WHES offers a four-day a week, two-hour and twenty minute program, packed with learning through sound, movement, stories, and outdoor play. Children develop oral language skills through "sharing," problem solving skills are practiced in our Second Step curriculum; develop kindergarten readiness skills through arts and crafts, develop concern for our environment through gardening, and much more.
Pre-School Collaborative Class
The class consists of students with special needs and students that are typically developing. This program provides developmentally appropriate curriculum and an enriched educational experience that meets the needs of all the students. The program is taught by a general education teacher as well as a special education teacher. There are two Teacher Assistants assigned to the program on a full-time basis
Gifted and Talented Education Program (G.A.T.E)
WHES encourges students to be creative and innovative leaders. Under legislation AB 2313, each teacher designs their own plan implemented to motivate and challenge children who are identified (students are initially tested for G.A.T.E. in the 2nd grade) as well as children who are in the referral and screening process. G.A.T.E. students work in clusters and children who are not identified can participate in flexible groups within the classroom. Activities include creating and publishing our very own school newspaper, The Condor Speaks, writing and performing a podcast using Garage Band, and historical research projects. CLICK HERE to learn more.
Language Arts - The Treasures Reading Program
This Program consists of Print Awareness, Phonemic Awareness, Sounds and Letters, Spelling and Vocabulary, Writing, and Reading. It builds upon Phonemic awareness through blending, dictation, decodables, word knowledge, academic language, and vocabulary. This reading program helps students perfect comprehension strategies, comprehension skills, reading, writing, thinking, analyzing, and communication skills.
WHES is committed to shaping healthy children in body and mind. We guide children to make decisions using the Six Pillars of Character through use of monthly themes and assemblies. We support the American Cancer Society's annually with our Jumprope for Heart fundraiser, which teaches children the importance of exercising the heart muscle, while at the same time teaching compassion for persons afflicted with heart disease. We use Second Step, an anti-violence program, and Too Good For Drugs for helping children avoid the dangers of drug abuse.
Science - Delta Education, Full Option Science System (FOSS)
The science content, lesson design, and instructional strategies in FOSS are a high quality program with students "learning by doing." Each grade will teach Life, Physical, and Earth Science during the year. The program is standards based with an emphasis on experimentation, observation, and investigation. Instruction culminates with a School Wide Science Fair.
Math - Envision Math
This outstanding curriculum is based on the Mathematics Content Standards for California Public Schools and the Mathematics Framework for California Public Schools. A balanced curriculum that allows for teaching procedural skills, problem solving, and conceptual understanding using hands-on experiences to help students make connections to everyday life is implemented. There are opportunities to learn in a coherent educational system in which the content standards, assessments, curriculum, and professional development are closely aligned to one another.
Arts - Alive And Well At WHES
Our students all get chorus/music, fine arts, theater arts, and dance. Students in 3rd - 5th Grades can audition for our honors Choir.