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.


JGW 2018-2019 Good Citizenship Program Manual


  • Opening Day

    August 20, 2018



    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 that is 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 theses 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.


    The first day of school is Tuesday, August 28, 2018. 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.


    I have attached an informational FAQ bulletin that will hopefully answer many of your questions about the beginning of the school year and beyond.


    Here’s looking forward to a great year!


    Sincerely yours,


    Brian C. Gill, Principal


    Opening Day Information for JG Whittier Students and Families

     Day 1


    The first day of school for students is Tuesday, August 28, 2018. All students in grades 5-8 should report to school between 8:05 and 8:25.


    We respectfully request that all students report to school by 8:30 am to avoid missing important academic instructional time.


    Students can be dropped off in the pick up/drop off line on the right side of the building or along the front of the property on Concord Street. There is no entry into the main driveway during pick up/drop off times. This area is reserved for busses only.


    Grade 5/6 students report to the rear of the school on the right side of the building.


    Grade 7/8 students report to the rear of the school on the left (Pentucket Lake side) of the building.


    In the event of inclement weather, there will be a flag placed outside at the front entrance to the school. Students will report to their hallway areas inside the building.


    Students are tardy after 8:45 am.


    Class Schedules


    All student schedules are now available online to students and parents. You can access them by signing on to the parent student portal at www.hillie.org

    Open House

    Open House, Monday August 27th


    4-5 pm: Grade 5 parents

        4-4:20pm: Meet in Cafeteria for presentation from administrators

        4:20-4:50pm: Visit classrooms and get presentation from teachers

        4:50-5:00pm: Meet back in gym for 10 minute Q & A


    5-6 pm: Grade 6-8 parents

        5-5:20pm: Meet in Cafeteria for presentation from administrators

        5:20-5:50pm: Visit classrooms and get presentation from teachers/teams

        ​5:50-6:00pm: Meet back in gym for 10 minute Q & A


    Homerooms will be posted on the front door on Friday, Aug. 24th after 4:00 pm.

    School supply lists can be found on the Haverhill Public Schools website or see post below:

  • Up To Date School Supply List

    As you do your back-to-school shopping, please note that students at JG Whittier School will need the following supplies:

    Grade 6

    1 inch binder (Please do not buy zipper binders- they are too bulky and don’t fit in the desks)

    8 tab dividers

    1 3-hole folder

    Pencil  pouch

    One3 subject notebook

    Threecomposition notebooks

    5 2-pocket folders (one of each of the following colors:  red, orange, yellow, blue, and purple)


    Glue sticks

    markers/colored pencils/crayons


    Dry erase markers


    Grade 7:

    ELA: notebook, pen,pencil, eraser,handheld pencil sharpener , folder for handouts and worksheets

    Social Studies: 1 one-inch binder

    Math: a 5-subject notebook, pencils, colored pencils, glue stick

    Science: 1 one-inch binder, pen, pencil, filler paper or a small one subject notebook, and a small composition book

    Other General materials:

    • 4 One-subject Notebooks (1 per subject)
    • Journal Notebook
    • Blue or Black Pens
    • Highlighters (5 colors)
    • Index Cards
    • Book Covers
    • Pencils (regular and colored)
    • Handheld Pencil Sharpener
    • Zipper Pencil Pouch
    • Erasers
    • 3-ring Binder (1 inch)
    • Pocket folders (to organize homework)

    For home: Dictionary and Thesaurus

    Please note that JG Whittier will have supplies on-hand at school for those who are unable to provide their own supplies.

  • June Calendar (Events)

  • May Calendar (Events)

  • April Calendar (Events)

  • March Calendar (Events)

  • January Calendar (Events)

  • Attention 8th Grade Families….

    The application deadline for Whittier Tech. is Friday, January 12th.  If your child is interested in applying but has not yet applied, please apply online at http://www.whittiertech.org.  If you have any questions, please contact Mrs. Vlahos at jvlahos@haverhill-ps.org or 978-374-5782.​

  • Discovery Club Update

  • No Shave November SUCCESS!

    November is over, and the men can shave again…if they so choose. The majority of the male staff at JGW put their razor’s down for the month to raise awareness and money for the American Cancer Society. This year was our 4th year doing so, but the first that we involved the students. We held a “penny war” where students got to bring in loose change to donate into a jar with one of the staff members pictures on it. The winning staff member had to do something embarrassing. Below you will find a before and after picture of the staff who participated along with, Mr. Lewis, who won the competition and certainly was a good sport when it came to doing something embarrassing.

    Most importantly, with the help of the student body, we managed to raise the most money that we ever have during this fundraiser. This year we were able to raise $645! Now after 4 years of this event, we have donated a total of $1,735 to the American Cancer Society!


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