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At 11:25 am, Whittier was briefly evacuated due to reports of smoke caused by an electrical issue. The evacuation was ended at 11:44 am. M&O is taking care of the problem.

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Posted by: Makala Kritter, District Admin, Albuquerque Public Schools
Published: 9/11/18




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Paper craft of school and students, and the saying  We are on a path to success!

Hawthorne, Los Padillas and Whittier elementary schools, the three APS schools identified by the state as in need of More Rigorous Intervention, will start school on Monday, July 30, a couple of weeks earlier than most other APS schools. 


In addition, these three schools will extend their school day, which will begin at 8:30 a.m. and end at 4 p.m. The extra hour, nicknamed the Genius Hour, is designed to help students apply core knowledge to real-world, enriching activities.

The first day of school for the most other APS schools, including all of its middle and high schools, is Monday, Aug. 13.  

Extending the school day and year at Hawthorne, Los Padillas and Whittier is part of a plan to improve the grade assigned to them by the state Public Education Department, which identified the three as MRI schools (schools in need of More Rigorous Intervention).

The plan for each school was developed with input from students, teachers, staff, families and the community. While molded to fit the unique needs of each school, all of the plans focus on a more rigorous, well-rounded education implemented by a well prepared and supported staff.

The last day of school for all APS schools is May 22. In addition, all schools have the same fall break on Oct. 11-12, winter break from Dec. 21-Jan. 4 and spring break from March 11-15. 

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Posted by: Makala Kritter, District Admin, Albuquerque Public Schools
Published: 7/11/18




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School releases at 11:00.  Breakfast will be served.  Lunch will NOT be served. 

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Posted by: Rebecca Kostelecky
Published: 5/21/18




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Kinder begins at 8:30 and 5th grade begins at 10:30 in the courtyard.  

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Posted by: Rebecca Kostelecky
Published: 5/21/18




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Do you have a child entering preschool or kindergarten next year? Please come for our registration.

When: Tuesday May 1, 2018 from 4:00-6:00 pm

Where: Whittier Elementary School Computer Lab in building 2

Who: Any family that has a 3 or 4 year old interested in free full day preschool or family that has a 5 year old entering kindergarten ( needs to be 3 or 5 by September 1st)

*Please bring: child's shot records, child's birth certificate and proof of residency (only for kindergarten students)

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Posted by: Rebecca Kostelecky
Published: 4/24/18




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 Explora Family Night  is on Tuesday April 24th.  If you are riding the bus from school please be here no later than 5:45 to check in.  If you are meeting us at Explora it will be open from 6:30-8:00.   

We can't wait to see everyone! 

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Posted by: Rebecca Kostelecky
Published: 4/18/18




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Please join us for a community meeting on Wednesday, April 11th from 6:00-8:00 p.m. Dinner will be provided.  

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Posted by: Rebecca Kostelecky
Published: 4/9/18




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Don't forget that Wednesday night we will have Books, Blankets and Brownies at Whittier.  The event runs from 5:30-6:30.  Bring a blanket and enjoy pizza, brownies and a free book! 

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Posted by: Rebecca Kostelecky
Published: 4/2/18




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Dear Whittier Community,

 

As you probably know, Albuquerque Public Schools has been working long and hard on a plan to improve the academic outcomes at Whittier Elementary School, ensuring that your child and all of the school’s students get the world-class education they need and deserve.

 

As we prepared this plan, we held nearly a dozen meeting with teachers, staff, families and the community to get input on ways to improve the school’s grade. If you were among those who attended one or more of those meetings, we thank you for your time and suggestions.   

 

We came away from those meetings with a clear consensus on what we all want for the students at Whittier:  

 

  • A more rigorous education that centers on the needs of students, both academically and emotionally.
  • A well-rounded education that focuses not just on math and language arts, but also on social studies, physical education and the arts.
  • Extra daily learning time, which we are calling The Genius Hour, to help students apply core knowledge to real-world, enriching activities.
  • A strong principal who shares school leadership with parents and teachers and who is well prepared and supported.
  • Additional support and training for educators with an expectation that more will become National Board Certified Teachers.

 

Finally, we heard you loud and clear when you asked that Whittier become a community school with an integrated focus on academics, youth development, family support, and health and social services.

 

This is a good plan, a plan that reflects the passion, dedication and commitment we have for this school. Unfortunately, the state Public Education Department doesn’t feel the plan goes far enough. So, in the coming weeks, we will expand on this plan, addressing some of the concerns raised by the state.
 

Rest assured, we are doing everything in our power to keep the doors open at Whittier, a neighborhood school rich in history and tradition that so many of you love and depend on.

 

In the words of renowned educator John Dewey: “What the best and wisest parent wants for his child, that must we want for all the children of the community. Anything less is unlovely, and left unchecked, destroys our democracy.”

 

Sincerely,

 

Superintendent Raquel Reedy

Associate Superintendent Gabriella Blakey

 

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Posted by: Brian Beeler
Published: 3/27/18




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Its that time again!! The Scholastic book fair will be in the library beginning on Monday March 5th and closing on Friday March 9th.  

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Posted by: Rebecca Kostelecky
Published: 2/27/18




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Parent / Teacher conferences will be held Thursday March 8th and Friday March 9th.  

Please check with your child's teacher for your scheduled time for your parent/ teacher conference.  We hope to see you all.  

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Posted by: Rebecca Kostelecky
Published: 2/27/18




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This Friday, March 2, we are celebrating Dr. Seuss.  

We hope that you will join us all. 

Dress like a character whether short or tall. 

The Grinch, the Lorax, the Sneeches too. 

The Cat in the Hat or a fish that is blue. 

So many characters so take your pick

Perfect attendance gets a prize so we hope you're not sick.

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Posted by: Rebecca Kostelecky
Published: 2/27/18




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Please join us for a special family night.  Bring the whole family to explore arts and literature.  We will have lots of fun activities including fun photo booths that look like some of your favorite stories! We will also have pizza. Hope to see you all there! 

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Posted by: Rebecca Kostelecky
Published: 2/2/18




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The school will be closed on Monday January 15th in honor of Martin Luther King Jr. Day. 

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Posted by: Rebecca Kostelecky
Published: 1/10/18




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Posted by: Rebecca Kostelecky
Published: 12/15/17




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December 18, 2017

Dear Families,

As you probably know by now, the New Mexico Public Education Department has determined that your child’s school is in need More Rigorous Intervention. Three APS elementary schools have been identified as what are being called MRI schools – Hawthorne, Los Padillas and Whittier.

What does this mean for your child? For now, nothing. School will continue as it always has. Students and staff will take a two-week winter break, and we look forward to seeing everyone back at school on Jan. 3.

When we return, we will continue to develop a plan of action for implementing change at your child’s school as required by the state Public Education Department. The state has outlined four possibilities for change:  

  • Significantly changing the way the school runs
  • Converting into a charter school
  • Turning into a magnet school or
  • Closing.

Please know that no recommendation will be made without community input, and whichever option is chosen will have the best interest of your child at heart.

Once the plan is approved by the Public Education Department, we will share details with you. We promise that this will be a transparent process involving all stakeholders, so that when school starts next fall, you’ll know what to expect. No surprises.  We are committed to keeping our families and staff informed.

In the meantime, teaching and learning will continue at your child’s school, and the programs and practices that have been put into place to help your child will remain.

Change can be scary, and I understand why many of our students and families are feeling anxious. I encourage you to stay in touch with your child’s teacher and principal and to be a part of this process.

But for now, enjoy a little time off from school. Your child has been working hard, as have the teachers and staff at your child’s school, and all deserve a little time to rest and regroup.

I wish you all the best this holiday season. See you in 2018!

Sincerely,

Raquel Reedy, Superintendent
Albuquerque Public Schools

 


 

18 de diciembre de 2017

Estimadas familias:

Como seguramente sabrán, el Departamento de Educación Pública de Nuevo México determinó que en la escuela a la que asiste su hijo(a) debe ser objeto de una intervención de un tipo más riguroso (conocida como MRI, por sus siglas en inglés). Las tres escuelas primarias en las que se hará la intervención MRI son: Hawthorne, Los Padillas y Whittier.

¿Qué significa esto para su hijo(a)? Por el momento no significa nada. La escuela continuará funcionando como hasta ahora. Los estudiantes y el personal estarán de vacaciones de invierno durante dos semanas y miramos con ansias verlos a todos de regreso en la escuela el próximo 3 de enero.

A nuestro regreso continuaremos preparando un plan de acción para implementar un cambio en la escuela de su hijo(a), tal como lo ha exigido el Departamento de Educación Pública del estado. Estas son los cuatro posibilidades que el estado ha planteado: 

  • Cambiar significativamente el manejo de la escuela.
  • Convertirla en escuela autónoma (Charter School en inglés).
  • Convertirla en escuela especializada (Magnet School en inglés).
  • Cerrarla definitivamente.

Les aseguramos que no se realizará ninguna recomendación sin la opinión de la comunidad y que la opción que se elija tendrá como fin el mejor interés de su hijo(a).

Una vez el Departamento de Educación Pública apruebe la opción elegida, compartiremos los detalles del plan con ustedes. Les prometemos que será un proceso transparente que contará con la participación de todas las partes interesadas, de manera que sepan qué esperar cuando comience el próximo curso escolar en el otoño.  No habrá sorpresas.  Nuestro compromiso es mantener a las familias y al personal informados.

Mientras esto sucede, la enseñanza y el aprendizaje continuarán en la escuela de su hijo(a), y los programas y las prácticas que se han puesto en práctica para ayudar a su hijo(a) permanecerán vigentes.  

Los cambios pueden hacer sentir miedo, y entiendo el por qué muchos de nuestros estudiantes y sus familias se sientan ansiosos. Los animo a mantenerse en contacto con el maestro de su hijo(a) y con el director de la escuela, y a participar en este proceso.

Por ahora, disfruten de estas cortas vacaciones. Su hijo(a), los maestros y el personal han estado trabajando duro; todos merecen un poco de tiempo para descansar, y entonces reencontrarse.

Les envío mis mejores deseos para esta  temporada festiva. ¡Nos vemos en 2018!

Atentamente,

Raquel Reedy, Superintendente
Escuelas Públicas de Albuquerque

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Posted by: Brian Beeler
Published: 12/15/17




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Please join us tonight at 5:30 for dinner and discussion.  

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Posted by: Rebecca Kostelecky
Published: 12/14/17