December 2, 2022


The Education People

Students, employees bid farewell to Whittier Elementary School | Faculties

“Where are you going to be subsequent yr,” Whittier Elementary Faculty Principal Lisa Rogers requested college students as they still left their lessons Wednesday afternoon.

Right after 111 years, the faculty termed Whittier Elementary marked its previous working day of school Wednesday.

When the new faculty yr begins in August, the Whittier college constructing will develop into Muskogee General public Schools’ E-Discovering Academy. Whittier students will be dispersed to New Tech at Cherokee, Creek, Tony Goetz and Irving elementaries.

Elexis Proctor claimed her 6-12 months-outdated son will go to Creek Elementary following 12 months. She explained she does not like the transform.

“I liked that he was at Whittier, the instructors, the faculty it was all good,” Proctor stated. “He is unfortunate about it, much too.”

Whittier Elementary Principal Lisa Rogers, ideal, guides college students by means of the hall on their way to university bus lines on the past working day of school Wednesday. Learners handed a medallion marking Whittier’s 100th anniversary. 

Whittier Principal Lisa Rogers, who put in the previous 7 decades as Whittier principal, said Wednesday was bittersweet.

“But we were being sort of expecting it, particularly immediately after past 12 months, when the pipe burst, and they tore down Whittier, so we have been variety of making ready ourselves for the changeover,” Rogers explained, referring to a sewer line that collapsed beneath Whittier’s oldest wing in January 2020. The wing and some other parts of Whittier, were because demolished.

Whittier college students have been attending the former Harris-Jobe Elementary because January 2020. The Harris-Jobe making will finally be reworked to property the Early Discovering Center.

Students, staff bid farewell to Whittier Elementary School

At the end of university Wednesday, kindergartner Suzann Reynolds carries a bag of college provides past a disk commemorating Whittier’s 100th anniversary. Whittier marked its ultimate working day as an elementary university on Wednesday. 

Whittier librarian Rogena McClain recalled January 2020, when the Whittier employees put in a weekend receiving the Harris-Jobe constructing ready for their college students, “so that when they walked in, it would search like they had always been in this article.”

“We even introduced stuff that was from the entryway at the previous Whittier web site. We tried using to make the entry search like the outdated Whittier web-site,” Rogers reported.

One entryway attribute was a disk marking Whittier’s 100th anniversary in 2011.

McClain explained lots of college students even now missed the outdated constructing at 1705 Cincinnati Ave.

“They even still say ‘when are we heading home,'” she mentioned. “And we can’t go house once more.”

She said 75 to 80 % of Whittier learners possibly walked to the previous university developing or had mothers and fathers consider them.

Students, staff bid farewell to Whittier Elementary School

Whittier Elementary kindergarten trainer Cindy Metzger adds a second bag for Suzann Reynolds’ college provides in the course of the remaining moments of Whittier’s past working day of university on Wednesday. 

McClain, who is retiring right after 22 years with MPS, she claimed the most important factor she will miss out on is the Whittier personnel. 

Rogers claimed the Whittier staff members “has constantly stepped up every time anything at all has transpired, and they’re thrilled about their future enterprise.”

Many instructors will be assigned to the rebuilt Tony Goetz Elementary College, some will educate in upper grades, Rogers claimed, including that she’s waiting for her next college assignment.

Third-quality trainer Amanda Barnes stated her remaining day instructing Whittier college students was kind of heartbreaking.

“It is the only place I have ever taught,” she mentioned. “Lisa hired me as a trainer for 3rd quality.”