J.G. Whittier Middle School
School Counseling Department
Welcome to the
JGW School Counseling DepartmentJacqueline VlahosPhone: 978-374-5782Fax: email@example.com
School Counseling Connection
March 2020Haverhill Public Schools are currently closed until April 7th. During this time, I am out of the office working remotely. In an effort to stay connected with students and families, I will be periodically checking and responding to all emails. Please do not hesitate to reach out to me if needed via email. I am in contact with all teachers and community/district resources and am happy to help point you in the right direction in terms of support, if needed.Stay healthy and safe,Mrs. Vlahos
I am eager to work with you all and support your student in having a fun, safe and successful school year. Each year I enjoy getting to know new faces by visiting students in their new class settings, rotating outside during some lunches and recesses and meeting with students individually. I really appreciate the connections I have made thus far and want to welcome both the new and all returning Poets to our school community. I also want to convey some essential information of my role and notify everyone of how to connect with me if needed.
- As the School Counselor I am available to assist and help all students throughout the school day as needed (If not an emergency, best time for a student to check in with me are during lunches, recesses, and/or “specials”.)
- Students must have permission and a hall pass from their teacher to meet with me in my office. (My office is located next to the School Nurse’s office.)
- A teacher or parent may refer a student to me for a variety of reasons, including but not limited to issues relating to academic achievement, social/emotional development and the high school transition.
Please do not hesitate to reach out to me this school year.
Suffolk University, M.Ed School Counseling
University of Massachusetts- Amherst, B.S.
About Mrs. Vlahos
I grew up in Haverhill and was educated in the Haverhill Public Schools, graduating from HHS in 2003! I still live in Haverhill with my husband and two young daughters. I have been working in the Haverhill Schools for 9 years and at JG Whittier for the past 7 years. When I am not at work I enjoy soaking up time with my family and friends, relaxing with a good cup of coffee, shopping online, getting to the gym for weekly workouts, and cooking casseroles and crockpot meals. I enjoy both living and working in this community and find it rewarding to give back to the amazing Haverhill students and families each day.
I come from a family of educators; education has always been a priority and value in my life. The idea of becoming a school counselor dawned on me when I was in high school going through the college transition process. It was then that I began meeting with my high school counselor and began reflecting on my own personal skills and goals and realized this career intrigued me. I always knew I loved working with and helping people and am fortunate to be doing that today.
HHS Course Registration Information for 8th Grade Students
The attachments above include the Haverhill High course selection booklet with guidance for 8th grade students to choose electives for their 9th grade year at HHS (forms translated in English and Spanish). There is also an attachment with descriptions of all elective courses available to grade 9 students (one in English and the other in Spanish).
At this time, 8th grade students and families can review the information and may begin the process of choosing HHS electives remotely, at home, if desired. If you have questions regarding course selection and elective options at Haverhill High School, feel free to contact me via email at firstname.lastname@example.org.
High School Transition Note
Each fall I work closely with the 8th grade students to prepare them for high school. I visit all 7th & 8th grade classes starting in the beginning of October to discuss the transition to high school. I am also available for individual check ins with students and can be available for parents/guardians, too, regarding high school transition. Please stay connected and feel free to contact me with any question as you navigate this process.
If your child is going to apply to a high school, please send in all the required documents with a Parent/Guardian signature to authorize me to release the required academic records for admissions. These records include report cards, as well as standardized tests score reports, attendance and behavior reports. I require at least a two week window to complete application packets. Please contact me at 978-374-5782 or by email at email@example.com if you have any questions.
Upcoming Important Dates
Whittier Tech Interviews: February 5th & February 27th
Haverhill High CTE Interviews: March 2nd
Essex Tech Interviews: March 12th
HHS Classical Academy Application Deadline: Monday January 27, 2020.
HHS CTE Application Deadline: Friday February 7, 2020
HHS Shadow Opportunity for 8th Grade Students
The “Hillie For A Day” initiative allows prospective 8th grade students spend the day at Haverhill High School and see, first hand, the exciting programs and opportunities they have to offer. It also gives students the opportunity to meet faculty, staff and students and determine if Haverhill High is the best fit for them. Parents/guardians can register their child to shadow at HHS by completing the online registration form by accessing this link: https://forms.gle/gqWRhwGpvTfu3t5P6
Students can also see Mrs. Vlahos in Guidance to request a shadow day form.
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