J.G. Whittier Middle School

  • Principal’s Weekly Update (2/15-2/19)


    February Break is upon us. There will be No School from 2/15-2/19. We hope that all students enjoy some time to rest and recharge over the next week! We will see everyone on 2/22.

    NEWS FROM OUR NURSES OFFICE (Nurse Cartwright):

    With February break upon us, please be advised of the Massachusetts travel guidelines if you plan on traveling outside of the state. All guidance can be found at https://www.mass.gov/info-details/covid-19-travel-order These guidelines are subject to change so please visit this link for the most up to date guidance 

    COVID-19 Travel Order www.mass.gov

    All visitors entering Massachusetts, including returning residents, who do not meet an exemption, are required to:

    • Complete the Massachusetts travel form at the link below prior to arrival, unless you are visiting from a lower risk state designated by the Department of Public Health. As of right now, there are no lower risk states, but this is subject to change.
    Massachusetts Travel Form | Mass.gov All individuals over the age of 18 and unaccompanied minors entering Massachusetts, who are not coming from a COVID lower-risk state and do not fall within certain, limited exemptions, must complete this form upon or prior to entry to the state … www.mass.gov
    • Quarantine for 10 days or produce a negative COVID-19 test result that has been administered up to 72-hours prior to your arrival in Massachusetts.

    If your COVID-19 test result has not been received prior to arrival, visitors, and residents must quarantine until they receive a negative test result. If you have received a COVID-19 test result, please send results to the school nurse at kelsey.cartwright@haverhill-ps.org. It can also be faxed to 978-372-5999. 

    • PROGRESS REPORTS: Your student’s progress report are currently available to view online through the student/parent portal. Please follow these directions to gain access:
    • Go to HPS main page: https://www.haverhill-ps.org/
      • Click on Parent & Student Resources
      • Click on Parent & Student Portal Login
      • Click Log-in
      • Use your student’s username & password to login
      • Click on Student Portal (top of page)
      • Select Report Cards/Progress Reports
      • Click Download
    • iREADY: As you are all aware, your students have been working with a program called iready, and have recently completed their winter diagnostic. If you are interested in learning more and receiving a detailed individual report of your student’s progress please see below:

    Please click the link to learn more: https://i-readycentral.com/articles/engaging-families/#help_families_understand_em_i_ready_em

    How to Access iReady Scores:

    • Have your child log into the HPS Launchpad
    • Click on CLASS LINK
    • Click on iREADY
    • Choose READING or MATH
    • You will now be on the “MY PATH” screen
    • Click on the MY PROGRESS icon
    • Click on the COMPLETED WORK tab
    • DIAGNOSTIC shows your child’s score

    If you would like a detailed report of your child’s score(s), please reach out to their ELA or MATH teacher directly.

    JGW’s 1st VIRTUAL FAMILY TRIVIA/GAME NIGHT: JGW will be hosting a virtual trivia night via zoom on Thursday, March 4th from 7-8pm. Please see the attached flyer for details and sign up to participate on the following link (https://forms.gle/jSQ1Ed42MwsbjL2S8) We hope to see everyone there!

    **Please see below for a great family engagement activity to enjoy over February vacation if you so choose:

    “Cards are one means of bridging differences in age and habits, drawing children and parents, old and new friends together in fair and friendly competition.” 

    – Florence Osborn

    February 12, 2021 

    Dear HPS Families,

    We hope you have a relaxing and healthy February break!  HPS is excited to introduce our Math Practice with Playing Cards and Dice website:  


    Math Practice Cards and DiceGrades K-2sites.google.com

    This website is a compilation of our favorite, screen-free games that families can play to have fun together!  The child-centered games are designed to help students master important math skills while fostering a positive attitude towards math.  The repetitive practice will help students develop automaticity of math facts.  

    To play these games, you will need a deck of playing cards, dice, paper, and pencil.  Cards and dice will be available for families at the Food Distribution sites beginning on Tuesday, February 16th, 2021 for anyone who may need them.  

    We wish you many fun game nights with your family!  

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