Welcome to Whittier International Elementary School!

Whittier International Elementary is a public PreK-5 International Baccalaureate Primary Years Programme (IB-PYP) World School (since Feb, 2007). 

Our Vision
All Whittier International Elementary students will become independent global thinkers through inquiry and action

Our Mission
Encourage exploration, inquiry, and critical thinking
Provide learning opportunities that integrate subject areas
Promote local and global action
Respect cultural similarities and differences


4th and 5th grade

Last week of instruction and instrument return

The last week of instruction for grades 4/5 is the week of May  22nd.  Students need to return their instruments, both violin and keyboards during this final week.  Key boards can be brought to the office and checked in with our office staff.  

These evening gatherings showcase and celebrate the musical talent of our 4th and 5th grade MacPhail students. The recitals are scheduled 6:00p.m.-7:00p.m.  Save the date invitations will be sent home or electronically, please mark your calendars!  Students should arrive by 5:45.  Thanks for your support.  Please direct questions to IB Coordinator Libby Dominguez, libby.dominguez@mpls.k12.mn.us or to your child's MacPhail instructor.
Tues May 16 – Students of Adam Zahller, Luke Swanger
Weds May 17 – Students of Karin Valdizan, Jeremy Hanson
Thurs May 18 – Students of Carolyn Liptak
1st grade
Musical World
Our first grade classes are experiencing fun & engaging Early Childhood Music classes this week with instruction provided by MacPhail instructor, Katie Condon.
2nd and 3rd grade
Exploratory Music
Under the instruction of MacPhail instructor Mr. Adam, exploratory Instrumental classes are currently in session for our 3rd grade classes.  Second grade classes will begin the week of May 16th.
Yearbook Orders Due 5/12

Order your 2016-17 Whittier Yearbook by Friday, May 12th! Cost is $5. Send home the form that came home with your child or print a form at http://whittier.mpls.k12.mn.us/yearbooks_2.html.

5th grade Exhibition

The 5th grade Exhibition marks an important milestone in a PYP IB student’s journey! Exhibition begins next week.  This years exhibition upholds the Central Idea: 

Change and growth can be communicated through artistic expressions. We are always looking for ways to invite members of our learning community, extending to our parents into this process.  In particular, if you are an artist yourself and/or you are connected to an artist/artistic organization, we would like to  share this talent and experience with our 5th grade classrooms  for inspiration and guidance.

Please contact IB coordinator Libby Dominguez, libby.dominguez@mpls.k12.mn.us if you are interested.
Plant Sale!

The annual Whittier Plant Sale is happening May 11-13!  Find details at the PTA Plant Sale page

MAP Spring Session Schedule

This is a schedule for the MAP Spring Session. Starting at May 8th and ending on May 31st.