J.G. Whittier Middle School

JG Whittier Mission Statement

Mission Statement

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


  • Mixed Bag Fundraiser

    Good afternoon. I hope you all enjoyed a wonderful Thanksgiving.

    Below is an important notice from the JG Whittier PTO about the Mixed Bag Fundraiser.

    “The Mixed Bag items are in. Please review the order carefully, if there are any missing or damaged items please contact the PTO at jgwhittierpto@gmail.com.”

    Thank you.

    Brian Gill


    Many of our male staff members have decided to stop shaving to raise money for cancer and cancer research. This is our 4th year of doing this. Over the first 3 years, we have raised $1,080. This year we are asking for the students help!

    We are currently having a “Penny War.” Each staff member that is participating has a 1 gallon jug with their face on it. We are asking students to bring in donations which only consist of spare change to put in the jug of the staff member they’d like to see “win.”

    For every penny donated, it will be worth 1 point for that particular staff member. If nickels, dimes, or quarters are donated, they should be put in the jugs of staff members that students do not want to win because they are worth -5, -10, and -25 points respectively.

    At the end of the month, the staff member with the most points….not necessarily the most money will win! What will they win you ask…Well, it’s really the students who will win because this particular staff member will have to do something embarrassing in front of the entire student body. Stay tuned for what that may be!

    The most important thing is that at the end of the month, all of the money raised will be donated directly to the American Cancer Society to benefit cancer research. This is something that has affected all of our lives in some way. Now it is time that we do our part to raise money to help out while having a little fun doing it.

    Please search those couch cushions and car seats and bring in your spare change to fill our jugs at lunch time each day! Thanks for all of your help!

    Here is our “Before” picture. Please stay tuned for the “After” picture…


    On Thursday, November 9th, sixth graders participated in a project to honor veterans.  Based on the History Channel’s “Mission to Honor:  Take a Vet to School” program, students hosted an assembly to show their gratitude and appreciation for veterans. After the assembly, students got the opportunity to interview a veteran.


  • November Calendar (Events)

  • Discovery Club

    This is a reminder that our Discovery Club will be starting soon!

    Before-school & after-school programs run from Wednesday, October 11 – Thursday, June 7.

    Please review the flyers at the links below and if interested, contact us at 978-891-7392.

    Thank you!

    Brian Gill


    Discovery Club

  • Academy Night

  • HHS Options Booklet

  • A Note From Guidance


    During the fall, Mrs. Vlahos will be working closely with the 8th grade students to prepare them for high school. She will be going into all 7th & 8th grade classes at the beginning of October to discuss the Haverhill Public Schools High School Options Guide.  The High School Options Guide will be available on the J.G Whittier School website.  If you’d prefer a hard copy, please send your child to Guidance and Mrs. Vlahos will provide that to your child. If your child is going to apply to a private high school, please send in all the required documents with a Parent/Guardian signature to authorize Mrs. Vlahos to send out the required academic records for admissions.  These records include report cards, as well as all standardized tests score reports (MCAS), attendance and behavior reports.  Most schools also require a recommendation either from the Guidance Counselor and/or Teacher Recommendations.  If this is the case, please make sure your child sees Mrs. Vlahos in Guidance to receive a Student Questionnaire.  Mrs. Vlahos requires at least a two week window to complete application packets. Please contact her at 978-374-5782 or by email at jvlahos@haverhill-ps.org if you have any questions.



    September 21st—Essex Tech Presentation for all 8th graders at JG Whittier

    October 13th—Classical Academy Entrance Exam Online Registration Deadline

    October 17th– HHS tour for all 8th graders 8:45am

    October 18th—HHS Academy Night 6:00pm-7:30pm at HHS

    November 2nd —Classical Academy Exam at JG Whittier 8:45am-12:00pm

    November 21st —8th Grade Whittier Tech tour for all 8th graders 8:45-11:00am

    December 1st – Marks close for 1st trimester

    December 12th – Report Cards Issued

    December 14th – Parent Teacher Conferences (Grades 5-8)


    Classical Academy Exam Details

    The exam for the Haverhill High Classical Academy will take place on Thursday, November 2nd at 8:45am. The exam is approximately three hours long and testing should conclude by 12:00pm.  This year, the test will be given at J.G Whittier School. If you wish for your child to take the academy test, the link to the registration form for the Classical Academy test for 8th graders is now on the Haverhill High School website (http://hhs.haverhill-ps.org/) under the Academies tab. Completed registrations are due by October 13, 2017. If you have any questions please email Jami Dion, Supervisor of Guidance, at jdion@haverhill-ps.org or Rashaun Martin, Supervisor of Social Studies & World Languages, at rmartin@haverhill-ps.org.

  • Welcome Message from Principal Gill

    August 10, 2017

    To our JG Whittier family, both old friends and new………. 


    Welcome Back and Welcome to the John Greenleaf Whittier Middle School! 


    We are happy and humbled to have the unique opportunity to be involved in your lives!

    The entire JG Whittier staff is keenly aware of the responsibility placed upon us, to provide all of you with the best educational experience possible, and will strive to do so in a safe, supportive, nurturing environment.  

    As you begin to become familiar with our school, we hope you will discover that we will work diligently to offer a “user-friendly” environment, one that places your child’s safety, social, emotional and academic well-being as our top priorities.

    We are dedicated to constant improvement in these areas and will take the time to reach those goals one program, one family and one child at a time.

    The middle school years are an extremely confusing and interesting time for young adolescents. Children experience many physical, social and emotional changes as they begin to develop and mature in these areas.  More often than not children of middle school age will go through awkward and confusing periods, and many need assistance in navigating their social, emotional and academic worlds.

    That is why we are here! Please contact us at anytime with any questions or concerns you may have about your child. We are more than happy to work with you and offer any assistance and guidance we can. 

    It is our sincere hope that your child has a wonderful experience while attending the JG Whittier Middle School.

    If you require any information from your child’s teachers or school administration, please call the Main Office at 978-374-5782.

    • Homeroom Rosters will be posted on the front door of the school on Saturday, August 26, 2017.
    • First Day of school is Tuesday, August 29, 2017. Students can arrive at school beginning at 8:05 am.
      • Please do not report earlier as there is no adult supervision until 8:05 am.

    There will be an Open House on August 28, 2017:

    • GRADE 5 Open House will be from 4-5 pm.
    • GRADES 6-8 Open House will be held from 6-7 pm.

    Students and families are welcome!


    Here’s looking forward to a great year! 


    Sincerely yours,

    Brian C. Gill, Principal 

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