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Whittier Union High School District Safety Update

The news that police arrested a predator who had approached two of our Sierra Vista freshman students serves as a stark reminder that all students - at any age, in every community - need to be wary of people they don't know. Each day we work to prepare our students for life beyond high school by teaching them critical thinking and decision making along with subject-based instruction. But with this incident, we are also reminded that life skills include the consistent reminders that we need to be cautious and aware of those around us. We are all fortunate to live in a safe community; but this happens in all communities, so we all need to be mindful.

 
We will continue to maintain safe and secure campuses. We ensure all visitors must sign in with campus security at the entrance of the school. It is important to note that the predator never entered the Sierra Vista campus. Our campus security teams, which include a school police officer, dean, campus security staff, counselors and administrators on each campus, work diligently to maintain campuses that are safe for students, staff, parents and community members. We are also working with our teachers and staff to remind students of the care and precautions they must take if approached by individuals not known to them on the way to and from school and in the community. We are sending Teleparent calls to our families to ensure they know what has happened and are asking them to help us spread this message of safety to their children. 

 -- Sandra Thorstenson, Superintendent

 
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.
 
 Mobile Clinic on Wheels from PIH
 Please see the attached PDF for additional information on the services provided by the Mobile Clinic on Wheels from Presbyterian Intercommunity Hospital. Students, parents of students, siblings of students, infants and children of students are encouraged to take advantage of these services!
 
Superintendent’s Message - Winter 2015-2016
Superintendent Sandra Thorstenson shares the many wonderful accomplishments the District has celebrated, modernization efforts at campuses District-wide and the creation of the District's new Educational Foundation. Click here to read the message.
 
NEW - WUHSD 2015-2016 Winter Newsletter
Check out WUHSD's Winter Newsletter, which features student, staff and teacher success stories from throughout our District, as well as updates on our LCAP development and extensive modernization of campus classrooms and facilities. Click here to read the newsletter. Click here for the Spanish newsletter.
 
 Monthly WUHSD Update: January 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.

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