Whittier Elementary School
Home of the Dolphins
Learning For All Whatever It Takes
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 774.
Whittier Elementary School
1800 Whittier Avenue
Costa Mesa, California, 92627
Follow the link below to Naviance, a new college and career planning website the district would like us to explore and use to plan for the students' futures. Thank you!
Bus Passes for 2016-2017 School Year *Must be Done Online*
Dual Immersion Program Enrollment - Kindergarten
Our Dual Immersion Program is now taking applications for the 2016-2017 school year, Kindergarten only.
Online application is still open!
Parents will be notified by May 15, either if their student was accepted or not accepted into the program.
If you would like assistance with the online application, please come to our Parent Center, so that our wonderful Community Facilitator, Laura Wagenseller, can help you!
Also, if you would like to take a tour of our school, and our Kindergarten Dual Immersion Program, please call 949-515-6990 and make an appointment!
Notice: Ogle Mobile Application
We would like to make you aware of a problematic mobile application called Ogle. Ogle is designed and marketed for students to post videos and/or pictures about themselves, other students and their school campuses. The application allows users to submit photos, make comments and post without censorship and in total anonymity.
The Newport-Mesa Unified School District believes that there is no practical use for this app and that it is largely being used to spread harmful, hurtful and negative messages. We do not believe it adds any value nor does it deliver any positive benefits for our students. The schools in our district (and many others) are being affected by this application. The Ogle app, like many other social media, can become an avenue for cyber-bullying, harassment, violence and other issues.
We urge parents to carefully monitor student’s online presence and use of this app and any other social media. We respectfully ask that you strongly consider removing this app from your students phone. We continually review district-owned devices to ensure that such applications are not installed.
There are offensive, insulting and even threatening posts on the Ogle app. While we partner with local police departments to research the validity and origination of threatening claims, we urge your support in the following:
We appreciate your help in partnering with us to ensure a safe environment focused on student learning.
Nos gustaría informarle acerca de una aplicación móvil llamada Ogle. Ogle, al igual que muchos otros medios de comunicación social, puede ser un medio de intimidación cibernética, la violencia y otros problemas cuando se utiliza inapropiadamente. Ogle está diseñado y comercializado para los estudiantes para publicar videos y / o fotografías de sí mismos, otros estudiantes y sus escuelas. La aplicación también permite a los usuarios comentar y publicar de forma anónima.
Sólo queríamos hacerle consciente de esta solicitud y urgirles a monitorizar cuidadosamente sus estudiantes de presencia en línea y el uso de esta aplicación y cualquier otro de los medios sociales.
Hemos revisado los dispositivos que pertenecen al distrito para asegurar que la aplicación no está instalada. Apreciamos su ayuda en asociarse con nosotros para asegurar un ambiente de aprendizaje seguro, centrado en el aprendizaje del estudiante.
Whittier School News
Newport-Mesa Unified School District received a request to name the Costa Mesa High School (CMHS) athletic field the "Edgar C. Baume Field" or "Ed Baume Field" in honor of Mr. Edgar Baume, who was an active supporter of CMHS football and baseball.
Please click here for more information and to take a brief survey regarding this naming request. The survey will be available for public input until May 11, 2016.
Dear NMUSD Parent, Guardian, or Community Member:
Starting in the 2013-2014 school year, the state of California created a new model for school district funding and accountability. As a result, each district develops an annual Local Control Accountability Plan (LCAP). Each school district must engage parents, educators, employees and the community to establish these plans. The plan describes the school district’s overall vision for students, annual goals and specific actions the district will take to achieve the vision and goals. The LCAPs must focus on eight areas identified as state priorities. The plans will also demonstrate how the district’s budget will help achieve the goals, and assess each year how well the strategies in the plan were able to improve outcomes.
We would like to invite you to provide your feedback on the 2015-2016 LCAP Actions and Services through a short online survey.
You may also review all of the district’s LCAP documents on our dedicated webpage at http://web.nmusd.us/lcap
If you have questions or would like to provide additional input, please send an email to firstname.lastname@example.org
Estimado padre, tutor, o miembro de la Comunidad de NMUSD:
A partir del año escolar 2013-2014, el estado de California ha creado un nuevo modelo de financiación de distrito escolar y la rendición de cuentas. Como resultado, cada distrito desarrolla un Plan de Rendición de Cuentas y Control Local (LCAP por sus siglas en ingles). Cada distrito escolar debe involucrar a los padres, educadores, empleados y la comunidad para establecer estos planes. El plan describe la visión general del distrito escolar para los estudiantes, las metas anuales y las acciones específicas del distrito tomará para alcanzar la visión y los objetivos. El LCAP debe centrarse en ocho áreas identificadas como prioridades del estado. Los planes también mostrarán la manera como se usará el presupuesto del distrito para ayudar a lograr las metas y cada año se evaluará si las estrategias del plan han mejorado los resultados
Nos gustaría invitarlos a que aporten sus comentarios sobre las acciones 2015-2016 LCAP y servicios a través de una breve encuesta en línea.
También puede revisar todos los documentos LCAP del distrito en nuestra página de internet, http://web.nmusd.us/lcap
It’s that time to prepare for the new school year to come. Fulfill school entry and immunization requirements by obtaining your Preschool, Kindergarten and First grade physical exam at no cost*
Please see attached flyer for details.
Additional information regarding school health requirements is available on the Health Services Website.
* Eligibility Criteria Applies
There is still time to apply for either of the two Neport-Mesa Unified School District Language Immersion programs, Mandarin (College Park Elementary) or Spanish (Whittier Elementary). If you are interested in taking advantage of one of these unique programs for your child, please click on the link below to find the informational brochure as well as the online application. Be sure to look under “Elementary Programs”.
Dual language programs are the most impressive forms of education being offered in the United States, and there is a significant increase in demand for these programs throughout the country.
Summary of research:
Todavía hay tiempo para solicitar cualquiera de los dos programas de Inmersión del Districto Escolar de Newport-Mesa, mandarín (Primaria College Park) o español (Primaria Whittier). Si usted está interesado(a) en tomar ventaja de uno de estos programas únicos para su hijo(a), por favor oprima el enlace de abajo para encontrar el folleto informativo, así como la aplicación. Asegúrese de buscar en "Elementary Programs” (Programas Primaria).
Programas de lenguaje dual son las formas más impresionantes de la educación que se ofrecen en los Estados Unidos, y hay un aumento significativo en la demanda de estos programas en todo el país.
Resumen de investigación:
Classified employees are nominated by principals and district directors in the following six categories; Child Nutrition, Maintenance and Operations, Office and Technical, Instructional Assistant, Support Services and Security, and Transportation. Nominees must meet the following criteria:
NMUSD congratulates the following 2016 Classified Employees of the Years:
Laura Chirinos, Child Nutrition
Ms. Laura Chirinos has worked for the NMUSD for nearly 20 years and has served as a Nutrition Services Specialist III at Estancia High School for the past nine years. She is responsible for planning and coordinating the production of more than 1,000 meals daily.
Ms. Chirinos is a fast learner, quickly promoted because of her ability to assimilate the wisdom gained from working at multiple schools throughout the district. She has incorporated this broad knowledge to satisfy the unique dietary needs of students and build strong relationships with her co-workers who often seek her guidance and advice. She has created a positive and welcoming atmosphere for students and a fun and a collaborative work environment for her colleagues and encourages the staff to further their education and work experiences so they too can be promoted.
Jean Paul Vigneault, Maintenance, Operations and Facilities
Newport-Mesa’s Classified Employee of the Year from the Maintenance, Operations and Facilities team, Mr. Jean Paul Vigneault, has consistently proven himself to be an exceptional employee who regularly goes above and beyond to ensure the safety and security of staff, students and the public. With his extensive knowledge of custodial operations and standards, he has established himself as an invaluable asset, able to fill in for virtually all custodial positions throughout the district. In addition, he is always willing to assist anyone who asks, is known for doing the right thing no matter the circumstance, and is widely admired throughout the school community for his foresight and compassion.
Wayne Wescott, Office and Technical
Highly regarded for his tenacity, self-motivation and exceptional customer service, Office and Technical Support Technician Mr. Wayne Wescott, has impressively advanced his position within the District throughout his twenty-one years of employment.
Collaboratively leading a team of technicians, he has helped package and deploy hundreds of business and instructional applications to thousands of computers throughout more than thirty schools and multiple district offices. His distinguished work on automated software deployment of the latest instructional and business applications have proven crucial to the success of District-wide operations and positively impacted both employees and students. Consistently updating his skills and knowledge, he regularly leads training sessions for information technology staff and has proven to be of immeasurable value to the schools and the overall District.
Jesse Murray, Para-Educator and Instructional Assistance
Mr. Jesse Murray, a special education instructional assistant at Corona del Mar High School, is an exceptional employee who provides consistent encouragement and motivational support for both students and staff. He frequently chaperones student outings and actively participates in school fundraisers, events and rallies. He has become a household name within the Corona del Mar school community.
Known by many families as a mentor and friend to special needs students, he is able to manage and inspire with a sense of accountability and empathy. In addition, this consummate professional is the aide everyone desires to have in their classroom because of his vital data collection abilities, flexibility and reliability, as well as his dedication to and affinity with students. Mr. Murray is the quintessential role model for what an effective student-focused leader should be.
Vicki Martini, Support Services and Security
With an outstanding reputation and greatly respected in her field, Vicki Martini has had an immense impact in the community during her twenty-four years with the district.
She is a strong supporter of youth organizations and a volunteer for numerous events and fundraisers. Ms. Martini also has been masterful at building collaborative relationships throughout the district as well as the community at-large. She has established work training programs and facilitates student job placement at local businesses, nurtured beneficial relationships with multiple county and state agencies and attends local Better Business Bureau and Chamber of Commerce functions to promote, support, and build partnerships for District programs. This vast network of resources has been assembled all in the service of students, culminating in far-reaching results that ultimately empower students to achieve economic self-sufficiency, independent living and integration into all aspects of society.
Lucky Nguyen, Transportation
Newport-Mesa’s Classified Employee of the Year from the Transportation category, Lucky Nguyen, is known for his commitment to his job and the students with whom he interacts daily. His attentive, friendly, and approachable demeanor is instrumental in providing excellent service. He recognizes when students are struggling and is more than willing to proactively provide extra care when needed.
The ultimate team player, he consistently volunteers wherever and whenever a need arises, including at the School Bus Roadeo Competitions, and is regularly sought out by his fellow drivers for his friendly and effectual advice. He has not missed a day of work in more than five years, exemplifying his remarkable dedication to his job, as well as to all with whom he interacts. This is part of the reason NMUSD consistently receive compliments on his exceptional service.
Newport - Mesa Unified School District (NMUSD) has been recognized as a Constant Contact "power user." This recognition underscores the value that NMUSD places on communication with parents, students, staff, and the community. We are honored to receive this news and we would like to thank YOU, this is a shared moment of success!
This annual designation as an “all-star” is given to only ten percent of the more than 500,000 small businesses and organizations using Constant Contact. The All-Stars are selected by Constant Contact and recognized for their effectiveness in building better relationships and successfully using marketing tools to communicate with stakeholders.
State Test (CAASPP) Results Are Here
Hopefully, you have received your student(s)' test results (via a letter sent to your home). Did you need help understanding what all that information means? Or how you can apply the results to your student's future learning? Here is a link to some further explanations that the district has provided.
There are documents and videos.
Mientras que las instrucciones del distrito no están en español, hay enlaces y videos para los hispanohablantes.
I am college bound!
Box Tops for Education
Keep collecting those Box Tops for Education!
For more information about Box Tops, and which products to look on, click below
“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
This document is first in English, and then presented in Spanish.
Este documento es el primero en inglés y luego presentado en español.
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: Russell Lee-Sung, Associate Superintendent, Chief Human Resources Officer, 2985 Bear St. Costa Mesa, CA 92626, 714-424-5041