J.G. Whittier Middle School

JG Whittier Mission Statement

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Mission Statement

John Greenleaf Whittier Middle School strives to be a community of learners dedicated to educating adolescents. We are preparing children for the future by providing differentiated education, which will encourage all to be responsible, active, respectful, and tolerant members of our school and society. We provide a safe atmosphere that is intellectually challenging and that recognizes the student’s physical, emotional, social, and academic needs. Frequent and open communication is encouraged to help ensure the effectiveness of the education we provide. We believe that it is the responsibility of the entire school community to share in the education of the middle-school child.


SY 2019-2020 Community Eligibility Provision



JGW 2018-2019 Good Citizenship Program Manual


  • Morning Announcements 1/13

  • Morning Announcements 1/12

  • Morning Announcements 1/11

  • Principal’s Weekly Update (1/11-1/15)


    FAMILY ENGAGEMENT SURVEY: Happy New Year to everyone! In an effort to continue to build upon our partnership between school and home, especially during these times, we want to make sure to continue to hear your voices. With that being said, our Family Engagement Action Team has been working on ideas for activities that we can take part in as an entire community. 

    While we have had very limited time in school since last March, we have not had the same opportunities at socialization that we are all used to. It has always been a pleasure of mine to be a part of our family engagement activities like the Spring Carnival, PTO Spaghetti Supper, Back to School Bash, Thanksgiving Feast, and more. While we are not permitted to hold in person events of that magnitude at this time, we would still like to find alternative ways to run activities to engage our whole school community. 

    We would be greatly appreciative if you took a couple of minutes to fill out this brief survey which is attached to share your thoughts, and have your voice heard with both concerns and ideas for our school moving forward. 


    We continue to be in this together, and want to support all of our students in the best way possible. Hearing from you is an integral piece of this puzzle. We thank you in advance for taking the time to complete this survey. 


    The return to school plan is as follows for JGW students:

    • Monday, January 11-15, 2021 – All Cohorts will continue at home in a Remote Learning model. 
    • Tuesday, January 19, 2021 – Cohort C students will be welcomed back to in-person learning while all others continue in the remote model. 
    • Monday, January 25, 2021 – All Cohorts will be welcomed back to in-person learning on their scheduled days (Cohort A on Monday’s & Tuesdays and Cohort B on Thursday’s & Fridays with Cohort C students attending 4 days per week)
    • Remote Learning Academy will continue as scheduled

    I-READY DIAGNOSTIC:  On Tuesday January 19 and Thursday, January 21 our students will be taking their second iReady Diagnostic.  iReady is one of the tools that the school uses to measure student progress throughout the year. This tool helps us best support all students by determining where they excel and where they need improvement. Students will login to iReady during homeroom and will work until they complete the assessment.  Students do not receive a grade for iReady, however their scores help us to decide what types of interventions and supports to provide.  All students are expected to complete this diagnostic.  Please make sure that your student has logged into iReady on the 19th (reading) and 21st (math).  We will be calling families if students are not logged in and participating.  Thank you for your support in gathering important information about all of our students!

    ATTENDANCE: Click link for Winter Attendance Contest Details!


    ATTENDANCE POSTER CONTEST: The contest is open to students in grades Pre-K through 8th grade, and entries are due by January 14th. All the details can be found in the attached fliers (see link below) and on our website at haverhillpromise.com/postercontest


    We will be selecting one winner from each participating school whose poster will be printed and displayed at their school, and 4 city-wide winners (1 each from Pre-K, K-2nd, 3rd-5th and 6th-8th) who will win a $100 gift card and have their poster design printed and displayed around the city as well as on HC Media’s digital billboard. 

    • ATTENDANCE POLICY AND EXPECTATIONS: Here is a reminder of our attendance policy. In this new model of schooling where students are learning from both school and home, attendance and participation in all classes is one of our major concerns. Here are some things to know and we would greatly appreciate it if you reviewed all of these expectations and policies with your students:
    • If you are absent for 10% of the school year, you are considered to be “chronically” absent. That means that if you have missed 4 or more days to this point.
    • We have begun reaching out via mail with attendance letters for students that we are currently concerned are missing too much time.
    • It is the expectation that all students are either present physically or signed on remotely at 8:30am each day.
    • It is the requirement that students attend all of their classes for the duration of the class time. Leaving a meet/class early is equivalent to walking out of class without permission.
    • In addition to sending home letters, we will also be setting up attendance meetings with students and families to address concerns and lend support, and in some cases we will be conducting home visits to do this as well.
    • The first step toward school success is attendance. You cannot be successful in school if you are not showing up. Please reach out to us so that we can set up a plan to best support you and your student(s).
    • Please note that while it is good practice to make your student’s homeroom teacher aware of any absences or appointments, it is most important that you are contacting the main office of the school each and any time that your student is going to be absent. Also, please make sure to forward all doctor’s notes and other absent notes to our main office. Thank you!
    • Wi-Fi Issues: If you are having WiFi issues at home and your student cannot log onto a Google Meet at the moment, please email the teacher or call the school so an office staff member can pass the info onto the teacher. Teachers take attendance every period and when a student does not show up for class, they don’t necessarily know that the student is having a tech issue.


    Our next PTO meeting is scheduled for Wednesday, 1/13 from 6:00-7:30pm via Zoom. We are always looking to welcome new members! This meeting will also include a Title 1 information session.


    NATIONAL JUNIOR HONOR SOCIETY (NJHS): Our next meeting will be Wednesday January 20 @3pm. 

    MODEL UN NEWS: Model UN Club will be wrapping up soon, as we only have 2 more meetings before our conference! All position papers must be completed by our next meeting on Tuesday, January 12th. Only club members with completed papers will be allowed to attend the HillieMUN conference. Our conference date is Wednesday, January 20th.

    JR VIP: There will be a Jr VIP meeting on Tuesday January 12th after school from 3pm-4pm.  All of those interested in attending that are not already members, need to email Mrs. Reynolds to be invited to the meet.

    JGW CHORUS CLUB: Chorus meets every Wednesday after school from 3:00pm to 3:45pm on Mr. Gariepy’s Google Classroom. If your child is interested in joining Chorus please email him at robert.gariepy@haverhill-ps.org so he can add them to the Google Classroom.

    YEARBOOK: *****CALLING ALL 8TH GRADE ARTISTS… Any 8th grader interested in designing the yearbook cover should submit their drawing to Ms. Deblasis by Monday, February 1st.  Your drawing must be on plain white paper size 8 ½ by 11.  It must be outlined in blue or black ink or a fine tipped black sharpie marker.  If you have any questions, please email Ms. Deblasis. The winning cover will be selected by JGW staff members prior to February vacation. Good Luck!


    Check out this opportunity for anyone interested:



    GRADE 5:

    Mrs. Sanguedolce: In math we will take our Topic 4 test on Multiplying Decimals. In social studies we are reading Chapter 5 about the American Revolution. We’re also beginning our DBQ writing.

    Ms. Delong: Science – We have started our deep dive into matter and some of the properties of matter. Students have been learning about the different phases (solids, liquids, and gases) and completed a lab this week that demonstrated that even though you may not be able to see matter, it is still there. Ask your student about the lab and have them explain to you the process. Thank you to the parents for helping make the lab happen and allowing our students to have a chance to experience science for themselves even while remote learning!

    Assignments this due this week (Code for where assignment can be found: GC = Google Classroom, STEM = STEMscopes app on HPS Classlink): Unit 5 APK (GC) – Monday, Reading Science A (STEM) – Wednesday, Content Connections Video (STEM) – Wednesday, Explore Lab (STEM) – Thursday, Graphic Organizer (STEM) – Friday.

    Science All-Stars: Yellow – Sylis Caruso, Red – Will Morin, Orange – Alannah Santiago

    Social Studies – We have finally finished our DBQ and can get back into our study of American History. The colonies are forming and problems will start to arise! The story of America will be picking up the pace as we head to the American Revolution!

    Social Studies All-Star: Yellow – Jacob Cloutier

    Mrs. LaCoste: This week, in fifth grade ELA, we began our unit on non-fiction. We’ve explored many different text features that can be found in nonfiction books that help us understand them and read them much differently from fiction stories. We are also attacking our vocabulary in a new way to mix things up! Students will be using online books, using the learning A-Z app. Ask them to show you some of the books we have and will cover! Please encourage your students to continue reading traditional books as well!

    Orange group social studies students have spent this week working on our DBQ (document based question).  Parents, you should have received an email from me detailing this assignment. I’m so impressed with how hard they’ve worked and what sophisticated thinkers they are! I’m excited to see their final products. 

    I hope everyone had a restful winter break. I’m excited to see what 2021 brings our way!

    Ms. Lees: Ms. Kelly and Ms. Lees are working with students in Orange group supporting reading of non-fiction text and its features; multiplying multi-digits with decimals; learning about the “matter all around us”; and determining a position on early exploration and writing to support the opinion. Those students who have been given LexiaCore5 log-in should be working at least 45 minutes a week in the program. Remember that Ms. Lees posts on Classroom Pages when she and Ms. Kelly are in a google classroom to help complete assignments and clarify lessons on remote Wednesdays. Please join! Before and after school time is available too.

    GRADE 6:

    Mrs. Hamel: Happy New Year to our grade six and their families. We are happy to see you back in class and were so grateful to get to speak with so many the adults in your world during our Conferences. Thank you all for your support throughout these challenging times in learning.

    Social Studies: WHERE IN THE WORLD IS EAST AFRICA? We have travelled into the awe-inspiring sights of East Africa and the Great Rift Valley. We are wondering how geography influences the way people live in these countries and the many challenges they face due to the physical geography and climate.

    Science: You left 2020 as Scientists and have entered 2021 as Physicists! We have begun our scope on Waves and the relationship between amplitude and the energy of waves. We are focusing mechanical waves, mainly concentrating on sound waves. Shhhhh… can you hear that? No???- let’s investigate frequency of sound waves then…

    Mr. Taylor: ELA- This week we continue our novel, Ghost. There will be vocabulary and comprehensive discussion on the issues in the book. Hopefully, everyone continues to study the vocabulary through Quizlet. On Wednesday, we will continue to use the remote day schedule to complete the 45 min I-Ready program for the week. 

    Ms. Sargent: Grade 6 math is working on plotting points on a coordinate grid.  I would like to give a big shout out to Chris Mota for making and teaching an online interactive lesson using Minecraft. Great job Chris!! We will be continuing on this topic into next week.

    Mrs. Guisti: Happy New Year grade 6! Thank you to all parents and guardians who have been able to discuss your student during conferences and via email.  Mrs. Guisti and Mrs. Cronin’s students have been completing reviews in their inclusion math and ELA classes using Pear Deck to start this week.  During our 12:05 online support google meet, we have been supporting students across all subjects to complete this week’s assignments.  Please do not fall behind!  The 12:05 online support class is a very useful time for students to get extra help.  Please let Mrs. Guisti know if you need any additional one to one times to support your student. Please email me at nancy.guisti@haverhill-ps.org  Thank you!!

    GRADE 7:

    Mrs. Berthiaume: Happy New Year, everyone!  In Social Studies, students worked so hard on the DBQ essay and I am proud of them for picking up where we left off before vacation!  The essays will be scored soon. In ELA, we worked on how to analyze multiple choice questions and eliminate incorrect options. 

    Mrs. Trombly: Mrs. Trombly’s math classes have started Topic 4 expressions and mixing in equations into this.  Work will be mixed with Envisions and Big ideas review work.  Please make sure you are catching up and checking your google classroom daily.

    In science we are working on biodiversity within ecosystems.  

    Mr. Yanoff: ​Happy New Year!  Red and Yellow groups, this is the time to get off to a great start.  Do the things that successful people do, make a plan and stick to it.  Design a schedule for your getting assignments completed.

    We are working on percents and percent error as well I-Ready.  Better yourself and go the extra mile by taking it upon yourself to use your spare time to improve your knowledge. Remember, your do now is I-Ready!

    Mrs. MacKinnon: Welcome back 7th grade families!! Let’s hope this year is much better than 2020.  

    Math – we will be working on Proportions.  We will be learning how to compare proportions, how to write proportions and how to solve proportions.  We will also be learning how to graph x and y once we have solved for proportions.  Your kids can use a calculator for this section, which will help.

    Science- we are talking about biodiversity. We will discuss why biodiversity is important in an ecosystem. We will explain how changes to the biodiversity of an ecosystem—the variety of species found in the ecosystem—may limit the availability of resources humans use. They will also be doing an at home activity where they are going to go outside and identify and compare with other members of the class the diversity of organisms they saw. 

    Hope everyone had a great break and again, welcome back. 

    Ms. DiGloria: I hope everyone had a great first week back from break! Next week in Green and Blue Social Studies, students will be learning about the Silk Road. We will be taking a VIRTUAL “field trip” down the Silk Road to learn about the different cities and ancient trading routes along it. In ELA, students will continue to work on our poetry unit by learning about figurative language. We will also begin to annotate and analyze basic poems. 

    Ms. Bilmazes: Happy New Year! Students are getting back into the school routine. Make sure to keep up with assignments, so that you can have a successful term. Yellow group has begun working on poetry, being introduced to the elements of a poem, and writing some of their own. Green group is finishing up their DBQ’s on Chinese inventions. Reach out for help, as we are always here! 

    GRADE 8:


    Mr. Lewis: In English, students have been finishing up our persuasive essays. Each student randomly chose a topic — some serious, some not — and support their position whether they believe it to be true or not. We have gone over the introduction paragraph, along with various strategies to present our topics creatively, the body paragraph and its structure, as well as the conclusion. Students have all these resources available to them via our Google Classroom. In addition, we will begin our studies of World War II, The Holocaust, and Anne Frank this week.

    In Civics, we have moved away from the ancient and historical influences on the early American colonies and are now learning about the Constitution. Specifically, the students are looking at how the colonies formed in states, how they drafted their laws, and the problems they encountered while gaining their independence.

    Ms. Deblasis:

    Math: We began Topic 2 on Analyzing and Solving Linear Equations. 

    Science: Our unit on Human Activities and Global Climate Change was started this week.  Students will be working on a Data Analysis project beginning next week. 

    Mr. Blaustein:

    Green and Blue ELA

    This week we will be working on an article used for an MCAS question in 2008. It is titled “Cinderella” and traces the evolution of this folk tale from its origins to the present. We will complete multiple choice questions as well as an essay.

    Green and Blue Civics

    We will begin Chapter 2 “The American Colonies and Their Government” beginning with Lesson 1 “Influences on American Colonial Government”.  First we will complete the embedded lesson in the online textbook then we will complete a Guided Reading followed by a quiz.

    Ms. Sullivan:

    Math: We began Topic 2 on Analyzing and Solving Linear Equations. 

    Science: Our unit on Human Activities and Global Climate Change was started this week.  Students will be working on a Data Analysis project beginning next week. 

    Ms. Senior: 2021 has arrived and the students hit the ground running! In ELA, persuasive essays are still being crafted with an emphasis on the body paragraphs this week.  There was a test on “11:59” as well as tips on essay writing and an introduction to “The Diary Of Anne Frank”.  Mathematics classes faced the new year with one-step equations, combining like terms and simplifying expressions.  Happy New Year.


    Physical Education: (Mr. Demarais): Welcome back everyone.  For the next two weeks we will be remote.  I will be posting workouts and challenges as well as having google meetings.  I look forward to getting back to the hybrid model and seeing everyone in person.  We will be concentrating on stick and racket related games like, golf, badminton, hockey, and lacrosse.  See you soon!

    Art (Ms. Boulger): Orange 5/6, Blue 7/8, Green 7/8  

    Ms. Boulger will be available Tuesday from 11:15- 2:30 to distribute Art supplies to students who need to use them at home. If your child needs supplies such as paper, watercolors, crayons, markers, please contact her and she will arrange to have art supplies available.  

    If you have any questions, feel free to contact Ms.Boulger at emily.boulger@haverhill-ps.org  

    Artwork by Michelle Castro Grade 5

    Health (Mrs. Reynolds):

    Grade 5 – Self Esteem Unit

    Grade 6 – Healthy Habits Unit

    Grade 7 – Goal Setting Unit

    Grade 8 – Making Good Decisions Unit

    Music (Mr. Gariepy): Welcome back!! I hope everyone had a fantastic vacation. Please remember that we have changed into Trimester 2 and your child has different specials classes until March. If you don’t know what the schedule is, please have them check with their homeroom teacher. Attendance and participation are required in all special areas.

    Techonology (Ms. Boulger): Yellow Grades 7/8  

    Students are currently learning about safety and technology as well as working on typing skills. If you have any questions, feel free to contact Ms. Boulger at emily.boulger@haverhill-ps.org  

    Fine Arts Red Grades 5/6/7/8 


    GRADE 5:

    Ms. MacDonald: We are heading into our second week back at school and the kids showed up ready to learn last week! 

    This week in science, the students will be starting a new unit on physical science. I have given parents the opportunity to pick up materials for this unit at Whittier last week. If you were unable to pick them up, please reach out to me so that we can get you some materials before we complete our experiment on Friday. Our physical science unit will focus on matter- identifying ways matter can exist, investigating different physical properties of matter, and diving into chemical and physical reactions! This is a fun unit for the kids! 

    In social studies, we are finishing up our DBQ’s- Document Based Questions. This is an assessment that emphasizes the skills required to use information from documents to write a persuasive essay. The students worked so hard on this! Once we complete this, we will continue to move on in our social studies curriculum- next up: The Colonization of New England! 

    Ms. Duquette: Happy New Year 5th Grade Families!

    We are working on reading the novel, Hatchet, by Gary Paulsen.  Students began by learning a bit about the author to understand his motivation for writing books.  Each chapter will be posted in the google classroom for students to be able to go back to the reading as needed for extension activities and assignments.  Students may also choose to reread this with someone at home in order to have additional conversations about the reading and to share what we are learning.  We will be focusing on determining and identifying meaning of unknown words and phrases as we read to improve upon our vocabulary skills.  Students will be encouraged to “own” these words in their speaking and writing.  We are also improving our journal writing skills.  Students will be expected to develop stronger pieces of writing using more content and correct grammar and mechanics structure.

    Ms. Spadaro: This week, we began dividing decimals. Students divided decimals by powers of 10, estimated to find quotients, and used long division to find exact quotients. We reviewed student responsibilities, such as taking notes, showing work, and meeting deadlines. Ask your child to show you the division dance!

    GRADE 6:

    Ms. Consolazio: In social studies class, we finished our document-based questions and essay on Egypt. We are learning about the Earth’s layers and Planet Earth.  It is chapter 3 lesson 1 in the McGraw Hill textbook.  Reminder, to access the textbook please go into ClassLink.  The textbook is red and labeled McGraw Hill. 

    In science class, we are beginning a new chapter on waves.  Students are learning about the different types of waves.  Some examples are ocean waves, sound waves, and electromagnetic waves.   

    Mrs. Simes: In math, students have seen success as we have begun Topic 3 – Numeric and Algebraic Expressions. Students have learned about powers and exponents and have begun learning how to write the prime factorization of numbers, as well as find the greatest common factor and least common multiple of two numbers.  In science, students are wondering about the phenomena of “What is the relationship between the amplitude and energy of waves?”  They also continue their work within their scientific writing of the CER.  After school help continues on Monday, Tuesday, and Thursday from 2:45 p.m. to 3:15. p.m.  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. Riley: Hello Families, I hope that your holidays were fantastic and you had a restful vacation! I have a few reminders for you. i-Ready is a reading program that can be utilized at home along with Learning A-Z. i-Ready has customized reading lessons. Learning A-Z provides on-line books for your child to read. These are geared towards your child’s appropriate reading level and include both fiction and non-fiction texts. i-Ready testing will start the week of January 19th in school. It is important for your child to complete this testing so I can analyze this data and put in place interventions. In ELA next week, we will be finishing our unit Monitoring Comprehension of Difficult Texts. We will then move into a unit where we discuss books containing characters whose feelings can be observed though their words and the illustrations as well as with books with a variety of settings and diverse characters.  

    GRADE 7:

    Ms. Marciano:

    ELA: We are completing our essay from “A Christmas Carol: Scrooge and Marley”. Our next unit, which will start at the end of the week, or next week, will be Poetry.

    SCIENCE: We are finishing Unit 5 and will have an assessment during the later half of the week. Students are expected to complete the assessment using their notes.

    Mr. LeGrand:

    Math:  This week, we are continuing our study of percents.   We are focusing on solving percent of change and percent of error problems, as well as, solving markup and markdown problems. 

    Social Studies:  Last week, we completed our DBQ essay and this week, we are back to our study of East Asia.  Students will be able to use maps and other geographic representations, geospatial technologies, and spatial thinking to understand and communicate information about East Asia. 

    GRADE 8:

    Mr. Harris: Math – We are about halfway through Topic 2, Analyzing and Solving Linear Equations.  This week we will finish up comparing proportional relationships, and then move onto connecting those proportional relationships to slope.  We will likely have a quiz at the end of next week.

    Science – We are at the end of our unit on Predicting Weather.  Students will take the next week to work on their CER (Claim, Evidence, Reasoning) assignment, which is the culmination of our learning in this unit.

    Mr. Marinella: ELA– This week, as we start a new year and continue into a new term, we are shifting focus! We have started to look at figurative language. We learn this in order to become better writers and readers, speakers and listeners. Figurative language is a fun way to get our points and opinions to our readers. Look through our figurative language types with your student and see what examples they can give!! 

    Civics– Civics has moved onto the Bill of Rights! It is incredibly important for each American to understand their rights and the limitations of our government. The Bill of Rights is one of the most important documents in American history and we are going to examine how we got it, why we have it, and what is says. See how many rights in the Bill your student can explain! 

    Ms. Blanchette: Happy New Year! The 2nd trimester in the Remote Learning Academy is off to a great start. Students should continue to attend google meet classes and complete their online assignments. Extra help sessions are offered daily to assist students with completing their assignments. Check my google classroom for more information. Please reach out with any questions or concerns. I look forward to another great week in the Remote Learning Academy!

    ART: Orange and Purple Grades 7/8 

    Ms. Boulger will be available Tuesday from 11:15- 2:30 to distribute Art supplies to students who need to use them at home. If your child needs supplies such as paper, watercolors, crayons, markers, please contact her and she will arrange to have art supplies available.  

    If you have any questions, feel free to contact Ms. Boulger at emily.boulger@haverhill-ps.org  

    Artwork By Tatiana Nunez Grade 7

    HEALTH: Grade 7 will be focusing on Anger.  We will learn to recognize our triggers and how to manage our anger.

    Grade 8 is beginning our Mental Health Unit and learning about how Stress affects our lives.

    All students with grades of Incomplete for first term need to reach out to me and find out how to improve their grades.


    Guidance (Mrs. Vlahos):

    Important Gr.8 Information: All HHS program applications are due January 15, 2021 

    Link to HHS program info & applications: http://haverhillhillies.weebly.com/academics.html

    Academics – Weebly The Hillie Connector is a new program at Haverhill High School this year! We are here to help you if you have any questions, need advice, or just need to talk. haverhillhillies.weebly.com

    Students/Parents can download, print, complete, and send their completed portions directly to Haverhill High at the address provided on application. For any teacher recommendation for HHS, please email teachers to request and provide necessary teacher recommendation forms.  Parents and applicants must sign and date the bottom of the “Request for Report Cards & Attendance” form and return it to guidance (Mrs. Vlahos) to authorize school records to be sent to HHS for admissions. This form can be scanned and emailed, or a photo of the signed form can be emailed to jvlahos@haverhill-ps.org

    Haverhill High Virtual Open House Dates – There will be two virtual open house events this Thursday January 7th at 6pm and another one on January 14th at 6pm – HHS has emailed 8th grade families yesterday afternoon with further details on this and how to register for the Google Meet virtual open house sessions.                      

    Essex Tech deadline is this Friday 1/8/2021 (www.essexnorthshore.org)

    Whittier Tech – interested students shall apply ASAP online at www.whittiertech.org 

    If you have any questions, please do not hesitate to reach out to me via email at jvlahos@haverhill-ps.org

    Student Adjustment Counselor (Mrs. Midolo): Next week’s topic will focus on “Building Relationships”. Please be sure to have your child check Mrs. Midolo’s google Classroom Page and Look for assignments and updates on Social Groups, which are held on Wednesdays. Please make sure that your child attends in order to receive the proper credit.  Have a great weekend.

    Student Support Coordinator (Mr. Newell): I am available for help with chrome books, attendance concerns and everything in general. Please contact me at jonathan.newell@haverhill-ps.org

    Middle School Support Program (Mrs. Leydon & Mr. Diffin): Nice to see everyone back after break! Can’t believe we are already in our second trimester! Hoping to start it on a good note and get all work passed in on time. Please reach out to us with any questions/concerns. 

    Parent Liaison (Ms. Arias-Reyes): ¡Feliz Año Nuevo! Espero que hayan tenido unas vacaciones seguras y felices. Cómo siempre estoy aquí a sus servicios para asistirlos con cualquier pregunta o preocupación! Mi número de trabajo es 781-666-4085 y mi correo electrónico es maria.ariasreyes@haverhill-ps.org.

    Student Support Center (Mrs. Greenwood): The SSC will be temporarily changing format to adjust to our current situation of remote learning. Please stay tuned for updates on how your student can access live support from their google classroom page during the school day. We will be sending out an email to update you on the changes very soon.  

    Reading Coach/Interventionist (Mrs. Guthrie): Happy New Year JGW! I am so excited to be working with numerous students and teachers throughout the day. It is great to see all the smiling faces on our Google Meets. I am looking forward to when we can meet in person. Small intervention groups are running smoothly (thank you parents for all your help!) and all the students have been respectful and welcoming. It’s been a great start to the New Year! 

    NEWS FROM OUR NURSES OFFICE (Nurse Cartwright):

    Please be advised, flu vaccines are required for all students for the 2020-2021 school year, regardless of learning location. If you have not submitted paperwork to Nurse Kelsey, please do so as soon as possible. Her email is Kelsey.Cartwright@haverhill-ps.org or it can be faxed to 978-372-5999 attention: school nurse. If you have any questions related to the flu vaccine, or covid-19, don’t hesitate to reach out. 

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  • JGW Update (12/31/2020)

    Happy New Year JG Whittier Students and Families! As we look forward to saying good-bye to 2020 and starting a brand new year, I wanted to make sure that everyone is aware of the most up to date plans on returning to school based on the decisions made at a special School Committee meeting which was held this past Tuesday, 12/29/2020.

    The return to school plan is as follows for JGW students beginning this coming Monday, January 4, 2021:

    • Monday, January 4, 2021 – All Cohorts will begin at home in a Remote Learning model. 
    • Tuesday, January 19, 2021 – Cohort C students will be welcomed back to in-person learning while all others continue in the remote model. 
    • Monday, January 25, 2021 – All Cohorts will be welcomed back to in-person learning on their scheduled days (Cohort A on Monday’s & Tuesdays and Cohort B on Thursday’s & Fridays with Cohort C students attending 4 days per week)
    • Remote Learning Academy will continue as scheduled

    The Superintendent’s office released all of this information to families on Wednesday, 12/30/2020. I have included the Superintendent’s message below:

    Dear Haverhill Public Schools Friends and Families,

    As you probably know, the rate of COVID-19 infection in our community and throughout our country continues to climb. Haverhill is currently at an 11.2% COVID-19 testing positivity rate. According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention’s (CDC) indicators and thresholds for risk of transmission of COVID-19 in schools, this places our community at the highest risk level for transmission. Even more concerningly, as we listen to the media and the experts, we hear that infection rates are likely to climb in the short term due to the holidays.  

    Knowing that Haverhill’s rate of illness was climbing, the School Committee called a meeting last night to discuss and review information related to our return to in-person learning.

    At the meeting, a revision in the learning plan following the winter break was approved. The return to school plan is as follows:

    • Monday, January 4, 2021 – Remote Learning All Cohorts 
    • Tuesday, January 19, 2021 – Cohort C PreK–12: In-person Learning (others continue remote) 
    • Monday, January 25, 2021 – Cohort A & B K–8: Hybrid Learning (HHS continues remote) 
    • Monday, February 1, 2021 – Haverhill High School Hybrid Learning
    • Remote Learning Academy will continue as scheduled

    Important information about COVID-19 infection rates in our schools and community was also presented at the meeting, as well as information about moving toward “pool testing” as one tool in returning to in-person learning. As we return from the holiday break, I will be sharing more information about “pool testing” so that families and staff can make informed decisions about participation in the effort. Like all COVID-19 testing, pool testing is voluntary and requires parental consent. To review information from last night’s meeting, please view COVID Update PowerPoint Presentation. In addition, recordings of all recent school committee meetings can be viewed on HC Media at http://haverhillcommunitytv.org/category/government/school-committee.

    Thank you all for your continued support during this time, and I wish you all a healthy and peaceful new year.

    Warmest Regards,

    Margaret Marotta EdD

    Superintendent of Schools 

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