Social Distancing Journal

Dear Families,
I am attaching directions for a Social Distancing Journal assignment students can complete for enrichment.  I think this is one of the most authentic and meaningful tasks students can do during this time.   I am keeping a journal myself and look forward to sharing with students when we are all back in school.  Take care!    

Weekly News/Updates

Quote of the Week “Learning is not the product of teaching.  Learning is the product of the activity of learners.”  John Holt Dear Families, 

I hope you are all well.  I hope you are using this time at home to learn, read, and enjoy time together.  For those who have family members working outside of the home, I just want to thank you and hope you stay well.  

Here’s an overview of the work to focus on this week:  


  • iReady:  Lessons and individual practice is posted there.  The goal for students is 15-20 minutes a day.  If students are having difficulty with the lessons, please e-mail me and I’ll be in contact to help.  
  • Math Homework:  This week’s work is attached.  If you’re unable to print, please just copy the problems on a piece of paper.  Answer keys will sent.  


  • Last week, students completed the unit on thermal reactions.  If students completed the CER about Thermal Reactions, they will receive extra credit.  This week, students will begin learning about the Human Body.  Attached are some books that students can begin reading.  I also have included video clips on my blog for students.  For this week, I would like students to read and watch the videos to begin learning the information.  I would like to them to think about the following questions:  
    • What are the systems of the human body?  
    • What is the function of each human body system?  
    • How do the human body systems work together?  

There are many resources available for families.  Please visit for community and curriculum resources.  Please feel free to e-mail me if you have any questions. Be well, and I hope to hear from you!  

Weekly News/Updates

Quote of the Week: 

 “I have no special talents.  I am only passionately curious.” 

 -Albert Einstein 

Dear Families,
I hope this finds you all well and safe.  School will be closed through April 7, 2020.  I just wanted to share some important information with you as well as provide some resources to help your child learn during this time.  
Haverhill Public Schools worked with food services to develop essential services for students experiencing food scarcity and food insecurity to have access to food stations (during this closure) that will comply with social isolation expectations but still allow kids to eat.

We will be offering meals for pick up at 4 sites. We will run them daily from 11:00 am. – 1:00 pm beginning Monday, March 16.  The locations are:

  • The Consentino School  – 685 Washington Street
  • The Nettle School – 150 Boardman Street
  • The YMCA – 81 Winter Street
  • The Boys and Girls Club – 55 Emerson Street

For more resources, please visit:

During this time, it’s important to keep our routines.  For math, Ms. Sargent and I will continue with our homework practice so children can have the routine and practice their procedural fluency.  I have attached the math homework assignments for the week and will e-mail answer keys so students can check their work.  If you cannot print it, please have students copy the problems in their math notebooks or scrap paper.   Please visit  for resources to help you.  

Our district will continue to develop a plan to provide learning opportunities for students.  The following are some resources you can use to help your children learn:  

I will be posting assignments here as well as on Google Classroom. I will also e-mail you any updates. Lastly, to stay connected, please feel free e-mail me at any time.  You can also follow me on social media.  My instagram is @jrubera10, and my twitter is @jrubera.  

If you have any questions or concerns, please contact me.  Thank you so much, and stay safe!  

Weekly News/Updates

Quote of the Week:  I began to realize how important it was to be an enthusiast in life.  If you are interested in something, no matter what it is, go at it full speed.  Embrace it with both arms, hug it, love it and above all become passionate about it.  Lukewarm is no good

 -Roald Dahl

Dear Families,
And just like that, we’re back at it!  I hope everyone enjoyed the vacation with your families.  This next stretch until April break is a long one, and 6th graders will be learning a lot!  To help you help your child, I will continue to send you copies of notes and resources.  I also encourage you to visit for videos, websites, and other resources that you can use to help your child learn.  You can also visit Classlink (on the launchpad) to get to resources that HPS offers to 6th graders.  

The Ecology School Field Trip 

Payment #2 of $150 was due on February 5th for The Ecology School trip.  Attached is the payment slip if you haven’t sent it in yet.  Please make checks payable to JG Whittier Middle School.  The third and final payment is due on April 8th, and I will be able to give you final cost of the trip after our Music Bingo fundraiser that is happening on Saturday.  If there are any students who did not sign up for the trip but are now interested in going, please contact me so I can get them signed up. 


The math homework for the week is attached.  Please remember that math homework is assigned Monday, Tuesday, and Wednesday nights and is due in class the next day.  It is important for students to complete all of the problems and show their work for all of them.  If you need to use scrap paper, please do!  By 6th grade, it is important for students to be able to compute using the standard algorithms.  This is just a fancy way of saying that students need to be able to add, subtract, multiply, and divide using the ways we were taught as kids.  Many parents ask how they can help their child in math, and checking homework and having students correct the ones they got wrong at home will help them improve.  This week in math, students will begin learning about percents and their connection to fractions and decimals.  


Students will begin experimenting with thermal reactions.  We will learn about exothermic and endothermic reactions.  I have attached some notes that you will find helpful.  To help your child at home, I recommend that you read through the notes for 5-10 minutes a night.   Daily, consistent review will help your children retain the information.  
Please contact me if you have any questions.  I hope you enjoy the last beautiful day of vacation, and I look forward to seeing your children tomorrow!