Whittier Union High School District

To Achieve and Maintain Excellence

District Information

Superintendent’s Message
Summer 2016
Superintendent Martin J. Plourde shares a welcome message, discussing the administrative transitions taking place and the District's commitment to doing whatever it takes to ensure students achieve. Click here to read the message.
NEW - WUHSD Summer 2016 Newsletter
Check out WUHSD's Summer Newsletter, which features student, staff and teacher success stories from throughout our District. Click here to read the newsletter. 
  Monthly WUHSD Update: June 2016
Check out the latest news and events happening at our high schools! Click here to read our latest update. An archive of all District newsletters is available here.
 2015 Report to the Community 
WUHSD students are reaching increasingly higher levels of academic achievement as the result of the District’s focus on its “Whatever It Takes” initiative. The 2015 Report to the Community provides new, detailed information on the District’s academic improvement as well as a budget overview and summary of its ongoing program to modernize facilities. Click here to download the report. Para el informe en español, haga clic aquí.
 Reflecting on Paul Lee
Superintendent Sandra Thorstenson reflects on the life of beloved student Hun Joon Lee, who teachers, staff and students knew affectionately as “Paul,” the impact he has had on the entire Whittier Union High School District community, and collective responsibility to protect all children, especially those who are vulnerable, in an Op-Ed that appeared in the Whittier Daily News on Oct. 4. Please click here to read more. 
 Health Insurance Coverage Information for Students & Families  
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LCAP Information  
Local Control and Accountability Plan (LCAP) will be the new guide for the district's expenditure of state funding and parent input is needed. Click here for more information To read the LCAP, click here To read an overview of the LCAP, click here.

The Whittier Union High School District would like to share a concern with our families about a mobile application (app) called “Ogle”. This “app”, which is readily available, claims to be designed for students to post messages, photographs and videos relating to their schools. Students and others are able to do this anonymously and without censorship. 
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CAASP Testing
The California Assessment of Student Performance and Progress, or CAASPP is the state academic testing program. CAASPP is a system intended to provide information that can be used to monitor student progress on an annual basis and ensure that all students leave high school ready for college and career. For more information on this assessment, click here. Para informacion en espanol, click here.

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  • Annual Escalante Summer Math Academy Culminates in Celebration at Pioneer High

    Close to 500 local middle and high school students who completed a challenging six-week summer math academy inspired by famous educator Jaime Escalante celebrated the milestone during a ceremony with friends and family on July 14 at Pioneer High School. Each student was recognized with certificates for successfully completing the 26th annual Escalante Summer Math Academy. Individual classes also posed in front of bleachers filled with smartphone-toting family members. The seventh- through 12th-grade students who received A’s or Bs have earned 10 credits that will be transferred to their transcripts, enabling them to advance one course level.

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  • La Serna High Student Who Wants Girls to Code Inspires Launch of New STEM Classes

    La Serna High School will offer two new STEM classes this fall thanks to the lobbying efforts of Markie Wagner, a rising senior who is well on her way to launching her second smartphone app. This summer, two La Serna High teachers are receiving training to teach Intro to Engineering and Advanced Placement (AP) Computer Science at Cal Poly Pomona through the Project Lead The Way program.

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  • Sierra Vista Offers Freshmen a ‘Fresh Start’

    Since 2013, students in Sierra Vista High School’s Freshman Fresh Start program have had the opportunity to start anew after facing challenges in their core academic classes at their comprehensive high schools, with many meeting the goals they set out to achieve.

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  • Whittier Union Launches PRIDE Program for Special Education Students

    To ensure that special education students receive high-quality services closer to home, Whittier Union this summer launched the PRIDE Santa Fe program, which will offer specialized instruction to students with emotional challenges who would otherwise have to attend private facilities.

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  • Cal High English Teacher Celebrates National Board Certification

    California High School English teacher Mark Quintero recently earned National Board Certification, the most respected professional certification available in education.

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