOW WILL CONTINUE
    Check out this performance of the entire school singing “Circles” by Post Malone at last year’s 2019 Winter Concert!
    You can also see the JGW Cheer Squad perform “Higher Love” by Whitney Houston & Kygo!
    DAILY Yoga & Meditation w/ Mr. G
    LIVE Poet News Mondays @ 8:30am
    Instagram: @mr.gariepy
    —————————

    This year’s talent show WILL CONTINUE!! I plan on hosting this year’s talent show on my website, whittiermiddlemusic.webs.com, on Monday, June 1st @ 5:00pm. I would like to invite ANY AND ALL STUDENTS INTERESTED IN PARTICIPATING to email Mr. G ASAP. You will record your performance and upload it to the 2020 Talent Show Google Classroom, which has already been created. Videos are due by Tuesday, May 26th but I will accept late submissions by 2 – 3 days!! I will edit all of the performances together into a video and then host the event live at 5pm on Monday, June 1st. The class code to join this class is uv3mddb but your child must be signed into their HPS Account to gain access. To respond to the event on Facebook, click here: https://www.facebook.com/events/718726272000304/

    Support Staff News: 
    Middle School Support Program (MSSP): Social groups all began this week. Please contact Mr. Diffin with any questions.
    Student Support Center (SSC): The SSC misses you! The updates are on the SSC Google Classroom every day. You will find assignments, links to google meets groups, and can converse with Ms Greenwood or Ms Christine through email. This week we want you to submit a video that has been helpful to you during this time. It can be a song, an inspirational story, or a short video. We will choose the winner and post it on the main page. We hope you are all safe and sound and look forward to “virtually” seeing your beautiful faces.

    School Adjustment Counselor (Ms. Midolo): Please encourage your child to access my google classroom on a daily basis,  as I post helpful tips and information consistently. Google classroom is where your child will also find the link and times to “google meets” where weekly social groups are being held. As always, if you have any questions or concerns, please feel free to email me.

    My office hours are M-F, 2:00-3:00 pm.
    Stay safe and be well!
    School Guidance (Ms. Vlahos): 
    Students & families Grades 5-8:
    I continue to be available to connect with and support all students and families by email (jvlahos@haverhill-ps.org), please do not hesitate to reach out.  My office hours are Tuesdays and Thursdays from 930-11am.
    8th Grade Specific Information:
    Thank you to those students who have completed the course selections google form.  For any 8th Grade student that has yet to complete it, please do so ASAP – no later than Monday, May 4th – thank you!
    EACH 8th grade student needs to complete the google form (link below – English and Spanish available) regarding high school plans & course selections. The data from the google form will confirm high school plans as so that student records are processed appropriately and information is accurate.  If a student is unsure about their plans, they should identify on the form that they are going to Haverhill High and choose elective courses accordingly until other plans are secured.
    https://forms.gle/LSJXbX6P9WmXhNqe7 (Google Form – English)

    https://forms.gle/MEvioyoFB15tPSCPA (Google Form – Spanish)

    Finally, I encourage all 8th Grade students to join my Google Classroom to receive 8th grade specific updates and messages from me!
    The class code is: bmsppfo.
    Stay healthy and be well.
    Student Support Coordinator (Mr. Newall): I am here to support our families and can be reached any day of the week to help in any way possible. Email me with any questions or concerns.

    Literacy Coaching (Ms. Forrest): 

    Hello Families! I am your Reading Coach and Interventionist at JG Whittier. I would love to hear about what your children have been reading during quarantine and invite them to write a book review on some of their favorite books. Please have them fill out this Google doc, Book Review, and share it with me on Google Drive.


    In addition, if you have an avid reader at home who might be interested in participating in a book club, please let me know!

    As always, please feel free to reach out to me with any questions about reading and writing at stephanie.forrest@haverhill-ps.org.

    Speech (Ms. O): This week in Speech, we listened to and read some cool stories about animals, answered all kinds of questions, practiced putting together longer and more complex sentences, and practiced our speech sounds!  It was great to see many students participating in our Google Meets and completing assignments.  Let’s keep it up!!!  Don’t forget, our Meets are optional, but are great opportunities to get help with homework, ask any questions, see some of your classmates, and say hi to your Speech teacher!  I hope to see more of your smiling faces next week.  And keep on trying those assignments!  Don’t get overwhelmed, you don’t have to complete everything, just do what you can and do your best!!!  As always, if parents or students have any questions about Google Classroom, our Google Meets, homework assignments, or accessing websites, don’t hesitate to reach out!    Keep up the good work, Speech friends, and hope to see you soon!!

    -Irina Ostrovskaya, Speech Therapist/Ms.O 

  • Principal’s Weekly Update (4/27-5/1)

    Hello JG Whittier Families,

    I hope that this finds you all having been able to “disconnect” from our remote learning for a little while during April Vacation. With that, I also hope you were able to get some fresh air and enjoy some rest and relaxation! Finally I hope that you are all remaining safe and well out there, and helping your students abide by the social distancing standards so that they too are safe and sound for the foreseeable future.

    Speaking of the foreseeable future, I am sure you all received the same news that we received this week, that unfortunately our schools will remain closed for the rest of this school year. Based on this I am sure that most of you and your students will have several questions from retrieving belongings from lockers, to yearbook distribution, and 8th grade promotion, to name just a few. What I can promise all of you, is that when we have worked out plans and determined the safest and most appropriate way to handle all of these situations, I will be sure to share that information with you all.

    In the meantime, on Monday 4/27 we will all be starting our third week of remote learning together. Now that we are sure that students will not be returning to school for the remainder of the year, it makes it even more pertinent that students begin engaging daily in their remote learning opportunities, and handing in assignments to all of their teachers.

    Students will continue to be graded on a credit/no credit basis by their teachers. If you have specific questions about any assignments, or how to access those assignments, please reach out to the specific teachers with your questions. I am extremely proud to be working with such a great group of teachers that we have at the JGW, because I have witnessed all of the hard-work that they have been putting in to make sure that ALL students are able to have opportunities to succeed. They are also working hard to make sure that ALL students have a personal connection to at least one staff member in the building on close to a daily basis.

    We continue to experience all of this together as a community, and will learn and grow together as a community. I am grateful for all of the words of encouragement and appreciation that you have all shown, and even more so the patience that you all continue to exhibit as we maneuver these unprecedented times together to provide the continued and best possible education for your students!

    Please continue to refer to the previously distributed daily grade level schedules as a guide, but remember, the most important thing is that the school assignments are being completed at a time that is most convenient for you as a family. As you have all heard me state in person in the past, safety and security is our number one priority, and now it seems more prevalent than ever and will continue to be the focus.

    Next week (5/4-5/8), I will get back to our weekly updates to include teacher/staff information.

    Thank you, and stay well!

    Tim Betty

     

    Here is a reminder of some resources that could be useful to your family or others that you know:

    For Technology: Basic login support for students and parents should always start with the classroom teacher.  Then if there is something the teacher can not assist with please visit this webpage: https://sites.google.com/haverhill-ps.org/athome/   At the bottom of the webpage there are instructions on how students and parents can submit tickets for support. All you have to do is go to the Student Support Ticket system by visiting the HPS LaunchPad > ClassLink > HPS Tech Support and you can submit a ticket for support.

    For Community Resources: The city has a 311 number https://www.cityofhaverhill.com/news_detail_T30_R35.php that can help families connect with services.

    There is also information updated on the HPS website under community resources. http://www.haverhill-ps.org/haverhill-community-programs/. This includes food pantry and other resources as well as weekly updates on available therapeutic resources in the community including wait lists.

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