Our new principal Mr. Talluto has been working hard at Whittier School getting things ready for the first days of school. He has allowed the teachers to come in early to set up classrooms. This has been extremely helpful since we have the Intermediate Literacy Program for reading and a new math series to get ready. We have had workshops on math, writing, and reading throughout the summer. Many teachers have been at Whittier School working hard to get things ready for their students.
This year we will not have the First Day of School celebration! We will be having Open House very soon after we start school, so we will meet the parents then.
This year I plan to use wikis and blogs again in the classroom. Blogs are an excellent way to keep a journal. Journaling promotes writing and reading. You can find free blogs at http://www.blogger.com