J.G. Whittier Middle School

JG Whittier Mission Statement

Free Meal Pickups Run Daily from 11:00 am. – 1:00 pm

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.

FREE MEALS – ALL STUDENTS, ALL SCHOOLS

SY 2019-2020 Community Eligibility Provision

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JGW 2018-2019 Good Citizenship Program Manual

 


  • Principal’s Weekly Update (5/11-5/15)

    Hello JG Whittier Families,

    There is a great deal of information to share with you all this week!

    Retrieving Student Belongings: We have come up with a plan for all families to retrieve their student’s belongings from school. On Monday, May 18th families of Grades 5 & 6 students will be able to come and pick up their students belongings (further information on specific times will be sent later this week), and on Tuesday, May 19th families of Grades 7 & 8 students will be able to come and pick up their students belongings (further information on specific times will be sent later this week). 

    This process will work very similar to the chromebook distribution where families will pull up in their cars (and remain in their cars), and JGW staff will bring out your students materials to your car.

    This week our staff will be working on identifying and placing all contents of your student’s lockers in labeled paper bags which will be distributed back to you. Please note that if your students have followed the JGW locker policy, this should be a relatively easy process because their homeroom teachers should have all locker assignments and combinations to their locks. If that is the case, staff will easily be able to identify belongings and place them in your student’s labeled bag to be returned.

    We recognize that all belongings may not be labeled in each locker, but please note that we will do our very best to place all belongings in the appropriately labeled bags. If for some reason your students seems to be missing belongings, our first recommendation is that you have your student reach out to their “locker buddy” to make sure that they do not have it.

    If we do not have your student’s locker combination, unfortunately we will have to cut off the lock. As previously mentioned, if your student has followed the JGW locker policy, we will be able to open the lock and return that to you with all other belongings.

    We anticipate that there will be some belongings that are not identifiable, based on not being labeled, being left in classrooms or other areas of the building, or being in unassigned lockers. When this is the case, our staff once again will do the best that we can to properly identify these belongings to get them back to their rightful owners.

    Unfortunately we are not allowed to have any students or families in our buildings at this time. 

    We will be setting up a lost and found system for any and all belongings that cannot be identified. We will lay out all material and take pictures of each individual item and then share with all families, so that you can contact the school to set up a time to retrieve your student’s items. Please stay tuned for more information in regard to our lost and found AFTER all other materials are returned to students and families on May 18th & 19th.

    When picking up belongings on the 18th and 19th, we kindly ask that you take into consideration that this is like the chromebook distribution where your bag will be delivered to you, and then we will need you to not go through these belongings until you reach home. We will need to keep our lines moving in an efficient and effective manner. As previously mentioned, please check with locker buddies first if you are missing belongings, and if that does not resolve the situation, please check the lost and found notice that will be sent out shortly after our distribution days. If following this process, you still have not received a specific student belonging, please contact the school and we will do our best to assist you.

    Please note that JGW is not responsible for any lost or damaged materials. As previously stated, we will take great care in making sure that all of your student’s belongings from their lockers and all other areas of the school are returned safely to you. Thank you and stay tuned…

    HPS SUMMER ACADEMY: Haverhill Public Schools will still be offering 3 different summer school/program opportunities to our students.

    -Summer Academy: This will target a specific group of students based on their academic performance and needs.

    -Summer Academy for EL students

    -Extended School Year: This service is for students who have this service written into their IEP.

    If your student is being recommended for the summer academy, you should be hearing from one of your student’s teachers very soon if you have not already heard from them.

    The application process is all online this year. Stay tuned for more information…

    ATTENTION GRADE 8 STUDENTS – If your grade 8 student has failed more than 1 trimester of ELA or Math they will be required to attend summer school in order to move on to HHS. If your student has failed 1 trimester of ELA or Math, it is imperative that they complete all remote learning assignments this trimester to avoid the potential of being required to attend summer school. This is the second year that the district has implemented mandatory summer school for 8th graders who fail more than 1 trimester of ELA or Math. Make sure to get your work done to the best of your ability!

     

    ATTENTION GRADE 6 FAMILIES: Please see the attached letter from our Supervisor of Mathematics in regard to criteria to be placed into the grade 7 accelerated math class.

    Gr 6 Math Parent Letter w_ translation 05-2020

    ATTENTION GRADE 7 FAMILIES: Please see the attached letter from our Supervisor of Mathematics if you would like your student to be considered for the accelerated class in grade 8, based upon the criteria.

    Gr 7 to Gr. 8 Math Parent Letter w_Translation 05-2020

    For those grade 7 students who are already placed in the accelerated math program, please see the letter below.

    Gr 7 Accelerated Math Parent Letter w_translation 05-2020

    ATTENTION GRADE 8 ACCELERATED MATH STUDENTS: Please see the letter below from our Supervisor of Mathematics.

    Gr 8 Accelerated Math Parent Letter w_ translation 05-2020

    PTO News: 

     

    Thank you to all of the families that participated in our virtual Staff Appreciation Week!  The JGW PTO would also like to thank the Betty family for helping the PTO with daily staff raffles.  Our next PTO meeting will be Wednesday, May 13, 2020 at 6 pm through Zoom.  Jen Rubera will send out an e-mail with the link.  If you are not on the PTO mailing list and would like to attend, please e-mail jrubera@haverhill-ps.org .

    Here is the album showing our love for the amazing staff at JGW!

    https://photos.google.com/share/AF1QipPC4BIO8GZ3452Z8GgV8zQA1EDcvwJ218pSBLSN8qpJkgortAA2DDJjyu3wbr-rWA?key=anBOQUttYVUzRDAyVGxpZl9lY1hjTXdDV0RtR2FB

    YEARBOOK: Our yearbooks are ready! Please see the link below to view the online order form. You can place an order for your own yearbook by May 15th. The price for the yearbook is $15. When yearbook orders are received and the yearbooks are shipped, we will set up a day to distribute the yearbooks to students. Please stay tuned!

    Yearbook Order Form

    Grade Level Remote Learning Schedules: Please see the attached schedules for each grade to utilize as a guide as to when your students should be working on each particular subject. We recognize that each family is different and that your student may not always be able to follow this schedule exactly as it is written, and that is understandable. The important thing is that the school work get completed and turned in when it is most convenient for you and your family, taking into account your individual circumstances and prioritizing safety and well-being first. As always, if you have specific questions about any assignments, or how to access those assignments, please reach out to the specific teachers with your questions. I am also available via email at tbetty@haverhill-ps.org if you or your students have specific questions and would like to set up a phone call or virtual meeting with me.

    Grade 5 Remote Learning Schedule

    Grade 6 Remote Learning Schedule

    Grade 7 Remote Learning Schedule

    Grade 8 Remote Learning Schedule

     

    Grade 5: 

    Ms. Sanguedolce: We are learning about volume and continuing to review other math concepts. Congratulations to the following students for completing all of their math work from last week: Orange Group – Jadiel, Joseph, Jadelyn, Madison, Avery, Maya, Cameron, Giovanni, Gavin, Christopher, Sophia, Ava, Kayleigh, Abigail, and Anderson; Red Group – Dillan, Cameron, Jonah, and Jonathan R.; and Yellow Group – Leighton, Joao, Lauryn, Schylar, Valentina, Ethan, Adriel, Brodie, Christopher, Baylee, Yilliannis, Zenia, Jeremy, and Enmanuel.

    Ms. MacDonald: 

    Math: This will be our last week of review as we go over Topic 9 on dividing fractions. I want to commend our 5th graders on a great job these past few weeks as we’ve reviewed our previously learned topics. Students this week will work on Xtra math, discussion question, and their review sheet. Be sure to have them join a Google meet if they have any questions on their work. Keep the hard work going!
    Science: This week we will be focusing on my favorite star, the Sun! Students will have a discussion, reading, and a hands-on investigation. Please make sure students are watching the videos that go with the assignments. Plant journals are also due this week. Students who planted sunflowers will no longer have to record their observations but I would encourage them to continue to care for their plants and join a Google meet if you are not sure what to do next, as your sunflower grows larger and larger!
    Mr. Marinella: Hello everyone, please continue to check Google and your emails for updates. History is working on a Tuesday/Thursday schedule, and English is Monday/Wednesday/Friday. I am encouraging all students to be reading everyday and Orange English will be posting their notes on those days. Please remember to attach or share your work with me. Assignments are generally due on the Friday of that week, but if any more times is needed or any questions arise please just ask via email or comments.! Take a well deserved break next week, you have all been working hard and I am extremely proud of all of you!
    Ms. Simes: I want to give a “BIG SHOUT OUT” to the following students who completed all of their Week 3 ELA assignments and are my “ELA Superstars of the Week”: Eve F., Autumn G., Dylan G.,Ryan H., Saniyah M., Kaelie M., Jadiel M., Aiden M., Dale P., Angelina R., Jack-Henry S., Halley S., Sophia B., William C., Kayleigh D., Cameron F., Shannon G., Cash M., Jude O., Mason P., Jayden Q., Jonathan R., Colby S., Lauryn C., Ethan G.,Adriel H., Brodie M., Christopher M., Baylee P., Analia R., Yilliannis R., Zenia R., Jeremy S., and Enmanuel V.  We will continue with our Google Meets on Monday, Wednesday, and Friday mornings, the link is located on the front page of your student’s classroom page.  Students will be working within their weekly folder of, “Week of 5/11-5/15.” They will continue to read within the myON app, as well continue reading chapters of their novel study.  Also, we will end our Poetry Unit with a Figuarative Language and Poetic Device Activity.  Additionally, office hours are everyday from 11:00 a.m – 12:00 p.m. for questions or assistance with assignments.  As always, if you have any questions or concerns, please do not hesitate to contact me at michele.simes@haverhill-ps.org.
    Ms. Lees: Miss Lees and her fifth grade reading groups read on to find out how Henry navigates life on his own in “Chocolate Fever.” Purple group will analyze a song by Katy Perry with Mrs. Simes, and read about wildlife on myON. Students should regularly be logging onto Lexia if it is assigned to them. Orange and Purple small group Google Meets and lessons continue on Mondays, Wednesdays, and Fridays for both Math and ELA. Students are encouraged to join all of these as well as to check in regularly with Ms. MacDonald, Mrs. Sanguedolce, and Mrs. Simes during Conference Hours. Parents are encouraged to set up weekly phone appointments for check-ins and appointments already set up will continue. Help is available by email (alees@haverhill-ps.org) and directly in Google Classroom for questions about ELA, Math, and Social Studies to support all assignments. Students will have a weekly outline of work to be completed on the Google Classroom Classwork Page.
    Grade 6: 
    Ms. Aylward: Students this week are doing a grammar review about Adverbs. They’re also continuing their study of Percy Jackson. Thank you so much for all of the kind Teacher Appreciation messages!
    Mr. Taylor: 

    ELA- This week in The Giver  we continue to find out what exactly is Jonas’s future in the community. We will continue word exploration in the chapters read and answering some comprehension questions to keep the students analyzing the story.
    Social Studies- Students should be finishing up their second exploration of our ancient civilizations research project.
    Ms. Rubera: Thank you all for the kind words and positive vibes this week!  I felt incredibly appreciated and loved!  I am very proud of you for working so hard and doing your best to attend Google Meets and submit your work.  Next week’s lessons will be included in my weekly Sunday e-mail; it will also be posted on my website, https://jrubera.wordpress.com/
    Ms. Sargent: I miss you all more and  more as the year goes on.  I want to thank you for working so hard.  You are doing a great job.  Keep it up!!!
    Ms. Delong: Ms. DeLong’s Science and Social Studies Classes (Red, Blue, Purple):  SCIENCE (Tu,Th)- We are completing our study of cells this upcoming week.  Similar to this past week, we will answer some multiple choice questions, open response questions, and do a CER.  All assignments will be due on Friday so there is flexibility for getting the work done.  SOCIAL STUDIES (M, W, F)- Our second Ancient Civilization project is due this Friday.  Students should be completing their research and adding pictures to help explain the information presented.
    Ms. Guisti: Mrs. Guisti, Ms. Blanchette, and Ms. Cronin continue to support students during subject area google meets as well as holding small group google meets and extra help google meets.  Mrs. Guisti has posted read aloud videos of the novel Holes and discussion questions related to the novel for her small group in Mrs. Aylward’s class. Ms. Blanchette has created support activities to understand the vocabulary and comprehension questions in the novel The Giver for Mr. Taylor’s small group.  Please email me with any questions or to request a one to one google meet to support your student Nancy.guisti@haverhill-ps.org
    Grade 7: 
    Ms. Marciano: During Week 5, students will complete a Flipgrid Check In video, read Chapters 6-10 of “Freak the Mighty”, and complete ten comprehension questions. Students will also complete a guided notes Problem/Solution graphic organizer – one part will be completed for them (either the problem or the solution) and they have to fill in the other part (either the problem or the solution).
    Ms. DiGloria: 

    All 7th grade Social Studies work continues to be posted and graded via Google Classroom. Students have been learning about two important cultures: Ancient Greece and Ancient Rome. This past week, lessons for Week 4 of Remote Learning were posted on Tuesday and Thursday. Next week, they will be posted for Week 5 on Monday, Wednesday, and Friday (fun Friday/enrichment activity). Grades are continually updated on SchoolBrains with credit (100%) or missing (M) designations. If you or your student have questions, please reach out via Google Classroom private comments OR email me. Please look out for weekly communications by email on Monday mornings, and any other communications about missing work or concerns as the week goes on.
    Mr. LeGrand: I want to thank those students who have completed all of their assignments since we started remote learning.  For those who have not done so, there is still time for you to work on those assignments.  This week we concluded our review on adding, subtracting, multiplying and dividing integers.  Starting next week, we will work on rational numbers: terminating decimals, repeating decimals and ordering rational numbers. Please encourage your student to log on to my Google Classroom for assignments and updates.  As always, do not hesitate to reach out to me if you have any questions.  My email: wlegrand@haverhill-ps.org.
    Ms. Berthiaume: 

    Thank you for submitting interesting sayings about the weather for our work on The Schoolchildren’s Blizzard/Native American folklore.  There were some new ones I had not heard of!  Good job!  We will continue our Oral Tradition unit with a focus on mythology.  Please submit any work you have completed, even if it is late.  Ask for help any time you need it.  Have a good week! (And thank you for the Teacher Appreciation Week emails, photos, poems, etc.!  It my privilege to be your teacher!)
    Ms. MacKinnon: I hope everyone had a nice weekend and a Happy Mothers Day!! This week is an A week so your children will have science Tuesday and Thursday 10-11 and we will continue to work on Kinetic energy.   On Tuesday this week they will read and complete the questions on Stemscopedia and on Thursday they will watch a video and answer the questions that go along with it.  The following week we will conclude Kinetic Energy and move onto Potential Energy.
    Ms. Trombly: We continue to move forward in math.  Please continue to submit your answers via email, REMIND (with pictures) or google doc (with work). I still recommend taking pictures of your notebooks and send it to me.  As always please email me with any concerns.  There are many of you that still owe me work.  Please get that in.
    Ms. Senior: Thank you for the messages sent for Teacher Appreciation Week.  It’s truly an honor to be a part of the JGW “family”.  Friendly faces appeared on the screen this week, as always, especially in Science where students explored energy sources and their origins.  Math and ELA were exciting as students displayed their varied abilities and insights.  A belated Happy Cinco de Mayo to all.
    Ms. Bilmazes: I’m seeing more students logging onto the google meets, which is fantastic. Please continue to do so, as it’s a good way to get your questions answered. I am continuing to call and email parents to inquire about missing work. Please continue to reach out as to how I can further assist you.
    Grade 8: 
    Mr. Harris: 

    Blue & Purple Math – we are continuing to provide a choice between review work and enrichment work.  The review work, right now, has been centered around geometry topics, while the enrichment has been on functions.  The topics being picked are one’s that have been highlighted by the Department of Education as being the most important during our remote learning.  Please make sure that your student is logging onto the Google Classroom and completing the assignments there.  It is of the utmost importance for your student to be doing the most current work provided.  Mr. Harris is available via google meet every Monday, Wednesday, and Friday from 12-1, unless otherwise noted.
    Yellow & Orange Civics – we are continuing to take a look at the legislative branch of our government.  Students have been completing vocabulary terms and answering guided reading questions.  Students should be submitting their work through Google Classroom.  Assignments for the week are posted on Mondays.  Please make sure your student is doing the most current work and not falling behind.  Mr. Harris is available via google meet every Tuesday and Thursday from 12-1, unless otherwise noted.
    Ms. Deblasis: Lesson 12 Assessments are due today.  Next weeks lesson 13, we will be learning how to solve linear equations with rational coefficients.  Google Meets/Office Hours are Monday 12-1, Wednesday 12-2, and Friday 12-1.  All students should be checking their Google Classroom for daily updates on interactive videos and assignments.
    Mr. Blaustein: 

    Red & Purple Civics
    • Google meets are held from 1-2 every Thursday, invitations [ i.e. the link] may be found in our Google classrooms. Students will get participation credit for attending.
    • Main plan: Do 1 assignment for each section of Chapter 5 from McGraw Hill, then do the 3 iCivics web quests and 2 games.
    • We decided at the last Google meet to move to Chapter 6 in 2 weeks.
    • Please email me with any questions you may have and I will promptly call back.
    Blue & Yellow ELA
    • Google meets are held from 1-2 every Wednesday, invitations [ i.e. the link] may be found in our Google classrooms.Students will get participation credit for attending.
    • I will continue to post one Chapters worth of work each week until we finish out novel. Next week is Chapter 6.
    • Please email me with any questions you may have and I will promptly call back.

    Mr. Yanoff: The eighth grade accelerated math class is rolling!  We will be finishing our next to the last chapter of our Honors Algebra 1 book by next week. The students have adjusted well to virtual learning. They are learning how to depend on themselves which maybe the greatest outcome of a bad situation. We spend time on learning plus we get to talk about what the future of education could be and understand they need to be more proactive, using the teacher as a resource. Congrats guys, you and your parents rock!

    Ms. Sullivan: 

    All 8th grade science assignments will be posted on google classroom.  I have google meets on Tuesdays and Thursdays from 11-12 and office hours Tuesday from 1-2. I hold them to either answer questions or to do the assignment together.  Students should be checking their google classrooms for daily updates.

    For the blue group the civics assignments will be posted on google classroom.  I have google meets on Tuesdays and Thursdays from 12-1 and office hours Tuesday from 1-2. I hold them to either answer questions or to do the assignment together.  Students should be checking their google classrooms for daily updates.
    Mr. Lewis: Students continue to work on the Outsiders. If able to keep pace, they should be up to chapter 3 now. We are focusing on the themes of social class, violence, and how people interpret each other by how we look and what we possess. As always, I am available on M-W-F at 9am and at mlewis@haverhill-ps.org. Be safe!
    Ms. Brown: Hello grade 8! Please try to attend your teacher’s Google Meets, on Google Classroom.  I am seeing many of your questions being answered there very quickly, and it helps to ease your stress.  It is much more effective than emailing on the Google Classroom, and your questions can be answered in “real time”, and will be specific to your needs.  I have shared my Google Classroom phone number with a number of your parents, and will now post it here.  Info is: Google Voice: (978) 361-3024 and email: kbrown1@haverhill-ps.org.  I have been able to speak to some of you on the phone, and you may find it easier than email.  Office hours are Wednesday: 1:00-2:00. Enjoy the weekend, and I will see you on Monday!
    Ms. Kaiser: Greetings JGW students and families, Thank you so much for recognizing your teachers, nurses, and support staff during this year’s Teacher Appreciation Week. Your messages were so clever and creative! I especially enjoyed the chalk drawings, the homemade signs, the clever poems, the good humor (with costumes and pets) and, most of all, the smiling faces! Many thanks to the PTO for all your support, your time and energy, and your generosity. With each posting on your Facebook page, a wonderful community spirit shines through! To the JGW Poets, keep up the good work beyond this week; keep drawing, keep writing, keep smiling. And, keep sharing your creative ideas!
    SPECIALISTS: 
    Ms. Boulger (Art): All assignments for grades 5-8 art classes are posted in Google Classroom. There is no need to buy any art supplies, all art assignments will focus around only using recycled materials that can be found at home.
    Ms. Reynolds (Health): For Health we’ll be learning about our circulatory system with a scholastic video followed by me making candy blood. Stay tuned…
    Mr. Gariepy (Music): Hello JGW Students!!! All of us specialists hope that you’re doing extraordinarily well right now. We just wanted to remind you that specials are still a Credit/No Credit requirement for you, so if you haven’t checked into specials since we began online learning please do so! We just want to make sure that everyone is doing well. If you have any questions, please fill this form out and one of us will reach out to you: https://forms.gle/6YjrNCGviejsUt3u9
    SUPPORT STAFF: 
    Mr. Newell (Student Support Coordinator): I am available Monday through Friday by email. Please contact me with questions, concerns or just to say hello.
    Ms. Vlahos (Guidance Counselor): 

    I continue to be 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 or by phone.  If desired, please email me to request a check in and I will coordinate with you.  My office hours are Tuesdays and Thursdays from 930-11am.
    Ms. Midolo (Adjustment Counselor): 

    Please continue to encourage your child to attend our weekly social groups. The link and times to “google meets” can be found on my google classrooms page.
    As always, if you have any questions or concerns, please feel free to email me @ tmidolo@haverhill-ps.org.
    Stay safe and be well!
    Ms. Greenwood (Student Support Center): The SSC is waiting for those of you who havern’t submitted your favorite video clip or song that has raised your spirits and/ or made you laugh. I will post the winner on Tuesday so get them in. Also check in for Ms. Christine’s video made especially for you!
    Mr. Diffin (MSSP): 

    We have a 100% student participation in class activities. We started social groups last week, but need more participation from all grades. Starting next week we have the “Social Group” challenge. The grade with the highest % rate of attendance will all get a small cheese pizza from Romano’s on Wednesday 5.20.20. Each week will bring a different prize. Get you students involved! Social group times are listed on the MSSP Google Classroom.
    Thanks for supporting your student, it shows.
    Ms. O (Speech): 

    This week in Speech, It was great to hear from more of my students via email and Google Classroom, and I’m glad to see more people trying the assignments.  I missed many of you at our Google Meet, but was happy to see those that came. I hope more students make it next week!  Come to say hi to your friends, ask questions about the homework, or share what’s going on in your life!  In our Google Classroom, we have continuing to work on the Cloned Cats assignment as well as the Conjunctions assignment – these are due next week (but don’t worry if you need longer!).  Two new assignments have also been posted: an activity where students practice their inference and social thinking skills, and another working on vocabulary.  In addition, I encourage students to check Google Classroom frequently for updates and helpful resources – I’ve added extra directions and videos showing you exactly for how to log in and submit work on Readworks, Listenwise and Boom Cards, so check that out if you’re confused on any of those.
    Students should continue to try the assignments, do what you can and do your best!
    I hope to see many of you next week.  Don’t hesitate to email me with any questions!
    Have a great weekend and keep up the good work!
    Ms. Forrest (Reading coach/interventionist): 

    Hello Families! I am your Reading Coach and Interventionist at JG Whittier. I would love to hear about what your children have been reading during quarantine and invite them to write a book review on some of their favorite books. Please have them fill out this Google doc, Book Review, and share it with me on Google Drive.

    In addition, if you have an avid reader at home who might be interested in participating in a book club, please let me know!

    As always, please feel free to reach out to me with any questions about reading and writing at stephanie.forrest@haverhill-ps.org.

  • Teacher Appreciation Week (Day 5 Raffle Winners)

    Sadly it is our final day of the PTO Teacher Appreciation Raffle. My family had an amazing time putting these raffle videos together and sharing them all with you! Thank you to the businesses who donated great prizes, and to the PTO for organizing this week! Here are your final videos and raffle winners….

  • Teacher Appreciation Week (Day 4 Raffle Winners)

    Here are all of the winners of today’s (5/7/2020) PTO Teacher Appreciation Raffle:…

  • Teacher Appreciation Week (Day 3 Raffle Winners)

    Here are all of the winners of today’s (5/6/2020) PTO Teacher Appreciation Raffle:…

    ….And a BIG Shout Out to Nurse Kelsey for all of her hard work and dedication to our students and school on School Nurse Appreciation Day!!!

     

     

     

     

     

  • Teacher Appreciation Week (Day 2 Raffle Winners)

    Here are all of the winners of today’s (5/5/2020) Teacher appreciation raffle:

     

     

     

     

  • Teacher Appreciation Week (Day 1 Raffle Winners)

    JG Whittier Families,

    As you all know, our school is blessed with great teachers and staff! This week we have the opportunity to show them how much they are appreciated! The PTO has been kind enough to provide different gift cards/prizes to our staff to be raffled off 6 times each day!! I have the privilege of pulling the names of each winner (with some help!) and will be recording each prize being pulled and posting them here on our website each day for your viewing pleasure! Maybe you can send that teacher a congratulations email after you watch to see what they have won! Please enjoy, and thank you all for what you do to help support our teachers and staff in making teaching and nurturing your students their priority!

     

     

     

     

     

     

  • Principal’s Weekly Update (5/4-5/8)

    Hello JG Whittier Families,

    I hope that your students were able to settle back into remote learning this week after April Vacation. I have a lot of information to share with you and so does our staff. I hope that everyone was able to see the amazing video that Ms. Reynolds put together of staff. If not, I am going to attempt to post it here and hope that it works!

    Report Cards: Report cards were posted on Wednesday, April 29, 2020. These report cards reflect school work your student completed from mid-December, 2019 to March 11, 2020.  Please visit the Parent/student portal to view your child’s report card/progress report online if you have not already done so.

    The Parent/Student Portal is a website where you can access specific information for your child.

           Step 1 – Log In (via HPS LaunchPad > Parent/Student Portal (near bottom)
           Step 2 – Access Information (from top menu)

    Click here for more instructions on viewing report cards online:

    For students, your username/password is the same as your regular HPS account.
    For parents/guardians, all should have received a welcome email (if you have not previously logged in). If not, information on how to confirm your contact information with your child(ren)’s school and connect with Portal Support can be found here.

    Retrieving Student Belongings: We continue to work out a plan to make sure that all students at JGW will have the opportunity to retrieve all of their personal belongings from the school. We do not have a specific date as of yet, but all student belongings will be placed in a labeled paper bag and we will schedule a day (much like how we did chromebook distribution) for families to come and pick up their student’s belongings. That date has yet to be set and we appreciate your continued patience. I will be in touch with all families when more details become available.

    Yearbooks: Our yearbooks are ready! Please see the link below to view the online order form. You can place an order for your own yearbook by May 15th. The price for the yearbook is $15. When yearbook orders are received and the yearbooks are shipped, we will set up a day to distribute the yearbooks to students. Please stay tuned!

    Yearbook Order Form

    Summer School: The Haverhill Public Schools will be holding summer school this year. It has yet to be determined exactly what that looks like (whether it will be in person, remote learning, or some hybrid of the two), so please stay tuned for that.

    ATTENTION GRADE 8 STUDENTS – If your grade 8 student has failed more than 1 trimester of ELA or Math they will be required to attend summer school in order to move on to HHS. If your student has failed 1 trimester of ELA or Math, it is imperative that they complete all remote learning assignments this trimester to avoid the potential of being required to attend summer school. This is the second year that the district has implemented mandatory summer school for 8th graders who fail more than 1 trimester of ELA or Math. Make sure to get your work done to the best of your ability!

    Grade Level Remote Learning Schedules: Please see the attached schedules for each grade to utilize as a guide as to when your students should be working on each particular subject. We recognize that each family is different and that your student may not always be able to follow this schedule exactly as it is written, and that is understandable. The important thing is that the school work get completed and turned in when it is most convenient for you and your family, taking into account your individual circumstances and prioritizing safety and well-being first. As always, if you have specific questions about any assignments, or how to access those assignments, please reach out to the specific teachers with your questions. I am also available via email at tbetty@haverhill-ps.org if you or your students have specific questions and would like to set up a phone call or virtual meeting with me.

    Grade 5 Remote Learning Schedule

    Grade 6 Remote Learning Schedule

    Grade 7 Remote Learning Schedule

    Grade 8 Remote Learning Schedule

    PTO News: 

    Dear Students and Families,
    We need your help! All year long, the staff at JGW has been working hard to help students learn and grow. When the Covid-19 pandemic hit, staff worked even harder to help students and their families navigate this difficult and unprecedented time. Please help us in showing the love for ALL school staff by participating in one or more virtual activities listed on the attached notice for Teacher Appreciation Week.. We hope you’ll help us show appreciation for the amazing staff at JGW!

    Grade 5 News:

    Mr. Marinella: Hello everyone, please continue to check Google and your emails for updates. History is working on a Tuesday/Thursday schedule, and English is Monday/Wednesday/Friday. I am encouraging all students to be reading everyday and Orange English will be posting their notes on those days. Please remember to attach or share your work with me. Assignments are generally due on the Friday of that week, but if any more times is needed or any questions arise please just ask via email or comments.! Take a well deserved break next week, you have all been working hard and I am extremely proud of all of you!

    Ms. MacDonald: A huge shout out to all the 5th grade students for jumping back into remote learning after a week off. The participation is fantastic. The 5th grade kids are working so hard! For weekly shout outs, be sure to watch my weekly introduction videos for science and math (purple group only).

    For math: Purple group students will continue to work on review of this year’s topics with your weekly discussion, DICE Problem, and review sheet. Don’t forget to go on Xtra math. The kids are really persevering through their math work and it shows.
    For science: I am loving all of the sunflower plant updates I have received from the kids! I would love it if you could email me pictures of the kids’ plants that we could put on our Facebook page. I also want to encourage parents and families to get involved with some of the hands-on investigations they have. They are usually no stress and it gives you a little time away from the computers! If any student was unable to do our shadow investigation due to weather, I have extended the due date to Friday, May 8th. Please keep up the hard work!
    Ms. Sanguedolce: Hello Grade 5! It is great to see so many of you working on your math assignments at home. There will be a Math Super Star award each week for students that complete all of their math assignments. Stay tuned for a list of winners on the Stream. Please remember that Office Hours are everyday from 11:00-12:00. Stop in to say hello, ask questions, or get help with your math work.
    Ms. Simes: I want to give a “BIG SHOUT OUT”  to the following students who completed all of their Week 2 ELA assignments and are my “ELA Superstars of the Week”: Eve F., Autumn G., Saniyah M., Dale P., Angelina R., Sophia B., William C., Dillan D., Kayleigh D., Cameron F., Shannon G., Cash M., Jude O., Mason P., Jayden Q., Jonathan R., Colby S., Brodie M., Christopher M., Baylee P., Analia R., Yilliannis R., Zenia R., Jeremy S., Nyla S., and Enmanuel V.  We will continue with our Google Meets on Monday, Wednesday, and Friday mornings, the link is located on the front page of your student’s classroom page.  Students will be working within their weekly folder of, “Week of 5/4-5/8.” They will continue reading a “news article a week” within the myON app and will also, create a Cinquain poem, as we wind down our work within our Poetry Unit. I additionally, hold office hours everyday from 11:00 a.m – 12:00 p.m. for questions or assistance with assignments,  As always, if you have any questions or concerns, please do not hesitate to contact me at michele.simes@haverhill-ps.org.  Have a great weekend.
    Ms. Lees: Miss Lees and her fifth grade reading groups will continue to the next chapter in “Chocolate Fever”, create a cinquain poem with Mrs.Simes in purple group and explore more reading on myON. Students should regularly be logging onto Lexia if it is assigned to them. Orange and Purple small group Google Meets and lessons continue on Mondays, Wednesdays, and Fridays for both Math and ELA. Students are encouraged to join all of these as well as to check in regularly with Ms. MacDonald, Mrs. Sanguedolce, and Mrs. Simes during Conference Hours. Parents are encouraged to set up weekly phone appointments for check-ins and appointments already set up will continue. Help is available by email (alees@haverhill-ps.org) and directly in Google Classroom for questions about ELA, Math, and Social Studies to support all assignments. Students will have a weekly outline of work to be completed on the Google Classroom Classwork Page.
    Grade 6 News: 
    Ms. Delong: I am so happy with the quality of work that I have been receiving in both classes.  Next week we are concluding our introduction to cells and will be moving on to looking at the organelles that make up the cell.  We have science on Monday, Wednesday, and Friday next week.  In Social Studies, we are continuing to research our ancient civilizations and create our Google Slides presentations.  Those projects are due Friday, May 15th so please try to keep up with the assigned questions.  We have Social Studies class on Tuesday and Thursday.  I will be holding Office Hours via Google Meet on Monday, Wednesday, and Friday from 12-1pm to answer any questions/help with assignments.  Please come check in with me. I will post the links to the meets on classroom the day of the meet.  Hope you are all doing well!
    Ms. Aylward: Students spent this week reading about the Islamic holiday of Ramadan which started on April 23rd. They also practiced using sensory imagery to write beautiful colorful poems on (virtual) paint chips. Last, but not least, the students continued their mythological journey through Percy Jackson and the Lightning Thief.
    Mr. Taylor: 
    ELA- Classes will continue their vocabulary work and comprehension questions geared toward “The Giver” story we are reading.
    SS- Classes have now moved onto researching their next ancient civilization using the same questions and different cultures.
    Ms. Rubera: I hope you are all well and staying safe!  We have completed our third week of remote learning!  During our first two weeks, Google Meets were held to check in with students, answer questions,  and become acclimated and familiar with our new routines for  learning.  This week, our Google Meets have shifted to focusing on math and science instruction.  While attending the meets, students will have the opportunity to work collaboratively to learn the content.  I understand that students may not be able to attend due to scheduling conflicts.  If it is possible and it works for your family, it would be great if they could attend because I am there to help and support them.  If you have any questions, please let me know.  Thank you!
    Ms. Sargent: I want to thank all of you who are working so hard to keep up with your Math work.  Keep it up!! You are doing a great job and I am very proud of you all.  Our Google Meet format is changing a little bit this week.  If you are struggling with the work or have a question that you can’t explain in an email then I would ask that you come onto the Google Meet from 9-9:30.  During this time I will be conducting a math lesson which involves going over the work that you have been doing.  If you do not have any questions and are not having a problem with the assignments and would like to pop on to say “Hi”, I would ask that you do that between 9:30 -10:00.  I miss you all and it is nice to get to see your face, say a quick hi and to see how you are doing.  A reminder that my email is jsargent@haverhill-ps.org.
    Ms. Guisti: Mrs. Guisti has been co-teaching in math google meet classes and then having small group extra help math google meet sessions.  She has been working with small group ELA, reading the novel Holes and using Read Live.  Ms. Blanchette has been holding small group meets for Math and for ELA while working on the novel The Giver.  Mrs. Cronin has been supporting students in Ms. Aylward’s ELA google meets and in math.   Mrs. Guisti, Mrs. Cronin and Ms. Blanchette have been reaching out to students daily to see if anyone needs support.  Please feel free to schedule a one to one google meet at flexible times or email to ask questions on assignments. Thank you grade six students for all of your hard work this week. Hope to see all my students on google meets next week! Nancy.guisti@haverhill-ps.org
    Grade 7 News: 
    Ms. Marciano: During Week 3, students started the novel “Freak the Mighty”. Moving into Week 4, students will complete work on character traits, point of view, summarizing, and figurative language. Students will work on their own Google Slides document to record their answers. The plan moving forward is to read five chapters on “A” weeks and then work on skill-based practice during “B” weeks.
    Ms. DiGloria: For 7th grade Social Studies, there were three assignments this week (Monday, Wednesday, and Friday), but Friday’s was a fun activity with no grade. I encourage families to get in touch if they have any questions for the work assigned. Next week, there will be two assignments posted to Google Classroom – Tuesday and Thursday. I am available via email Monday through Friday if there are any issues or questions: krista.digloria@haverhill-ps.org.
    Ms. MacKinnon: Over the next few weeks we will be working on kinetic and potential energy.  I am going to give a presentation for each class on both concepts next week during science time.  Please check your child’s schedule as to when they will have a google meet and I will present.  Next week is a B week so they have science Monday, Wednesday Friday, from 10-11.  I will do my presentations during the class time and during our office hours.  I am also looking into any activities the kids can do and video that will be cheap and easy stuff around the house.  Stay tuned for that.  Hope everyone is staying safe. Thank you.
    Ms. Trombly: We are still moving ahead with our work.  all work is posted on Google classroom.  Please send me your child’s work through email or the REMIND APP.  taking a picture allows me to check their work.  I am sending out videos for students who are having trouble with assignments or even individual problems.  Please have them reach out to me though-out the week to get help.  All work is due on Fridays.
    Ms. Berthiaume: We are going to be working on the Oral Tradition unit, exploring myths, legends, and lore. We will continue to utilize myOn and Newsela.  If you have completed assignments, but haven’t submitted them, don’t delay.  I will be issuing some incentives for work completion (you’ll find out!). Do not hesitate to ask for assistance at any time.  Thank you for your dedication and hard work!  I’m really proud of you!
    Ms. Senior: Our first week after vacation was fruitful with students getting back into the swing.  Helping students review Math concepts (even ‘singing’ “The Integer Song” to one) plus ELA whole-class novel reading were instrumental in assisting a number of students to reach success.  Google Meets internet virtual classroom provided a chance to welcome students back, and for some, to showcase their pets during our sessions!
    Ms. Bilmazes: It’s been great seeing many of you on the weekly google meets. Please continue to tune in, as it’s a great way to touch base with all your teachers, especially if you have questions. I have been making phone calls to parents regarding missing work and will continue to do so. Reach out via email if you have any questions. There is a combined Math / ELA project due this week. Stay well and keep up with your studies!
    Grade 8 News: 
    Mr. Yanoff: Our accelerated 8th-grade math class has made significant progress.  We meet a minimum of three times a week as a class and individually needed.  We are even doing an online test this week and beginning the next to the last chapter of our book which we WILL finish. An awesome group of students! They are looking to the algebra final.
    Mr. Lewis: I hope we all had a safe and relaxing vacation. In ELA class, we have begun reading S.E. Hinton’s The Outsiders and students should have read through chapter 2. Thus far, there have been exercises with vocabulary, guided reading questions, and journals exploring some of the significant relationships and conflicts within the book. Moving forward, we will try to change up the activities and offer students some more creative exercises during this time. Stay Safe!
    Mr. Harris: 
    Blue and Purple Math – students should be checking the google classroom daily for assignments.  This week, students have the option between two assignments each day.  One is a review of material we did while together in the building, and the other is enrichment material that we would be studying together and is new information.  Both options will typically have a short video attached to give some guidance, followed by questions to be answered.  I may still assign things to the iReady platform, but students absolutely need to be going onto google classroom to be doing the assignments there.  Google meets are held on Mondays, Wednesdays, and Fridays from 12-1 each week, with a link posted in the google classroom to access.
    Yellow and Orange Civics – students are continuing to look at the structure of our government, and learn how the different branches work together.  Our current focus is on the Legislative branch.  Students should be reading from the McGraw-Hill website (accessed through the HPS Launchpad and classlink), and answering the questions posted to google classroom.  Google meets are held on Tuesdays and Thursdays from 12-1 each week, with a link posted in the google classroom to access.
    Ms. Deblasis: Lesson 11 Assessment due on Friday 5/1.  Next weeks lesson 12: Understand the Slope-Intercept Equation for a Line.  Google Meet/Office Hours every Monday 12-1, Wednesday 12-2, and Friday 12-1.  If you have any questions, please contact me via email or through Google Classroom.

    Ms. Sullivan: All 8th grade science assignments will be posted on google classroom.  I have google meets on Tuesdays and Thursdays from 11-12 and office hours Tuesday from 1-2. I hold them to either answer questions or to do the assignment together.  Students should be checking their google classrooms for daily updates.

    For the blue group the civics assignments will be posted on google classroom.  I have google meets on Tuesdays and Thursdays from 12-1 and office hours Tuesday from 1-2. I hold them to either answer questions or to do the assignment together.  Students should be checking their google classrooms for daily updates.

    Mr. Blaustein: jblaustein@haverhill-ps.org

    Civics- Red & Purple
    New assignments have been posted in icivics. I have made the attempt to call all my students to give them the class code, password and to ensure everyone has access to the program. If anyone experiences any difficulties please send me an email and I will call to help solve the problem. Invitations to Google meets can be found in our Google classroom and are held on Thursdays.
    ELA Blue & Yellow
    New assignments have been posted in our Google classroom. If you are experiencing any difficulties accessing these assignment, please send me an email so I call and we can solve the problem. Invitations to Google meets can be found in our Google classroom and are held on Wednesdays.
    Ms. Brown: Hello grade 8 students!  I’m glad to see some new faces in your Google Meets, so please keep that up.  Please remember that everything is doable and manageable.  Please continue to regularly check in, with your teachers, or a trusted staff member. I have so enjoyed some of the laughs that I have been able to have with some of you this week, and I truly thank you for some of the computer technology “tricks”, that you have patiently and kindly shared with me.  Be well, and have a fantastic upcoming week.
    Ms. Kaiser: Greetings JGW students and families! I enjoyed seeing so many students participating in remote learning this week. Students remain engaged by checking in with their teachers in GoogleMeets and communicating via Google Classroom. They are certainly gaining a sense of responsibility, and demonstrating a level of autonomy when they successfully access assigned materials, and submit finished work. In the process, students are developing communication and time management skills that will surely benefit them in high school. Grade 8 students, be sure to reach out for assistance, as needed, to your teachers and support staff, as we work to maintain the lines of communication. Keep up the good work! See you next week!
    Specialist News: 
    Physical Education (Mr. Demarais): I will continue to send out weekly exercise routines as well as weekly exercise challenges.  I love hearing about how the workouts are going but I would really like to hear from more students!  Parents please encourage your children to get up and move!  I know they are busy with their classwork but physical activity is so important when it comes to maintaining a health lifestyle.  It only takes a minute to send me a quick post to let me know what they are doing to stay active.
    Health (Ms. Reynolds): For the next few weeks, we will be reviewing the body systems with the help of some videos, games and articles.  I am continuing to accept older assignments and pictures of students wearing their masks.
    Art (Ms. Boulger): All assignments for grades 5-8 art classes are posted in Google Classroom. There is no need to buy any art supplies, all art assignments will focus around only using recycled materials that can be found at home.

    Music (Mr. Gariepy): 

    ——> Mr. G’s YouTube Schedule <——
    Announcements and new videos below: TALENT SHOW WILL CONTINUE
    Check out this performance of the entire school singing “Circles” by Post Malone at last year’s 2019 Winter Concert!
    You can also see the JGW Cheer Squad perform “Higher Love” by Whitney Houston & Kygo!
    DAILY Yoga & Meditation w/ Mr. G
    LIVE Poet News Mondays @ 8:30am
    Instagram: @mr.gariepy
    —————————

    This year’s talent show WILL CONTINUE!! I plan on hosting this year’s talent show on my website, whittiermiddlemusic.webs.com, on Monday, June 1st @ 5:00pm. I would like to invite ANY AND ALL STUDENTS INTERESTED IN PARTICIPATING to email Mr. G ASAP. You will record your performance and upload it to the 2020 Talent Show Google Classroom, which has already been created. Videos are due by Tuesday, May 26th but I will accept late submissions by 2 – 3 days!! I will edit all of the performances together into a video and then host the event live at 5pm on Monday, June 1st. The class code to join this class is uv3mddb but your child must be signed into their HPS Account to gain access. To respond to the event on Facebook, click here: https://www.facebook.com/events/718726272000304/

    Support Staff News: 
    Middle School Support Program (MSSP): Social groups all began this week. Please contact Mr. Diffin with any questions.
    Student Support Center (SSC): The SSC misses you! The updates are on the SSC Google Classroom every day. You will find assignments, links to google meets groups, and can converse with Ms Greenwood or Ms Christine through email. This week we want you to submit a video that has been helpful to you during this time. It can be a song, an inspirational story, or a short video. We will choose the winner and post it on the main page. We hope you are all safe and sound and look forward to “virtually” seeing your beautiful faces.

    School Adjustment Counselor (Ms. Midolo): Please encourage your child to access my google classroom on a daily basis,  as I post helpful tips and information consistently. Google classroom is where your child will also find the link and times to “google meets” where weekly social groups are being held. As always, if you have any questions or concerns, please feel free to email me.

    My office hours are M-F, 2:00-3:00 pm.
    Stay safe and be well!
    School Guidance (Ms. Vlahos): 
    Students & families Grades 5-8:
    I continue to be available to connect with and support all students and families by email (jvlahos@haverhill-ps.org), please do not hesitate to reach out.  My office hours are Tuesdays and Thursdays from 930-11am.
    8th Grade Specific Information:
    Thank you to those students who have completed the course selections google form.  For any 8th Grade student that has yet to complete it, please do so ASAP – no later than Monday, May 4th – thank you!
    EACH 8th grade student needs to complete the google form (link below – English and Spanish available) regarding high school plans & course selections. The data from the google form will confirm high school plans as so that student records are processed appropriately and information is accurate.  If a student is unsure about their plans, they should identify on the form that they are going to Haverhill High and choose elective courses accordingly until other plans are secured.
    https://forms.gle/LSJXbX6P9WmXhNqe7 (Google Form – English)

    https://forms.gle/MEvioyoFB15tPSCPA (Google Form – Spanish)

    Finally, I encourage all 8th Grade students to join my Google Classroom to receive 8th grade specific updates and messages from me!
    The class code is: bmsppfo.
    Stay healthy and be well.
    Student Support Coordinator (Mr. Newall): I am here to support our families and can be reached any day of the week to help in any way possible. Email me with any questions or concerns.

    Literacy Coaching (Ms. Forrest): 

    Hello Families! I am your Reading Coach and Interventionist at JG Whittier. I would love to hear about what your children have been reading during quarantine and invite them to write a book review on some of their favorite books. Please have them fill out this Google doc, Book Review, and share it with me on Google Drive.


    In addition, if you have an avid reader at home who might be interested in participating in a book club, please let me know!

    As always, please feel free to reach out to me with any questions about reading and writing at stephanie.forrest@haverhill-ps.org.

    Speech (Ms. O): This week in Speech, we listened to and read some cool stories about animals, answered all kinds of questions, practiced putting together longer and more complex sentences, and practiced our speech sounds!  It was great to see many students participating in our Google Meets and completing assignments.  Let’s keep it up!!!  Don’t forget, our Meets are optional, but are great opportunities to get help with homework, ask any questions, see some of your classmates, and say hi to your Speech teacher!  I hope to see more of your smiling faces next week.  And keep on trying those assignments!  Don’t get overwhelmed, you don’t have to complete everything, just do what you can and do your best!!!  As always, if parents or students have any questions about Google Classroom, our Google Meets, homework assignments, or accessing websites, don’t hesitate to reach out!    Keep up the good work, Speech friends, and hope to see you soon!!

    -Irina Ostrovskaya, Speech Therapist/Ms.O 

  • Principal’s Weekly Update (4/27-5/1)

    Hello JG Whittier Families,

    I hope that this finds you all having been able to “disconnect” from our remote learning for a little while during April Vacation. With that, I also hope you were able to get some fresh air and enjoy some rest and relaxation! Finally I hope that you are all remaining safe and well out there, and helping your students abide by the social distancing standards so that they too are safe and sound for the foreseeable future.

    Speaking of the foreseeable future, I am sure you all received the same news that we received this week, that unfortunately our schools will remain closed for the rest of this school year. Based on this I am sure that most of you and your students will have several questions from retrieving belongings from lockers, to yearbook distribution, and 8th grade promotion, to name just a few. What I can promise all of you, is that when we have worked out plans and determined the safest and most appropriate way to handle all of these situations, I will be sure to share that information with you all.

    In the meantime, on Monday 4/27 we will all be starting our third week of remote learning together. Now that we are sure that students will not be returning to school for the remainder of the year, it makes it even more pertinent that students begin engaging daily in their remote learning opportunities, and handing in assignments to all of their teachers.

    Students will continue to be graded on a credit/no credit basis by their teachers. If you have specific questions about any assignments, or how to access those assignments, please reach out to the specific teachers with your questions. I am extremely proud to be working with such a great group of teachers that we have at the JGW, because I have witnessed all of the hard-work that they have been putting in to make sure that ALL students are able to have opportunities to succeed. They are also working hard to make sure that ALL students have a personal connection to at least one staff member in the building on close to a daily basis.

    We continue to experience all of this together as a community, and will learn and grow together as a community. I am grateful for all of the words of encouragement and appreciation that you have all shown, and even more so the patience that you all continue to exhibit as we maneuver these unprecedented times together to provide the continued and best possible education for your students!

    Please continue to refer to the previously distributed daily grade level schedules as a guide, but remember, the most important thing is that the school assignments are being completed at a time that is most convenient for you as a family. As you have all heard me state in person in the past, safety and security is our number one priority, and now it seems more prevalent than ever and will continue to be the focus.

    Next week (5/4-5/8), I will get back to our weekly updates to include teacher/staff information.

    Thank you, and stay well!

    Tim Betty

     

    Here is a reminder of some resources that could be useful to your family or others that you know:

    For Technology: Basic login support for students and parents should always start with the classroom teacher.  Then if there is something the teacher can not assist with please visit this webpage: https://sites.google.com/haverhill-ps.org/athome/   At the bottom of the webpage there are instructions on how students and parents can submit tickets for support. All you have to do is go to the Student Support Ticket system by visiting the HPS LaunchPad > ClassLink > HPS Tech Support and you can submit a ticket for support.

    For Community Resources: The city has a 311 number https://www.cityofhaverhill.com/news_detail_T30_R35.php that can help families connect with services.

    There is also information updated on the HPS website under community resources. https://www.haverhill-ps.org/haverhill-community-programs/. This includes food pantry and other resources as well as weekly updates on available therapeutic resources in the community including wait lists.

  • Weekly Update (4/20-4/24)

    Hello JG Whittier Families!

    We have made it….April Vacation week (that may be more for me than for all of you)!!!! I want to say thank you to everyone out there who has continued to have patience and perseverance as we have all tried to find some consistent structure throughout this new life we are living. Our staff continue to work very hard each day to provide our students with relevant and effective remote learning opportunities. Now that we are finishing week two of our new remote learning, teachers are continuing to see their participation rates rise, which is great!

    It is important that ALL students are doing their absolute best to get their assignments done and submitted in a timely manner. Please continue to refer to the particular grade level schedules that were released a couple of weeks ago as a guide to help provide structure at home for when students should be working on each subject. Please note however, that we are all fully aware that each family is different, and we all have our own personal circumstances that may not allow our students to be working during those particular times, and that is okay. We just want to provide guides for assistance, but the important part is that the work get completed whenever is most convenient for you as a family.

    Please continue to reach out to your student’s teachers with questions, and also encourage your student’s to participate in their teacher’s live google meets and office hours so that they can get the assistance that they need.

    With April vacation upon us, we do still have updates/messages/and some work opportunities for your students over the break if you so choose. With that being said, please also try to take some time to take a break and relax as much as possible and enjoy the family time that you have.

     

    GRADE 5:

    Ms. MacDonald: 

    Science: Thank you for working so hard these past two weeks! You will have the week off from any work but if you planted sunflower seeds, you will still need care for your plant and record your observations by updating your data collection document. Enjoy your break!
    Math: You will also have the week off from any work but I would encourage you to log onto Xtra math and practice math facts and also participate in the Haverhill Reading Challenge! Have a good week off.
    Ms. Simes: 

    I want to give a “BIG SHOUT OUT” to the following students who completed all of their Week 1 ELA assignments and are my “ELA Superstars of the Week”:

    Jaeden A., Connor A., Sophia B., Lauryn C., Jaida-Marie C., Cameron F., Shannon G., Schylar G., Autumn G., Dylan G., Ethan G., Ryan H., Tatiana H., Joseph L., Saniyah M., Kaelie M., Brodie M., Jude O., Dale P., Mason P., Baylee P., Jayden Q., Analia R., Angelina R., Jonathan R., Zenia R., Yilliannis R., Katherine S., Jeremy S., Jack-Henry S., Colby S., and Enmanuel V.

    Next week is April Vacation and although I do not have any formal assignments, I would like students to read every day or night, whether it is through using myON or their own trade books.  Also, Haverhill Promise is conducting the Haverhill Promise Reading Challenge, check the challenge out at https://www.haverhillpromise.com/reading-challenge.  Your student could win a prize.  Additionally, HCTV has some great learning videos that your student can watch. I have attached the schedule, this is through May 2: https://www.haverhill-ps.org/wp-content/uploads/2020/03/HCTV-4-125-1.pdf?058dc8.  Have a fun and safe vacation week.

    Ms. Sanguedolce: 

     Congratulations to the following students for completing all of their math work from week one: Jadelyn Baez, Maya Collins, Abigail Pfeil, Sophia Lafontaine, Jones, Sophia Barbosa, Shannon Gallagher, Dillan Davenport, Mason Pomroy, Colby Smith, Ethan Grant, Brodie Melvin, Baylee Purcell, Yilliannis Rodriguez-Gomez, Enmanuel Vasquez Sosa, Liam Gray, Jeremy Silverio Gomez, and Lauryn Calkins. Many students were close! Let’s try to get more names on this list for completing work for week two.
    Over vacation, math learning videos will be available on HCTV from 1:00-2:00. Another option is to create a math game for the Game-a-thon contest! Students can work individually or as a team to create a board game, card game, outdoor game, etc. Learn more at the following website:  https://www.mindresearch.org/gameathon

     

    K-12 Game-a-thon Challenge Your Students To Create Their Own Math Game! The national K-12 Game-a-thon challenges students to think critically and creatively to design a game that solves a mathematical problem. Teams of one or more students, along with a teacher or parent in a coordinator role, can invent card games, board games, apps, outdoor …
    www.mindresearch.org
    The deadline to submit entries is 6/30/20.
    Mr. Marinella: Hello everyone, please continue to check Google and your emails for updates. History is working on a Tuesday/Thursday schedule, and English is Monday/Wednesday/Friday. I am encouraging all students to be reading everyday and Orange English will be posting their notes on those days. Assignments are generally due on the Friday of that week, but if any more times is needed or any questions arise please just ask via email or comments. And Orange ELA, check on Classroom on Monday for info about Haverhill Promise Reading Challenge! Take a well deserved break next week, you have all been working hard and I am extremely proud of all of you!
    Ms. Lees: Spring is a time of rebirth and inspiration.  I hope you all get a chance to be outside – walk, play or just sit somewhere you can see some fresh new flowers blooming and the bright green beginning of leaves on trees.  My yard will be happy to be taken care of next week.  Your teachers will be thinking of you and looking forward to seeing your faces on the return from break.  Remember to read, remember to learn something new every day and remember to be kind to yourself and your loved ones.
    GRADE 6:
    Ms. Rubera: 

    Thank you for working so hard at home!  I appreciate you all for doing your best to learn math and science during these challenging times.  All assignments with feedback have been posted on Schoolbrains. Please check the portal to see your child’s work completion and progress.

    To communicate with families, I will continue to send out a weekly e-mail on Sunday night with an overview for the week.  The information in that e-mail is also included on my website/blog, jrubera.wordpress.com. You can subscribe to my website/blog to receive a notification every time I post, or you can e-mail me at jrubera@haverhill-ps.org so I can add you to the family contact list if you are not receiving weekly e-mails from me.  Parents/Guardians can also be invited to their children’s Google classrooms; if you would like to be added, please e-mail me and I will set that up. For fun ways to stay connected, follow me on instagram: @jrubera10, Twitter: @jrubera, or TikTok: @j.rubera.

    I hope you are all well and staying safe!  Next week is vacation, so I will not be assigning work or conducting lessons.  However, if you’re looking for some enrichment or activities, please consider these:

    • The 50th anniversary of Earth Day (April 22, 2020) will be celebrated with the first Digital Earth Day.  The Earth Day network has planned 24 hours of actions you can take at home and on social media to promote environmental sustainability.

    https://www.earthday.org/take-action-now/

    • Create your own math game!  The deadline to submit entries is June 30, 2020.

    https://www.mindresearch.org/gameathon

    • HC Media (Channel 99) has educational videos prepared by our curriculum department  by grade level that students can watch to help them continue learning. Check them out!

    Mr. Taylor: ELA  and Social Studies classes- If anyone is behind on their work, over vacation there will be no new assignments. Plenty of time to catch up on anything you may be behind on. Try to get 40 mins of Lexia in during the week. That is all you need to do. That, and stay safe and try to have some fun during the week. Hopefully, it’s nice out. Take care of yourselves and each other.
    Ms. Delong: You should be using next week to complete any missing/late assignments in Science and Social Studies including the Ancient Civilization project. If you have completed your work, you should read and/or watch CNN10 daily. Students should also be writing in their COVID-19 journals.
    Ms. Aylward: This week students wrote odes to ordinary objects – a great tribute while we are stuck at home and have no choice but to find the extraordinary in the ordinary. Students continued to read Holes and Percy Jackson. Next week, students should continue to read a little every day. The Haverhill Public Library is having a reading challenge the students can participate in at haverhillpromise.com to win prizes just for reading.
    Ms. Sargent: The first session of work for Grade 6 Orange, Yellow and Red math was due Friday the 17.  Some students are hitting the turned in button, but are not attaching completed assignments with it.  It would probably be easier at this time if you are not sure how to send in the work to just send a picture of it to me via email.  My email is:  jsargent@haverhill-ps.org

    I have also been meeting with students who are struggling with work and providing extra math instruction.  This can be done anytime through-out the week if you just shoot me an email as well.  The next set of assignments will go out April 27.
    Ms. Guisti: Mrs. Guisti, Ms. Blanchette, and Ms. Cronin are continuing to have small group google meets as well as in-class subject support for students during google meets.  We have also been offering times that are more convenient for students besides the mornings to do extra help.  We are hoping that students will attend.  All google meets have been posted on google classrooms so please please attend.  If you ever need to schedule one to one time just email Mrs. Guisti at nancy.guisti@haverhill-ps.org and I will be sure to schedule individual time to support you.  Small group ELA please try your best to work on the assignments on google classroom and on readnaturally.readlive.com to practice reading fluency.  Hope everyone has a wonderful vacation week!
    GRADE 7: 
    Ms. Marciano: Thank you all for working so hard over these past two weeks! I hope that you are able to find a book that interests you so that you can get some reading done over vacation. If you are able to read, there will be a link posted for the Haverhill Promise Reading Challenge on Google Classroom. Take a selfie with your book and share it with me through email or Instagram…you might have a chance to be featured on Haverhill Promise IG page or the HPS webpage. If finding a book is not possible, watch your favorite movie and try to write an alternate ending. I’m looking forward to catching up with everyone on Google Meets once vacation is over! Stay safe.
    Ms. DiGloria: Assignments for Grade 7 Social Studies will continue to be posted on Google Classroom. There have been four assignments thus far, and I will continue to accept work and give feedback as students pass that work in. If you or your student have any questions, please reach out via email or post in Google Classroom and I will answer as promptly as I can.
    Ms. MacKinnon: Hello 7th grade families, There is no new science work assigned over April vacation. I am going to leave up the natural hazards work for anyone that has not had a chance to do their science this past week hope everyone stays safe and healthy during vacation and I hope the weather is nice so you can get outside with your family.
    Ms. Berthiaume: 

    Vacation Activity:  Take part in the Haverhill Promise City-Wide Reading Challenge! During April Vacation, participate in Week 6’s challenge. Go to https://www.haverhillpromise.com/reading-challenge for more information on tracking your reading (It’s easy!). Prizes will be awarded! Give it a try and good luck! Please send me your reading minutes, too!
    Class Notes:  If you are unable to find your score and my feedback on the Newsela site, go to Binder>Your Progress where you will find the article. Click on it to see your score and my comments.  It’s a new app for me, so I’m learning, too!  See you in Google Classroom after vacation!
    Mr. LeGrand: We had another wonderful week of remote learning.  We have been learning about integers and, how to use them to represent the velocity and speed of an object.  We will continue working on adding, subtracting, multiplying and dividing integers when we get back from April vacation.  Students are encouraged to complete any missing assignments and work on iReady during April vacation.   Do not hesitate to reach out if your child needs help completing their math assignments: wlegrand@haverhill-ps.org.
    Ms. Trombly: Students are continuing to work on Google classroom. I have been setting up google meets with my kids. I’ve been sending out screen castify lessons for kids who are having trouble. I am using the Remind app and email and Google classroom for communication.
    Ms. Bilmazes: It’s been great talking with some of you over the past week during the Google Meets! Keep doing your work and don’t be afraid to reach out for help! Hope you enjoy your vacation week. To keep up with your reading, check out the link below!https://www.haverhillpromise.com/reading-challenge

    Ms. Senior: This week, Google Meets sessions between teachers and students produced great strides for those who requested help on a number of subjects and to discover what, if any, assignments they may be missing.  Google Classroom was instrumental in assisting students in “real time” work on Math integers/absolute value/MCAS prep and to students continuing to respond to our whole-class novel in ELA.  Students in my “fan club” are asked to please drop me an email as a check-in, even if you’ve recently written to me.  Thanks! msenior@haverhill-ps.org

    GRADE 8: 
    Mr. Harris: 

    Blue & Purple Math – everything is posted in Google Classroom.  Students are not asked to complete every assignment for the week, but instead may pick and choose the assignments they complete, with a goal of completing 25 points worth of work.  Appetizer assignments are worth 2 points, Entree assignments are worth 5 points, and Dessert assignments are worth 10 points.  One entree and one dessert are posted to the iReady platform. If you would like to know how many assignments your student is completing, please check SchoolBrains as I will be updating that toward the end of the week.  Google hangout links are provided every Monday, Wednesday, and Friday in the google classrooms to have questions answered from 12-1.
    Yellow & Orange Civics – assignments for the week will be posted on Mondays.  While there are no hard deadlines for Civics, it is strongly recommended that your student complete the given assignments each week so that he/she does not fall behind.  Most assignments will involve some sort of reading and writing piece.  Google hangout links are provided every Tuesday and Thursday in the google classrooms to have questions answered from 12-1.
    Office hours are from 1-2 on Mondays, with the link being provided in all google classrooms.
    There will be no new work for April Vacation week, but all students are strongly encouraged to make up any work that has not been completed.
    Ms. Sullivan: Happy April Vacation!  I will not be assigning work this week, this can be used as a time to catch up on your assignments.  All of the work is posted in google classroom and I am accepting all late work.  Enjoy your week and stay safe and healthy.
    Ms. Deblasis: 

    Lesson 10 Assessment due Friday 4/17.  Assessment is on Google Classroom.  Please email me your work when completed.
    No assignments will be due over vacation.  The week following vacation 4/27- 5/1 Office Hours will be: Monday 12-1, Wednesday 12-2, and Friday 12-1.
    A new assignment will be posted on Google Classroom on Monday, April 27th.  No due date has been assigned yet.
    Please encourage your child to check in to a Google Meets Office Hours after vacation.  Stay Safe!
    Mr. Blaustein: 

    Reading & ELA Blue and Yellow
    I have posted the Haverhill Reading promise link for my groups and I would love for you to get involved. One of the best things you can do now is to read and  expand your consciousness! So I encourage you all to participate.
    Last week I posted a pdf of The Outsiders novel. I also assigned the reading comprehension questions for chapters 1-3. There is a chart that follows . You need to print it or make your own. The pdf won’t let you write in it. The chart is ongoing and will be turned in later in the novel. There are two other assignments there as well. Students may work at their own pace, but they need to show they are actively engaged.I did try to contact all my students in Blue and Yellow; I will post new assignments the week following vacation. I will hold a Google meet on Wednesday 4/22 at 11:00-12:00. I look forward to seeing you there.
    Civics Red & Purple
    I spent time Wednesday and Thursday call ing all my Civics students, so I apologize if I missed you this week. All your assignments are  available in the McGraw-Hill cue. If you are having problems accessing them, please let me know as soon as possible. I will have a Google meet after vacation on Tuesday, April 24th from 12: 00-1:00 to answer any and all questions. I look forward to seeing you all there.
    Ms. Brown: Hello, I hope this all finds you well. Please continue to feel free to email me at kbrown1@haverhill-ps.org. For those that I have spoken to regarding Covid 19 plans, thank you.  As always, if you would like to receive a phone call, please email me, and we can easily set up a time to talk. Office hours will be on Wednesday from 1-2. I will also be checking in weekly, on a last name, alphabetical rotation basis, with parents and students.  In addition, I am offering Special Education Students, as well as any other student, that may be struggling with ELA, access to, and the direct monitoring of, The Lexia “Power Up and Rapid” language based reading program, which is geared toward older middle school students. This can be accepted as class credit for ELA, and might be easier for you to manage.  I will be reaching out to some of you, who have not been able to participate in ELA, and hope that this may be an option. Last, if you are struggling in any way, please get in touch with anyone at J.G. Whittier, that you may be comfortable with. It is all manageable and doable. Together, we can make this work. Happy April vacation to you all.  Stay safe and be well.
    Ms. Kaiser: Greetings JGW families! Thanks to your support from home, students are adjusting to the remote learning model. They are displaying a sense of cooperation when they tackle the tasks of organizing their daily schedules and managing their time. And as they communicate with their teachers via Google Classroom, they are also connecting with their fellow students. With a spirit of camaraderie, they are providing support to each other; it’s clear that they are going to get through this together! I hope that the upcoming break provides students a period of respite with family, and allows time to enjoy journaling or reading for interest. They may want to consider the Haverhill Promise Reading Challenge. https://www.haverhillpromise.com/reading-challenge
    SPECIALISTS: 
    Music (Mr. Gariepy): 

    ——> Mr. G’s YouTube Schedule <——
    DAILY Yoga & Meditation w/ Mr. G
    LIVE Poet News Mondays @ 8:30am
    Instagram: @mr.gariepy
    —————————
    Mr. Gariepy’s Google Classroom is in full swing!! This week we learned the basics of guitar and drama in 5th grade, as well as music composition (song writing) in the remaining grades!
    The differences in what we’re all learning in music class right now are due to the fact that this is Mr. G’s first year with grade 5 and his second year with everyone else.  The topics that he is covering with grade 5 right now are things that everyone else already learned last year. So please make sure your child is doing the work that they are supposed to be doing!
    You can find a treasure trove of resources at whittiermiddlemusic.webs.com
    #jgw #staysafe
    Health (Ms. Reynolds): I am continuing to collect photos over vacation of students that would like to show me their home-made masks based on the video we watched last week.  I’ve gotten some great examples so far.  I’ll still be checking online for any assignments needing to be passed in or questions students may have.  Wishing everyone a HEALTHY vacation week.
    Physical Education (Mr. Demarais): I will be continuing to post my weekly fitness workouts, as well as a new fitness challenge.  I will also continue my daily responses to the posts of all of our students.
    Art (Ms. Boulger): All new assignments on Google Classroom involve little to no art materials to complete. This is considering we all need to stay safe at home and no one will need to buy supplies to participate in art.  Extra credit assignments are also available for students that want to do art over vacation.

    Also, I will hosting a Live Stream Art Evening and will announce on Google Classroom the details. It will be on social media and will available for all to participate!
    SUPPORT STAFF: 
    Guidance (Ms. Vlahos): 

    School Counseling Update
    Students & families Grades 5-8:
    I continue to be available to connect with all students and families by email (jvlahos@haverhill-ps.org), please do not hesitate to reach out.
    My office hours are Tuesdays and Thursdays from 930-11am.
    8th Grade Specific Information:
    Thank you to those students who have completed the course selections Google form.  For any 8th Grade student that has yet to complete it, please do so ASAP – thank you!
    All 8th grade students are to complete the Google form (in the links below – English and Spanish available) regarding high school plans & course selections.
    https://forms.gle/LSJXbX6P9WmXhNqe7 (Google Form – English)
    https://forms.gle/MEvioyoFB15tPSCPA (Google Form – Spanish)

    Finally, I encourage all 8th Grade students to enroll in my Google Classroom to receive updates regarding 8th grade specific School Counseling related information as we move forward.
    The class code is: bmsppfo.
    Stay healthy and be well.
    Counseling (Ms. Midolo): 

    Please encourage your child to access my google classroom on a daily basis,  as I post helpful tips and information consistently.
    Google classroom is where your child will also find the link and times to “google meets” where weekly social groups are being held.
    As always, if you have any questions or concerns, please feel free to email me.
    My office hours are M-F, 2:00-3:00 pm.
    Also, JGW has a new Facebook Page.  Be sure to check it out!
    Stay safe and be well!
    Student Support Coordinator (Mr. Newell): I am available at most times throughout the week. Please do not hesitate to email me any concerns you might have and I will do my best to help. If the phone is easier, let me know and I can call to talk as well.
    Student Support Center (Ms. Greenwood): SSC Classroom Update! Our first Google meet will be on the Tuesday after vacation. April 28 at 1:00.  Students, I will send a link to your email that you can use to join the meeting. Also we have added Thursdays with Miss Christine to the classroom. Here you will find videos on mindfulness and other fun things you can do to stay centered and stress free while we are away from one another. You can watch them over vacation and practice what you learn with your family.  Mrs. Greenwood is available to help you with your academics at any time, just send an email from the SSC classroom page and we can get to work! Have a great vacation!
    Speech (Ms. O): Hello to all my speech friends!  Great job to those who have attended our Google Meets this week  – so glad to see your smiling faces:)  Excellent work from some of you who have tried some of the work, as well.  Remember, it doesn’t have to be perfect or 100% complete.  It’s all about just giving it a shot!!!  Please keep trying the assignments, reach out to me if you need any help, and I hope to see you in our meetings after break!  HAVE A FANTASTIC VACATION!!
    OTHER IMPORTANT INFORMATION: 
    Here are the links to the Haverhill Promise Reading Challenge and HCTV Channel 99 with the schedule. These are great resources to use for your students to stay active and engaged in their learning. Please check them out!
    If you have any questions, comments, or concerns please do not hesitate to reach out to me at tbetty@haverhill-ps.org. Once again, have a wonderful April Vacation! Be well and stay safe!!
     
  • Weekly Update (4/13-4/17)

    Hello JG Whittier Families!

    We made it! The first week of remote learning is behind us! We all survived this new way of life. As we move forward, we will all get better at this, and we will learn and adapt together. This has certainly been overwhelming for all people involved, but I just wanted to thank you all for your patience and kind words and positive feedback to our staff as we try to provide equity and the very best learning opportunities available for all of our students.

    Please remember as students and families navigate this new type of schooling, do not hesitate to reach out to your teachers with specific questions around assignments and how to access and complete those assignments. This includes specific questions in regard to logging into different programs including google classroom. For those families that have been distributed chromebooks from the school, if you are having issues with that chromebook, you can put in a “ticket” for our technology department to assist you. Please find the link below with a short set of directions from our Technology Director:

    https://sites.google.com/haverhill-ps.org/athome/   At the bottom of the webpage is instructions on how students and parents can submit tickets for support. All they have to do is go to the Student Support Ticket system by visiting the HPS LaunchPad > ClassLink > HPS Tech Support and they can submit a ticket for support.

    From a safety and resource standpoint, I am including a link to all of our community resources including, but not limited to unemployment benefits, emergency housing, meals and pantry locations, etc.:

    As always, you can reach me with any questions/comments/concerns that you may have at tbetty@haverhill-ps.org. Please encourage your students to get involved and engage with their classwork and assignments, as all work at this point is mandatory and will be graded on a credit/no credit basis. As always, we are looking for students to put in their best efforts.

    I would also like to report that starting next week, JG Whittier will become a new site for food distribution if you are in need or interested in picking up breakfast/lunch for your student(s). More information to follow.

    Finally, as always I am including the latest information from all of your students teachers for the week to come. Please see below to see what your student’s teachers are planning for the week to come.

    Grade 5:

    Ms. MacDonald: 

    Math: This week we will be reviewing topics 3 and 4. All assignments are posted on Monday and due Friday.  Be sure to watch the weekly introduction video to hear me outline each assignment.
    Science: This week we will begin our lessons on Earth’s rotation. All assignments are posted on Monday and due Friday. Be sure to watch the weekly introduction video to hear me outline each assignment.
    My Google Meets live office hours are listed on my expectations document which I have emailed out. If you did not receive a copy, please send me an email and I will forward it to you.
    Ms. Sanguedolce: We are up and running with google classroom! All math assignments will be posted on Monday, and they will be due on Friday. I tried to keep our classroom routine going, so there is one “Do Now” per day in addition to one assignment on Pearson/Envisions. There are also extra assignments for anyone interested in more of a challenge. Office hours are provided for answering questions and providing help. Please email me at lsanguedolce@haverhill-ps.org with any concerns. For my homeroom students, I posted the PDFs for our read aloud stories. Please take some time to finish The BFG by Roald Dahl. We were almost half-way through the book, and it would be a great if you could finish it on your own.
    Ms. Simes: 

    All students should be working within the “Week of 4/13-17” in Google Classroom.

    Reading – This week, students will read and complete work for Ch. 4-6 of their novel study, “The Great Gilly Hopkins.” These assignments and the PDF of the book are in Classroom.

    Additionally, beginning this week, students will weekly use myOn NEWS and other short readings. This week, we are going to Patagonia. This assignment is organized within “Classwork” for student access.

    Language Arts – This is National Poetry Month, students are continuing their poetry unit and will be reading “I’m the Library Lady” with a paired text.  The link to this assignment through CommonLit is in Google Classroom.

    For those students that have Ms. Lees, please see her notice below.

    Google Hangout Meets will continue to take place and your student will be notified of the links to when these are. Office hours are daily, 11 a.m -12 p.m., the links to access them are automatically sent to your student every day.  If you have any questions or concerns, please do not hesitate to contact me at michele.simes@haverhill-ps.org.

    Homeroom –  Students were listening to the reading of “The BFG” by Roald Dahl, I have placed the PDF on Google Classroom. Students may continue to read and find the humor in how I read to them.  Hope you are all “whoppsy whiffling.” (Great in Gooblefunk!)

    Mr. Marinella: Hello everyone, please continue to check Google and your emails for updates. History is working on a Tuesday/Thursday schedule, and English is Monday/Wednesday/Friday. I am encouraging all students to be reading everyday and Orange English will be posting their notes on those days. Assignments are generally due on the Friday of that week, but if any more times is needed or any questions arise please just ask via email or comments.
    Ms. Lees: Miss Lees in fifth grade will be with Mr. Marinella and Mrs. Simes for ELA and with Mrs. Sanguedolce and Ms. MacDonald for Math – Orange and Purple groups for whole class Google Meets and consults as well as Small Group Google Meets for lesson support and skills practice. Parents are encouraged to set up weekly phone appointments to check in. She is available by email and directly in Google Classroom for questions about ELA, Math, and Social Studies to support all assignments. Just email your questions through Google. Students will have a weekly outline of work to be completed on Google Classroom as well as specific assignments.
    Grade 6:
    Ms. Delong: 

    Ms. DeLong’s Social Studies Classes (6-Red, Purple, Blue):  We are halfway through our Ancient Civilizations project.  I have seen some great work out of my students!  Next week we will complete the rest of the slides.  Feel free to leave a comment on Google classroom or email me if you need help anytime.  My office hours will be from 12-1pm everyday and on Monday, Wednesday, and Friday I will host Google Meets.
    Ms. DeLong’s Science Classes (6-Red, Purple, Blue):  We have completed our introduction to cells and will be deepening our understanding next week as we look at vocabulary and readings about cells.  I will upload the readings as well as a copy of my annotated notes.  Students should be highlighting and annotating their work as well just as we would in class. Feel free to leave a comment on Google classroom or email me if you need help anytime.  My office hours will be from 12-1pm everyday and on Monday, Wednesday, and Friday I will host Google Meets.
    Ms. Aylward: 

    This week the students got back into the swing of things by returning to the novel studies we were doing when we left school 4 weeks ago. The students are either reading Percy Jackson or Holes and focusing on finding details from the text. For Writing, in honor of April being National Poetry Month (https://poets.org/national-poetry-month) the students will be writing various types of poems to express some of the feelings they have about the current situation. We’ve been having class meetings from 10-11 and office hours open to any student 12-1. I’m so happy to see so many more of your faces this week and hope to see the rest of you next week.
    Mr. Taylor: 

    ELA classes will continue to work on vocabulary and comprehension using “The Giver” text posted in Google Classroom.
    SS classes will continue their research into their assigned ancient civilization and expected slides per day. This assignment is due Friday April 17
    Ms. Sargent: This week was a learning experience for all of us.  It was nice to see so many faces that I have missed seeing the last few weeks.  I have assigned math work that needs to be completed by April 17.  I will be updating SchoolBrains as I receive the assignments.  As of right now, we are looking at grading this term as credit/no credit.  In SchoolBrains you will see the assignments with grades listed as 0 (assignment was not completed) or 100% (assignment was completed for the most part).  I will be having Google Meets a couple times a week.  I would ask that during this time students log on so  I can take attendance and say hello.  After that students may log off and use that time to complete math assignments.  I will be available online during that hour so if there are any questions students may rejoin the meet and I will answer  questions.  I would ask that we don’t use these meeting times to socialize with friends.  I know many of you haven’t seen your friends and miss them, but this time needs to be used to answer math questions that need to be explained.  You may also set up a separate time to ask questions by emailing me at jsargent@haverhill-ps.org.
    Ms. Rubera: Congratulations on completing Week 1 of Remote Learning!  Thank you all for your flexibility and patience as we navigated and worked to develop and implement this model of teaching and learning.  All assignments with feedback have been posted on Schoolbrains. Please check the portal to see your child’s work completion and progress.

    To communicate with families, I will continue to send out a weekly e-mail on Sunday night with an overview for the week.  The information in that e-mail is also included on my website/blog, jrubera.wordpress.com. You can subscribe to my website/blog to receive a notification every time I post, or you can e-mail me at jrubera@haverhill-ps.org so I can add you to the family contact list if you are not receiving weekly e-mails from me.  Parents/Guardians can also be invited to their children’s Google classrooms; if you would like to be added, please e-mail me and I will set that up. For fun ways to stay connected, follow me on instagram: @jrubera10, Twitter: @jrubera, or TikTok: @j.rubera.

    Ms. Guisti: Mrs. Guisti, Mrs. Cronin and Ms. Blanchette are supporting students by co-teaching during google meets for math and ELA.  Assignments have been modified on google classrooms.  Mrs. Guisti’s ELA small group met to work on the novel Holes.  Next week we will also return to working in Read Live.  Mr. Taylor’s ELA groups also are working with an online reading program called Lexia.  In math, Mrs. Guisti, Mrs. Cronin, and Ms. Blanchette have worked with small groups to go over percentages and basic skills.  Small groups and co-taught classes will continue next week.  Please remember that office hours are 12-1 everyday but I can call, email or google meet with you at other flexible times if you need support.  Please email me at nancy.guisti@haverhill-ps.org

    Grade 7: 

    Ms. MacKinnon: Hello 7th grade parents!! Just wanted to give you all a shout out for the great job you all are doing, managing your kids online schedules and getting them onto the google meets.  I had a chance to do an online meet up with every class and it was great to see their smiling faces.

    Science work for the upcoming week (April 13-17) will be on Natural Hazards.  There will be 7 assignments on stemscopes along with a powerpoint, and two videos.   Please have your students submit all the natural hazards work through stemscopes.  the only exception to this is the vocabulary.  they need to take a picture of the vocab they wrote down and email me, or send through google docs.  Please have all Natural Hazards completed by Friday April 17th.  I will archive them after the 17th.
    Again, thank you for all your help and stay healthy and safe.
    Ms. DiGloria: Students in grade 7 Social Studies should have completed two assignments this week through Google Classroom. Students can continue to work on these assignments if they are not done, and if they have any questions, they can comment on Google Classroom posts or can email Ms. DiGloria directly. Next week, students will have assignments on Tuesday and Thursday. All class announcements are communicated through Google Classroom for students, and through email for parents. If you are not receiving update emails from Ms. DiGloria, please email her immediately: krista.digloria@haverhill-ps.org.
    Mr. LeGrand: I’m using Google Classroom and Google Meet for all my classes. Students are expected to continue working on iReady and complete other assignments from my Google Classroom. All announcements, assignments and assessments will be found in my Google Classroom.   I will share with my students different ways of getting in contact with me if they have any questions or need help completing their assignments.  Please have your child check their Google Classroom daily. You can email me if you have any questions.
    Ms. Berthiaume: Hello students and families! We got through our first week and I’m really pleased!  If you have a challenge with submitting your work through Google Classroom, remember that you can also share through Google Drive (just like you submitted your essays this year).  You may also email me your work directly.  As long as it is sent, you are okay!

    I truly appreciate the help students are giving each other on the Google Classroom stream.  Many of you have addressed an issue for a classmate before I have– you are so quick!  Thank you, everyone! We will be working on some more myOn news articles.  After April Vacation, we will shift gears a bit.  Stay tuned and stay well!
    Ms. Marciano: All weekly assignments will be posted every Monday on Google Classroom.

    On the “A” Weeks, students can work on ELA assignments on Monday, Wednesday and Friday. On the “B” Weeks, students can work on ELA assignments on Tuesday and Thursday. Students can also choose to complete their assignments, in order, all in the same day.
    Students will also receive a task list for the week, which should be completed in that order. The task list contains the assignments, due dates, and how to turn the assignment in. Each assignment on Google Classroom this week will have a video that goes along with it, explaining the directions to students.
    Ms. Senior: For students on IEPs, the Special Education department will be rolling out a form which is a snapshot of your student’s services and accommodations.  Much communication is happening among students during our lessons as students navigate the Remote Learning model for the first time this past week.  I have worked with a number of students and parents on Mathematics questions, ELA requests and other friendly messages wishing safety and health to all. During Office Hours (12:00 to 1:00pm) I answer queries relating to all areas of learning, modifications, accommodations, specific instruction and more.
    Ms. Bilmazes: I will be continuing to join Mrs. Trombly for Math google meets. They are Tuesdays 12:00-1:00 for Yellow group and Wednesdays 12:00-1:00 for Orange group. Please feel free to email me with any questions, concerns, etc. as you have been doing at cbilmazes@haverhill-ps.org
    Please follow the assignments for Math and ELA and I will be contacting individual students on my caseload for further modifications.
    Grade 8: 
    Mr. Blaustein: Reading and ELA- Blue + Yellow-We are now reading “The Outsiders”.  Assignments are posted in Google Classroom and a link to the novel is there as well. There are currently three assignments in Google classroom on the first three Chapters. Look for all communications through Google classroom.

    Civics-Red + Purple- Assignments are available for Chapters 4 and 5 in the McGraw-Hill cue. You access them the same way you do in school. Begin at the HPS Launchpad, then click on class link and then the McGraw-Hill link. We can communicate either through Google classroom or emails.
    My Office Hours are : Reading & ELA Monday,Wednesday,Friday: 11:00-12:00 Civics: Tuesday, Thursday: 12:00-1:00
    You may ask me questions during this time period that you have about the material.
    I will be scheduling time in Google Hangouts to answer questions and respond to student needs. I would like to get feedback from students as what type of academic support I can best provide. Look for an invitation to these Hangouts in your e mail or Google classroom.
    Ms. Deblasis: 

    Complete Lessons 26 & 27 Assessments posted on Google Classroom due Monday 4/13.
    Lessons 9 & 10 Assessments will be posted on Google Classroom on Monday.  They will be due on Friday 4/17.
    Office Hours for the week of 4/13 to 4/17 are:
    Monday 12:00 – 1:00
    Wednesday 12:00 – 2:00
    Friday 12:00 – 1:00
    Mr. Harris: 

    Math (Blue and Purple) – starting next week we will be moving to a menu of options.  I will go over what this means LIVE on google hangout from 12-1 on Monday (and will post a recorded video explaining if you cannot be there live).  A brief explanation: You will have your choice of assignments worth different points, with the goal of earning 25 points each week.  Many assignments will be posted daily, while others will be week long efforts.  Please check google classroom for assignments.
    Civics (Yellow and Orange) – we will wrap up our look at the Civil Rights movement by writing a brief essay (2-3 paragraphs) on an amendment of the students choice.  Choices on amendments and directions for the essay will be posted to google classroom.
    I am available on google hangouts daily, with links posted in google classroom.  I am happy to assist in any way I can.  Times you can find me online are below.
    Math – Monday, Wednesday, Friday 12-1
    Civics – Tuesday and Thursday 12-1
    All subjects – Monday 1-2
    Ms. Sullivan: All 8th grade science assignments will be posted on google classroom. I will have a google meet set up on Tuesday and Thursday for any questions. Please email me with any questions csullivan@haverhill-ps.org.

    For civics (blue group) the assignments will be posted on google classroom. I will have a google meet set up on Tuesday and Thursday. Please email with any questions at csullivan@haverhill-ps.org.

    Ms. Kaiser: Hello JGW Grade 8!  It was wonderful to see so many of you utilizing Google Classroom this week. You are displaying “Poet’s Pride” in your education as you embrace the technology to access your assignments and correspond with your teachers. And, your commitment to “remote learning” is undoubtedly contributing to the worldwide effort to slow the spread of the coronavirus. As you do your part, scientists and medical researchers all over the globe are doing their “homework” too; they are working diligently to develop treatments, and discover vaccines for COVID-19. It is a worldwide effort that highlights the power of collaboration. Your elected representatives in Congress are also working together to draft legislation aimed at aiding families whose lives have been adversely effected by the virus; they are busy writing a number of bills to be signed into law by President Trump.
    SPECIALISTS: 
    Mr. Gariepy (Music): Mr. G has a treasure trove of material on his website, whittiermiddlemusic.webs.com! There are daily yoga exercises, weekly news reports, and links to school appropriate games and resources.

    I also have all of my class work available through Google Classroom. I provide a weekly lesson that comes with a weekly assignment. I will also be providing fun activities every other day to keep your kiddos busy. If you need access to the Google Class, please email robert.gariepy@haverhill-ps.org
    Ms. Boulger (Art): Assignments are being posted regularly on Google Classroom for Art. All the students have been added to their classrooms by homeroom and have access to them already. Ms Boulger is aware that students do not have or have limited access to art supplies and materials at home, therefore all assignments only require paper and a writing utensil to complete.
    Ms. Reynolds (Health): In Health we will continue to post info about Corona Virus safety as well as other Health topics from the curriculum.  There will be no sexuality unit information presented during remote learning time.
    Mr. Demarais (Physical Education): I will to continue to be using google classroom to post fitness workouts.  I will be sending out some fitness challenges as well.   The best thing students can do is to set up a daily workout schedule that suits their individual needs.
    SUPPORT STAFF: 
    Ms. Midolo (Adjustment Counselor): Please encourage your child to access my google classroom on a daily basis,  as I post helpful tips and information consistently. Google classroom is where your child will also find the link and times to “google meets” where weekly social groups are being held. As always, if you have any questions or concerns, please feel free to email me.

    My office hours are M-F, 2:00-3:00 pm.
    Stay safe and be well!
    Ms. Vlahos (Guidance Counselor): 

    Students & families Grades 5-8: As we continue to navigate through these difficult times together please know that the I am available to connect with students and families.  I continue to be available by email (jvlahos@haverhill-ps.org), please do not hesitate to reach out. My office hours are Tuesdays and Thursdays from 930-11am.
    8th Grade Specific Information:

    I am  currently working with 8th grade students on solidifying high school plans and course selections.  All 8th grade students and families are to complete the Google form (in the links below – English and Spanish available) regarding high school plans & course selections by this Friday,April 17th.

    https://forms.gle/LSJXbX6P9WmXhNqe7 (Google Form – English)
    https://forms.gle/MEvioyoFB15tPSCPA (Google Form – Spanish)

    I encourage all 8th grade students to join my Google Classroom to keep current on important updates and information, much of which will pertain to high school transition as we move forward into the Spring.  The class code is: bmsppfo.
    Missing you all – stay well
    Ms. Greenwood (Student Support Center): The SSC will be sending out brief assignments, fun videos, and positive vibes each week to earn points. You may email Ms. Greenwood or Ms. Christine at any time for any reason, we are here to support you!

    The Ok project is still waiting for some of you to join in, those of you that have been recording your acts of kindness and right behaviors are earning tons of points already. The rest of you JUMP IN and  Don’t miss out on all the good stuff. And most of importantly, Keep Smiling!
    Mr. Newell (Student Support Coordinator): Hello JGW community, As we all know that for many families, this is a challenging time. I am available by email if you have any questions or concerns.
    Ms. O (Speech): All of my speech friends have been added to a specific Google classroom.  Please make sure that you know your classroom code and have signed in. If you have any trouble accessing your classroom, please be sure to let me know right away!

    Work has been posted in each classroom. Please do not get overwhelmed – no work will be graded! I just want to see that you give it a try!!
    I will be scheduling a Google meet early next week when you can ask any questions you may have – – stay tuned! In the meantime, please don’t hesitate to reach out for help.
    Thanks, friends, and I’ll talk to you soon!
    OTHER NEWS: 
    PTO News:  JG Whittier PTO is now listed as a charity on AmazonSmile.  What does this mean?  You shop. Amazon gives. Amazon donates 0.5% of the price of your eligible AmazonSmile purchases to the charitable organization of your choice. AmazonSmile is the same Amazon you know. Same products, same prices, same service. Support your charitable organization by starting your shopping at smile.amazon.com.Please support JG Whittier PTO by using the following link when you shop,  https://smile.amazon.com/ch/90-0135139 or by selecting John Greenleaf Whittier PTO as your charity of choice.

    TITLE 1 NEWS:  John G Whittier is a Title 1 school.  This means that we are a school that uses Title 1 funds to provide a range of services to support improving achievement for all students in academic and social/emotional learning.  We encourage all families to work in partnership with their child’s teachers to ensure student success. The Title 1 Parent Facilitators at JGW are Jean Sargent and Jen Rubera. Please contact them with any questions (jsargent@haverhill-ps.org and jrubera@haverhill-ps.org).

    During this unprecedented time, we would like to provide families with some resources to help students with academics and social/emotional learning.

    Academics:

     

    Social/Emotional Learning:

    • Helping Children Cope With Changes Resulting From COVID-19

    https://www.nasponline.org/resources-and-publications/resources-and-podcasts/school-climate-safety-and-crisis/health-crisis-resources/helping-children-cope-with-changes-resulting-from-covid-19

     

    TRACK: The track season is unfortunately still on hold.  Coaches have been posting workouts on the Track Instagram page (@jgwtrackxc) on Tuesdays and Thursdays with other check-ins during the week and weekends.  If school resumes in person, track practices will also resume on Wednesday and Thursday mornings.  The last update from the MIAA was that high school spring sports would happen if we return on May 4th, so we are hopeful that would mean middle school sports would happen as well.  There has not been an update since then.  Track shirt orders are currently on hold at this time.  If the season is held, we will order the shirts once school resumes.  If not, we will work with families to refund orders.  If you have any other questions, please email Coach DeLong (mdelong@haverhill-ps.org) or Coach Marinella (michael.marinella@haverhill-ps.org).
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