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Whittier staff believes that each child belongs to all of us.

We work together to support students in developing as healthy, confident, life-long learners. 

 

Our school serves students in preschool through Sixth Grade. 

Our current student enrollment is 704.

 

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Trustee Area Boundary Map Adjustment Public Hearings 

Newport-Mesa Unified School District would like to inform you about three upcoming public hearings for the Board of Education to receive public comments related to trustee area boundary map adjustments.

 

This change is for Board of Education voting purposes only and would not impact school attendance boundaries. Students’ home school will remain the same.

 

These public hearings are scheduled for September 18 at the Newport Harbor High School theatre, September 28 at the Costa Mesa High School theatre and October 9 at the District office. All hearings begin at 6 pm.

 

The district will provide bus transportation from Rea Elementary School to the public hearing at CMHS on September 28th.  The bus will pickup at the Rea Elementary School parking lot at 5:30 p.m. and will return at the conclusion of the public hearing.

 

For more information please visit the district website or call 714-424-5000. 


El Distrito Escolar Unificado de Newport-Mesa le informará acerca de tres próximas audiencias públicas para

proporcionar aportaciones sobre los ajustes a los límites de área escolar administrados por el distrito.

 

El ajuste será solo para propósitos de área de votación y no afectara el mapa de límites de área escolar. Las escuelas asignadas a los estudiantes seguirán siendo las mismas.

Estas audiencias públicas están programadas para el 18 de septiembre en el teatro de la preparatoria Newport Harbor, el 28 de septiembre en el teatro de la preparatoria Costa Mesa y el 9 de octubre en la oficina del Distrito Escolar. Todas las audiencias comienzan a las 6 pm.

 

Para obtener más información, por favor visite el sitio de internet del distrito o llame al 714-424-5000. 

NEW Bell Schedule for 2017-2018!

WHITTIER’S BELL SCHEDULE

HORARIO ESCOLAR

2017 – 2017

 

7:55    Classes begin/Entrada

9:35  –   9:55   K recess/recreo

10:00 – 10:20    1st/2nd/3rd recess/recreo    

10:25 – 10:40    4th/5th/6th recess/recreo

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8:15 –   8:40 am        AM Preschool breakfast

11:20-12:00 pm        Lunch/Almuerzo – Kindergarten

11:30-12:10 pm        Lunch/Almuerzo – 1st Grade

11:40-12:20 pm        Lunch/Almuerzo – 2nd Grade

11:50-12:30 pm        Lunch/Almuerzo – 3rd Grade

12:00-12:35 pm        Lunch/Almuerzo – 4th Grade

12:10-12:45 pm        Lunch/Almuerzo – 5th Grade

12:20-12:55 pm        Lunch/Almuerzo – 6th Grade

12:30-12:50 pm        Lunch/Almuerzo – Preschool PM class

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2:15     Dismissal/Salida Grades K-3

2:20     Dismissal/Salida Grades 4-6

 

Wednesday Early Day Dismissal*

Miércoles Día de Salir Temprano*

K-3 @ 12:57

Grades 4-6 @ 1:02

*Early dismissal on Back to School Night, Parent Conference Weeks, Open House& the last day of school

Bus Passes for 2017-2018 School Year *Must be Done Online*

NEW! Bus Passes must be applied for online!

¡Nuevo! Ahora las solicitudes para los pases de autobús se tienen que hacer por internet.

 

Handwritten forms are NO LONGER ACCEPTED.

Ya no se aceptan solicitudes escritas a mano.

 

Click here to apply in English          Haga clic aquí para aplicar en Español

Kindergarten Registration for 2017-2018

Dual Immersion Program

How to Make Changes: Student Information

Whittier Elementary School

How to make changes to student information:

 

Step #1  Go to website: https://aeriesportal.nmusd.us/parent

 

Step #2  Click on Student Information

 

Step #3:  On the drop down menu click on Data Confirmation

 

Step #4:  On the contacts you can select the name of the person who you want to

change information for.  In this option you are also able to delete and change contacts.

 

Step #5:  Be sure you save your changes.

 


 

Escuela Primaria Whittier

Para hacer cambios a la información de su estudiante:

 

Paso #1: Vaya a la dirección del sitio Web:  https://aeriesportal.nmusd.us/parent.  Donde usted podrá seleccionar español o inglés. (Si aparece que su contraseña y correo electrónico no coinciden por favor, haga clic en olvide mi contraseña y siga las instrucciones).

 

Pasó #2: Haga clic en Información del alumno donde va aparecer un menú que baja  

 

Pasó #3: En el menú que baja, haga clic en confirmación de datos

 

Paso #4: En los contactos seleccione el nombre de la persona de la quiere cambiar la información.  En esta opción también puede agregar borrar o cambiar contactos. 

 

Pasó # 5: Asegúrese de guardar los cambios que haya hecho.

2017-2018 School Year Enrollment

AERIES REGISTRATION

School Database of Student Information

Click HERE to go to Parent Portal and Register Students

Please complete both steps:

Step #1 Parent Portal New Account Setup

Step #2 Parent Portal Student Data Confirmation

 

Note: It is best to use a computer, the system has experienced glitches when using phones or tablets.

 

 

Instructions

 

Step #1: Login to Aeries Parent Portal HERE

Step #2: Click Student Info tab

Step #3: Click Demographics tab

Step #4: Your student’s teacher will be listed under Teacher heading

 

 

Inscripción para el año escolar 2017-2018

 

REGISTRACIÓN EN AERIES

Información del Estudiante

 

Haga “clic” AQUÍ para entrar al Portal de Padres y matricular a su estudiante

 

Por favor complete los dos pasos:

Paso #1  Portal de padres para crear una nueva cuenta

Paso #2  Portal de padres confirmación de información para estudiantes

 

Tome nota:  Para mejor resultados por favor use una computadora.  Se han reportado problemas técnicos cuando se usa una tableta o teléfono cellular.

 

 

Instrucciones

 

Paso #1: Vaya a la dirección del sitio Web AQUÍ

Paso #2: Haga clic en Información del alumno 

Paso #3: Haga clic en Demografía

Paso #4: El maestro de su estudiante estará anotado bajo el encabezado Maestro

 

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12/8/17

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12/7/17

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Calendar Review Committee Recommendation

 

The Calendar Review Committee, comprised of certificated and classified staff, parents, district administrators, and employee bargaining units, typically develops calendar recommendations two to three years in advance of implementation. For the past few years, the Committee has discussed the concept of a collegiate calendar; the school year starting prior to Labor Day with the first semester ending prior to winter break.

 

Starting this fall, the Committee met five times to explore and consider a collegiate calendar. The Committee began by seeking anecdotal data from the school community which led to the attached Fact Sheet (Benefits and Concerns/FAQs). A survey was circulated to obtain input related to the concept of a Collegiate Calendar. Five information meetings were hosted to share and clarify particulars of the Fact Sheet and gather input from staff, parents and students.

 

The Committee carefully weighed these components prior to coming to a recommendation.  When reviewing the information gathered, the Committee found that the responses on the survey varied with overall results indicating most respondents did not support the move to a collegiate calendar. Analyzing subgroups from elementary, middle and high school respondents, there was a gradual increase of support for the change (please see attached survey results).  Comments collected during the information meetings identified multiple benefits for students, numerous concerns regarding heat in the classrooms of those schools without heating, ventilation, and air conditioning (HVAC), and the timeline for implementation.  While there has been a systematic plan for HVAC installation since 2013, the plan beyond the summer of 2018 was not available during the time of the survey and information meetings. The complete installation plan for all remaining schools was shared during the November 14, 2017 Board Meeting (please see attached).

 

After extensive analysis and discussions, the Committee recognized significant student benefits of a collegiate calendar particularly when they reach the secondary level  and acknowledged the primary concern expressed by many stakeholders for HVAC to be installed at all school sites.  The Committee considered the new information provided in the HVAC plan to address the concerns regarding heat and explored ways to provide students the benefits of the collegiate calendar.  The Committee ultimately determined moving to a collegiate calendar was in the best interest of students. Implementing it three years from now would address concerns related to HVAC installation and create more time to plan for the transition.

 

The Calendar Review Committee has made the following recommendations and will meet to design the details of the calendars, which will move forward to the District and NMFT negotiation teams:

  • A traditional calendar for the 2018-2019 school year  (Adopted October 10, 2017)
  • A traditional calendar for the 2019-2020 school year
  • A collegiate calendar for the 2020-2021 school year

Upon completion of negotiations and approved by the Board of Education, the adopted calendars will be made public.

 

Collegiate Calendar Fact Sheet

HVAC Plan

Collegiate Calendar Survey Results

 

Recomendación del Comité de Revisión de Calendario

 

El Comité de Revisión de Calendario, formado por miembros del personal acreditado y de apoyo académico, administradores del distrito, y unidades de negociación de empleados, típicamente desarrolla recomendaciones de calendario con dos o tres años de anticipación antes de su aplicación. En los últimos años, el Comité ha tratado el concepto de un calendario universitario; en donde el año escolar comienza antes del Día del Trabajo y el primer semestre termina antes del descanso de invierno.

 

Comenzando este otoño, el Comité se reunió cinco veces para explorar y considerar el calendario universitario. El Comité empezó con la recolección de datos anecdóticos por parte de la comunidad escolar lo cual resultó en la Cartilla Informativa adjunta (Beneficios y Preocupaciones/Preguntas Frecuentes). Se circuló una encuesta para obtener aportes relacionados con el concepto de un Calendario Universitario. Se llevaron a cabo cinco reuniones de información para compartir y clarificar las particularidades de la Cartilla Informativa y para recolectar aportes por parte del personal, padres y estudiantes.

El Comité examinó cuidadosamente estos componentes antes de determinar una recomendación. Cuando se revisó la información recolectada, el Comité encontró que las respuestas en la encuesta variaban con los resultados generales indicando que la mayoría de los encuestados no apoyaba el cambio a un calendario universitario. Una vez analizados los resultados de los subgrupos encuestados de primaria, secundaria y preparatoria, hubo un aumento gradual en el apoyo al cambio (favor de ver los resultados de la encuesta adjunta).

 

Los comentarios recolectados durante las reuniones de información identificaron múltiples beneficios para los estudiantes, numerosas preocupaciones en cuanto al calor en las aulas de esas escuelas sin calefacción, ventilación, y aire acondicionado (HVAC por sus siglas en inglés), y la línea de tiempo de aplicación. Mientras que ha existido un plan sistemático para la instalación de HVAC desde el 2013, el plan para después del verano del 2018 no estaba disponible durante el tiempo de esta encuesta o las reuniones de información. El plan completo de instalación para las escuelas restantes se compartió en la reunión de la Junta de Educación el 14 de noviembre del 2017 (favor de ver la hoja adjunta).

 

Después de extenso análisis y conversaciones, el Comité reconoció los beneficios significativos a los estudiantes de un calendario universitario particularmente cuando alcanzan el nivel secundario y reconocieron la preocupación principal del HVAC y su instalación en todas las escuelas expresada por las partes interesadas. El Comité consideró la nueva información proveída en el plan HVAC que aborda el tema de las preocupaciones en cuanto a la calefacción y exploró maneras de proveer el beneficio de un calendario universitario a los estudiantes. Finalmente, el Comité determinó que el cambio a un calendario universitario era en el mejor interés de los estudiantes. La aplicación dentro de tres años abordaría las preocupaciones de la instalación de HVAC y crearía más tiempo para planificar la transición. 

 

El Comité de Revisión de Calendario ha hecho las siguientes recomendaciones y se reunirá para diseñar los detalles de los calendarios, lo cual se enviará al Distrito y los grupos de negociación de NMFT:

  • Un calendario tradicional para el año escolar 2018-2019 (Adoptado el 10 de octubre del 2017)
  • Un calendario tradicional para el año escolar 2019-2020
  • Un calendario universitario para el año escolar 2020-2021

Una vez que finalicen las negociaciones y sean aprobados por la Junta de Educación, los calendarios adoptados se harán públicos.

 

Hoja informative del calendario universitario

Plan de calefacción, ventilación, y aire acondicionado

Resultados de la encuesta de calendario universitario

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11/8/17

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Dear Parents/Guardians:

 

Newport-Mesa Unified School District has partnered with Hanover Research, an independent research firm, to explore parents’ experiences with our district. The findings from this exploration will support the development of our district’s Local Control and Accountability Plan (LCAP).

 

As part of this exploration, Hanover Research will conduct a series of telephone interviews with parents. These conversations are designed to explore how parents engage with our district and their child’s school, and how parent engagement could be improved.

  

Participants will be selected at random and participation in these interviews is voluntary. However, it is important that members of the Newport-Mesa school community participate because only they can tell us about their perceptions and experiences. Please note that participation or non-participation will not affect any relationships you or your student(s) have with teachers, peers, or administrators. If you choose to participate, your responses will be kept anonymous.

 

You may be contacted by Hanover Research in the coming weeks to request your participation. If you have any questions or do not want to participate in these conversations, please email Hanover Research’s Content Director, Cate Keller at: ckeller@hanoverresearch.com or call 714-424-8919.

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10/23/17

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Newport-Mesa Unified School District (NMUSD) is considering a shift to a collegiate calendar to more closely align with neighboring school districts and local colleges. This shift would start the school year up to three weeks prior to the Labor Day holiday and end the first semester prior to the winter break.

 

As a unified school district, this decision impacts everyone; therefore, NMUSD is in the process of seeking input from the school community regarding the potential shift. Please see the Collegiate Calendar Fact Sheet link below. The Fact Sheet includes background information, dates for informational meetings, benefits, concerns/frequently asked questions and the survey link (survey will be available November 1-15).

 

Your input will help guide the Calendar Committee in developing their recommendation. The final decision is determined through the negotiations process and adopted by the Board of Education.

 

Collegiate Calendar Fact Sheet

Collegiate Calendar Fact Sheet - Spanish

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10/11/17

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Newport-Mesa Unified School District Board of Education has approved the School Calendar and Schedule of Activities, for the 2018/19 school year.

 

Schedule of School Activities 2018/19
School Calendar 2018/19

School Calendar and Student Holidays Website

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9/27/17

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Newport-Mesa Unified School District Students Show Growth from 2015 to 2017 in Statewide English and Math Assessment

 

Students in Newport-Mesa Unified School District (NMUSD) show growth from 2015 to 2017 in statewide English Language Arts (ELA) and math assessments. NMUSD students also remain above the Orange County and California averages in ELA and math.  

 

The Smarter Balanced assessments are part of the California Assessment of Student Performance and Progress (CAASPP), which tests ELA and math standards for students in grades three through eight and grade 11. The Smarter Balanced assessments are computer adaptive tests that adjust the difficulty of the test items based on how a test taker responds. This provides a more precise measure of student performance.

 

The Smarter Balanced assessments, now in the third year, show an increase of 4.57 percentage points in NMUSD students having met or exceeded ELA standards, and an increase of 3.99 percentage points in students having met or exceeded math standards, when compared to the 2015 baseline assessments.

 

Many NMUSD schools have shown impressive growth during the three year period. Ensign Intermediate School maintained growth all three years in both ELA (9.0 percentage point growth) and math standards (8.50 percentage point growth). Nine schools have shown a growth of more than ten percent in ELA standards, with Adams Elementary showing a growth of 19.23 percentage points. Five schools have shown double digit growth in math standards, again with Adams topping the list at 17.13 percentage point growth.

 

Specific to Title I schools, nearly all have shown growth in ELA and math standards. Adams, Sonora, and Paularino Elementary Schools have shown double digit growth in both ELA and math standards.

 

“It is encouraging to see our Title I schools performing well,” said Deputy Superintendent and Chief Academic Officer Russell Lee-Sung. “This is a testament to the focus of our teachers, and principals to improve our instructional program for all our students,” he said.

 

Our district has been focused on providing support for classroom intervention systems to better implement differentiation of instructional strategies. This allows teachers and instructional assistants to provide targeted support to struggling students and additional enrichment opportunities for high achieving students, such as small group instruction with specifically tailored instructional materials.

 

ELA and math results for English Learners have remained relatively flat throughout the three year assessments. Our district is focused on improving English Learner proficiency by providing additional supports, such as the adoption of new elementary English Language Arts, English Language Development, and math instructional materials. Our district has added two Instructional Specialists in 2017/18, for a total of three that are solely dedicated to improving English Learner proficiency in all subject areas.

 

Looking at grade levels, third and sixth grade students have shown consistent growth in both ELA and math, throughout the three years of the assessments. While the district looks at improvement at all grade levels, there has been a strong focus on the third grade foundational skills. It is widely known that if students are not reading at grade level by third grade, it is increasingly more difficult for them to meet future grade level performance.

 

Comparing results from 2016 to 2017 assessments, NMUSD students showed a slight growth of .57 percentage points in ELA standards and a decline of 1.01 percentage points in math standards.

 

“We are confident that the selection of new elementary math and ELA/ELD instructional materials being implemented this school year will improve student proficiency,” said Deputy Superintendent and Chief Academic Officer Russell Lee-Sung.

 

The current statewide assessments only focus on ELA and math standards, however it is anticipated that the California Science Test (CAST) will be included in the state testing program in 2019. In the meantime, NMUSD teachers continue to work on the next generation Science Standards (NGSS) to prepare for the CAST.

 

Individual student 2017 assessments were mailed to parents. The NMUSD Smarter Balanced testing schedule for 2018 is anticipated for March 20 through June 15.

 

While statewide assessments provide valuable information about overall student progress and areas for improvement, they do not provide a holistic view of student achievement. The new California School Dashboard is expected to provide a more detailed view of performance, based on multiple factors, beyond state testing results. These factors include graduation rates, suspension rates, chronic absenteeism and college and career readiness. However, the State is not expected to provide this data until December 2017. 

 

Links:
 

Smarter Balanced Test Results
 

Parent and Student Resources
 

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Whittier Elementary School

1800 Whittier Avenue

Costa Mesa, California, 92627

(949) 515-6990

 

Principal: Mr. Scott Wilcox

Assistant Principal: Mrs. Terri Clarke

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Box Tops for Education

Keep collecting those Box Tops for Education!

Thank you everyone for helping raise money for our school!

Our next collection date will be in the fall.

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For more information about Box Tops, and which products to look on, click below

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ELAC

“Schools with 21 or more English Learners are required to establish a functioning English Learner Advisory Committee (ELAC) on programs and services for English Learners.”

Click here for information.

NCLB Program Improvement

Program Improvement (PI) School Information

This document is first in English, and then presented in Spanish.

Este documento es el primero en inglés y luego presentado en español.

Fresh Fruit and Vegetable Program

Did you know that the Fresh Fruit and Vegetable Program supports Whittier Elementary School? They provide fresh fruits and vegetables during snack and class time to support healthy students. Our hope is that children learn to make good choices about the food they eat each day.

Non-Discrimination Statement:

The Newport-Mesa Unified School District Governing Board is committed to providing equal opportunity for all individuals in education. District programs, activities, practices, and employment shall be free from discrimination, harassment, intimidation, and bullying based race, color, ancestry, national origin, ethnic group identification, age, religion, marital or parental status, physical or mental disability, sex, sexual orientation, gender, gender identity or expression; the perception of one or more of such characteristics; or association with a person or a group with one or more of these actual or perceived characteristics. This policy applies to all acts related to school activity or school attendance within a school under the jurisdiction of the Superintendent.  Any school employee who witnesses an incident of unlawful discrimination, including discriminatory harassment, intimidation, retaliation, or bullying, shall immediately intervene to stop the incident when it is safe to do so.  Compliance Officer Contact Information: Associate Superintendent, Chief Human Resources Officer, 2985 Bear St. Costa Mesa, CA 92626, 714-424-5041