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 During the School Closure  

    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.  My office hours are Tuesdays and Thursdays from 930-11am.
    I miss you all so much and look forward to seeing you all in person soon!
    Stay healthy and safe,
    Mrs. Vlahos

    September 2019

    I am eager to work with you all and support your student in having a fun, safe and successful school year.  Each year I enjoy getting to know new faces by visiting students in their new class settings, rotating outside during some lunches and recesses and meeting with students individually.  I really appreciate the connections I have made thus far and 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 (If not an emergency, best time for a student to check in with me are during lunches, recesses, and/or “specials”.)
    • Students must have permission and a hall pass from their teacher to meet with me in my office. (My office is located next to the School Nurse’s office.)
    • 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 9 years and at JG Whittier for the past 7 years.  When I am not at work I enjoy soaking up time with my family and friends, relaxing with a good cup of coffee, shopping online, getting to the gym for weekly workouts, and cooking casseroles and crockpot meals.  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)

    High School Transition Handout (English/Spanish)

    Each fall I work closely with the 8th grade students to prepare them for high school.  I visit all 7th & 8th grade classes starting in the beginning of October to discuss the transition to high school.  I am also available for individual check ins with students and can be available for parents/guardians, too, regarding high school transition.  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

    Whittier Tech Interviews: February 5th & February 27th

    Haverhill High CTE Interviews: March 2nd

    Essex Tech Interviews: March 12th

    HHS Classical Academy Application Deadline: Monday January 27, 2020.

    Classical Application 2019_2020

    HHS CTE Application Deadline: Friday February 7, 2020



    HHS Shadow Opportunity for 8th Grade Students

    The “Hillie For A Day” initiative allows prospective 8th grade students spend the day at Haverhill High School and see, first hand, the exciting programs and opportunities they have to offer.  It also gives students the opportunity to meet faculty, staff and students and determine if Haverhill High is the best fit for them.  Parents/guardians can register their child to shadow at HHS by completing the online registration form by accessing this link:  https://forms.gle/gqWRhwGpvTfu3t5P6

    Students can also see Mrs. Vlahos in Guidance to request a shadow day form.

    Resources & Tools

    Weekly Progress Report Form

    Practice Interview Questions

    HHS Academy Pathway Graphic

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