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.


School Supplies List 2017-2018 

  • 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 

  • Welcome Back to School!

    First Day is Tuesday, August 29, 2017. Students may arrive no earlier than 8:05 am for 8:30 am start.

    Home-room Rosters posted on front door Saturday, August 26, 2017.

    Open House on August 28, 2017.

    GRADE 5 ONLY: 4:00pm-5:00pm

    4:00-4:15pm: Meet in the gym for presentation given by Mr. Gill and Mr. Betty

    4:15-4:45pm: Classroom visits/Meet with Gr. 5 Team

    4:45-5:00pm: Q & A with Mr. Gill and Mr. Betty in the Gym

    There will be no individual conferences with teachers on this night

    GRADES 6-8: 6:00pm-7:00pm

    6:00-6:15pm: Meet in the gym for presentation given by Mr. Gill and Mr. Betty

    6:15-6:45pm: Classroom visits/Meet with grade level teams

    6:45-7:00pm: Q & A with Mr. Gill and Mr. Betty in the Gym

    There will be no individual conferences with teachers on this night

  • Dress Code & Electronics

    Dear Families and Students,


    I wanted to take a moment to remind everyone about the importance of dressing appropriately when in the school environment.


    The staff at the JG Whittier will continue to enforce the school dress code. We feel it is important for students to make a positive impression in our community and dressing appropriately is important in that regard.


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


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


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


    Prohibited clothing includes:

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


    Finally, a reminder about personal electronics:

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


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


    Thank you in advance for your support.


    Brian Gill, Principal


  • Model UN Committees & Closing Ceremony


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

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  • JGW Success


    Good Morning to Everyone!

    At the JG Whittier Middle School, we believe that we have the best kids and families in the world, and we try our best to serve you with pride and honor. I would like to take this opportunity to personally thank all our families for your continued support, and working with us to assist your child in reaching their utmost potential.

    We believe we have created an excellent team that supports students and families in an incredibly personal way. We try each day to focus on one student, one family and one challenge at a time.

    Academically, our staff utilizes their expertise and resources in striving to reach each one of your students in the most effective and creative ways possible.

    Our efforts are beginning to pay off!

    Here are some of the amazing results of your commitment/skills and dedication to the JG Whittier and its success……………

    Thank you again for helping us to make incredible progress this past year. The best is yet to come!

    2016 Test Scores Summary of Results

    JG Whittier jumps 10% in state ranking, from 25 to 35 percentile! This means we passed over 10% of all middle schools statewide!

    If there were no “Opt outs” for PARCC testing, (8) and we achieved the participation rate for 2 categories, as well as meeting a target for 1 sub group (missed it by 3 points) we would have achieved Level 1 status this year!

    We narrowly missed achieving it, but I am confident that we will get it this year!

    Proficiency Gap Narrowing (Composite Performance Index)

    • ELA: CPI rose from 74.0 to 83.3, a 9.3% increase.
    • Math: CPI rose from 67.1 to 70.8, a 3.7% increase.
    • Science: CPI rose from 72.2 to 72.6, a .2 increase.

    Extra Credit

    We received extra credit points for lowering the amount of students in the failing category, and for increasing the amount of students in the Advanced category.

    • ELA: Advanced went from 4.6-8.0%
      • Warning dropped from 17.4 to 9.
    • Math: Advanced went from 15.1-18.9%
      • Warning dropped from 25.9 to 23.7
    • Science: Advanced dropped from 11.2-8.4%
      • Warning dropped from 15.9 to 15.8%

    Student Growth

    • ELA: SGP rose from 26.0 to 50.0 a 24% increase.
    • Math: SGP rose from 41.0 to 52.0 an 11.0% increase.

    Performance Target Scores

    The magic number for PTS is 75.

    • All students 71
    • High Needs 70
    • Special Ed. 78

    With your help, the JG Whittier has successfully attained one of the highest performance increases in the district this year, and it is due to everyone’s willingness to take the time needed to reach each student at their individual levels of need.

    Thank you again, and congratulations on a job well done!

    It is my pleasure to be able to proudly and humbly share in your success.

    Sincerely yours,

    Brian Gill, Principal


    Link to PDF document: Good morning to everyone


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