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.


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  • Our thoughts go out to those affected…..

    Good evening. I am writing to you to let you know that our thoughts and prayers are with the residents of Lawrence, North Andover and Andover this evening as they deal with a major disaster.

    Our hearts and our thoughts are with all those affected, including the first responders and all the volunteers.

    If any of you have been affected by this tragic situation and need assistance, please reach out to us and we will assist you in any way we can.

    We stand together in good times and in bad times.

    Stay safe and take care of each other


    Brian Gill, Principal




    Good morning.


    I wanted to take a moment to sincerely thank each and every one of you for your assistance yesterday.

    I am a parent of school age children, and I know the anxiety and fear that many of you felt yesterday during the day.

    To our parents and guardians. I commend each and every one of you for being patient during the dismissal process. You were all respectful, waited patiently and helped to insure that all our students remained safe and secure.

    The Main office was extremely busy yesterday. We dismissed over 350 students in less than 2 hours. Ms. Anita, Ms. Ali and Mr. Betty  deserve medals for their efforts to dismiss students in a safe, timely manner.

    Yesterday could have been very chaotic, frightening and disorganized, but due to the efforts of everyone it was quite the opposite.

    School staff, parents and students all stepped up and worked together to insure that the safety and security of our students continues to remain the number one priority.

    Again, I am so grateful to everyone for working in the best interests of our most precious commodity, our kids.

    I am proud and humbled to be a part of the JG Whittier Community.

    Have a wonderful day!


    Brian Gill, Principal

  • August 29, 2018

    We would like to thank school staff and the community for their understanding and support in dealing with today’s incidents. As you know, due to heavy police activity in the city, schools and Haverhill police determined that a shelter-in-place for the safety of our students was warranted. Simultaneously we had a threat issued to the Pentucket Lake School , safety protocols were immediately implemented, police were called to the scene and the threat was determined to not be credible.


    The School Department and city takes the safety of our citizens and particularly our students very seriously. We thank the parents for their quick response and understanding of the situation. We thank the school staff and police officers for rallying around the support and safety of our students.

  • 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.

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