J.G. Whittier Middle School

  • School Counseling Department


    Welcome to the

    JGW School Counseling Department

    Jacqueline Vlahos
    Phone: 978-374-5782
    Fax: 978-372-5999

    School Counseling Connection

    Stay Connected with you Counselor  

    I am available to connect with and support all students and families throughout the week by email (jvlahos@haverhill-ps.org), please do not hesitate to reach out.  Aside from email, I facilitate check ins through Google Meet and by phone.  If desired, please email me to request a check in and I will coordinate a meeting with you.
    I look forward to working with you all in supporting you in having a healthy, safe and successful school year!
    Mrs. Vlahos
    Welcome Note

    I want to welcome both the new and all returning Poets to our school community.  I also want to convey some essential information of my role and notify everyone of how to connect with me if needed.

    • As the School Counselor I am available to assist and help all students throughout the school day as needed.
    • A teacher or parent may refer a student to me for a variety of reasons, including but not limited to issues relating to academic achievement, social/emotional development and the high school transition.

    Please do not hesitate to reach out to me this school year.

    Mrs. Vlahos’s School Counseling Connection Letter (English/Spanish) 

    Jacqueline Vlahos

    School Counselor
    Suffolk University, M.Ed School Counseling
    University of Massachusetts- Amherst, B.S.

    About Mrs. Vlahos

    I grew up in Haverhill and was educated in the Haverhill Public Schools, graduating from HHS in 2003.  I still live in Haverhill with my husband and two young daughters.  I have been working in the Haverhill Schools for 10 years and at JG Whittier for the past 8 years.  When I am not at work I enjoy soaking up time with my family and friends, relaxing with a good cup of coffee, playing outside with my daughters and neighbors, going for walks and bike rides with my family, getting to the gym for workouts, and cooking crock pot meals on the weekends.  I enjoy both living and working in this community and find it rewarding to give back to the amazing Haverhill students and families each day.

    I come from a family of educators; education has always been a priority and value in my life.  The idea of becoming  a school counselor dawned on me when I was in high school going through the college transition process.  It was then that I began meeting with my high school counselor and began reflecting on my own personal skills and goals and realized this career intrigued me. I always knew I loved working with and helping people and am fortunate to be doing that today.

    HHS Course Registration Information for 8th Grade Students

    HPS Incoming 9th Grade Course Selection 2020

    Course Descriptions 2020

    Course Descriptions 2020_Spanish

    The attachments above include the Haverhill High course selection booklet with guidance for 8th grade students to choose electives for their 9th grade year at HHS (forms translated in English and Spanish).  There is also an attachment with descriptions of all elective courses available to grade 9 students (one in English and the other in Spanish).

    At this time, 8th grade students and families can review the information and may begin the process of choosing HHS electives remotely, at home, if desired.   If you have questions regarding course selection and elective options at Haverhill High School, feel free to contact me via email at jvlahos@haverhill-ps.org.

    High School Transition Note

    High School Transition Presentation Slides (English/Spanish)

    Haverhill High School Specialty Programs (English)

    Haverhill High School Specialty Programs (Spanish)

    Each fall I work closely with the 8th grade students to prepare them for high school.  I visit all 7th & 8th grade classes to discuss the transition to high school.  I am also available for individual check ins with students and parents/guardians, to answer questions about high school transition, options and the application process.  Please stay connected and feel free to contact me with any question as you navigate this process.

    If your child is going to apply to a high school, please send in all the required documents with a Parent/Guardian signature to authorize me to release the required academic records for admissions.  These records include report cards, as well as standardized tests score reports, attendance and behavior reports.  I require at least a two week window to complete application packets. Please contact me at 978-374-5782 or by email at jvlahos@haverhill-ps.org if you have any questions.

    Upcoming Important Dates:

    Virtual Open House Dates:

    • Haverhill High

    Thursday, January 7 , 2021  at 6pm & January 14, 2021 at 6pm 

    (*To register for HHS Virtual Open House session(s) please refer to the email sent out to HPS 8th grade families from HHS Principal, Glenn Burns with further details and registration information.  Feel free to reach out to me with questions – jvlahos@haverhill-ps.org)

    • Whittier Tech

    Virtual Open House: Sunday, November 1, 2020 (runs continuously after Nov. 1st)


    • Essex Tech

    Virtual Open House: Sunday, November 21, 2020 (9am)


    • Haverhill High Application Programs

    HHS Classical Academy Application Deadline: January 15, 2021

    HHS CTE Application Deadline: January 15, 2021

    HHS PLTW Application Deadline: January 15,2021

    HHS Programs Info & Applications

    Resources & Tools

    Practice Interview Questions (English)

    Practice Interview Questions (Spanish)

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