J.G. Whittier Middle School

JG Whittier Mission Statement

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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.


SY 2019-2020 Community Eligibility Provision



JGW 2018-2019 Good Citizenship Program Manual


  • JGW Update 9/14/2020

    Greetings J.G. Whittier Middle School families,

    School is BACK! We are just over 24 hours away from the official first day of the 2020-2021 school year. I wish I could say with confidence that there still weren’t a lot of questions out there, but I feel like that would be naïve of me…

    Here is what everyone needs to know to be as prepared as possible for our first day of school on Wednesday, September 16th:

    All students will start remotely from 9/16-9/18 at JGW and throughout the district. (The first few days of school will be focused on meeting teachers and classmates and getting acclimated to remote learning expectations, etc.)


    If you did not receive a Haverhill Public School Issued chromebook in the spring or have not picked up your chromebook from JGW yet, we would ask that you come down to the school tomorrow between 8am-3pm to pick it up. You will need to call the office when you arrive and someone will bring the chromebook out to you.

    • If families have personal devices at home, they can certainly choose to use them instead, but each student will still need to have an HPS-issued device assigned to them for when they come into the buildings because of the following reasons:
      • There are no shared devices available in the schools, for safety, security and availability reasons.
      • HPS does not allow students outside of the HS to join the WIFI for security and safety reasons.
      • HPS Technology cannot troubleshoot, manage, nor repair personal devices.

    The physical JGW building is coming along and is on target for the beginning of our school year. Please click the link below to get a virtual tour of the building and some of our new expectations for all students:


    -Beginning the week of 9/21 through 10/2 we will begin welcoming students back in very small groups 1 day per week (2 times total). Here is what that will look like:

         -If your student is in Cohort A (Monday & Tuesday in-person learning) and their last name begins with the letter A-H then they will attend school in person on Monday 9/21 & Monday 9/28. 

        -If your student is in Cohort A (Monday & Tuesday in-person learning) and their last name begins with the letter I-Z then they will attend school in person on Tuesday 9/22 & Tuesday 9/29.

        -If your student is in Cohort B (Thursday & Friday in-person learning) and their last name begins with the letter A-H then they will attend school on Thursday 9/24 & Thursday 10/1.

         -If your student is in Cohort B (Thursday & Friday in-person learning) and their last name begins with the letter I-Z then they will attend school in person on Friday 9/25 & Friday 10/2. 

    When students arrive at school for the first 2 weeks listed above, the purpose is to get them familiar with the building, their teachers, and all of the new policies and protocols so that when we do begin the full Hybrid model on Monday October 5th all students will be acclimated to their environment. 

    Beginning on Monday, October 5th we will begin welcoming full Cohorts into the building (Cohort A=Monday & Tuesday)(Cohort B=Thursday & Friday).


     -If your student is in Cohort D (The Remote Learning Academy) this phase in model will not impact them at all as they will be learning remotely from home starting on Wednesday 9/16 and will have a consistent schedule to follow. For all of those students in the Remote Learning Academy, please see the link below for more information.



    -Your student should now have access through the student/parent portal to see who their assigned teachers are for the beginning of school.

    -Students will not receive their actual class schedules until they arrive at school. This is no different than any other year. Please remember that your student will be in the same classroom all day, and that their teachers will travel to them instead of the other way around.

    -The Remote Learning Academy Schedule will be communicated out to families within the next day. Please stay tuned…


    -JGW will be conducting an OPEN HOUSE on Tuesday, September 15th from 5:30pm-7:00pm. 

    -This open house will be held remotely as a livestream. Here is the link for that livestream: https://stream.meet.google.com/stream/3659ad68-6943-40ce-8b27-0424be94e96e?authuser=0

    -In order to be a part of the livestream, you will need to log in via your student’s school issued google account.

    -Grade 5 Open house will take place from 5:30-6:30pm

    -Grades 6-8 Open house will take place from 6:00-7:00pm

    If you have questions that you would like to submit beforehand please click the link below and type your question and send it in. I will try to answer as many questions as I can.




    -Please remember at this time we cannot make any changes to Cohorts or groupings within those cohorts based on our current population and numbers. If you have a specific concern, you can contact me at the school, but I really appreciate your cooperation and understanding in this matter as we have done our absolute best to accommodate all preferences and requests up until and through September 1st. 

    I am very much looking forward to our work together this school year. Please remember that your student’s safety and well-being is our number one priority. As always please reach out to me with any questions, comments, or concerns that you may have, and I will be in touch with you all as more information becomes available. 

    Thank you,

    Tim Betty


  • School Supply List


    • -Water Bottle
    • -4 one-subject Notebooks (different colors)
    • -4 pocket folders (colors coordinated with notebooks to help with organization)
    • -Scissors
    • -Glue Sticks (3-4)
    • -Pencil box/case to store materials
    • -Pencils
    • -Colored Pencils
    • -Highlighters (2)
    • -Hand-held pencil sharpener
    • -Clipboard
    • -Earbuds/Headphones (preferably with a microphone)
    • – Mouse for use with Chromebook


    • 2 composition notebooks for math
    • 2 composition notebook for ELA (one for journaling) or a 2 Subject notebook
    • 5 subject notebook ELA 
    •  1 composition notebook for science 
    •  1 composition notebook for S.S.
    • Dry erase markers
    • Pencils (If mechanical- need extra lead)
    • Pens
    • Crayons/colored pencils/markers
    • Hand-held pencil sharpener
    • Highlighters (specifically blue and green)
    • 1 folder for each class, 2 for ELA
    • Scissors
    • Ruler
    • Water bottle (optional, there are places to fill water bottles, but not bubblers)
    • Pencil case 
    • Headphones


    • 12 sharpened #2 pencils (Start the year off with 6)
    • 4 blue/black pens
    • 1 handheld sharpener
    • 1 eraser
    • 3 highlighters
    • 1 box magic markers or colored pencils (8/box or 10/box)
    • 1 small box crayons
    • 2 glue sticks
    • pencil bag
    • 12″ ruler
    • 1 pair “student” scissors
    • 1 pocket folder for each class
    • 1 notebook for each class
    • 1 roll scotch tape
    • Non-glass water bottle 
    • Mat/towel and clipboard for outdoor classes
    • Headphones (Nothing fancy– Dollar Tree has them)
    • Mouse (optional)
    • A book for independent reading time


    • notebooks
    • folders
    • writing utensils – pens/pencils/dry erase
    • graph paper (for math)
    • ruler (for math)
    • headphones


    • pencils
    • notebooks (1 for each subject)
    • graph paper/grid paper
    • crayons, markers, colored pencils
    • dry erase markers

    HPS has ordered headphones and individual white boards for all RLA students.

  • Welcome new AP, Cathy Koch

    Hello J.G. Whittier Families, 

    It is with great enthusiasm that I am writing you all today! After a thorough search and interview process, I am thrilled to announce that we have hired a new Assistant Principal at J.G. Whittier Middle School! Her name is Cathy Koch, and she is coming to us most recently from being Assistant Principal at a school in the Ayer-Shirley school district. She will officially be starting with us tomorrow, 8/11/2020 and I am excited to have her join our J.G. Whittier community. Below, please find Mrs. Koch’s own letter introducing herself:

    Dear JG Whittier Families,

    My name is Cathy Koch, and I feel very fortunate to be the new Assistant Principal at JG Whittier. As I get to know the JG Whittier community in the coming months, I hope you will introduce yourself and let me know what you need from the school and me to help your student be successful.

    I am a life-long educator with a background at both the middle and elementary school levels. After teaching middle school for five years I became a school administrator. At various times I taught ELA, math, social studies, and science. My husband and I live in North Andover and have three children, who will be entering grades, 4, 6, and 8 this fall. When I am not at school, I enjoy reading, heading to the beach, hiking local trails, and exploring nearby cities and towns. Please share your favorite book titles with me as I am always looking for a good read to bring with me.

    This year will be a very different start to school than any of us have experienced before and I look forward to meeting this challenge head on with the students, staff and families of JG Whittier. Please be sure to stop by and introduce yourself as circumstances allow. I look forward to meeting everyone.


    Cathy Koch, M.Ed. (see attached picture)

    I hope that you will all help me in welcoming Mrs. Koch into this great school community! I’m looking forward to great things at J.G. Whittier this school year no matter what the actual year may look like. 

    Take care, 

    Tim Betty


  • Home Visits and Other Summer Updates

    Hello J.G. Whittier Families, 

    I hope that this email finds you all well and continuing to enjoy your summer as much as possible, while remaining safe! 

    I am writing to you all today with a couple of quick updates. I have had the opportunity to start conducting some home visits this week which I feel have gone very well. I appreciate the 6 students and families that I have visited thus far allowing me to meet with them outside while I am wearing a mask and taking the necessary safety precautions. I have 15 scheduled visits over the next couple of weeks as well, but there is room to conduct more if you are interested. 

    I would like to encourage as many of you that are willing to volunteer to have a home visit. This allows us the time to dedicate to you and your student to answer any questions that you might have, address concerns, and really begin to build that positive relationship and partnership between the school and home that is integral to the success of all students. I know that many of you are quite familiar with this process because I have done visits with you in the past. Please do not hesitate to reach out again. Just because I have done a visit with you before, does not mean that I cannot do it again. 

    As previously mentioned, this summer we are taking necessary safety precautions and asking that if you are interested in a home visit that we please meet outside, and that I will be wearing a mask as well as any staff member that comes out with me. Our visits usually last between 20-30 minutes and we will do our best to schedule them at a time that is most convenient for you! 

    Please do not hesitate to reach out by responding to this email if this is something that you are interested in. I know that you all probably have a million questions, and we want to be able to answer them all. 

    In other news, this coming week is the final one for the Summer Remote Learning Academy. The final lessons will be given this coming week (week 5: 8/10-8/14). Please click the link below for further information:


    Please stay tuned also for an announcement and introduction to the new Assistant Principal here at J.G. Whittier. I will send information about that sometime early next week. 

    Finally, please know that as more information becomes available in regard to our upcoming school year and everything that it entails, that I will be in touch with all of you to keep you informed. Regardless of what our 2020/2021 school year looks like, please understand that our number one priority remains the safety of all students and staff, and also making sure that your student receives the education that they deserve. 

    I look forward to hopefully meeting with as many of you as possible over the next several weeks to answer questions and begin building or continuing to build upon our partnership. Until then, take care and remain safe. 

    Tim Betty


  • Summer Home Visits

    Greetings J.G. Whittier Families,

    As we prepare for our 2020-2021 school year and whatever that may look like, I am writing today to remind some of you and notify others that we have been conducting home visits with students and families over the past 5 summers, and we would love to continue this successful tradition with you and your student!

    We have conducted over 200 home visits over the past 5 summers, and they are entirely voluntary. This is a great opportunity to have 1:1 time with me to answer any questions you or your student may have, address any potential concerns, gather any pertinent information that you may be interested in, and finally to just start a positive connection that includes open communication to ensure for a successful school year.

    It is my goal, and our goal at J.G. Whittier to form a partnership with our student’s families in order to help ALL students be successful.  A connection through a home visit is a great way to start.

    Our home visits will obviously need to look much different this summer due to COVID-19, but establishing appropriate safety measures will allow us to continue what we feel is a priority for our school in connecting with all of you and answering your questions and addressing your concerns.

    We will be conducting our home visits throughout the month of August. Home visits this summer will not actually take place in your homes, but preferably in your yards or on your front or back porches. Any J.G. Whittier staff attending a home visit will be wearing a mask at all times and we will only be giving “virtual” handshakes and high fives.

    The home visits will be scheduled at your convenience. We would ask that you try to schedule them during the regular business hours of the day, but if that does not work for your family, we are open to being flexible and accommodating a time that works for you. If you are interested in having a home visit with me and potentially other JGW staff or have more questions about home visits, please email me at (tbetty@haverhill-ps.org).

    I look forward to conducting as many home visits as possible over the next month to help build a partnership with you, and prepare your students in the best way possible for the upcoming school year. I look forward to hearing from many of you.

    Take care,

    Tim Betty


    J.G. Whittier Middle School

  • Summer Remote Learning Academy Update (Week 4)

    Below is the link for the Week 4 Summer Remote Learning Academy (August 3rd-7th): 

    Summer Remote Learning Academy Website:  https://sites.google.com/haverhill-ps.org/hps-summer-remote-learning/home

  • Summer Remote Learning Academy

    Here is an update on the Summer Remote Learning Academy. Week 3 begins on Monday, 7/27. Please click the links below to be connected with the website and also for the week 3 family letter with overview and lessons: 

    HPS Summer Remote Learning Academy Website:  https://sites.google.com/haverhill-ps.org/hps-summer-remote-learning/home

    Week 3 letter to families: https://docs.google.com/document/d/1Ta3rrbnSvowoygJDUudOupkiB8MHuRWRTI8h2Qh7LjY/edit?usp=sharing

  • Welcome All New Students!!

    JG Whittier would like to welcome all new incoming 5th grade students, and any other new students that will be joining us during the 2020-2021 school year! Please see below a quick welcome video as well as an extended version for those of you who are interested! We can’t wait to meet you all in the fall!

    Short Version: https://haverhillps-my.sharepoint.com/:v:/g/personal/tbetty_haverhill-ps_org/ESqBqEQ1ymdDidFynVApPasBAAgCQpY6TfVOySWlfQXH3Q?e=PkTu1V

    Extended Version: https://youtu.be/uVsxER4MQQM

  • 8th Grade Promotion

    Here are links to our promotion ceremony, car procession, and Pictures from the night. Enjoy!!

    Also, Grade 8 Students, be on the look out for Thursday, June 25th’s edition of the Lawrence Eagle Tribune for a special JGW 8th grade celebration collage!

    Promotion Ceremony: https://youtu.be/8FIJccSeBZ8

    Car Procession: https://youtu.be/t4gDMR3Oe88

    Photo slide show: https://youtu.be/JC-kbRu6TGw

    Photo album: https://photos.app.goo.gl/zHnHPiTs3GeGnkuBA


    We did it! Summer is here!!

    On June 18th we held our first ever Livestream 8th grade promotion ceremony and car procession. I want to thank all of the JGW staff that helped make that possible. It was a successful and fun night where it was great to see all of the smiling faces of our 8th graders as they picked up their promotion certificates, yearbooks and awards. We had nearly 100% attendance which is Amazing! Good luck to all of you 8th graders as you venture on to high school!!

    I would just like to wish each and every one of you a safe, happy, and fun summer! These past few months have been challenging, but I am extremely proud of the entire JGW community which includes Students, Families and Staff! We all persevered and kept a positive attitude and we got through it together. It was not always easy, but thank you to our students for persevering, our families for taking on a new and stressful role, and to our staff for their continued hard work and dedication! 

    I’d finally like to give a very heartfelt thank you to our families out their for your support and words of encouragement over this past week as I officially move in to the principal role here at JGW. Your kind words and well wishes have been overwhelming! I very much look forward to our continued partnership in helping make J.G. Whittier the best possible school that it can be and ensuring that ALL of our students are successful!

    Have an amazing summer everyone and don’t hesitate to reach out to me. I will be around, and will also keep you all posted with any new information about what to expect in the fall! Don’t forget to do your summer reading!!

    For now, take care and be safe!

    Please find these links below to our summer reading list and also for the summer Discovery club program:

    Discovery Club: https://sites.google.com/a/haverhill-ps.org/discovery-club/summer-program

    Application link: https://sites.google.com/a/haverhill-ps.org/discovery-club/summer-program/summer-application

    Summer Reading: https://whittier.haverhill-ps.org/wp-content/uploads/sites/28/2020/06/Summer-Reading-Big-Flyer-EN-1-3.pdf





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