29 NO SCHOOL - Parent Teacher Conferences
30 NO SCHOOL - Parent Teacher Conferences
31 NO SCHOOL (Office Closed)
4 Weatherization Workshop 6-8 p.m.
5 Parent Tea (Library) 8:40 a.m.
Picture Retake Day!
Cooking Class (Cafeteria) 5:30-8 p.m.
Family Dance (Gym) 6-7:30 p.m.
6 Zumba (Gym) 6:30-7:30 p.m.
10 NO SCHOOL - Teacher Planning Day (Office Open)
11 NO SCHOOL - Veterans' Day Holiday (Office Closed)
12 Cooking Class (Cafeteria) 5:30-8 p.m.
13 Zumba (Gym) 6:30-7:30 p.m.
18 Parent Teacher Group Meeting 6 p.m.
19 Cooking Class (Cafeteria) 5:30-8 p.m.
20 Zumba (Gym) 6:30-7:30 p.m.
27 NO SCHOOL - Thanksgiving Holiday (Office Closed)
28 NO SCHOOL - Thanksgiving Holiday (Office Closed)
School News and Announcements
Picture Retake Day - Wednesday, November 5! Picture packets are available in the office.
A Message from the Principal
Dear Whitman Families,
We’ve had an exciting start to the school year and I look forward to what the remainder of the year will bring.
As you may know Oregon adopted new, higher academic standards called the Common Core State Standards in English Language Arts and Math. Our state chose to adopt these K-12 standards to help ensure that all students graduate from high school with the academic knowledge and skills necessary for success in college, career, and life. The new standards explain what your child should know and be able to do at each grade level. The standards are aligned to college- and career-expectations so when your child graduates from high school, he or she will be ready to take their next step into a college or career. Although Oregon has had academic standards for years, the previous standards did not adequately prepare our students for the rapidly changing economy of the future. These new standards are higher, expect more and offer a clear, strong path for your student’s success.
Because the standards are higher, we know it will take students a few years to master them, which is why we will initially see a drop in the number of students reaching this higher proficiency level across the state. It is because we are now teaching to a higher standard. We know our students are capable of achieving at high levels and we are committed to providing the support to make this transition as smooth as possible.
We will provide several opportunities throughout this year for you to learn about the Common Core Standards, what is expected at your child’s grade level and how you can be an active partner in your child’s journey to meeting these standards. Your first opportunity to learn about the Common Core State Standards at your child’s grade level will be at Parent/Teacher conferences at the end of the month.
If you weren’t able to make our Open House you missed an opportunity to sign up for a parent/teacher conference at the end of the month. Please contact your child’s teacher to sign up for a Parent/Teacher Conference. Conferences are Wednesday and Thursday, October 29th and 30th this year which is a month earlier than years past.
If you are a parent of a kindergartener you received a letter last week explaining a change to our kindergarten classrooms due to a decrease in enrollment. We closed Mrs. Bennett’s classroom and dispersed the students into either Mrs. Williams’ or Ms. Sele’s classrooms. Originally Mrs. Bennett was going to be transferred to another school in the district to teach kindergarten. After further consideration and advocacy from some of you the Superintendent, Assistant Superintendent and Senior Directors (my direct supervisor) decided to keep Mrs. Bennett at Whitman in a different capacity. Mrs. Bennett will now be providing small group instruction in reading and math for our primary grade students who are most at-risk of not meeting our 3rd grade reading and math goals. We are very excited to have another teacher to support our students’ academic growth
We have lots of activities and classes going on this month: our monthly Parent Tea, Family Game Night, Run for the Arts/Grandparents’ Day and our Thursday night Zumba classes for families. Please see the calendar in this newsletter for specific dates and times of our upcoming events.
We are updating our school website on a regular basis. If you have access to the internet, check it out. You can find the most up-to-date information about school events and day-to-day happenings at Whitman.