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Dr.  Teresa  C.  Jennings
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Principal's Corner

Principal's Message

Welcome to Whittaker Elementary School for the 2016-2017 school year!

The early years are time for discovery, growth, challenge and excitement. At Whittaker Elementary, we encourage and prepare students to participate fully, to take risks, and to create lasting memories and relationships with peers and staff. I am proud to be the principal of such an exciting and dynamic school and to work in the unique and beautiful city of Orangeburg.

Our goal at Whittaker Elementary is to provide an enriching, engaging, and challenging curriculum that will prepare students for success while at Whittaker Elementary and for the years that follow. We believe that students, parents, and teachers all play a vital role in helping students reach their greatest potential. Students are encouraged to take advantage of the many resources and opportunities available to them including the library, computer labs, school spirit days, student council, BETA Club, team college awareness activities, after school academic opportunities, and other enrichment programs. Parents can check academic progress regularly via our parent portal and can access information about school events on our website.

At Whittaker Elementary, we recognize that social/emotional development is as essential to student success as academics. Our Just Say No Drill TeamBETA ClubMorning Show News Team, and Tech Team are just a few of the ways that we are engaging students in settings that allow them to collaborate, communicate, create and use critical thinking skills beyond the classrooms.

Active parent participation is essential to our success. Please contact any member of your child's team or our dedicated PTO Executive Board for information on how you can support our work. Teachers provide a nurturing environment in which young students can learn, take risks, and thrive. Their work, in partnership with our parent community, has and will continue to support us to fulfill our school mission:

“… to provide an elementary school educational experience where high academic standards challenge all students to reach their full potential as life-long learners and creative problem solvers. With a collaborative effort among school, family, and community, we will expect increased independence and hold students accountable to models of behavior that encourage core values promoting empathy and responsibility. Our purpose will be achieved by fostering mutual respect in a safe environment where we   produce young people of strong, compassionate character capable of success in a diverse world.”

I look forward to working with you and your children during the 2016-2017 school year. Please do not hesitate to contact me at any time; our continued success is dependent on your feedback.

WES….destined for greatness, destined for success!

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Dr. Teresa C. Jennings, Ed.
Whittaker Elementary School Principal