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 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


Download Letter from Superintendent (English & Spanish)

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 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 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, 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

A Safety Message from the Phoenix Police Department


Dear Phoenix #1 Parents & Community;
Because many schools and students across our country have recently been threatened (some by people posing as clowns), and because a few of our students received Facebook threats this week, we want to share this message with you from the Phoenix Police Department.  Please also carefully review these tips and discuss with your children.


  • Immediately report any unusual or threatening messages to a parent and a teacher.
  • Be very cautious about accepting messages from people you don’t know.
  • Do not “check in” at locations.
  • Consider leaving Facebook accounts inactive or increasing parental supervision.
  • Parents, please take all unusual behavior seriously and insure it is reported.
  • Remember, Facebook requires users to be at least 13 years old to create an account.

For information about Internet safety, please visit:

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

A Safety Message from the Phoenix Police Department

Over the last several days, the Phoenix Police Department, along with law enforcement agencies across the country, have been inundated with reports of threats made via social media to various schools. In the Phoenix area alone, nearly two dozen schools were mentioned via social media with a variety of threats of violence. Threats of violence are never funny and require a huge amount of resources to effectively analyze and investigate. Additionally, they have an emotional impact on those targeted. In these recent cases, our children and our schools were targeted. Fortunately, no one followed through on any of the threats but that does not diminish their disruption to our schools and law enforcement offices. Our schools report unusually high number of absences due to the fear of violence.

The Phoenix Police Department wants to make some things very clear to those who choose to participate in threatening behavior. It is not a joke. It is a felony. All threats are taken seriously and vigorously investigated.

Three local juveniles have been arrested regarding some of the recent threats. Others have been identified and investigations into their activities is continuing.

Consequences: Although additional federal offenses may be considered and investigated by the FBI, the most common Arizona State Codes violated are Hoax, a class 4 felony with requirements for restitution for the emergency response and investigation generated. Disruption of an educational facility, a class 6 felony. Threatening and intimidating, a class 1 misdemeanor.

Electronic devices such as computers, laptops, cell phones, etc. are often seized as evidence for the duration of the investigation.

Additionally, students involved are subject to school discipline including suspension or expulsion.

Please help us share this message by sharing our Facebook posting.


Estimados padres y miembros de la comunidad de Phoenix Elementary School District #1,

Porque muchas escuelas y estudiantes en todo el país han sido amenazados (algunas personas haciéndose pasar por payasos), y porque algunos de nuestros estudiantes recibieron amenazas a través de Facebook esta semana, queremos compartir este mensaje con usted desde el Departamento de policía de Phoenix. Por favor, también revisen cuidadosamente estos consejos para discutir con sus hijos.

Consejos para compartir con sus hijos: 

  • Reporten inmediatamente cualquier mensaje inusual o amenazante a un padre y un maestro.

  • Sean muy cuidadosos acerca de aceptar mensajes de personas que no conozcan.
  • No usen “check in” en lugares. 
  • Consideren dejar cuentas de Facebook inactivos o tengan mayor supervisión de los padres. 
  • Padres, por favor, tomen todas amenzas y comportamiento inusuales seriamente y asegure que se informe a las propias autoridades.
  • Recuerden, Facebook obliga a los usuarios que por lo menos  tengan 13 años para crear una cuenta.

Para obtener más información sobre seguridad en Internet, visite

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

En los últimos días, el Departamento de Policía de Phoenix, junto con otras agencias policiacas en todo el país, se han visto inundados con informes de amenazas hechas a través de los medios sociales a varias escuelas. En el área de Phoenix, por ejemplo, casi dos docenas de escuelas fueron mencionados a través de los medios sociales con una gran variedad de amenazas de violencia.

Las amenazas de violencia nunca son divertidas y requieren una gran cantidad de recursos efectivos para analizar e investigar. Además, tienen un impacto emocional en los afectados. En estos últimos casos, nuestros hijos y nuestras escuelas fueron atacados. Afortunadamente, nadie dio a completar estas amenazas, pero que no se disminuya la interrupción en nuestras escuelas y oficinas encargados de hacer cumplir la ley. Durante estas amenazas, nuestras escuelas han reportado un alto número de ausencias debido al temor a la violencia.

El Departamento de Policía de Phoenix, quiere hacer algunas cosas muy claras para aquellos que eligen participar en conducta amenazadora. No es una broma. Esto es un delito. Todas las amenazas son tomadas en serio y rigurosamente investigados.

Tres menores locales han sido arrestados en relación con algunas de las últimas amenazas. Otros han sido identificados y las investigaciones de sus actividades continúa.

Consecuencias: Aunque los delitos federales adicionales pueden ser examinados e investigados por el FBI, el más común de los códigos de Arizona violado es el “hoax”, con requisitos para la restitución a la respuesta de emergencia y la investigación generada. Interrupción de una institución educativa. La amenaza y la intimidación. Estos crimenes son serios y la carcel es mandatoria.

Tambien en esto crimenes, officiales pueden tomar de las personas computadoras, telephones cellulares, computadoras portatiles, etc. Estos objetos son tomados como evidencia para la duración de la investigación.

Además, los estudiantes involucrados están sujetos a la disciplina escolar, incluyendo la suspensión o expulsión.
Por favor ayúdanos a compartir este mensaje por compartir nuestra publicación de Facebook.