Whittier students and families, we missed you so much the final 3 months of the school year! Thank you for your amazing partnership to support. Please take care of yourselves, stay healthy, and maintain a positive attitude throughout the summer! Keep learning and stay Whittier strong!
It is important that we recognize, honor, learn, and celebrate the diversity in our communities. Here are some important resources and books that can help us open up a conversation or dialog in our families to Black Lives Matter and help celebrate our diversity. We need to create the change we want to see.
Whittier is dedicated and committed to teaching and supporting all children the importance of demonstrating kindness, compassion, empathy, love, understanding, and respect through our words and actions every day. This is the culture we strive to create every day and we are anchored to these important values. We are always working towards improving our ability to understand, listen, learn, and continuously grow to support each child and family in the Whittier community so they feel heard, cared for, and understood. As a staff, we embrace the diversity in our community, and we also do our best to empower our students to do the same as leaders in our school community who instill kindness, compassion and love, so that they can go into their bigger community to spread these same important values. The Whittier staff is always here to support you, so please let us know if there is anything we can do to support you and your family during these challenging times. We care and we are all in this together!
Tony Wentworth, Principal
Whittier Elementary School PTA, with the help of staff and community partners, has created a Whittier Families in Need Relief Fund to help our school families access urgent basic needs during these challenging times.
If your child will be five years old by August 31, 2020, it’s time to register for kindergarten! Online registration is available on the district website. Register now to access information about your school’s kindergarten program and receive a parent resource and children’s book “Kindergarten, Here I Come!” Registration also reserves your child’s spot in Everett Ready, our transition-into-kindergarten program scheduled for August 17-21, at our elementary schools. Contact EarlyLearning@everettsd.org with any questions.
With the district-wide closure of Everett Public Schools, we have created a website that includes an initial set of materials intended to support students’ engagement in learning. The materials do not replace the experience of being in school but can help students maintain the learning that has taken place this school year. Click the headline to visit the page.
We are committed to providing access to the nutrition Everett Public School students need during an extended emergency district wide closure. We will be offering meals for pick up at a total of 23 school sites and at least 5 apartment complexes. Please click link for more information.
Whittier is a PBIS school! What is PBIS? It began in 1997 when an amendment of the Individuals with Disabilities Education Act (IDEA) included the language, “Positive Behavior Interventions and Supports,” which described methods to identify and support desired behaviors in the school setting. PBIS seeks to encourage and reinforce positive schoolwide behaviors through “The Whittier Way” – Be Safe, Be Respectful, Be Your Best!
Click the link above for more PBIS information.
The use of cell phones in the classroom can distract students from instruction, yet can be important to have accessible in case of emergency. With this in mind, the district has adopted a new policy 3246 and procedure 3246P which prohibits cell phone use in the classroom while still providing access for students in case of emergency.
Elementary school students who choose to bring cell phones to school may only use them before or after the school day. During the school day, they must be powered off and stored (e.g., in the student’s backpack, locker, other district provided storage). There will be storage in the classroom so, in the event of an emergency, the cell phones will be accessible without leaving the classroom.
Whittier Elementary is committed to achieving academic excellence that meets the needs of individual students within a positive, engaging environment. The Whittier community is dedicated to developing life-long learners who become responsible and productive citizens.