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Student life

Whittier Tech provides a wealth of resources to support our students. While an exceptional education is at the heart of Whittier's mission, providing students with a range of experiences and opportunities to express themselves allows us to promote a well rounded student body, prepared to take on the world after high school.

Scroll down, or use the buttons on the right to view our services:

Cafeteria

We are pleased to welcome Whitsons Culinary Group and new Food Service Manager Kevin Welch to Whittier Tech!  Students can look forward to expanded menu options each day that include the daily hot selection, hot and cold sandwiches including wraps and burgers, a variety of pizzas and calzones, Mexican fare including tacos and nachos, freshly made build-your-own salads, fruit smoothies and many other delicious items!  Also new this year is the addition of a premium meal option which will include specialized items such as Boars Head meats.

Fuel up for learning.

You may prepay for lunches using MySchoolBucks.

BREAKFAST:  Meal w/fruit, juice and milk   Students: $1.65  Staff: $1.90
LUNCHES: All meals include vegetable, fruit, and milk -  Student: $3.15   Staff:  $3.90
PREMIUM MEAL (LUNCH ONLY): -  Students: $3.60   Staff: $4.35
Milk - Students: $.55    Staff: $.60

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Activities

Whittier student life includes a range of extra-curricular activities for students to expand their horizons, express their talents, and help others. From artistic expression in the chorus and school musical, to service clubs such as Key Club and Interact, to more intellectual pursuits such as chess club and FIRST Robotics, Whittier has something for everyone.

  • Chess Club
  • Environmental Club
  • FIRST Robotics
  • Gay/Straight Alliance
  • Interact Club
  • Key Club

 

  • Multicultural Club
  • Peer to Peer
  • Performing Arts
  • Ski Club
  • Student Government
  • United Nations Club

Athletics

Whittier Tech has a proud history of fielding some of the very best teams in the Merrimack Valley. Student athletes at Whittier reap the benefits of having many of their academic and vocational teachers also double as their coaches and trainers, ensuring that the same high standards of conduct, respect, and performance we expect in the classroom are demonstrated on the playing fields as well.

Whittier is proud to offer the following sports:

Fall

  • Cheerleading
  • Cross Country
  • Football
  • Golf
  • Soccer
  • Volleyball

Winter

  • Basketball 
  • Cheerleading
  • Hockey
  • Wrestling

Spring

  • Baseball
  • Softball
  • Lacrosse 
  • Track 

Athletic Director Kevin Bradley and the Whittier athletic department host all the schedules, sports forms, and message boards for all sports over at our 8to18 partner website.

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Guidance

The Guidance Staff welcomes the opportunity to engage parents as they support students developing their career and/or college readiness. 

At Whittier Tech all upperclass students are assigned a guidance counselor through their vocational career path clusters. Freshman students are all assigned to the Grade 9 freshman counselor.

Counselors are available to meet with students by appointment or as needed for academic, social, or emotional issues. Counselors will also meet with every student in the spring to review and discuss class placement and schedules for the following school year.

Parents are welcome to call between 7:30 am – 2pm on school days to speak with their child’s counselor or to schedule an appointment. Please see the Guidance Counselor Assignments button below for specific contact information.

Planning your next move after graduation? There are skills that will help you thrive as you get ready to leave high school. Check out https://SetToGo.org - you'll find information, tools and guidance to help you feel Set to Go - whether you go to college or straight to a career.

Access Naviance to help plan for your student's future after high school. Scholarships, applications, and career information is at your fingertips using this family-friendly service. 

Don't have access to Naviance yet? Contact your guidance counselor directly for assistance.

View the presentation "Naviance: Using Family Connection" for more information.

Alumni - transcripts can be requested from Guidance by using the button below:


SECTION 504 OF THE REHABILITATION ACT OF 1973

SECTION 504 IS A FEDERAL LAW THAT PROHIBITS DISCRIMINATION AGAINST INDIVIDUALS WITH A DISABILITY IN ANY PROGRAM RECEIVING FEDERAL ASSISTANCE. THE ACT DEFINES A PERSON WITH A DISABILITY AS ANYONE WHO:

  1. HAS A MENTAL OR PHYSICAL IMPAIRMENT WHICH SUBSTANTIALLY LIMITS ONE OR MORE MAJOR LIFE ACTIVITIES (MAJOR LIFE ACTIVITIES INCLUDE ACTIVITIES SUCH AS CARING FOR ONE’S SELF, PERFORMING MANUAL TASKS, WALKING SEEING, HEARING, SPEAKING, BREATHING, LEARNING AND WORKING);

  2. HAS A RECORD OF SUCH IMPAIRMENT; OR

  3. IS REGARDED AS HAVING SUCH AN IMPAIRMENT.

IN ORDER TO FULFILL ITS OBLIGATION UNDER SECTION 504, THE SCHOOL DISTRICT RECOGNIZES A RESPONSIBILITY TO AVOID DISCRIMINATION IN POLICIES AND PRACTICES REGARDING ITS PERSONNEL, STUDENTS AND THEIR PARENTS. NO DISCRIMINATION AGAINST ANY PERSON SOLELY DUE TO HIS/HER DISABILITY WILL KNOWINGLY BE PERMITTED IN ANY OF THE PROGRAMS AND PRACTICES IN THE SCHOOL SYSTEM.

THE SCHOOL DISTRICT HAS SPECIFIC RESPONSIBILITIES UNDER THE ACT, WHICH INCLUDE THE RESPONSIBILITY TO IDENTIFY, EVALUATE, AND IF THE CHILD HAS A CURRENT DISABILITY AND IS TERMED TO BE ELIGIBLE UNDER SECTION 504, TO AFFORD ACCESS TO APPROPRIATE EDUCATIONAL PROGRAMS.

FOR ADDITIONAL INFORMATION REGARDING SECTION 504, PLEASE CONTACT THE GUIDANCE DEPARTMENT AT 978.373.4101 X252.

Health Services

At times when students are in the care of Whittier Regional High School, the school shares with the parents/guardians responsibility for the health of students.  Please contact the Nurse's Office when medical information needs to be updated or shared.  In all matters of health administration, the privacy rights of students are observed.

You may contact them directly:

Ilona Closs, BSN RN
978.373.4101 X221

Heather Holmquist, MSN RN
978.373.4101 X206

Health Service Fax Line
978.374.1271

Health Forms can be found on our Forms page

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Technology

Every day, in every class, Whittier Tech students interact with the latest technology. Whether it's computer controlled milling machines in Machine Tech, or the latest 3D modeling and printing technology in CAD/Drafting, Whittier invests in the latest and most popular technologies in use by industry and business today, to give our students a leg up when they enter higher education and the workforce.

iparent

Sign up/log in for iParent to gain access into your child's classes and teacher's rankbooks to see grades, assignments, and more.

(Please Note - for freshmen entering Whittier in the Fall, you will be able to sign up AFTER September.)

1:1 iPad Program

Whittier Tech is proud to be a 1:1 school - each and every student is provided a school owned iPad. Technically savvy and innovative instructors create lessons that include individual and cooperative learning, self-paced assignments, peer editing, virtual biology dissections and more. 

Incoming Freshmen parents are required to attend an hour long briefing on how the iPad is used, our student expectations, and detailed information on how we protect your student's privacy online.

We also offer a voluntary additional protection plan for the iPads that is very popular and affordable. See the link below for detailed information.

Transportation

Whittier provides transportation to and from school, including late buses for extra help on Tuesday and Thursdays, and after sports practice and games, ensuring everyone can participate in extra-curricular activities.

For summer bus route please visit the “Vacation Programs” page.

2019-20 school year bus routes will be posted in late August.

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Work Permits

Child Labor- M.G.L. Chapter 149, sections 56 through 105

Employment permits are required for minors under age 18. Employment permits must be issued for and maintained at the site where the minor is working. Employments permits are issued by the superintendent of schools in the city or town where the minor attends school or lives.

For more information on obtaining an employment permit, please contact the division of Occupational safety at 617.626.6975 or visit http://www.mass.gov/lwd/labor-standards/ ~ For Workers and Unions ~ Wage and Employment Related Programs ~ Youth Employment. 

Students can obtain permits from 10:00 to 11:00 a.m. each school day, please ask for the Vocational Coordinators Office. Permits may also be obtained when school is closed by appointment by contacting the Vocational Coordinators office at 978.373.4101 x 267, or by visiting the superintendents office in the city or town of residence.

The Youth Employment Permit Application for 14 – 17 year-olds is available at http://www.ago.state.ma.us

If you need additional information please contact:

Beverly DeSalvo
Vocational / Technical Coordinator
978.373.4101 x 267

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Alumni

Whittier Tech is not only the home of our current students but our alumni population as well. We are proud of the success of our alumni and want you to share that success with our community of students, staff, and fellow alumni. Whether you went to college after Whittier, work in your vocational/trade area or a combination of both - we want to hear about it!

Transcripts

Looking for official high school transcripts? Visit the Guidance page under Student Life to process your request.

Alumni Panels

We host alumni panels throughout the year allowing current Whittier students to hear about your experiences! Alumni are able to reflect on why they chose their shop, what they wished they did differently in high school, and offer advice to current students.

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If you are interested in being a speaker in one of our future alumni panels, please reach out to Tia Roy, Community Services and Post-Secondary/Early College Programs Advisor.

Alumni Spotlight Series

We believe it’s important for current students to see what our alumni are doing! Through the Alumni Spotlight Series, we capture the careers and journeys of many of our alumni. If you are interested in being featured in one of our posters, please reach out to Tia Roy, Community Services and Post-Secondary/Early College Programs Advisor.

Alumni Job Postings

From time to time, we receive employment opportunities from the community that could be of interest to alumni. Current opportunities will appear below.

If you have a position you'd like to post here, contact Beverly Desalvo, Vocational Coordinator.