J.G. Whittier Middle School

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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.

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  • Welcome All New Students!!

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

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

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

  • 8th Grade Promotion

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

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

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

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

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

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

  • HAVE A GREAT SUMMER!!

    We did it! Summer is here!!

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

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

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

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

    For now, take care and be safe!

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

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

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

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

    https://whittier.haverhill-ps.org/wp-content/uploads/sites/28/2020/06/Summer-Reading-Big-Flyer-S-1-2.pdf

    https://whittier.haverhill-ps.org/wp-content/uploads/sites/28/2020/06/Summer-reading-2020-Grades-45-final-copy-2.pdf

    https://whittier.haverhill-ps.org/wp-content/uploads/sites/28/2020/06/Summer-Reading-Grade-6-8-2020-final-copy.pub_-2.pdf

    https://mvlc.overdrive.com/

  • 8th Grade Promotion!!

    Livestream Ceremony Tonight (6/18) at 5pm. Please click the link below:

  • 8th Grade Promotion

    We are only two days away from 8th grade promotion and I wanted to send out a reminder of the plans and procedure for Thursday evening:

    Our 8th grade promotion is set for Thursday, June 18th. There will be a livestream broadcast on YouTube from 5pm-6pm (see further information below). The ceremony will be as close to the real thing as possible, with awards, certificates, a special slide show of our 8th graders, and of course a farewell speech by me! Unfortunately based on our circumstances, there is no direct involvement from the students during the ceremony portion of the proceedings. We ask that everyone just tune and watch to see if your student has received any of the 8th grade awards, watch the amazing slide show that has been put together, and hear your student’s name called for their promotion certificate!

    The livestream will be followed by a car procession, “right of passage” through the front drive way of J.G. Whittier from 6:30-8:00pm.

    Please pay close attention to these directions for the procession.

    -Please DO NOT show up any earlier than 6:30pm because the driveway will be blocked off, there will be no staff outside (due to the ceremony), and it will cause traffic delays on Concord St. We appreciate your attention to this direction in helping make this event run smoothly. 

    -The procession will be from 6:30-8:00pm so please do not feel that you have to be at the school right at 6:30pm. If we have 130 cars show up at one time, we will not be able to give each car as much attention. If it is spaced out over the 90 minutes, we will be able to give more attention to each car as they arrive. 

    -Only 1 car per family will be permitted.

    -We ask students/families to decorate a sign with the student’s name on it to display in your window to help us identify which 8th grade student is arriving. (Be creative with your signs)

    -We ask that ALL cars approach JGW from the NORTH AVE side so that you are taking a right into the parking lot. There will be staff to direct you through the parking lot and into the front driveway.

    -You will pull down to the gym where your 8th grade teachers will be waiting to distribute your student’s promotion certificate, yearbook, and any awards that they have received.

    JGW Staff will be taking photos of our students/families in their cars as they are presented with their certificates.  We would like to capture this moment for you. They will then be printed and mailed out to you. Making memories is what it’s all about!

    -Once you have received your promotion certificate/yearbook, etc. we ask that you proceed out onto Concord St. by taking a right toward Kenoza Ave. This will really help with traffic flow and we appreciate your cooperation with this.

    Please do not stop or get out of your cars! Safety is still our number one priority!

    8th GRADE FRIENDS & FAMILIES:

    This year’s 8th grade promotion ceremony will be broadcast on YouTube to celebrate the promotion from middle school to high school. To view this broadcast, you can visit whittier.haverhill-ps.org at 5pm on Thursday, June 18th. The car procession that is planned to happen at 6:30pm will be pre-recorded/video taped and uploaded along with the promotion ceremony. Please be aware that if you are bringing an 8th grade student to the car procession, the event will be video taped and broadcast online.

    Finally we recognize that our 8th grade students want their dance and want to celebrate with their friends. It is our intent to hold a celebration as soon as possible by hosting a cookout/dance for our 8th graders as soon as it is safe to do so. Please stay tuned for that.

    We look forward to seeing all 132 8th graders on Thursday evening! Please don’t forget to tune in to the live stream starting at 5pm. 

  • Principal’s Weekly Update (6/15-6/19).

    As the music group Europe says, “It’s the Final Countdown”!! Everyone take one big deep breath, and then be ready for me to tell you all to exhale in one week! We can all do this! We have endured this new way of life and school for the past 13 weeks, and there is only one to go! There is a lot going on around JGW in the final week! Here is all of the big news:

    8th GRADE PROMOTION: Our 8th grade promotion is set for Thursday, June 18th. There will be a livestream broadcast on YouTube from 5pm-6pm (see further information below). The ceremony will be as close to the real thing as possible, with awards, certificates, a special slide show of our 8th graders, and of course a farewell speech by me!

    The livestream will be followed by a car procession, “right of passage” through the front drive way of J.G. Whittier from 6:30-8:00pm.

    Please pay close attention to these directions for the procession.

    -Only 1 car per family will be permitted.

    -We ask students/families to decorate a sign with the student’s name on it to display in your window to help us identify which 8th grade student is arriving. (Be creative with your signs)

    -We ask that ALL cars approach JGW from the NORTH AVE side so that you are taking a right into the parking lot. There will be staff to direct you through the parking lot and into the front driveway.

    -You will pull down to the gym where your 8th grade teachers will be waiting to distribute your student’s promotion certificate, yearbook, and any awards that they have received.

    JGW Staff will be taking photos of our students/families in their cars as they are presented with their certificates.  We would like to capture this moment for you. They will then be printed and mailed out to you. Making memories is what it’s all about!

    -Once you have received your promotion certificate/yearbook, etc. we ask that you proceed out onto Concord St. by taking a right toward Kenoza. This will really help with traffic flow and we appreciate your cooperation with this.

    Please do not stop or get out of your cars! Safety is still our number one priority!

    8th GRADE FRIENDS & FAMILIES:

    This year’s 8th grade promotion ceremony will be broadcast on YouTube to celebrate the promotion from middle school to high school. To view this broadcast, you can visit whittier.haverhill-ps.org at 5pm on Thursday, June 18th. The car procession that is planned to happen at 6:30pm will be pre-recorded/video taped and uploaded along with the promotion ceremony. Please be aware that if you are bringing an 8th grade student to the car procession, the event will be video taped and broadcast online.

    Finally we recognize that our 8th grade students want their dance and want to celebrate with their friends. It is our intent to hold a celebration as soon as possible by hosting a cookout/dance for our 8th graders as soon as it is safe to do so. Please stay tuned for that.

    YEARBOOK DISTRIBUTION AND CHROMEBOOK COLLECTION: For any students in grades 5-7, the yearbooks have arrived!! We are going to be distributing those yearbooks on Friday, June 19th from 1-5pm at the school. The procedure will be much like it was for chromebook distribution. Speaking of chromebooks, this will also be the time for any student who is not continuing at JGW, HHS, or any other Haverhill Public School to return their chromebook to the school. So this means if there are 8th graders going to Whittier Vo-Tech, Essex Tech, or any other highschool, or if a younger student is moving out of Haverhill for the next school year, that their chromebook needs to be returned between 1-5pm on Friday, June 19th.

    All other students who will continue at JGW and move on to HHS who have school distributed chromebooks can hang on to them for now. Thank you.

    GRADING: All final Trimester 3 grades will be posted on school brains through the student/parent portal on Friday, June 19th at 4pm. Please remember that we were operating on a “credit”/”no-credit” basis for the final trimester due to our remote learning curriculum based on COVID-19. Please make sure to get all remaining work in to your teachers as soon as possible to ensure you receive credit!

    PTO: The JGW PTO had a meeting Wednesday, June 10th using the Zoom platform.  Please click on the link to view the notes from the meeting:  https://docs.google.com/document/d/1PKEPZf3AI4ZeNdm1qOj71I-88wyv9zhGcLdl6umHSvE/edit?usp=sharing

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    Please see below for our staff’s most up to date news and information for this week in and around our school.

    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! 


    ELA is finishing the year by writing a letter to incoming 5th graders. Reminisce with your student about their favorite memory of this year, what should every new student know, and how they feel about moving on to grade 6! There are many more questions to help with this letter writing on Google Classroom!  

    History is planning on finishing the Civil War very soon and looking at the lasting effects of that war (if there is time!) I encourage students to do some supplemental reading from Ducksters.com, History.com if they want some extra history!  


    History Shoutouts: Analia Rivera and Ryan Hatch 
    ELA Shoutouts: Ava Moscaritolo and Gabe Durand  


    You have all been working hard and I am extremely proud of all of you! I will miss you all so much, this has been an amazing year! 

    Ms. MacDonald:

    Science: Congratulations on making it to your last week of remote learning! We’re almost done! This week, you will explore some virtual exhibits from the Museum of Science Boston. Choose 1 to explore, and answer the questions that go with the activity. Students will also complete an end-of- year survey. Thank you to all the parents and families at home for taking on the challenge of remote learning with us, we couldn’t have done it without you! 
    Math: We finished all of our math work! You do have an end-of-year survey to complete and then you will be able to choose from a couple of virtual field trips. Make sure you answer the questions that go with it. We did it!!!! 

    Ms. Simes: I want to give a “BIG SHOUT OUT” to the following students who completed all of their Week 8 ELA assignments and are my “ELA Superstars of the Week”: Jaeden A., Connor A., Eve F., Autumn G., Dylan G., Ryan H.,Madeline J., Saniyah M., Kaelie M., Aiden M., Dale P., Angelina R., Aurora A., Sophia B., William C., Dillan D., Kayleigh D., Cameron F., Shannon G., Maria G., Joseph L., Cash M., Jonah N., Jude O., Mason P., Jayden Q., Jonathan R., Colby S., Lauryn C., Schylar G., Ethan G., Liam G., Adriel H., Brodie M., Christopher M., Baylee P., Analia R., Yilliannis R., Zenia R., Katherine S., Jeremy S., and Enmanuel V.  Our final Google Meets will be Monday, Wednesday, and Friday this week, 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 6/15 – 6/19.”  They will be sending/sharing their persuasive letter to our principal, Mr. Betty and write a Grade 5 Reflection piece.  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. Sanguedolce:  Congratulations to the following students for completing all of their work last week: Joseph, Jadelyn, Maya, Giovanni, Christopher, Sophia, Anderson, and Riley in Orange; Dillan, Kayleigh, Cameron, Shannon, Jude, Mason, Jayden, Jonathan R., and Colby in Red; Lauryn, Schylar, Ethan, Liam, Adriel, Brodie, Baylee, Yilliannis, and Jeremy in Yellow. This week the students have been working on a series of fun challenges. They are reviewing quadrilaterals, triangles, measurement, decimals, fractions, ratios, percents, multiplication, division, and estimation. Next week the students will work on Part 2 of these fun challenges. 

    Ms. Lees: There is only one week left – so hard to believe. Fifth grade reading groups will write reflections on their year and complete assignments which will hopefully engage and challenge them to explore museums on line. They will continue their good work with LexiaCore5. Google Meets 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 with Ms. MacDonald, Mrs. Sanguedolce, and Mrs. Simes during Conference Hours. Additional teacher conference time to support students’ work completion will be on Tuesdays and Thursdays from 10:00 – 11:00. Parents are encouraged to reach out with any questions they have for the end of the year progress (alees@haverhill-ps.org). Progress reports will be sent by email next week as well as a letter with suggestions for staying connected to learning for the summer. I am so proud of so many students who worked so very hard and held onto such positive attitudes in their last trimester of fifth grade– learning from home.

    GRADE 6 NEWS: 

    Ms. Delong:

    Science and Social Studies (Red/Blue/Purple): Congratulations to both students and parents on successfully navigating remote learning!  I am so proud of ALL of my students for the hard work they put in during this difficult time.  It wasn’t easy but you all adapted and rose to the challenge.  I wish you the best of luck next year in 7th grade and will miss you all. It was a pleasure to have these students this year!
    This week I’m wrapping up my classes with a Meme Challenge.  Students will post a meme that best represents our class and the time we spent together this year/what they learned.  They will then write a short summary of why they chose the meme and what it means to them.  They may also want to include a favorite memory.  
    I will have Google Meets on Monday and Wednesday from 12-1pm.  Monday’s meet will be a Kahoot trivia game since they have been asking to do that.  Wednesday will be a chance to say goodbye and wrap up the year.

    Ms. Aylward: This week students finished up reading Percy Jackson. They tried to beat Mrs. Aylward’s sons in a Percy Jackson kahoot game (currently in 11th and 20th place). They also went on a virtual field trip to the Metropolitan Museum of Art in New York City. At the end of the week, students will take a Kahoot about how well they know their teachers and classmates.

    Ms. Rubera:

    Thank you all for working so hard to learn and grow as summer vacation nears.  I know it is challenging, but I am so proud of you for participating and doing your best work.  Monday, June 8th is a special day- World Oceans Day!  This week, students had the opportunity to explore a Google site about the ocean and the creatures that make the ocean their home.

     In math, students attempted to solve a riddle about crossing a river.   Students also developed a list for incoming 6th graders about what to expect in math class with Mrs. Rubera and Ms. Sargent.  

    Mr. Taylor:

    ELA- Congrats! The end of The Giver is this week. Along with an analysis on where Jonas has come from and where he ends up in the book.
    SS- The compare and contrast essay using the notes and exemplary projects is due at the end of the week. 

    Ms. Sargent:

    Hi Grade 6 Math,It was so great to see so many of you on our Google Meets this week.  One more week to go until you are all officially 7th graders…WOW.   I look forward to seeing you on our meets in the upcoming week.

    Ms. Guisti: Mrs. Guisti, Mrs. Cronin, and Ms. Blanchette all want to thank our sixth grade students.  Thank you for attending our google meets, completing work, and participating in remote learning.  You all are amazing! Please join us this last week for our google meets and help us end the year strong!

    GRADE 7 NEWS: 

    Ms. MacKinnon:

    We have made it to the last week of remote learning!!! You all have been rock stars through this process!!! This week their is going to be three virtual field trips that the kids can check out and an activity on homemade ice cream. This goes with the thermal energy unit. Again, if you do not have the supplies don’t worry about it. I hope everyone has a great summer!!!! I’m going to miss everyone of your children!!! It has been a pleasure having them for the time I did in class. Thank you for everything

    Ms. Berthiaume: This is it, everyone: the homestretch!  There will be an assignment during our last week, but something extra special awaits you–a challenge!  I recently awarded a gift card to Dollar Tree for a spur-of-the-moment contest. Look for details on Monday for this next one!  Good luck with your last week of school!  I’m so proud of you for getting through this “unique” way of learning this spring!

    Ms DiGloria: Well done to all grade 7 students who came out and gave it their best during remote learning this year! All work was submitted by Friday, June 12th, and Report Cards will be issued on Friday, June 19th. Next week, in our final week of school, students will have some enrichment activities to participate in. With such a new experience, everyone did a great job at putting their best foot forward and participating in their social studies learning!

    Ms. Marciano: We’re almost there!!! This week, there will be a Google Meet scheduled for each class – please watch the weekly update video posted on Google Classroom for days/times for each meet. Students will also have an end of the year reflection to complete.

    Mr. LeGrand: Thank you everyone for participating in remote learning.  For this week, get all your make up work in and Mr. Legrand and Mrs. Trombly will be in touch with you about Kahoot this week.

    Ms. Trombly: Thank you everyone for participating in remote learning.  For this week, get all your make up work in and Mr. Legrand and Mrs. Trombly will be in touch with you about Kahoot this week.

    Ms. Bilmazes: It’s hard to believe the school year is coming to an end. Just one week to go! Time to get in any last minute work. As always, reach out if you need help. I wish you all a wonderful, restful summer. 

    Ms. Senior: Catching up with assignments is the motto for this week!  The work is coming in from all corners of the world!  Please remember to read for pleasure whenever you can.  One more week to go!

    GRADE 8 NEWS: 

    Mr. Harris:

    Blue & Purple Math – we are at the end of the year!  For this week, there will only be one assignment, due by Thursday 6/18.  I would like for each student to write a reflection, answering the following questions.1) How do you feel this year went in math class, both before and after remote learning?2) How do you feel math went for you through your middle school career?  Include highlights and struggles.


    Yellow & Orange Civics – we are at the end of the year!  For this week, there will only be one assignment, due by Thursday 6/18.  I would like for each student to write a reflection, answering the following questions.1) How do you feel this year went in civics class, both before and after remote learning?2) How do you feel social studies went for you through your middle school career?  Include highlights and struggles.

    Ms. Deblasis: Lesson 16 Assessment is due today, Friday, June 12.  Next week will be a make up week for any student who still needs to complete any assignments.  Please check my Google Classroom for all of the assignments. Next week, I will be holding Google Meets on Monday 12-1 and Wednesday 12-2. Please check in with me at my Google Meet or via email to make sure all of your work is completed.  Thank you for an outstanding school year, especially for all of your hard work during this time of remote learning.  I wish all of you a Happy Summer and Best of Luck in high school. 

    Mr. Blaustein:

    *All Assignments are due by 6/17*I will add Newsela articles next week for any one who wants to do them

    • Last Google Meet Wednesday 6/17 from 1:00-1:30
    • See you at Promotion Thursday 6/18 from 5:00-7:30 Look for Mr. Betty’s email

    Ms. Sullivan:

    All 8th grade science assignments will be posted on google classroom.  I have google meets on Tuesdays and Thursdays from 11-12and 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. Yanoff:

    The grade 8 accelerated math /Algebra 1 class has not only finished their entire book but had the highest percentage of students passing the Algebra 1 final in the city. I am proud to say we had 100% participation since March!To put this in perspective, our students had more pass the exam than other schools with over 20 students.Thank you PRINCIPAL Betty and Ms. Juranovits for  giving me the opportunity to teach at JGW!

    Mr. Lewis: This week we finished up reading The Outsiders and started to explore some ideas about staying gold, staying young throughout our lives. We also talked about how we should not judge by race, income, or the clothes we wear, but the strength of our character and heart.

    Ms. Kaiser: Wow! Grade 8, You made it! With a spirit of cooperation and camaraderie you rose to the challenge that faced you, using your talents to finish up your school year in the midst of the pandemic. In the words of Henry Ford, “When everything seems to be going against you, remember that the airplane takes off against the wind, not with it.” We teachers and support staff witnessed as you “took off” against what was assuredly the most prevailing of winds. And we watched you soar. We are very proud of all that you have accomplished this year, and wish you all continued success in high school! And, as you go on to those other destinations, don’t forget, JGW Poets, that yours is a unique story to tell, and who better to tell that story than you? I will see you soon at Promotion!

    Ms. Brown: Hello grade 8.  Well, we are almost there.  Simply put, I just want to congratulate all of you for what you have accomplished this term.  I want you to know, that a “very long time ago”,  I super excited to be leaving “Parker Junior High School” , and finally getting to high school.  I have heard from many of you, that you too, are very excited as well, and are looking forward to the future. Perhaps I will see you next week, at our Grade 8 celebration.  Thank you, for going through this term gracefully and with humor with me, and I will forever cherish some of our conversations. 

    SPECIALIST NEWS: 

    PHYSICAL EDUCATION (Mr. Demarais): We will continue with our weekly workouts and challenges.  I hope all students continue with these workouts this summer.  It it so important to incorporate a solid and consistent workout routine into your daily activities!  Have a great and safe summer! 

    HEALTH (Ms. Reynolds): one last lesson on summer safety tips for everyone! Have a wonderful and safe summer.

    ART (Ms. Boulger): All assignments for grades 5-8 art classes are posted in Google Classroom in Required Assignments. 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. 

    SUPPORT STAFF NEWS: 

    GUIDANCE (Ms. Vlahos): You made it to the final week!  I am so proud of each and everyone of you for your ability to adapt so quickly and thrive in many ways during such an unusual time.  Congratulations to every student, especially the 8th grade students who are headed to high school!  I  wish you all a healthy, safe, fun and relaxing summer vacation.  I hope you continue to take good care of yourselves and get outside and enjoy fresh air each day. I am available by email at jvlahos@haverhill-ps.org.  

    STUDENT SUPPORT CENTER (Ms. Greenwood): Students have worked hard and done a great job! The SSC will have one final Google meet on Tuesday at 1:00 pm. Hope to see you there!

    MSSP (Mr. Diffin): This is a shout out to the 4 MSSP 8th Graders, Ryan D, Jesus Q, Paul S, and Noah T. They have all been outstanding students and citizens while attending J. G. Whittier. The future looks bright for all, and look forward to seeing them succeed in the future. I will miss you all!

    SPEECH (Ms. Ostrovskaya):

    It’s hard to believe we’ve come to our our last week of the year!   We have just ONE more Meet left per group, and ALL STUDENTS, regardless of how much work you’ve completed or if you’ve attended in the past, are VERY STRONGLY ENCOURAGED TO COME NEXT WEEK! We will share our recent videos and assignments, look forward to next year, play a game, and present awards!  I want to remind students who haven’t had a chance to do so yet to complete your Show and Tell Video and Favorite Memory assignments.  Remember, there are no wrong answers with these FUN projects – this is your chance to share your favorite things and memories with your teacher and friends!  Students are also welcome to turn in any other outstanding work, and will never be penalized for late submissions.  Students who’ve completed all or most of the work this spring will be getting an award on the last day!!!
    Congratulations to all our Speech students – we’ve almost made it, and you’ve all done a great job so far!
    I hope to see you all next week!

    READING INTERVENTIONIST/COACH (Ms. Forrest):

    Hello families and students. This is it, we made it through these last few months and now we can take some time to reflect, relax and enjoy the summer! What better way to do that than to dive into some great books?

    Here are some helpful links:

    I hope you all have a wonderful summer and I can’t wait to see you again in the fall.

    Happy Reading!

    STUDENT SUPPORT COORDINATOR (Mr. Newell): I am available Monday through Friday by email. Please contact me with questions, concerns or just to say hello.

    STUDENT ADJUSTMENT COUNSELOR (Ms. Midolo):

    So this year is coming to an end, and you will all be moving up to the next class.  Although we were faced with some struggles, and a new way of learning, it has been a great year. I have enjoyed every moment working with you and looking forward to what next year brings. 
    To my 8th graders: You’ve kept me  busy and it has been such great fun. I hope you feel the same and you will take what you have learned throughout your years with us and build on it as you continue your studies.  
    Don’t forget us at JGW,  and visit often! 😉
    Each one of you has a bright future ahead of you. Stay focused and work hard. 
    Have a wonderful Summer!

    SUPPORT & COMMUNITY RESOURCES:

    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.

  • 2019 School Report Card

    Families and communities are critical partners to a school’s success. Just as a student’s report card shows how they are performing, the school report card shows how a school is performing in multiple areas. It shows the school’s strengths and the challenges that need to be addressed to ensure the school is meeting the needs of all students.

    Please click the link below to be connected to J.G. Whittier’s 2019 School Report Card:

    https://reportcards.doe.mass.edu/2019/01280085

  • Principal’s Weekly Update (6/8-6/12)

    Hello J.G. Whittier Students and Families,

    Can you believe that we are finally down to our final two weeks of school?!?! We are all almost there! Lets make sure to all finish strong together!! Our staff at J.G. Whittier are still working hard to ensure that ALL students are successful and will continue to do so up through our last day of school on Friday, 6/19.

    Please see below for our most up to date news and information for this week in and around our school.

    GRADING: As we close in on the end of the school year, please remember that it is crucial that ALL students continue to put in their best effort into EVERY subject (including Specialist areas: PE, Art, Music, Health) in order to ensure that they receive credit on their report cards at the end of the trimester. When it comes time to post grades for report cards, if your student has not completed and handed in any assignments in any particular subject area, they will be at risk of receiving no credit on their report card. Final grades for trimester 3 will be posted on the student/parent portal on School Brains under Report Card on Friday 6/19 at approximately 4pm. 

    Please continue to encourage your students to hand in assignments to all of their teachers through the final day of the school year. We recognize that each family is different and that your student may not always be able to follow their remote learning schedule exactly as it is written, and that is understandable. The important thing is that the school work get completed (for ALL subjects) 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.

    8th GRADE PROMOTION: At this time the J.G. Whittier is planning to hold a live-stream promotion ceremony on Thursday, June 18th from 5:00-6:00pm. This ceremony will be as similar as possible to our typical 8th grade promotion as possible, with awards announced and all promotion certificates. At the conclusion of the ceremony (from approximately 6:30-8:00pm), we are planning to have an 8th grade “right of passage” drive through of the school’s front drive way, where our staff can say congratulations and students can pick up their certificates and any awards that they may have earned. More details will follow next week (6/8-6/12) in regard to the directions for the drive through, as well as a link to the live stream.  It is also the hope that when it is safe, we can plan an event to get the 8th grade students together to celebrate so please stay tuned.

    Mrs. Midolo is also looking to do a video for our 8th grade graduating class. She is looking for no more than 2-3 pictures per family.  Please attach your child’s name along with the photos.  

    Deadline for pictures: Wednesday, June 10th.
     
    Please forward all pictures to:  tmidolo@haverhill-ps.org.  
    Or text @ (978) 872-1449.
    Our 8th grade parents have also designed a yard sign for our 8th grade students for promotion. If you are interested in purchasing one of these signs, you can click the link below and order one. The signs will be shipped right to your home. The price of the sign is $14 plus shipping. You have until June 8th to order. Please click the link below:

    https://stores.kustomimprints.com/index.lasso?host=JG-Whittier-MS&sessionCheck=0&c_id=&type=

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    YEARBOOK: We hope to be able to distribute yearbooks to all 8th graders the night of promotion. If they have yet to be delivered by that date, other arrangements will be made. For all other students who have ordered yearbooks, a distribution day will be scheduled, and we will get that information to you as soon as possible. Thank you for your continued patience. Remember that all of our 8th graders will be receiving their yearbook for free this year, thanks to the PTO!

    PTO:  Our next PTO meeting will be Wednesday, June 10th at 6 pm using the Zoom platform.  Elections for Executive Committee for the 2020-2021 school year will be held.  An e-mail with the Zoom link will be sent next week.  If you do not receive e-mails from the PTO, please e-mail jrubera@haverhill-ps.org to be added to the contact list.  Thank you!

    SUPPORT & COMMUNITY RESOURCES:

    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.

    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!
    ELA is still learning about common Greek and Latin roots, plus the creation of words using Prefixes and Suffixes. We are building and deciphering words. The end of the year is all about making ourselves better writers, so we will be editing past work and continuing to build skills!
    History is still talking about to the Civil War, ask your students about the differences between the North and South to see what they remember, or about their favorite Civil War person we have read about!
    History Shoutouts: Baylee Purcell and Liam Gray
    ELA Shoutouts: Avery Borden and Anderson Reyes Diaz
    You have all been working hard and I am extremely proud of all of you!
    Ms. Sanguedolce: Congratulations to the following students for completing all of their work last week: Joseph, Jadelyn, Sophia, and Riley in the Orange Group; William, Dillan, Kayleigh, Jude, Mason, Jayden, Jonathan R., Colby, and Dakota in the Red Group; Lauryn, Ethan, Liam, Adriel, Brodie, Raquildis, Baylee, Yilliannis, Cayla, and Jeremy in the Yellow Group. This week we learned about two-dimensional shapes. We also reviewed important math concepts like multi-digit multiplication, fractions, word problems, and math facts. Next week we will tackle some fun family math challenges. It will be fun!
    Ms. MacDonald: 

    Math- This week we will be working on 16-2. Be sure to watch the video lesson and complete the independent practice and quick check.
    Science- this week we will focus on gravity. Participate in the discussion and watch the video and complete the questions. We’re almost there!!!
    Ms. Simes: I want to give a “BIG SHOUT OUT” to the following students who completed all of their Week 7 ELA assignments and are my “ELA Superstars of the Week”: Jaeden A., Connor A., Eve F., Autumn G., Dylan G., Ryan H., Paige K., Saniyah M., Kaelie M.,Aiden M., Dale P., Angelina R., Halley S., Aurora A., Sophia B., William C., Dillan D., Kayleigh D., Cameron F., Shannon G., Cash M., Jude O., Mason P., Colby S., Lauryn C., Ethan G., Liam G., Adriel H., Brodie M., Luis M., Christopher M., Baylee P., Analia R., Yilliannis R., Zenia R., Jeremy S., Nyla S., and Enmanuel V.  Google Meets will be on Monday and Friday this week, 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 6/8 – 6/12.”  They will be publishing their persuasive letter this week.  Office hours continue to be 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 will work with small groups for ELA and Math. Purple group will take an online test for the completion of Chocolate Fever while Orange group moves on to some grammar and short passages. Purple group will finalize their persuasive letter. 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. Additional teacher conference time to support students work completion will be on Tuesdays and Thursdays from 10:00 – 11:00. 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 History to support all assignments. See Classwork page in the Google Classrooms to see weekly assignments.
    GRADE 6 NEWS: 
    Ms. Delong: 

    Emails will continue to be sent to parents throughout the week informing them of specific assignments and dates/times of my Google Meets.  I appreciate all the communication and support I have received from parents!
    Science (Red, Blue, Purple): We have now completed our study of the human body and will be finishing the year looking at fossils and evolutionary history.  Students will have a few readings and questions to complete on these topics.
    Social Studies (Red, Blue, Purple): Our study of Ancient Civilizations will conclude with a compare and contrast assignment based on the civilizations studied.
    All work must be completed by Friday of this week to count as credit.  Late work will not be accepted after Friday, June 12th. Thank you for your understanding and cooperation!
    Ms. Aylward: 

    Students wrapped up their arguments by wrapping up with strong conclusions as a lawyer would. They are also finishing up Percy Jackson, finding out who betrayed him, and going with him to finally meet his father Poseidon.
    Next week students will revise their essays and wrap up Percy Jackson.
    Mr. Taylor: 

    ELA- We are two weeks away from the finale of our book! How will Jonas continue on with his new job of Receiver? How will he change? We’ll examine the vocabulary from chapters 18 and 19 as we come closer to the end.
    SS- This week we start our compare/contrast charts from our notes that we took prior from other students projects. We will be turning these charts into essays for the final week.
    Ms. Rubera: Students and Families, I am so grateful for your support during remote learning.  You have all been working so hard, and I appreciate your efforts!  Students For lessons 21-25, students will be participating in virtual field trips.  Please check out https://jrubera.wordpress.com for many resources to help you learn!
    Ms. Sargent: You are doing a wonderful job.  Two more weeks….final countdown!!!  Keep up the great work!
    Ms. Guisti: 

    Great job grade six!  You have been working on so many assignments, projects, and essays!  I am so proud of you! (From Mrs. Guisti)
    Mrs. Guisti’s small group for ELA is almost done reading Holes!  Please see the google classroom for videos of Mrs. Guisti reading aloud. Mrs. Guisti, Ms. Blanchette, and Ms. Cronin have all been supporting google meets as well as holding small group google meets and one to one google meets to help kids complete assignments and answer any questions across all subjects. All three of us are proud of all of your hard work!
    GRADE 7 NEWS: 
    Ms. DiGloria: In Week 8 of Remote Learning, students had assignments on Tuesday and Thursday. We looked at Greek mythology and Roman engineering, two important cultural developments! Next week, students will look to see how these two civilizations influenced the world for years to come. For Greece, we will talk about Alexander the Great and his conquests; in Rome, we will discuss the rise of Christianity and its spread over Western Europe. We will have assignments on Monday and Wednesday next week, with a Fun Friday activity to cap it off. All late assignments will be accepted until June 10, so student should be working to finish up anything not yet passed in. If you have questions, please continue to reach out via email.
    Ms. Trombly: With only 2 weeks left PLEASE make sure you get your work in.  We are finishing up 4 lessons on IREADY and this weeks work of review on integers.  Please email me if you have any questions.
    Ms. Berthiaume: I got some great feedback about the fables by Aesop and Jon Scieszka.  I am glad you enjoyed reading them!  We will continue the Oral Tradition unit and read some more tales. Congratulations to Boston A. for winning the “spot the typo” contest.  She won a gift card to Dollar Tree!  I will have another contest before the end of the school year, so be on the lookout!  Two more weeks, everyone– you can do it!
    Ms. MacKinnon: 

    We are only two short weeks away!! Thank you again for all your help with getting your children logged on and engaged in science!!  With that being said this will be an A week so Science will be Tuesday and Thursday. There will be a reading on the transfer of energy and temperature and on Thursday there will be a reading with questions on Thermal energy.  We will follow these two readings up with an end of the year project the last week on making homemade ice cream.
    Mr. LeGrand: 

    This week we will be working on Algebraic Expressions: identifying terms & like terms and simplifying algebraic expressions.  Last week, students had a chance to make-up their missing assignments and many of them did take the opportunity to work on those assignments.  Please send me an email if your child is struggling or is in need of extra help (wlegrand@haverhill-ps.org).
    Ms. Marciano: 

    During Week 9, students will be given this time to catch up on their missing/incorrect school work. Students need to be checking School Brains and Google Classroom to see their grades and private comments. If there is a “0” on Google Classroom, there is a comment in the assignment for the student to read. If there is a “0” in School Brains, in the comment section it will state if the assignment is missing or needs to be corrected. Please remember that all student work for Ms. Marciano must be turned in NO LATER THAN JUNE 10th. Next week, we will be completing an end of the year reflection.
    Ms. Bilmazes: This week students continued working on fables and seemed to really enjoy the activities. There’s still time to get in any missing assignments.  Its been great seeing more students on the google meets. Please continue to join all posted meets to get any questions answered and receive extra help. As always, feel free to reach out to me via email. Enjoy the weekend!
    Ms. Senior: Happy June everyone!  This week in Mathematics, students got an opportunity to complete any wayward assignments they’d missed, and in English Language Arts, students became screenwriters/casting managers as they converted their whole-class novel into a movie.  As always, it was wonderful to see students on the computer screen talking about their progress!
    GRADE 8 NEWS: 
    Ms. Deblasis: Lesson 15 Assessment due this Friday 6/5.  Next weeks lesson 16 is Solving Systems of Equations Algebraically.  Google Meets are Monday 12-1, Wednesday 12-2, and Friday 12-1.  All assignments are posted on my Google Classroom.
    Mr. Harris: 

    Blue & Purple Math – we will be looking at systems of equations this week, which was started on Friday 6/5. Please make sure to have your student logging into google classroom.  Meets are Monday, Wednesday, Friday from 12-1
    Yellow & Orange Civics – we will be wrapping up the Legislative Branch and doing a summary of everything we have learned about it.  There will only be one google meet, on Thursday from 12-1
    Mr. Yanoff: Shout out to the grade 8 accelerated math/Algebra 1class! The JGW students worked through these trying times and I can proudly say, they rose to the occasion.  They had the highest percentage of passing grades in the city. They have completed their book, worked on numerous projects, and are well prepared for Honors Geometry next year.
    Mr. Blaustein: 

    ELA
    • June 12 is the last day for assignments to be submitted
    • I will assign the last Chapter of The Outsiders and a few new articles on Newsela
    • Google meet on Wednesday June 12, 2020 at 1:00
    Civics
    • June 12 is the last day for assignments to be submitted
    • I will assign a few new articles on Newsela. iCivics and McGraw Hill assignments are still open
    • Google meet on Thursday June 13, 2020 at 1:00
    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: In ELA, we are rapidly approaching the end of The Outsiders and should finish the novel to coincide with the end of the school year. We are using Robert Frost’s poem Nothing Gold Can Stay to reflect on the best parts of ourselves, the best times of our lives, and why those things are only temporary.
     
    Ms. Kaiser: Greeting Grade 8 students and families. As the school year winds down, and you find yourself freed up from class assignments, what better time is there to connect with your local library?  While businesses are beginning their phased re-openings, the Haverhill Public Library is also preparing to increase its services. I encourage you to discover all the educational resources available to you from the library by exploring their website, www.haverhillpl.org. There you will find cataloged information specifically focused toward young adults, and current material of interest to teens. The online databases offer content for students, on topics ranging from biographies and people of interest, to global issues. In fact, there is even a tab labeled “Opposing Viewpoints in Context” where teens can learn more about current events and the pressing issues of the day. Search under the “Teens” tab, then “Youth Electronic Resources” and scroll to 6th – 12th grade. And, for information on how to obtain a library card, or choosing your next book, scroll through the choices filed under the “How Do I?” tab. Happy Exploring!
    Ms. Brown: Hello grade 8, perhaps you, as I do, may have lots of feelings, comments, and opinions about recent current events, and, since we can’t be together as we typically are, some of you may be missing that you just can’t simply talk about what you are thinking about in person, with teachers and your peers.  Luckily, PBS has put together some great resources to help us out.  The first is EmbraceRace.org – it’s a list of books and resources about how to talk about race and injustice. The second, is an interview with one of my favorite authors, and activists, from 1963, James Baldwin.  This interview can be seen at: https://www.pbs.org/video/american-experience-james-baldwin-from-the-negro-and-the-american-promise/.  As has been the case, please contact me if you have questions, or just want to say “hello”.  My phone is (978) 361-3024, you can call and text me here, and my email is kbrown1@haverhill-ps.org.
    SPECIALIST NEWS: 
    PHYSICAL EDUCATION (Mr. Demarais): We will be continuing with our weekly workouts and challenges.  There are still many students that have not checked in with a special area.  Please make sure you do so in order to receive credit for specials.
    MUSIC (Mr. Gariepy): 

    —–> Mr. Gariepy’s Music Class <—–
    ——————————————————
    I would just like to take this opportunity to thank everyone for such an amazing year!! Between all of the fundraising efforts, the Music Department at JGW now has a total of $1,188.00 to spend on rebuilding the music program in our school. We’ve joined forces with the JGW PTO to promise a better future for our children. Throughout the pandemic we overcame loneliness and practiced yoga daily. We also built on our abilities as musicians so that when we return in the fall, no matter how it looks, we will be able to hit the ground running with music!! Please check out whittiermiddlemusic.webs.com to access loads of student-friendly information, games, resources, and more as I will be updating it throughout the summer.
    HEALTH (Ms. Reynolds): We will be wrapping up with a couple of lessons about dealing with the stress of all that has been going on and a little summer safety information.  Remember students that haven’t been doing assignments in specials, it is not too late to receive credit.  You can email any one of your specials teachers and find out what you need to do.  Hope to hear from many of you.
    ART (Ms. Boulger): All assignments for grades 5-8 art classes are posted in Google Classroom in Required Assignments. 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.
    SUPPORT STAFF NEWS: 
    GUIDANCE (Ms. Vlahos): I want to encourage you all to keep up the great work and finish the school year off strong!  I hope you are taking good care of yourselves and giving yourselves breaks outside to get fresh air each day.  I am very proud of your efforts and hard work during this unusual time.  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.
    STUDENT SUPPORT CENTER (Ms. Greenwood): OK Guys, we are approaching the home stretch! It’s great to see so many students working hard and staying on top of their studies. You are all doing a fantastic job! Let’s keep it going and finish the year well! Check into the SSC Classroom for updates and join us every Tuesday at 1:00 pm for our Google Meet and drawing. Let’s Do This!
    STUDENT ADJUSTMENT COUNSELOR (Ms. Midolo): Hello 8th Grade Families!

    If you haven’t already, please send pictures to Mrs. Midolo to be put in a  video for our 8th grade graduating class. 

    No more than 2-3 pictures per student.

     

    Please attach your child’s name along with the photos.  

    Deadline for pictures: Wednesday, June 10th.

    Please forward all pictures to:  tmidolo@haverhill-ps.org.  

    Or text @ (978) 872-1449.

    Thanks so much!!

     

    SPEECH (Ms. O.): 

    This week in speech, as the year is winding down, we turned our focus to fun and interactive activities.  Along with finishing up their pizza sequencing, bat article, and conjunctions assignments, students practiced their inference skills while watching a funny Pixar video.  Students are also making their own videos about their favorite things and pets! We’ve had lots of fun with this so far, and I can’t wait to see more videos!! And…(drumroll please!)…I can hardly believe we have just posted our LAST assignment of the year!! This is another FUN “show and tell” project where students share their favorite memory of the year.  Students can make a video draw a picture or write about it.  Students can also share their creation with the class on the last day!  All detail can be found in our Google Classrooms.  I want to encourage students who have not yet submitted last week’s assignments to give them a try, as well as any other assignments they haven’t had a chance to complete (happy to accept submission right up until the last day of school).  As a reminder, assignments are NOT graded and students will NEVER lose points for turning something in late or not having everything 100% correct, so no need to worry.  I encourage students to just give it their best effort and turn in whatever they can – and to not hesitate to ask me for help!  Last, I want to give a huge shout out to students who came to our Meets this week.  We had a great time, and, I hope to see more friends next week!  We ONLY have TWO MORE MEETINGS left, so I strongly encourage all students to attend!  Come for 10 minutes or the whole hour – we’ll be happy to see your face
    I hope everyone has a fabulous weekend, and I can’t wait to learn all about our friends’ favorite things, pets, and memories of the year!
    MSSP (Mr. Diffin): Congratulations to Grade 5…Winners of the “Social Group” challenge for the week. Mrs. Jarvis has done a tremendous job of keeping them focused and on task. Great Job! They will get a Lg. Cheese Pizza to be delivered on Tuesday 6/9 between 1:00 – 1:30. Again…great job to all 5th grade!
    STUDENT SUPPORT COORDINATOR (Mr. Newell): I am available Monday through Friday by email. Please contact me with questions, concerns or just to say hello.
    READING COACH/INTERVENTIONIST (Ms. Forrest): 

    Hello, Families! We’re in the home stretch, just two short weeks of school left. We are all so proud of you for your hard work and resiliency during these most challenging times!


    Did you know that one of the best ways to escape or to get away from our everyday lives is to read a book?! It’s true!!! If you are looking for some great book recommendations, please check out these sites:


    Scholastic’s Best Books for Middle Graders

    Goodreads


    Don’t forget, you can sign up online to receive a library card from Haverhill Public Library. There is also a link to connect with more libraries in Boston and the Greater Boston area – Haverhill Public Library


    Happy Reading 🙂

    ENGLISH LANGUAGE LEARNERS (Ms. Coffin): 

    Ms Coffin’s small group ESL class almost finished with the United States ESL maps unit  We are moving into the Rocky Mountains next week.   Students practice their reading, writing and speaking skills while studying characteristics of different regions of the United States.  Focus is on asking and answering questions with material stated explicitly in the text.  A level 3 skill on the WIDA scale but one that level 2 students can manage with support and scaffolding.
    In our small group math class, we continue to work with functions.  Currently we are working on graphing skills and recognising negative and positive rates of change.
    I continue to offer support to ELL students at all grade levels, especially with their reading assignments.
  • Principal’s Weekly Update (6/1-6/5)

    Hello J.G. Whittier Students and Families!

    We have made it to June! It is amazing to think that it has been over 11 weeks since we were last physically together in the school building, and we are now down to our final 3 weeks of the school year! We would like to continue to show our appreciation as a school community for your continued patience and perseverance in navigating the new world of remote learning. Our staff at J.G. Whittier are still working hard to ensure that ALL students are successful and will continue to do so up through our last day of school and also moving forward into the future and whatever that brings.

    Please see below for our most up to date news and information for this week in and around our school.

    GRADING: As we close in on the end of the school year, please remember that it is crucial that ALL students continue to put in their best effort into EVERY subject (including Specialist areas: PE, Art, Music, Health) in order to ensure that they receive credit on their report cards at the end of the trimester. When it comes time to post grades for report cards, if your student has not completed and handed in any assignments in any particular subject area, they will be at risk of receiving no credit on their report card.

    Please continue to encourage your students to hand in assignments to all of their teachers. We recognize that each family is different and that your student may not always be able to follow their remote learning schedule exactly as it is written, and that is understandable. The important thing is that the school work get completed (for ALL subjects) 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.

    8th GRADE PROMOTION: At this time the J.G. Whittier is planning to hold a live-stream promotion ceremony on Thursday, June 18th from 5:00-6:00pm. This ceremony will be as similar as possible to our typical 8th grade promotion as possible, with awards announced and all promotion certificates. At the conclusion of the ceremony (from approximately 6:30-7:30pm), we are planning to have an 8th grade “right of passage” drive through of the school’s front drive way, where our staff can say congratulations and students can pick up their certificates and any awards that they may have earned. More details will follow in the next couple of weeks, so please stay tuned for those.

    Mrs. Midolo is also looking to do a video for our 8th grade graduating class. She is looking for no more than 2-3 pictures per family.  Please attach your child’s name along with the photos.  

    Deadline for pictures: Wednesday, June 10th.
     
    Please forward all pictures to:  tmidolo@haverhill-ps.org.  
    Or text @ (978) 872-1449.
    Our 8th grade parents have also designed a yard sign for our 8th grade students for promotion. If you are interested in purchasing one of these signs, you can click the link below and order one. The signs will be shipped right to your home. The price of the sign is $14 plus shipping. You have until June 8th to order. Please click the link below:

    It is also our hope as a school that we can have our 8th graders back at a later date to have a proper celebration for them. Please stay tuned…

    YEARBOOK: There have been many questions about yearbooks. Once yearbooks have been delivered to JGW, we will set up a plan for all of those who ordered a yearbook to receive it. Remember that all of our 8th graders will be receiving their yearbook for free this year, thanks to the PTO! Please stay tuned…

    PTO:  Our next PTO meeting will be Wednesday, June 10th at 6pm using the Zoom platform.  Elections for Executive Committee for the 2020-2021 school year will be held.  An e-mail with the Zoom link will be sent next week.  If you do not receive e-mails from the PTO, please e-mail jrubera@haverhill-ps.org to be added to the contact list.  Thank you!

    TITLE 1 NEWS:  Thank you to the families who have participated in our first Title 1 virtual event.  We hope you and your family enjoyed spending time together learning about Memorial Day.  Thank you for filling out the evaluation form- we appreciate your feedback!  If you would like to learn about Memorial Day, please visit

    https://sites.google.com/haverhill-ps.org/memorialday2020honorandremembe/h

    The link to the evaluation form is https://forms.gle/YkGpeCUbgzrwgU5t5

    If you have any questions, please e-mail Jean Sargent (jsargent@haverhill-ps.org) or Jen Rubera (jrubera@haverhill-ps.org).  Thank you!

    SUPPORT & COMMUNITY RESOURCES:

    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.

    GRADE 5 NEWS: 

    Ms. Sanguedolce: – Congratulations to the following students for completing all of their work last week: Joseph, Jadelyn, and Sophia in the Orange Group; Dillan, Jonah, Mason, Jonathan R., and Colby in the Red Group; Lauryn, Ethan, Liam, Adriel, Brodie, Raquildis, Baylee, Yilliannis, Cayla, Jeremy, and Enmanuel in the Yellow Group. This week we learned some new math vocabulary words. We also reviewed important math concepts like multi-digit multiplication, word problems, and math facts. Next week we will learn about two-dimensional shapes.

    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!
    ELA is moving on to learning about common Greek and Latin roots, plus the creation of words using Prefixes and Suffixes. We are building and deciphering words.
    History is still talking about to the Civil War, ask your students about the differences between the North and South to see what they remember, or about their favorite Civil War person we have read about!
    History Shoutouts: Autumn Gelina and Jude Oosting
    ELA Shoutouts: Jadelyn Baez and Giovanni Giarrusso
    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 5 ELA assignments and are my “ELA Superstars of the Week”: Jaeden A., Connor A., Eve F., Autumn G., Dylan G., Ryan H., Madeline J., Saniyah M., Kaelie M., Dale P., Angelina R., Halley S., Aurora A., Sophia B., Dillan D., Kayleigh D., Cameron F., Shannon G., Cash M., Jude O., Mason P., Jonathan R., Colby S., Lauryn C., Ethan G., Liam 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 6/1 – 6/5.”  They will begin to write their persuasive formal letter, using last week’s prewriting material.  Additionally, students should continue working on their project for “The Great Gilly Hopkins.”  Office hours continue to be 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. MacDonald: 

    Math: Purple group will begin learning about 2-dimensional figures. Please make sure students are watching the complete video lessons. This is the same format as we did in class where they will watch the visual learning as I guide them through. Students should be completing independent practice and the quick check for both lessons.
    Science: The focus this week is to understand patterns between the objects that move in space; Earth, the Sun, and the Moon. Students will participate in a discussion and complete STEMscopedia with questions. Keep the hard work going, we’re almost there!
    Ms. Lees: Miss Lees will work with small groups for ELA and Math. In Purple we will finish reading last two chapters in Chocolate Fever. Orange group will begin final questions to wrap up Chocolate Fever reading – getting ready to move on to our final weeks. Purple group will begin their rough draft of their persuasive essay. 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. Additional teacher conference time to support students work completion will be on Tuesdays and Thursdays from 10:00 – 11:00. 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 History to support all assignments. See Classwork page in the Google Classrooms to see weekly assignments.

    GRADE 6 NEWS: 

    Ms. Delong: 

    Science (Red, Blue, Purple): We will be using this week to finish our Human Body System projects.  Remember to answer all of the questions and you should add pictures/diagrams to your Google Slides presentation to make the content more easily understood by your peers.  The project is due this Friday, June 5th!
    Social Studies (Red, Blue, Purple):  We will be starting our final exploration into Ancient Civilizations through exemplary presentations done by your peers for each assigned civilization.  Students will write down important facts about each civilization and the culminating project will be to compare and contrast a few civilizations that we learned about this year.  These assignments will be done through Google Docs.
    Google Meets will be on Monday and Wednesday this week.  The links will be sent to parents via email and posted to Google Classroom.  Thank you all for your hard work during remote learning! You are all doing a great job!
    Ms. Sargent: It was great to see so many of you on the Google Meets this week.  You all worked very hard on averages.  This week we will go over lessons 18, 19, and 20 during our scheduled meets.
    Ms. Aylward: Last week students continued working on their argument essays. They’re focusing on the “meat” of the argument, making sure they use reasons and evidence, and learned about a new concept called a counterclaim. In reading, students continued reading Percy Jackson and the Lightning Thief. Percy has finally reached the Underworld. Ask your student how he got there and what happened once he arrived. Who and what is he hoping to find there? We’ll keep reading to follow our hero on his journey.
    Ms. Rubera: Students have been working hard solving problems about three types of averages- mean, median, and mode.  Students have been learning about the structures and functions of the human body.  Please check out https://jrubera.wordpress.com for many resources to help you learn!  I am proud of you all for working hard and doing your best.  Keep up the great work!
    Mr. Taylor: 

    ELA- Jonas’s journey to becoming an Honored member of society continues with Chapters 16 and 17 of The Giver. Vocabulary for the chapters and comprehension questions to keep our minds open to what’s happening to Jonas follow the reading.
    SS: The last part of our civilization research is upon us! Presentations done by peers will be the informative pieces students will use to learn about the civilizations they didn’t get to research. They will take notes and write a compare and contrast piece on one of theirs vs 2 others they learned about.
    Ms. Guisti: 

    Dear Grade Six, I love seeing you all when you join our google meets, submit your work, send a message on google classroom, and/or check in over email! I (Mrs. Guisti) have been holding small group google meets during math and ELA.  In Math, students have worked on mean, median, mode, and range.  In ELA Mrs. Guisti’s small group continues to read and discuss Holes and work on online reading programs.  Ms. Blanchette has been holding small group google meet for both math and ELA. Ms. Blanchette and Mrs. Cronin continue to support students in google meets as well. We have also continued to support students during one to one google meets and phone calls.  Please let us know if you would like one to one support and we can schedule that. Please email me at nancy.guisti@haverhill-ps.org 
    GRADE 7 NEWS: 
    Ms. Marciano: 

    ​During Week 8, students will complete a Flipgrid Check In video, read Chapters 21-25 of “Freak the Mighty”, and complete a short written response about what they learned from reading the novel.
    ***Just a reminder that all student work must be turned in no later than June 10th.
    Ms. DiGloria: For Week 7 of Remote Learning, students had assignments on Wednesday and Friday. They learned about the end of the Roman Republic, the death of Julius Caesar, and some important emperors as Rome transitioned into an Empire. This week, students will have an assignment on Tuesday and on Thursday. We will be learning about some cultural elements of both Greece and Rome! If your student has missing work, they can still complete it! Please check SchoolBrains or Google Classroom to figure out what your student has and has not done. Get in touch with me if you or your student has any questions.
    Ms. Berthiaume: I believe Norse mythology was a hit last week!  Many of you know about Thor, but on a Hollywood movie level. I hope the myths you read last week, plus the video about the Norse gods (and that trickster, Loki), offered you some new information.  We will continue the oral tradition unit with more tales.  Keep up the great effort!
    Ms. MacKinnon: 

    We are almost there!! Only three more weeks to go!! Can you believe it?? This week for your kids is a B week so they will have Science Monday, Wednesday and Friday.  I plan on doing a google meet Monday to go over the week at 10 am, and they will have a video with questions.  On Wednesday, I would like to play Kahoot with them to review for their Potential Energy Test on Friday and they will also have a CER.  On Friday, they will have their quiz on Potential Energy.
    I have been so proud of how many of your kids have been doing their science work!!! Again, I thank you for all your help  with getting them to complete assignments, humoring me with my nagging emails, and phone calls to complete their work.
    Mr. LeGrand: As always, all assignments are posted on Google Classroom.  This week, students have an opportunity to make up missing assignments.  Please encourage your student to take this opportunity to catch up and do not hesitate to reach out to me if your student is struggling or need extra help (wlegrand@haverhill-ps.org).
    Ms. Trombly: Mrs. Trombly.‘s math classes continue to work through Google classroom and sending their work through the Remind app.  Please email Mrs. Trombly at Strombly@haverhill-ps.org with any questions.
    Ms. Bilmazes: I hope everyone was able to get outside  and enjoy the beautiful weather last week. It’s been great seeing some of you on the google meets. Please continue to attend to get help and touch base with your teachers. I read some very interesting myths last week, very entertaining! Emails were sent out this weekend to check in with those who I haven’t heard from in a while. Feel free to reach out if I can help you.
    Ms. Senior: Multiplying and Dividing Rational Numbers for Mathematics got some brave souls to enjoy long division last week, with great results.  Journaling their long-weekend activities was instrumental in students constructing Flipgrids in English Language Arts as the groups took a sabbatical from Freak The Mighty, our whole-class novel.  Students are always encouraged to communicate their triumphs and questions!
    GRADE 8 NEWS: 
    Ms. Deblasis: This weeks lesson is Lesson 15: Understanding Systems of Equations.  Interactive video,  Instruction book, and Practice book pages will be posted on Google Classroom on Monday.  Lesson 15 Assessment will be posted on Tuesday and is due by Friday, June 5th.  I will be holding Google Meets next week Monday 12-1, Wednesday 12-2, and Friday 12-1.
    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. Harris: 

    Blue & Purple Math – please make sure your student is logging onto Google Classroom for their assignments, posted on Mondays, Wednesdays, and Fridays.  We are going to be working on equations this week, with an emphasis on solving equations where variables appear on both sides of the equal sign.
    Yellow & Orange Civics – please make sure your student completes the weekly assignment, posted on Google Classroom.  This upcoming week, students will get to show off some creativity by writing up their own proposal for a bill.  During this assignment, they will have to make a case for why it should become a law, who the bill would be supported by, and who may oppose it.
    Mr. Blaustein: 

    Civics Red & Purple
    • I will add another few articles from Newsela this week, on the Judicial Branch- Once you are logged in go to Binder and click on My progress to go to new assignments. Remember to click on the activities tag to take the quiz when you finish reading.
    • All assignments in McGraw -Hill remain open including Chapter 6 The Executive Branch activities in iCivics.
    • Our Google meets are Thursdays from 1-2 look for the invitation in our Google classroom. This week 6/4.
    ELA Blue & Yellow
    • I will add another few articles to the 9 article  assignment previously created in Newsela. – Once you are logged in go to Binder and click on My progress to go to new assignments. Remember to click on the activities tag to take the quiz when you finish reading.
    • I will post  Questions for the next two Outsiders Chapters [10 + 11] in our Google classroom as well.
    • Our Google meet are Wednesdays from 1-2 look for the invitation in our Google classroom. This week [6/3]

    Mr. Lewis: 

    We are rapidly approaching the end of The Outsiders! Things are really beginning to heat up – murder, running from the law, love triangles – I hope you are all keeping pace with the book. The ending of the story is well worth it!
    Per usual, students have been reading, summarizing, and doing some creative writing. We reinforced transition use to help guided detailed, logical writing.
    As always, email me at mlewis@haverhill-ps.org if you have any questions or would like to set up a meeting.

    Ms. Kaiser: 

    Greeting to The Poets! In the words of JGW, “I’ll lift you and you lift me, and we’ll both ascend together”. These words hold special meaning in difficult times and remind us of the value of community. I have witnessed that spirit of mutual cooperation that Whittier understood, many times from this 8th grade class, especially now with the challenges of remote learning. I notice students supporting each other in various ways, from sharing tips on how to navigate the computer to access the assigned materials, to checking in on each other’s well-being. Remember, Grade 8, you are the role models for your younger peers. So keep up the good work, and show them how it’s done! Stay on top of your assignments, as best you can, ask for help when you need it, and continue to give to others. Share your talents and expertise, and you will surely “lift” each other up! See you in the Google Meets this week!
    SPECIALIST NEWS: All students please make sure to be checking in with your specialist teachers to receive credit!
    PHYSICAL EDUCATION (Mr. Demarais): We will continue with our weekly fitness workouts and fitness challenges.  I am still hoping to hear from more students in regards to how they are keeping their bodies moving.
    MUSIC (Mr. Gariepy): 

    —–> Mr. Gariepy’s Music Class <—–
    ***Talent Show Monday June 1st @ 5pm***
    (www.whittiermiddlemusic.webs.com)
    DAILY Yoga & Meditation
    LIVE Poet News Every Monday @ 8:30am
    —————————
    Mr. G’s Website
    www.whittiermiddlemusic.webs.com
    Mr. G’s Facebook
    facebook.com/whittiermiddlemusic
    Mr. G’s Instagram
    @mr.gariepy
    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.
    HEALTH (Ms. Reynolds): Make sure you are checking in so that you can receive credit.
    SUPPORT STAFF NEWS: 
    STUDENT ADJUSTMENT COUNSELOR (Ms. Midolo): Hello 8th Grade Families!

    I am looking to do a video for our 8th grade graduating class.  I am looking for no more than 2-3 pictures per student.

     

    Please attach your child’s name along with the photos.  

    Deadline for pictures: Wednesday, June 10th.

    Please forward all pictures to:  tmidolo@haverhill-ps.org.  

    Or text @ (978) 872-1449.

    Thanks so much!!

    STUDENT SUPPORT COORDINATOR (Mr. Newell): I am available Monday through Friday by email. Please contact me with questions, concerns or just to say hello.

    GUIDANCE (Ms. Vlahos): I want to encourage you all to keep up the great work and finish the school year off strong!  I hope you are all taking good care of yourselves and taking breaks outside in this beautiful weather we have been having and getting some fresh air.  I am very proud of your efforts and hard work during this unusual time.  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.

    ENGLISH LANGUAGE LEARNERS (Ms. Coffin): As the Whittier ELL support teacher I continue to reach out to our families of English language learners, advocate for them and provide them with support to maximize their success in our mainstream classrooms.

    MSSP (Mr. Diffin): Great job grade 6. They were the winners of this weeks “Social Group” challenge. They have been the leaders in attendance for Google Meets in the MSSP. They also have the highest percentage of homework turned in from all MSSP grade levels. True SUPERSTARS in the remote learning environment. Keep up the great work.

    SPEECH (Ms. Ostrovskaya): 

    Last week in Speech, we continued working on forming sentences with conjunctions, explored figurative language while reading about a real-life “batman”, and worked on sequencing while making a virtual pizza.  Many students have submitted these, and those that haven’t are encouraged to give them a try, as well as any other assignments they haven’t had a chance to complete.  As a reminder, assignments are NOT graded and student will NEVER lose points for turning something in late or not having everything 100% correct, so no need to worry!  I encourage students to just give it their best effort and turn in whatever they can – and to not hesitate to ask me for helpl!
    It’s hard to believe the we’ve arrived at the end of May!  As we start to think about winding down for the year, , we are shifting our focus in Speech to more fun, interactive and engaging projects. With that in mind, there are 2 new assignments posted this week.   I’m SO excited about these assignments I think will find them particularly enjoyable: In the first, students will watch an adorable and funny Pixar short movie and answer a few questions.  In the second, students get to MAKE their OWN video sharing about an object or pet that is special to them!  Student so far are having tons of fun with this, and I can’t wait to see more videos!!
    Last, I want to give another shout out to our Google Meet groups!  It’s been wonderful to see some new faces in the last 2 weeks, and I really hope to see a few more before the end of the year.  Don’t forget, students can stop by for 10 minutes or stay the whole hour, ask questions about homework or just say hi!
    I look forward to see many friends this week!
    As always, don’t hesitate to reach out with any questions.
    READING COACH/INTERVENTIONIST (Ms. Forrest): Hello students and families. As the school year is winding down, it’s time to start thinking about summer reading. Are there books that you’ve really been wanting to read all year, but haven’t had the chance to? Summer is a great time to catch up on your reading and to add some new favorites to those books you’ve read and loved.

    If you don’t already have a library card, Haverhill Public library has an online application. Click on this link to apply: https://www.haverhillpl.org/library-services/get-a-library-card/reg-form/. With your library card, you will have access to books online.
    I’m still looking for book recommendations and reviews from students. Please check in with your ELA teacher to get the Google Book Review doc. You can make a copy of the form and share it with your teacher and with me. You can also share your reviews with friends and family.
    Happy Reading!
  • Principal’s Weekly Update (5/26-5/29)

    Hello J.G. Whittier Students and Families,

    It is amazing to think that we have not physically been in school for 10 weeks! Memorial Day Weekend is now upon us, and everyone can see the finish line to the school year (only 4 weeks to go)! I want to thank both the students and families for continuing to prioritize education!

    Please remember that it is crucial that ALL students continue to put in their best effort into EVERY subject in order to ensure that they receive credit on their report cards at the end of the trimester. We appreciate your continued support and perseverance as we as a JGW staff continue to provide remote learning opportunities to help all students be successful.

    Please continue to encourage your students to hand in assignments to all of their teachers. We recognize that each family is different and that your student may not always be able to follow their remote learning schedule exactly as it is written, and that is understandable. The important thing is that the school work get completed (for ALL subjects) 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.

    As always we have a great deal of information to share with you in regard to news in our classrooms and in and around JGW. You can find that information below…

    HAVE A WONDERFUL MEMORIAL DAY WEEKEND!!

    STUDENT BELONGINGS: 

    I would once again like to thank everyone for making our student belonging distribution days run smoothly. We were able to return belongings to 331 students over those 2 days this past week! We do still have some belongings left at the school, so if you believe that your student has belongings that need to be picked up, please email me (tbetty@haverhill-ps.org) and we can coordinate a time for you to receive these belongings. The last day to pick up belongings will be Friday, May 29th. Please remember that we also have a Lost & Found (1 new item added today: 5/22). You can click the link below to be connected to the Lost & Found. You only need to click on the picture and comment to claim the item.

    https://photos.app.goo.gl/xmbU5jqfq55syoNA8

    If belongings are not claimed or picked up by Friday, May 29th they will be donated.

    TITLE 1 NEWS: 

    JGW is hosting its first virtual Title 1 Event!  We hope your family will be able to participate!  

    Memorial Day 2020:  Honor and Remember 

    Our virtual Title 1 event will give families the opportunity to learn about Memorial Day.  Unlike other holidays, Memorial Day is not a celebratory holiday like Halloween or Thanksgiving.  It is a day to honor soldiers who died while serving.  For our virtual event, families can participate in the following activities:

    • Watch a video to learn about the history of Memorial Day.

    • Listen/watch to The Wall by Eve Bunting.  It is the story about a boy who visits the Vietnam Veterans Memorial with his dad to find his grandfather’s name.

    • Drive by or visit monuments and places in Haverhill that honor veterans and honor the soldiers who died while serving.

    The site for the Title 1 Virtual Event is here:

    https://sites.google.com/haverhill-ps.org/memorialday2020honorandremembe/home

    • Complete the activities.

    • The slideshow highlights the monuments and a cemetery in Haverhill to drive by or visit.  Some monuments honor veterans who served, and some monuments honor and remember those who died while serving.

    • Please click on the link below to complete the Family and Community Event Evaluation by Saturday, May 30, 2020.  https://forms.gle/YkGpeCUbgzrwgU5t5

    If you have any questions, please e-mail Jean Sargent (jsargent@haverhill-ps.org) or Jen Rubera (jrubera@haverhill-ps.org).  Thank you!

    YEARBOOK: There have been many questions about yearbooks. Once yearbooks have been delivered to JGW, we will set up a plan for all of those who ordered a yearbook to receive it. Remember that all of our 8th graders will be receiving their yearbook for free this year, thanks to the PTO! Please stay tuned…

    SUPPORT & COMMUNITY RESOURCES:

    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.

    GRADE 5 NEWS: 

    Ms. MacDonald: 

    Math:  The kids are doing a great job with their new material. Be sure to watch each video completely. Please keep working on your Topic 11 Independent Practice and Quick Check work. If you have any questions, please attend a Google meet during office hours.
    Science: This week we will be re-visiting orbit vs. rotation. There will be one hands-on investigation and a quiz due this week. Be sure to join Google meets during office hours if you have any questions!
    Ms. Sanguedolce: Congratulations to the following students for completing all of their work last week: Orange Group – Joseph, Jadelyn, Maya, Giovanni, Christopher, Sophia, and Ava; Red Group – Dillan, Jude, Mason, Jayden, Jonathan R., and Colby; Yellow Group – Lauryn, Ethan, Liam, Adriel, Brodie, Raquildis, Baylee, Yilliannis, and Enmanuel. This week we learned about coordinate grids, horizontal lines, vertical lines, and lines of symmetry. We also reviewed important math concepts like multi-digit multiplication, word problems, and math facts. Next week is a four-day week. Assignments will be posted on Tuesday and office hours will be held on Wednesday and Thursday.
    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!

    ELA just finished “Chocolate Fever” and are writing an essay, ask your child what they think was the lesson of the book!
    History is moving on to the Civil War, talk with your kids about what you know from that time period or any famous Americans you remember from this time, or what they have already learned so far from class!
    History Shoutouts: Eve Farrell and Brodie Melvin
    ELA Shoutouts: Sophia Lafontaine and Jackson Casullo
    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 5 ELA assignments and are my “ELA Superstars of the Week”: Eve F., Autumn G., Dylan G., Rowen G., Ryan H., Madeline J., Paige K., Saniyah M., Kaelie M., Aiden M., Lucas P., Dale P., Angelina R., Halley S., Aurora A., Jaida-Marie C., Sophia B., William C., Dillan D., Kayleigh D., Cameron F., Shannon G., Cash M., Jonah N., Jude O., Mason P., Jayden Q., Jonathan R., Colby S., Lauryn C., Ethan G., Liam 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 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 5/25 – 5/29.” They will read an article on Newsela and begin the process of a persuasive writing piece, this will be done in steps.  Additionally, students have completed their novel study of “The Great Gilly Hopkins” and will be working on a meaningful project.  Office hours continue to be 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 holiday weekend.
    Ms. Lees: I hope everyone has a wonderful Memorial Day Weekend. The weather is blessing us. Next week, Miss Lees and her fifth grade reading groups will read another chapter and work on questions about what is happening to Henry in “Chocolate Fever.” Everyone will begin writing a persuasive essay to Mr. Betty and Mrs. Kitsos. 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. Additional teacher conference time to support students work completion will be on Tuesdays and Thursdays from 10:00 – 11:00. 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 History to support all assignments. See Classwork page in the Google Classrooms to see weekly assignments.
    GRADE 6 NEWS: 
    Ms. Delong: Science (Red/Blue/Purple) – We will be starting our Human Body Projects using the information we learned last week. Body System assignments will be posted on Google Classroom on Tuesday.  This will be an ongoing project that will take a couple weeks to complete.  We have Science class Tuesday and Thursday.

    Social Studies (Red/Blue/Purple):  We will be completing our last Ancient Civilization Project this week.  All projects are due on Friday.  You have all been doing a great job researching and we will be using these presentations to explore all civilizations the following week.  We have Social Studies class on Wednesday and Friday (Monday is a holiday).
    Google Meets will be on Tuesday and Wednesday next week from 12-1pm.  Families will get email reminders with the links.  Thank you to all the parents for their support during remote learning!
    Ms. Rubera: I am proud of you for working so hard to learn and grow!  This Monday is Memorial Day.  When we were preparing for our Veterans Day Ceremony back in November, we learned about the difference between Veterans Day and Memorial Day.  You learned that Veterans Day is a day to honor all those who have served in the military, whereas Memorial Day is a day to honor and remember those who died while serving.  I hope you will take the opportunity to participate in our Title 1 virtual event about Memorial Day.  The Wall by Eve Bunting is a beautiful story about a boy who visits the Vietnam Veterans Memorial with his dad to find his grandfather’s name. I hope you listen to the story and share your thoughts with me.  Also, I hope you visit or drive by the monuments in Haverhill.  Some of the monuments are very close to where you live!  Take care, and I will see you Tuesday and Thursday during our Google Meets!
    Ms. Aylward: This week students continued to read through Percy Jackson. They fought with Ares and rode a zebra cross-country. In writing they chose their argument topics and began to write the introduction to their essays.
    Ms. Sargent: Hello Grade 6.  Great Job again this week.  I think most of you are getting yourselves into a great routine of getting your work completed and passed in.  Thank you.  We have set up a Virtual Slide activity that you can do with your family in honor of Memorial Day.  Go to our website to check it out.  I hope you all enjoy your weekend and I will see you all on Tuesday’s Google Meet.
    Mr. Taylor: ELA- The Giver continues. How will Jonas react as he begins training for his new role? What will he think of the ways of society? Coupled with vocabulary and comprehension questions, we check in to see if Jonas is rethinking how the community works.

    SS- All projects should be completed by Friday.  Great job of researching! This skill will help you next year. We will be showing the some of the projects so you can learn a little about the civilizations you didn’t do later. Finishing up this week by adding pictures! No class Monday.
    Ms. Guisti: Grade six is doing an amazing job working on online assignments and attending google meets! Mrs. Guisti has been holding small group google meets during math and ELA in order to meet student needs and break down tasks.  In Math, Mrs. Guisti has offered extra help sessions for all students across all five math classes during the “study” block.  In ELA Mrs. Guisti’s small group continues to read and discuss Holes and work on online reading programs.  Mrs. Guisti has posted videos of herself reading the chapters aloud and discussing specific questions related to the characters and the plot. Ms. Blanchette has been holding small group google meet for both math and ELA. Ms. Blanchette and Mrs. Cronin continue to support students in google meets as well.  Mrs. Guisti, Ms. Blanchette and Mrs. Cronin have also continued to support students during one to one google meets and phone calls.  Please let us know if you would like one to one support and we can schedule that. Please email me at nancy.guisti@haverhill-ps.org
    GRADE 7 NEWS: 
    Ms. Marciano: During Week 7, students will complete a Flipgrid Check In video, read Chapters 16-20 of “Freak the Mighty”, and work on a cause/effect graphic organizer.
    Ms. DiGloria: For Remote Learning next Week (Week 7), students will have assignments on Wednesday and Friday. We will be learning about the death of the great Julius Caesar and the crumbling of the republic into an empire. This week, I sent home emails to families of students who were missing TWO or more assignments from the past two weeks. Please encourage your student to “catch up” and check Google Classroom for missing work. As always, please reach out to me with questions or requests for support.
    Ms. Berthiaume: It looks like you enjoyed the story of Icarus and his father, Daedalus, this week.  One of my favorite things is to introduce students to the portrait of Icarus by the artist Henri Matisse. I hope you liked that part of the lesson, too!  We will continue the oral tradition unit with more tales.  Be sure to turn in your work and keep up the great effort! I’m proud of you all!
    Ms. MacKinnon: Hello 7th grade parents!! hope everyone had a nice Memorial Day Weekend!! The weather was gorgeous!!! This week in science the kids will be learning about potential energy.  It is an A week so they will have science on Tuesday and Thursday.  On Tuesday they will have an optional assignment using a rubber band and a ruler, or they can do the vocabulary, or they can do both for extra credit!! On Thursday there will be a reading with questions.  Hope everyone has a great week, and thank you again for all your help with the participation, it has been great to see so many doing science still!!!
    Ms. Trombly: Mrs. Trombly.‘s math classes continue to work through Google classroom and sending their work through the Remind app.  We are currently in review of rates, proportions and geometry. Please email Mrs. Trombly at Strombly@haverhill-ps.org with any questions.
    Mr. LeGrand: This week we are working on multiplying and dividing 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. Bilmazes: It’s been great to see increased google participation this week. Keep up the good work on assignments and continue to reach out for help. I’ve read some wonderful student-written myths this week. Enjoy the long weekend and be ready to work on Tuesday.
    Ms. Senior: It’s wonderful seeing students’ faces on the screen and working with them.  Reading and Mathematics are moving along nicely as students do their best in distance learning during these times.  Here’s hoping the long weekend brings rest and relaxation to students and their families.
    GRADE 8 NEWS: 
    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. Harris: Blue & Purple Math – we will be finishing up Functions soon and moving into Expressions and Equations.  Specifically we will look at all the different relationships, and how to solve linear equations and systems of equations.

    Yellow & Orange Civics – we continue to look at the Legislative Branch of the government and how it functions.  Specifically, next week we will delve into how a bill becomes a law and the process that it takes.
    Please make sure your student is accessing google classroom, as that is the ONLY place I am assigning work.
    Mr. Blaustein: 
    Civics Red & Purple
    • I will add another article from Newsela this week- Once you are logged in go to Binder and click on My progress to go to new assignments. Remember to click on the activities tag to take the quiz when you finish reading.
    • I will open the next round of Chapter 6 The Executive Branch activities in iCivics.
    • All assignments in McGraw -Hill remain open.
    • Our Google meet are Thursdays from 1-2 look for the invitation in our Google classroom. This week 5/28
    ELA Blue & Yellow
    • I will the 9 article assignment I created in Newsela last week, open as many students have not completed it yet. – Once you are logged in go to Binder and click on My progress to go to new assignments. Remember to click on the activities tag to take the quiz when you finish reading.
    • I will post  Questions for the next two Outsiders Chapters [8 + 9] as well.
    • Our Google meet is Thursday from 1-2 look for the invitation in our Google classroom
    • Our Google meet are Wednesdays from 1-2 look for the invitation in our Google classroom. This week [5/27]
    Ms. Deblasis: Lesson 14 Assessments due today, Friday 5/22.  Next week will be a make up week for anyone that needs to get past assignments handed in.  No new lesson will be assigned next week.  Please email me any work you owe as soon as possible.  If you need to make sure you are caught up, email me or check in to one of my Google Meets either Wednesday 12-1:30 or Friday 12-1.  I hope you all enjoy the long weekend.
    Mr. Yanoff: The grade 8 accelerated math/Algebra 1 is busy reviewing for their placement exam May 28. Our attendance has been 100% since the pandemic stopped standard learning. We have meet at least three times a week, with an abundance of homework. They deserve to be commended, having completed the book. Sponges, pure sponges. Good luck class!
    Mr. Lewis: English class continues to roll with The Outsiders. In chapter 5, Pony and Johnny flee town after a “significant event” forces them to do so. Students worked on vocabulary to reinforce the two column note strategy and reading questions as they read. As always, if a student has fallen behind a little in work, that’s no problem, just please reach out to me at mlewis@haverhill-ps.org

    Have a great holiday weekend!
    Ms. Brown: Dear grade 8, first, please continue try to attend your teacher’s Google Meets, on Google Classroom. If you are struggling, you simply have to make an appearance – you can get your questions answered, and then sign off. My Google Voice is: (978) 361-3024 and my email: kbrown1@haverhill-ps.org. For those students that I have speaking to, only, please know that you still have to be in school, as difficult as it is, with all the great weather!  My office hours are Wednesday: 1:00-2:00.  Please enjoy your Memorial Day Weekend, however, please take some time to think of those that have given the ultimate sacrifice of their lives, not only in wars past, but in the world that we live in right at this moment.  Take care, be well, and I’ll see you on Tuesday!
    SPECIALISTS: 
    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.
    PHYSICAL EDUCATION (Mr. Demarais): We will be continuing with our workouts and challenges.  I have been hearing from more students but would love to hear from more of you!  There are several ways to maintain a healthy lifestyle (wellness).  Please take a moment to check in with me and let me know what you have been doing.
    HEALTH (Ms. Reynolds): As we continue on with our human body knowledge, we are focusing on the 5 senses.  The first lesson is all about vision and our eyes.  The second lesson this week is about our ears and hearing.  Take the fun quizzes to find out how you measure up!!
    SUPPORT STAFF: 
    GUIDANCE (Ms. Vlahos): I want to encourage you all to keep up the great work and finish the school year off strong!  I am very proud of your efforts and hard work during this unusual time.  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.
    STUDENT ADJUSTMENT COUNSELOR (Ms. Midolo): 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!
    STUDENT SUPPORT CENTER (Ms. Greenwood): The Student Support Center wishes you a wonderful and much deserved Memorial Day weekend! Enjoy the warm weather and we will see you next Tuesday on Google Meet. As always, you can send Ms. Greenwood or Ms. Christine a message through the SSC classroom page.
    STUDENT SUPPORT COORDINATOR (Mr. Newell): I am available Monday through Friday by email. Please contact me with questions, concerns or just to say hello.
    MSSP (Mr. Diffin): Great participation from the MSSP students for the week. The “Social Group” challenge is still going on. The 7th grade group won last weeks challenge and their Pizza’ were delivered on Wednesday. This weeks winner will get $10 gift cards to McDonalds. Keep up the tremendous effort! Enjoy the long weekend ahead.
    READING COACH/INTERVENTIONIST (Ms. Forrest): Hello students and families. As the school year is winding down, it’s time to start thinking about summer reading. Are there books that you’ve really been wanting to read all year, but haven’t had the chance to? Summer is a great time to catch up on your reading and to add some new favorites to those books you’ve read and loved.

    If you don’t already have a library card, Haverhill Public library has an online application. Click on this link to apply: https://www.haverhillpl.org/library-services/get-a-library-card/reg-form/. With your library card, you will have access to books online.
    I’m still looking for book recommendations and reviews from students. Please check in with your ELA teacher to get the Google Book Review doc. You can make a copy of the form and share it with your teacher and with me. You can also share your reviews with friends and family.
    Happy Reading!
    SPEECH (Ms. Ostovskaya): This week in Speech, we finished and reviewed part 2 of the conjunctions assignment, social skills inference assignment, and 3 different vocabulary assignments.  Several students have submitted all or some of these, but there are still quite a few people missing.  I encourage all students to try whatever you can of the work, and don’t hesitate to ask me for help if you need!  Even if you can’t finish everything, or don’t know all of your answers, please turn in what you have done so that you can get credit  for your work, and help if you need it. Assignments are NOT graded and you will NEVER lose points for turning something in late or not having everything 100% correct, so no need to worry!  Just give it your best effort and turn in whatever you can!

    This week we also started fun new assignments!  Students will work more on forming sentences with conjunctions, read or listen to an article about a REAL LIFE batman (!!), and make a virtual pizza!  Give these a try and let me know if you need help.  We’ll be going over these in next week’s Meets.
    Last, I want to give a HUGE SHOUT OUT to the Wednesday Google Meet group.  This week, we had the best turnout so far this year, with students from both 6th and 8th grade attending!  It was such a joy to see your smiling faces and I can’t wait to see you back next week!  I hope more friends are able to join us – stop by for 10 minutes or stay the whole hour, ask questions about homework or just say hi!  You’ll be glad you did 😀 (Meet times and links are posted in your classroom – 3:30-4:30 Mon or Wed, depending on your grade).
    NOTE: Since the upcoming Monday is a holiday, the Monday Google Meet group should watch for an announcement about rescheduling our meeting.  We will meet Tuesday or Wednesday – announcement coming soon!
    I hope everyone has a FANTASTIC LONG WEEKEND, and I look forward to see many of your next week!
    As always, don’t hesitate to email me with any questions.
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