Whittier's New Totem Pole and Rain Garden
Whittier unveiled a new totem pole and rain garden at the PTA Back-to-School BBQ to kick off the 2017-18 school year. The totem pole combines a wildcat to represent Whittier Elementary, with an orca whale to represent Washington state and an eagle to represent the United State. The rain garden is a beautiful garden that will also serve as an educational learning space for all students.
Whittier Curriculum Night September 28
Thursday, September 28 from 6:00 - 7:30 p.m.
- Session One 6:00 - 6:30 p.m.
- Session Two 6:45 - 7:15 p.m.
This is an opportunity to hear from your child's teacher about grade level learning outcomes, classroom expectations, classroom communication, how parents can support their children at home, as well as a chance to ask questions. Each teacher will host two presentation sessions to accomodate families who have multiple siblings in our school. Childcare will be provided in the cafeteria from 6:00 - 7:30 p.m. We look forward to seeing you at this event.
Attending school each day is the first step in a student's success in school. Recognizing the importance of school attendance, the state legislature revised our state law, RCW 28A.225, on compulsory school attendance. Beginning March 27, 2017, the revised attendance procedures were implemented in all schools in the district to have consistent attendance practices across the state.
Here are answers to some frequently asked questions about the changes in the Attendance Procedures:
How does this change what I usually do to report my student's absences?
If you call our 24 hour attendance line and leave a voice message, you MUST also do ONE of the following:
What is "all the required information" I must send in writing?
So, even though I call in an absence I still have to send in a written note?
Yes, you must send the required information in writing.
Planning for Rigor, Engagement, and Mastery
Whittier is very passionate about planning, preparing, and supporting all students to be college, career, and life ready. Our staff is very intentional about providing students with engaging and relevant learning experiences that are connected to real world learning in which students collaboratively problem solve, use critical thinking skills, and apply their knowledge to solve complex problems. We also emphasize the key characteristics of perseverance and grit so that students develop the capacity to work through difficult situations and to never give up. These are attributes that will help all students succeed at Whittier and in life.