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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 774.

 

Whittier Elementary School

1800 Whittier Avenue

Costa Mesa, California, 92627

(949) 515-6990

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Bus Passes for 2016-2017 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

Dual Immersion Program

Our Dual Immersion Program is now full for the 2016-2017 school year.

 

If you would like to be placed on a wait list, please call Whittier's School Office (949-515-6990) and ask to be put on the Dual Immersion Program Wait List.  

 

Parents will be notified in May if their student was accepted into the program.

 

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Whittier School News

7/21/16

Newport-Mesa Unified School District (NMUSD) is announcing its policy for providing free and reduced-price meals for children served under the National School Lunch Program and/or School Breakfast Program.

 

Meal applications will be sent to all households with a letter informing parents or guardians of the availability of free and reduced-price meals. To apply, complete one application for all children in the household and submit to the school for processing. Additional copies are available at the school office or you may apply online at http://nmusd.heartlandapps.com.   Households may submit an application at any time during the school year. Information provided on the application will be used for the purpose of determining eligibility and may be verified at any time during the school year by school officials.

 

Children are eligible for free or reduced-price meals if their household income is less than or equal to the Income Eligibility Guidelines identified below, which will be used to determine eligibility for meal benefits. These guidelines are effective July 1, 2016 through June 30, 2017.

 

NMUSD will notify the household of their children’s eligibility for free meals if any household member receives CalFresh, California Work Opportunity and Responsibility to Kids (CalWORKs), or Food Distribution Program Indian Reservations (FDPIR) benefits. Households will also be notified of any child’s eligibility for free meals if the individual child is categorized as foster, homeless, migrant, runaway, enrolled in an eligible Head Start, or enrolled in an eligible pre-kindergarten class.

 

 

An Application is not required if a household receives the eligibility notice from school officials. Households should contact the school immediately regarding any child in the household not included on the eligibility notice. The household must notify school officials if they choose to decline meal benefits.

 

Households that did not receive the eligibility notice from school officials and would like to apply for meal benefits must submit a complete free and reduced-price application for Newport-Mesa Unified School District to determine a child’s eligibility.

 

Households receiving CalFresh, CalWORKs, or FDPIR benefits must include the following on their meal application:

  1. Names of all enrolled children
  2. One case number from any household member
  3. Signature of an adult household member

 

Households with foster, homeless, migrant, or runaway children must include: 

  1. Names of all enrolled children
  2. Indication of individual child’s categorical eligibility status
  3. Signature of an adult household member

 

Households who may qualify for free or reduced-price meals based on income must include:

  1. Names of all household members (children and adults)
  2. Amount, frequency, and source of current income for each household member
  3. The last 4 digits of the Social Security number (SSN) of the adult household member who signs the application or check the box if the adult does not have a SSN
  4. Signature of an adult household member

 

Foster children are eligible for free meals and may be included as a household member of a foster family if the foster family chooses to also apply for the non-foster children. Including foster children as a household member may help the non-foster children in the household qualify for free or reduced-price meal benefits. If the foster family is not eligible for meal benefits, this does not prevent foster children from receiving free meal benefits.

 

Children in households participating in Women, Infants and Children (WIC) may be eligible for free or reduced-price meals. Contact school officials for further information or complete an application for processing.

 

If a household member becomes unemployed or if the household size changes, the family should contact the school. Such changes may make the household eligible for free or reduced-price meals if the household income falls at or below the levels shown above.

 

For up to 30 operating days into the new school year, eligibility from the previous school year will continue within the same school/agency. When the carry-over period ends, unless the household is notified that their children are directly certified or the household submits an application that is approved, the children must pay full price for school meals and the school will not send a reminder or a notice of expired eligibility.

 

 

 

Free

Eligibility Scale for

Lunch, Breakfast, and Milk

Reduced-Price

Eligibility Scale for

Lunch and Breakfast

Household size

Year

Month

Twice Per Month

Every Two Weeks

Week

Year

Month

Twice

Per

Month

Every Two Weeks

Week

1

$ 15,444

$ 1,287

$   644

$  594

$  297

$ 21,978

$ 1,832

$   916

$   846

$  423

2

20,826

1,736

868

801

401

29,637

2,470

1,235

1,140

570

3

26,208

2,184

1,092

1,008

504

37,296

3,108

1,554

1,435

718

4

31,590

2,633

1,317

1,215

608

44,955

3,747

1,874

1,730

865

5

36,972

3,081

1,541

1,422

711

52,614

4,385

2,193

2,024

1,012

6

42,354

3,530

1,765

1,629

815

60,273

5,023

2,512

2,319

1,160

7

47,749

3,980

1,990

1,837

919

67,951

5,663

2,832

2,614

1,307

8

53,157

4,430

2,215

2,045

1,023

75,647

6,304

3,152

2,910

1,455

For each additional family member, add:

 

$  5,408

$    451

$   226

$   208

$    104

$  7,696

$    642

$    321

$   296

$   148

 

 

 

Under the provisions of NMUSD Free and Reduced-Price Meal Policy Statement, the designated determining official(s) will review meal Applications and determine eligibility. Parents or guardians dissatisfied with the eligibility determination may discuss the decision with the determining official on an informal basis. Parents or guardians may also make a formal request for an appeal hearing of the decision and may do so orally or in writing with Todd Hatfield. Contact the hearing official at 714-424-5090 for information regarding the hearing procedures.

 

In accordance with federal civil rights law and U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) civil rights regulations and policies, the USDA, its agencies, offices, and employees, and institutions participating in or administering USDA programs are prohibited from discriminating based on race, color, national origin, sex, disability, age, or reprisal or retaliation for prior civil rights activity in any program or activity conducted or funded by USDA.

 

Persons with disabilities who require alternative means of communication for program information (e.g. Braille, large print, audiotape, American Sign Language, etc.), should contact the agency (state or local) where they applied for benefits. Individuals who are deaf, hard of hearing or have speech disabilities may contact USDA through the Federal Relay Service at 800-877-8339. Additionally, program information may be made available in languages other than English.

 

To file a program complaint of discrimination, complete the USDA Program Discrimination Complaint Form (AD-3027), found online at http://www.ascr.usda.gov/complaint_filing_cust.html and at any USDA office, or write a letter addressed to USDA and provide in the letter all of the information requested in the form. To request a copy of the complaint form, call 866-632-9992. Submit your completed form or letter to USDA by:

 

  1. Mail: U.S. Department of Agriculture  

Office of the Assistant Secretary for Civil Rights

1400 Independence Avenue, SW

Washington, D.C. 20250-9410

       

  1. Fax: (202) 690-7442 
  2. Email: program.intake@usda.gov

 

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7/15/16

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Newport-Mesa Unified School District (N-MUSD) is pleased to announce that Mr. Russell Lee-Sung has been appointed acting associate superintendent and chief academic officer, effective immediately. A recommendation to appoint Mr. Lee-Sung as the permanent associate superintendent and chief academic officer position will be brought to the Board of Education at the August 23 Board Meeting.

 

Mr. Lee-Sung has more than 30 years of service as an educator and administrator, most recently serving as the associate superintendent, chief human resources officer, responsible for directing all human resource functions for certificated and classified employees at N-MUSD. He has previously served as a teacher, department chair, high school principal, assistant principal of business, activities, and curriculum and instruction, and district administrator in four diverse school districts. 

 

“His history of working in diverse educational settings and his leadership in human resources and business, position Russell exceptionally well for this role,” said, Superintendent Dr. Fred Navarro. “I am confident that he will continue to bring meaningful insight and leadership to our district in this new capacity,” he said.

 

As high school principal in the Alhambra and Walnut Valley Unified School District’s, Mr. Lee-Sung’s schools earned two California Title 1 Academic Achievement Awards, a California Distinguished School Award and Exemplary Career Technical Education Award. He is known for being an exceptional communicator, collaborator, innovator and problem solver. These are the same characteristics and skills we are committed to developing in all N-MUSD students.  Mr. Lee-Sung also was successful in closing the achievement gap and removing obstacles that increased access to rigorous academic programs, such as advanced placement and international baccalaureate.

 

“I am honored to carry out the Board of Education’s vision to inspire and bridge our school community to create the highest quality instruction program in order to prepare all students for college and career success,” said Mr. Russell Lee-Sung.

 

With the anticipated Board approval of Mr. Lee-Sung’s appointment, N-MUSD will begin the process to fill the assistant superintendent, chief human resources officer position.

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7/11/16

Summer meals for kids and teens are being served in your community!  This is open to all children 18 and younger with no enrollment and no cost!  Two locations are open.  Please see the attached flyers for more details!

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7/5/16

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Newport-Mesa Unified School District (NMUSD) was named a District of Distinction for its Psychological Support Services programs. In addition to providing support for educationally related mental health services these programs also serve to support the social and emotional well-being of students by providing support to students struggling with homelessness, drugs, bullying and other related circumstances.

 

Districts of Distinction is a national recognition program created by District Administration Magazine to honor school districts that are leading the way in establishing initiatives that yield quantifiable benefits, and that could be replicated by other districts.

 

The focus of NMUSD’s Psychological Support Services is to provide multi-tiered systems of support and interventions in order to encourage positive mental health that in-turn leads to positive learning and behavior. A unique aspect of NMUSD’s program is that it falls under the auspices of the Student Services Department, which allows a natural connection between both general education and special education.

 

“The mental, emotional, psychological, and social well-being of our students’ is essential to learning,” said Sara Jocham, assistant superintendent of student services. “By providing dynamic psychological support services, we are fostering student’s abilities to pay attention, concentrate, focus and learn,” Jocham added.

 

Part of the success of the Psychological Support Services programs is due to the partnerships with parents, other school-based professionals, and more than 30 community partners who work collaboratively to provide a continuum of services that meet the needs of the whole child. During the 2015-16 school year, the District hosted 12 master’s level social work interns from the University of Southern California School of Social Work.

 

Additionally, the District is one of 11 school districts selected, nationwide, to participate in a Collaborative Improvement and Innovation Network (CoIIN), focused on the  implementation of best practices, policies, and financial strategies that support access to and the expansion of high-quality and sustainable school-based mental health services.  As part of the CoIIN initiative, the District is developing a first-ever national performance framework for measuring and publicly reporting outcomes in the area of school-based mental health. 

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7/1/16

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On July 1, 1966 the Costa Mesa Union School District, Newport Beach City School District and the Newport Harbor Union High School District unified to become the Newport-Mesa Unified School District (NMUSD).

 

For more than five decades Newport-Mesa Unified School District has created lasting memories and nurtured the talents of its students. NMUSD is a leader in educational innovation; delivering a rigorous, broad-based curriculum through exceptional, high-quality instruction supported by a team of dedicated educators and support staff.

 

Throughout the District’s rich 50 year history, it has strived to help students find their passion, purpose, and potential, to prepare them to venture into the future in careers, college and active citizenship. Whether through academics, arts, athletics or other interests, NMUSD has opportunities to match every student's talents and interest.

 

While much has changed in education throughout NMUSD’s 50 year history, the District takes pride in continually evolving and adapting to changing educational needs. NMUSD has exceptionally bright and forward-thinking students, teachers, staff and leadership team that remain committed to ensuring that students are well-prepared for future successes.   

 

“Thank you to everyone who has contributed to the success of our students,” said Superintendent Dr. Fred Navarro. “We appreciate your unwavering commitment, support and partnership as we look forward to continued success,” he said.

 

Stay connected throughout the 2016/17 school year, and join NMUSD in celebrating this milestone anniversary, as the District shares some fun facts and highlights of its 50 year legacy of excellence, www.nmusd.us/anniversary.

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6/27/16

Ms. Susan Astarita, the district’s senior associate superintendent and chief academic officer, has announced her retirement.

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“It has been my privilege to work in the Newport Mesa Unified School District for the last 22 years,” Said Astarita. “I’ve enjoyed the focus on teaching and learning, the collegiality and the team atmosphere. I’ve worked with the finest teachers, principals, District staff, Superintendent and Board of Education,” she added.  

 

Ms. Astarita’s 39-year career in public education began as a teacher in the Santa Ana Unified School District where she worked for 17 years, serving as a principal and District-level administrator before joining Newport Mesa Unified School District in 1994.  Most recently she served as the senior associate superintendent and chief academic officer, overseeing overall elementary and secondary education services for the district, which includes early childhood education, curriculum design and implementation, assessments, education technology, college and career education and special projects.

 

Ms. Astarita is looking forward to having time to explore her family history, participate more actively in the local Chapter of the Daughters of the American Revolution and the Orange County Society of Mayflower Descendants. She enjoys golf and is looking forward to having time to practice and play on a more regular basis.

 

“I would like to congratulate Susan and wish her the best of luck in her retirement,” said Superintendent Dr. Fred Navarro. “She has done an exceptional job at focusing recourses and aligning the Education Services Division to better meet the needs of our students and support to our school sites. I truly value and admire her great work and leadership, and will miss her tremendously,” Navarro added.

 

Ms. Astarita’s last day is June 30, 2016. Within the next few weeks an interim senior associate superintendent and chief academic officer will be assigned. The District anticipates filling the vacancy prior to the start of the 2016/17 school year.

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5/12/16

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Newport-Mesa Unified School District (NMUSD) is joining the Orange County Department of Education’s One Billion Acts of Kindness initiative, which launched this month and will continue until reaching one billion acts of kindness in Orange County.
 

As the name of the campaign suggests, the goal is to register one billion good deeds throughout Orange County, in an effort to promote civility, character and positive school climates in Orange County — and hopefully beyond.
 

“This is a wonderful initiative that we wholeheartedly support,” said Superintendent Dr. Fred Navarro. “As educators it is important to look beyond just academics and foster positive school climates to nurture students’ emotional and social well-being,” he said.
 

All kind acts count toward the goal of one billion, regardless of where they occur. Be sure to record the acts by posting to social media (Facebook, Twitter and Instagram) using the hashtag #kindness1billion, or by visiting the website www.kindness1billion.org and clicking on the designated button. There also is an option for schools and community organizations to submit multiple acts at once.
 

An act of kindness can be as simple as welcoming a new student to school, picking up a discarded cup along the sidewalk or writing a kind note to a friend or family member. It could be more involved, such as visiting a home for senior citizens, joining a beach clean-up or volunteering at a local animal shelter. Either way, it is about doing something kind with no expectation of reciprocity.
 

Please join us in spreading kindness and together we can reach One Billion Acts of Kindness. For more information, please visit www.kindness1billion.org.

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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: Russell Lee-Sung, Associate Superintendent, Chief Human Resources Officer, 2985 Bear St. Costa Mesa, CA 92626, 714-424-5041