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We, the members of the Buena Park School District Community, are dedicated to providing all children with the educational, social, and technological skills needed to successfully experience and contribute to the world around them. 
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Principal's Message

Welcome to the 2018 - 2019 School Year and the Whitaker Website.  New Principal, Mary Beckelheimer  and new Administrative Intern, Steve Little are looking forward to meeting you.  Please come by to meet us and see our newly painted buildings and recently remodeled classrooms. Students will certainly benefit from the many improvements that were completed this past summer.  We are looking forward to a great year of learning.

Latest News

Election Day

Whitaker Elects Student Council Officers

On Wednesday, September 19, many brave Whitaker students showed their commitment to their school by running for student council offices. After campaigning with creative and colorful posters, the candidates gave speeches detailing their plans for Whitaker's future. Student voted, and winners were declared. Congratulations winners! Thank you Ms. Hernandez and Ms. Reider for sponsoring such an important democratic process!

Whitaker Students Sail the High Seas!

Raising the sails, pulling ropes, setting a course downwind... not things most fifth and sixth graders get to experience on a school day. A group of Whitaker's upper graders were fortunate enough to be invited by Orange County GRIP to the Dana Point Tall Ships Festival in Dana Point, California. Students were transported back in time as they boarded a tall ship modeled after those that sailed hundreds of years ago. Not only were the students passengers, they even became crew members! After students raised the sails and tied off the lines, the giant ship sailed swiftly and silently along the coast of Dana Point. The peaceful sailing was only interrupted by the sound of cannon fire from our ship, followed by cheers from students, as the ships reenacted sea battles, firing mock cannons from the sides of the ships. The weather was exceptional, the wind was just right, and the students of Whitaker experienced a day of sailing they will never forget!


ELAC Meeting

Time: 8:15 AM – 9:15 AM
Location: Whitaker

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