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School Updates

Security Upgrade-
Students to wear their ID cards.
La Serna High School is committed to the safety of our students and staff, therefore in an effort to upgrade our security procedures, students will be required to show his/her school issued Identification Card to security upon entering the following gates: Buses, Front and Student Parking Lot. Full implementation of this policy will take place Tuesday, September 8th.
Please click here for more information regarding this new procedure.  
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 - Report to the Community 2015
Superintendent Sandra Thorstenson shares the many wonderful accomplishments the District has celebrated, as well as the impressive student achievement data that reflects the District's commitment to excellence. Click here to read the message.
NEW - 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.
Monthly Update: November 2015
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.
Technology Acceptable Use Policies Form   
All students will be sent home with an Acceptable Use Form which is required to be signed by a parent/guardian in order to use technology on campus and activate their school email/password.  Please review the Acceptable Use Policies here and have students return the distributed form to their English teachers.

Common Core Information
The Common Core State Standards have been adopted in California with an emphasis on rigorous and relevant instruction, in an effort to increase college and career readiness. For information regarding the Common Core Standards visit the district information page at


  • Whittier Union Issues Final Series of Measure W Bond, Refinances Measure C

    Following the extensive modernization of campus classrooms and facilities, the Whittier Union High School District is focusing its efforts on completing the final items on its bond list. The District has issued the final $18.9 million in Measure W bonds and has successfully refinanced a portion of the $98 million in bonds issued through 1998’s Measure C, saving taxpayers $12.2 million.

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  • La Serna High Students Learn Tolerance, Consequences of Social Media at TRUE Conference

    About 130 La Serna High School students on Oct. 22 participated in the school’s annual TRUE (Tolerance, Respect, Unity, Equality) conference, a program that exposes students to a variety of teen-appropriate topics, including the consequences of using social media, and aims to encourage the teens to make a positive impact on campus.

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  • La Serna High Students Take Virtual Journeys Across Globe with Google Expeditions

    La Serna High was one of only a handful of schools across the country chosen to participate in the virtual journey as part of a special one-day preview of Google Expeditions, a new education app that brings the world to a student’s fingertips and allows teachers to zero in on specific topics of instruction the whole classroom can view simultaneously.

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  • Whittier Union Summer Renovation Projects Include Stadium Construction, Other Facility Upgrades

    Renovation and improvement projects – including the construction of a new 7,000-seat stadium at California High School – are in full swing this summer at the Whittier Union High School District. Workers are busy upgrading facilities across the District to increase school safety and provide 21st century learning environments for students, who will head back to school Aug. 12.

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  • Whittier Union Teachers Learn New Strategies, Share Successes in the Classroom

    In anticipation of another rigorous year at the Whittier Union High School District, instructors spent their summer months attending professional development workshops at the Sierra Education Center, breaking into teams and setting an ambitious agenda designed to continually enhance teacher development and student achievement. This work will help prepare students for the Smarter Balanced tests, which assess students’ understanding of content under the rigorous California Standards. All 11th-grade students will complete the exams in the spring.

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  • Whittier Union to Expand Summer School Courses, Create Academic English Course Under LCAP

    Whittier Union High School District plans to invest $15 million to expand summer school courses, broaden student mental health services, strengthen technology support and implement a unique Academic English course that will directly support English learner students as part of its 2015-18 Local Control and Accountability Plan (LCAP). The plan, a requirement of the state’s school funding system, guides District efforts to improve student learning.

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