We have exciting news to share!

We have some exciting news to share about what’s happening at school and want to invite you to join us to celebrate. How’s this for cool news?

  • We are ranked a B school by the Arizona Department of education for our high levels of student growth and increasing levels of student proficiency! We are outperforming many of the schools in our area.
  • We are the FIRST elementary school in Phoenix named a No Place for Hate School by the Anti-Defamation League for our commitment to providing a safe, inclusive, and positive learning environment for all students.
  • We are committed to developing students that have the academic and social-emotional foundation needed to make our school, community, and world a better place.

We are going to have a PETER PIPER PIZZA PARTY on October 27th from 4:00-7:00 pm to celebrate our news. There will be a costume contest and a variety of games and raffles. Come on out for some food and fun! You can call to RSVP for the party at 602-257-2890 or email us RSVPWhittier@PhxSchools.org. All are welcome! Feel free to invite any family or friends.

We can’t wait to see you and share all of our great news! Student learning is soaring at Whittier. Our staff is on fire with ideas and programs to engage students, and we are always here to support our students and families!

Please share our great news with family and friends. We have room for more students to join our great school!

Clare Okyere
Proud Principal of Whittier School

August is Attendance Awareness Month

Phoenix #1 proclaimed August “Attendance Awareness” month because we understand the strong relationship between good attendance at school and student achievement.
In fact, studies show that students with poor attendance in the early years tend to struggle with achievement throughout the rest of their school years. And, good attendance leads to high school graduation!

For more information, please read here about the effects of poor attendance.

Partnering to Test the Drinking Water on Our Campuses

May 11, 2017

Dear Phoenix #1 Families & Community;

At Phoenix Elementary School District #1, we have been working with the Arizona Department of Environmental Quality (ADEQ) to conduct screening programs to determine if there is a presence of lead in school drinking water. ADEQ is coordinating with multiple state and local agencies, public water systems and public schools to proactively conduct these screening tests.

Whittier School drinking water was tested. There were no samples obtained that indicated a presence of lead in the drinking water above 15 parts of lead per billion parts of water (15 ppb). This is the level that is in compliance with federal drinking water standards.

We are pleased with these results. We will continue to work with ADEQ to insure the drinking water on our campuses is safe for students and staff. The safety and health of our students and staff is our number one priority.

Should you have further questions regarding this topic, there is information available at azdequ.gov/LeadScreeningProg or you can speak to Principal, Mrs. Clare Okyere or call my office at 602-257-2912.


Mr. Larry Weeks,
Superintendent, Phoenix Elementary School District #1


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17 de noviembre de 2017

Estimadas Familias y Comunidad de Phoenix #1;

En el Distrito Escolar Primario #1 de Phoenix, hemos estado trabajando con el Departamento de Calidad Ambiental de Arizona (cuyas siglas en inglés son ADEQ) para llevar a cabo programas de investigación para determinar si hay presencia de plomo en el agua potable de las escuelas. ADEQ está coordinando con varias agencias estatales y locales, sistemas públicos de agua y escuelas públicas para llevar a cabo proactivamente estas pruebas de detección.

Se revisó el agua potable de la Escuela Whittier. Ninguna de las muestras obtenidas indicó la presencia de plomo en el agua potable superior a 15 partes de plomo por mil millones de partes de agua (15 ppb). Este es el nivel que cumple con las normas federales del agua potable.

Estamos satisfechos con estos resultados. Seguiremos trabajando con ADEQ para asegurar que el agua potable en nuestras escuelas es segura para los estudiantes y el personal. La seguridad y la salud de nuestros estudiantes y personal es nuestra prioridad número uno.

Si usted tiene más preguntas sobre este tema, hay información disponible en azdequ.gov/LeadScreeningProg o usted puede hablar con el Director, el Sra. Clare Okyere o llamar a mi oficina al 602-257-2912.


Sr. Larry Weeks,
Superintendente, Distrito Escolar Primario #1 de Phoenix

Whittier’s Student of the Week 2017!

Meet Gabriel, the Univision Student of the Week from Whittier. Way to be an outstanding student, Gabriel!

Invest Your Tax Dollars: Developing Tolerance & Management Skills in the Future


Tax credit donations are so valuable to the students of our district. According to Dr. David Garcia, an assistant professor at Arizona State University, schools with more Latino students receive far less tax credit donations. In his article, he points out that “In 2013, schools that were at least 75 percent Latino received an average $12.65 per student in tax-credit donations, while schools with low Latino populations received an average $87 per student.”

Leaders of Phoenix

Seventh and eighth grade students at Whittier School in downtown Phoenix hope to discover “The Disney Way” and the management skills used to lead a cast of thousands.  The students learn to overcome obstacles and engage in exercises designed to reinforce courage, curiosity and constancy and the confidence to set goals and accomplish their dreams at a Disneyland Leadership Workshop in May 2017.


While in Los Angeles, the students will also visit the Museum of Tolerance.  The museum is a human rights laboratory and educational center dedicated to challenging visitors to understand the Holocaust in both historic and contemporary contexts and confront all forms of prejudice and discrimination in our world today.



The goal of this trip is for the seventh and eighth grade students at Whittier to embrace and better understand diversity in our society and to gain a glimpse into the creativity and communication and management skills of Walt Disney World to drive their personal growth.


Value to Students

Many of our inner city students never have the chance to leave their neighborhood. Exposing these students to The Disney Way and The Museum of Tolerance, as well as travel and staying in a hotel, are life-changing experiences that build dreams and goals for a bright future.


How to Donate

Please consider making a tax credit donation today! You can donate at Whittier’s front office or online HERE.

  1. On the right-hand side of the page click “donate online”
  2. Click the “tax credit donation” box
  3. Select the school you would like to donate to (Note: select the school with current tax year)
  4. Under Program select which program you would like to donate to. (Note: if you would like to donate to a specific club, select “other” and write the club name in the text box)
  5. Write in the amount you want to donate
  6. Repeat steps 3-5 if you would like to donate to multiple clubs or schools
  7. Click “Continue” and follow directions to enter personal information


Don’t understand AZ Tax Credits?  Not a problem. We have a quick little video that explains the opportunity.


Whittier Elementary School

2000 North 16th Street

Phoenix AZ 85006


2017 Flu Letter

February 21, 2017

The flu is hitting us late this year compared to the rest of the United States.   A combination of the following symptoms could mean you have the flu:

Fever (usually high)


Feeling very tired

Dry cough

Sore throat

Runny or stuffy nose

Muscle aches

Nausea, vomiting, and diarrhea are more common in children

In our schools we have been seeing a lot of students with fevers, coughing and with vomiting. We need to work together to keep our students healthy. The most important way to prevent the flu is to keep hands clean. We need to wash our hands often and thoroughly with soap and water. If this is not possible, then hand sanitizer can be used. Other measures to keep in mind to stay healthy include:

Cover your nose and mouth with a tissue when you cough or sneeze and discard the tissue, or use the inside of your elbow to block the cough/sneeze.

Avoid touching your eyes, nose and mouth.

Do not return to school until you are fever free for at least 24 hours and have not used fever-reducing medications during those 24 hours.

Since the flu is contagious both before and after symptoms begin and end, it is best to stay at home until you are fully well and not experiencing a fever, vomiting or diarrhea at least 24 hours.

The best protection from the flu is receiving your flu shot. It is not too late to do this. To locate clinic near you visitwww.211Arizona.org/flu or call 211 within Arizona or toll free 1-877-211-8661 from anywhere.

Since you are contagious the day before you feel ill until the symptoms stop, it is best to stay home during this time of illness to help control the spread of the flu at school.

Thank you for your efforts in keeping all of our children healthy,

Lynette Wiltgen MSN, RN

Health and Wellness Coordinator


Febrero 21, 2017

La temporada de gripe ha llegado tarde este año en comparación del resto de los Estados Unidos.  Una combinación de los siguientes síntomas podría significar que usted tiene gripe:

  • Fiebre (generalmente alta)
  • Dolor de cabeza
  • Sentirse muy cansado
  • Tos seca
  • Dolor de garganta
  • Flujo nasal o nariz tapada
  • Dolores musculares náuseas, los vómitos y la diarrea son más comunes con los niños

En nuestras escuelas hemos visto que muchos de nuestros alumnos con fiebre, tos y vomito.  Necesitamos trabajar en conjunto para mantener a nuestros estudiantes sanos.  La forma más importante de prevenir la gripe es mantener las manos limpias.  Debemos lavarnos las manos con frecuencia y abundante agua y jabón.   Si esto no es posible necesitamos usar desinfectante de manos.  Otras medidas que pueden hacer para mantenerse saludable incluyen:

  • Cúbrase la nariz y la boca con un pañuelo desechable al toser o estornudar y deseche el pañuelo, también puedes utilizar el interior de su codo para bloquear la tos / estornudo.
  • Evite tocarse los ojos, nariz y boca.
  • No regresar a la escuela hasta que esté libre de fiebre durante al menos 24 horas y no ha utilizado medicamentos contra la fiebre durante esas 24 horas.
  • Dado que la gripe es contagiosa tanto antes como después de que los síntomas empiezan y terminan lo mejor es quedarse en casa hasta que esté completamente saludable y no haya experimentado fiebre, vomito o diarrea por al menos 24 horas.

La mejor protección para la gripe es tomar una inyección contra la gripe.  No es muy tarde para hacer esto.  Para localizar una clínica cerca de usted visite www.211Arizona.org/flu, también puede comunicarse al 211 dentro del estado de Arizona o al número gratuito 1-877-211-8661 desde cualquier lugar.

Dado a que la gripe es contagiosa es mejor quedarse en casa al momento de sentir los síntomas hasta sentirse bien.  Es mejor quedarse en casa durante la enfermedad para ayudar a controlar la propagación de la gripe en la escuela.

Gracias por ayudarnos a mantener a nuestros niños sanos.

Lynette Wiltgen MSN, RN

Coordinadora de Salud y Bienestar

Flu Letter 2017

Phoenix #1 wants to hear from you! Please Join Us Feb. 23 – Select Schools

Parents, Community Members, and Staff

Phoenix Elementary School District #1 wants your input for the 2025 Strategic Plan being developed.

Please join us
at Garfield School
Thursday, February 23
5:00 – 6:00 PM
Nachos will be served!

Share your input on how the district can look to the future to provide the best education possible and attract students and families to our schools!

School Bus Transportation provided to and from Garfield and schools listed:
Faith North
Bus pick-up at each school will depart at 4:45 PM.

ANYONE ASSOCIATED with Garfield, Edison, Emerson, Faith North ELCC, Herrera, Shaw and Whittier are invited and encouraged to attend. We would love to hear from you!



Padres de familia, miembros de la comunidad y Personal

El Distrito Escolar primario de Phoenix #1 quiere invitarle a que participe en el desarrollo de plan estratégico 2025.

Por favor de acompañarnos
en la escuela Garfield
el día Jueves, 23 de febrero
a las 5:00 a 6:00 PM
¡Habrá Nachos!

Nos gustaría escuchar sus opiniones en como el distrito se podría mirar en el futuro para proveer la mejor educación posible y atraer estudiantes y familias a nuestras escuelas.

Transportación será proveída hacia Garfield y de Garfield a las escuelas mencionadas en la lista:
Faith North
El autobús saldrá de cada escuela a las 4:45 PM.

Cualquier persona asociada con Garfield, Edison, Emerson, Faith North ELCC, Herrera, Shaw and Whittier Son invitados y animados a asistir. ¡Nos encantaría escuchar de ustedes!

Download event flyer (English/Spanish)

Join us at High School Night!

High school night graphic

Mark your calendars! High School Night is November 2 in the Herrera Performing Arts Center, 1350 S 11th St, Phoenix, AZ 85034.

Seventh and eighth grade families from all schools are welcome to join us from 5 to 7 p.m. to discover all the available options for the important transition to high school.

Download event flyer for more information: English | Spanish