Fifth-grade students at East Whittier City School District now have the added opportunity to learn to play the piano as part of the District’s expanding music program. The District’s bolstering music program is available at all three middle schools, with East Whittier Middle School earning recognition as a nationally awarded program. As students kick off the 2016-17 school year, they can take advantage of the District’s rich visual and performing arts program, which provides bi-weekly instruction to students in kindergarten to fifth grade. To boost their learning during the summer months, students from several District elementary schools spent two weeks in June immersed in a Summer STEM Academy, running science experiments, playing math games, conducting research, learning to code and sharpening engineering skills.
The U.S. Department of Education on Sept. 28 named East Whittier City School District’s Leffingwell Elementary School as a 2017 National Blue Ribbon school for narrowing the achievement gap. Leffingwell is among 342 schools across the U.S. and 22 in California to receive the coveted designation.
East Whittier City School District has named Skarlette Torres as the new principal of Evergreen Elementary School, returning her to the school where she spent her first 10 years at EWCSD as a teacher and counselor. Torres is committed to the 5-C’s of 21st Century learning – critical thinking, creativity, collaboration, communication and community.
Machae Tessier, a second-grade teacher at East Whittier’s Ocean View Elementary School, was named one of 16 Los Angeles County Teachers of the Year on Sept. 29. Tessier joined the District in 1993 and has worked at Ocean View since 1997. She serves as the school’s California Standards lead teacher for primary grades, as well as its language arts matrix committee chair.