Whittier Union High School District

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Monthly Update
May 2017
  • CAL HIGH: California High School will celebrate 650 Condors at its commencement ceremony at 5:30 p.m. June 6.
  • FRONTIER: Frontier High School recently celebrated its golden anniversary with a field day for students.
  • LA SERNA: La Serna High School will graduate 630 students at its commencement ceremony at 5 p.m. June 7.
  • PIONEER: Pioneer High School will celebrate 347 Titans at its commencement ceremony at 7 p.m. June 7.
  • SANTE FE: Santa Fe High will hold its graduation ceremony for 520 Chiefs at 6 p.m. June 6.
  • SIERRA VISTAThirteen Sierra Vista students were able to experience traditional Grad Night festivities.
  • WHITTIERWhittier High will commemorate the class of 2017 with eight valedictorians leading the celebration at 4 p.m. June 7.
  • ADULT SCHOOLThe Whittier Adult School ASB hosted its annual Day of the Teacher celebration with a luncheon on May 23.
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Monthly Update
April 2017 
  • CAL HIGH: Junior Hannah Ridge will perform with women's choral group Vox Femina.
  • FRONTIER: Janice Palapa was given an Award of Merit for persevering. 
  • LA SERNA: Junior Elizabeth Islas took the top prize in the 38th District for the 2017 Congressional Art Competition.
  • PIONEER: Pioneer held its inaugural College Signing Day.
  • SANTA FE: Theater teacher Alison Johnson has been appointed to the Advocacy Leadership Network.
  • SIERRA VISTA: Nestor Jurado will graduate early to pursue his dream of being a physical therapist. 
  • WHITTIER: Whittier High recently hosted a College Admissions case study event for students and parents.
  • ADULT SCHOOL: Victoria Hernandez was recently recognized for being a first-class Adult School student.
  • TRANSITION: Student Ellie Peralta has become a leader and advocate on campus.
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Spring 2017
  • Pioneer High Achieves AVID National Demonstration School Status
  • Santa Fe Teacher Receives University of Chicago's Outstanding Educator Award
  • Superintendent's Message
  • State Unveils New Schools Performance Dashboard
  • La Serna Water Polo Star Headed to Brown University
  • Congresswoman Linda Sanchez Honors WUHSD Counselor
  • Whittier Soroptimists Empower Frontier High Girls to Dream
  • WUHSD, Rio Hondo Partner to Offer Sociology Course to Alternative Program Students
  • Cal High Scholar Receives Early Acceptance to Harvard University
  • Whittier High Dedicates Baseball Season to Fall Whittier Police Officer
  • Sierra Vista Inspires Creativity through Writing
  • Whittier Adult School Promotes Work Readiness Skills
  • Santa Fe High Re-Validated as an AVID National Demonstration School
  • Students Tour State Capitol, Meet with Legislators
  • Resiliency and Maturity Earn Pioneer High Student Recognition from Titan Community
  • Santa Fe Student Lauded for Promoting Positive Campus Culture
  • WUHSD ASB Leaders Hone Skills at Conference 
Monthly Update
 March 2017 
  • CAL HIGH: Cal High leader Kiahna Cantu was part of a group of WUHSD to visit Sacramento.
  • FRONTIER: Nearly 40 students from Frontier, Sierra Vista and Adult School are taking a Rio Hondo sociology course on campus. 
  • LA SERNA: La Serna High recently hosted its annual Animal House competition.
  • PIONEER: Pioneer is the second WUHSD school to be named an AVID National Demonstration site. 
  • SANTA FE: Santa Fe High School has been re-validated as an AVID National Demonstration School.
  • SIERRA VISTA: Sierra Vista offers a popular creative writing class in the spring.
  • WHITTIER: Whittier High baseball students paid homage to a recent fallen WPD officer.
  • ADULT SCHOOL: The Adult School recently held an employer panel series for students.
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Monthly Update
February 2017 
  • CAL HIGH: Senior Lauren Anderson has been accepted to Harvard University.
  • FRONTIER: Junior Janice Palapa recently earned the Girl Scout Gold Award.
  • LA SERNA: Senior Carissa Perez was recently accepted to Brown University, where she will be a member of the Ivy League's water polo team.
  • PIONEER: Senior Lazarus Casillas earned the Award of Merit for overcoming obstacles.
  • SANTA FE: Counselor Cheryl Redgate was recognized by Rep. Linda Sanchez during National School Counseling Week. 
  • WHITTIER: The Academic Mentor program has flourished since its inception in 2011, boosting the number of student mentors and achievement.
  • ADULT SCHOOL: Students regularly participate in civics activities. 
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Monthly Update
January 2017 
  • CAL HIGH: Angel Aguirre was recognized by the Whittier Daily News as All-Area Boys Cross Country Runner of the Year.
  • FRONTIER: Soroptomist International of Whittier began its six-week “Dream It, Be It” career development program for Frontier High girls.
  • LA SERNA: Two La Serna student-athletes were recognized by the Whittier Daily News as Players of the Year. 
  • PIONEERPioneer High student David Chavez has become an integral member of the wrestling despite despite the obstacles he's faced.
  • SANTA FE: Santa Fe High held its third annual Make A Difference (M.A.D.) baseball game for special needs students.
  • SIERRA VISTA: Sierra Vista recently hosted on Open House for counselors from the District’s comprehensive high schools.
  • WHITTIER: Whittier High hosted its Cocoa and Cram event, an extension of the school’s Cardinal Wings after-school tutoring program.
  • ADULT SCHOOL: Students in the ESL and Adult Basic Education programs have been using new technology to enhance their learning.
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 Monthly Update
  • CAL HIGH: Therapy dogs were invited to the Cal High campus to help ease the nerves of college-bound students applying to college. 
  • FRONTIER: Frontier staff recently participated in Model School validation visits.
  • LA SERNA: Two student-athletes were recognized by the Whittier Daily News as players of the year. 
  • PIONEER: Trombone player Marco Galvan will be one of nine WUHSD students to perform in the Tournament of Roses Parade.
  • SANTA FE: ASB student Valeria Restrepo was recently honored with an Award of Merit for her dedication to fostering a positive campus culture. 
  • SIERRA VISTA: Sierra Vista recently hosted its fourth annual Holiday Craft Fair.
  • WHITTIER: Five Whittier High ASB students were among more than 130 to participate in a leadership development day.
  • ADULT SCHOOL: The ASB conducted its annual food and toy drive.
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Winter 2016/2017
  • Whittier Union Stimulate STEM Exploration
  • Superintendent's Message
  • Whittier Union Puts the 'Local' in LCAP
  • District Celebrates Grand Opening of Thorstenson Stadium
  • Teacher of the Year Inspires Thousands Over 38-Year Career
  • District College Fair Attracts Hundreds
  • Sierra Vista Promotes Social Growth
  • Santa Fe Hosts Parent Education Day
  • La Serna Launches HAVEN Program to Support At-Risk Youth
  • Whittier High Foster Care Student Scores $10,000 Scholarship
  • Chieftains Make Blankets for Sick Children
  • Scholar Finds Home and Success Among Condor Family
  • Cal High Culinary Students Honor Local Chef
  • Whittier High Revitalizes Campus Tunnel with Historical Mural
  • Frontier Students Learn Dangers of Distracted Driving
Monthly Update
  • CAL HIGH: Cal's Architecture and Engineering Academy had an outstanding performance at L.A. County Fair’s America's Kids competition. 
  • FRONTIERMore than 300 Frontier students experienced first-hand the devastating impacts of drinking or texting behind the wheel during a Save A Life Tour presentation.
  • LA SERNA: The La Serna High Girls Golf team won its second consecutive CIF Southern Section Southern Division Team Championship in November.
  • PIONEER: A day before the nation paid tribute to America’s heroes, students at Pioneer High School gathered for a special ceremony.
  • SANTA FE: Santa Fe High School biology teacher Alejandra Gonzalez has been selected for the University of Chicago’s 2016 Outstanding Educator Award.
  • WHITTIER: A 1926 Wurlitzer theater organ donated by the Whittier High Alumni Association about a decade ago is being installed.
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Monthly Update
  • CAL HIGH: The Whittier Union Board of Trustees recently honored Cal High student Jashandeep Anand with an Award of Merit for his perseverance and achievements.
  • FRONTIER: Frontier High hosted senior college and career workshops for all of its students, allowing to explore what opportunities are available to them post-high school.
  • LA SERNA: A handful of Whittier Union students have been recognized as National Merit Commended Students, including three from La Serna High School.
  • PIONEER: Pioneer High will hold its annual Veteran's Day ceremony at 10 a.m. Nov. 10, during which students will salute staff members who have served in the armed forces.
  • SANTA FE: Over the last three years, Santa Fe students, staff and community members have gathered monthly to create handmade fleece blankets as part of Gratitude Project.
  • SIERRA VISTA: Sierra Vista is ensuring students are engaged only only academically, but socially as well and has provided the school an ASB.
  • WHITTIER: Whittier High School senior Florencia Valenzuela has won a $10,000 scholarship from the Children's Defense Fund for overcoming adversity.
  • ADULT SCHOOL: The Career Technical Education (CTE) Department at Whittier Adult School has built relationships with local businesses to help students find jobs. 
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Monthly Update
September 2016 
  • CAL HIGH: Cal High hosted this year's District College Fair, allowing students and parents to meet with dozens of college representatives and get information about the admissions process.
  • FRONTIERFrontier High celebrated the recent graduation of Mary Jane Del Real, a young scholar who was a year and a half behind in credits when she enrolled in the school.
  • LA SERNASeveral influential community leaders on Sept. 21 paid a visit to juniors in La Serna High School's newest academic support program called HAVEN.
  • PIONEER: English teacher Michael Moore – who has taught thousands of students over his 27-year career at Pioneer – has been named the District's Teacher of the Year.
  • SANTA FESanta Fe High will hold its annual Parent Education Day on Oct. 22, allowing parents to participate in a variety of workshops to ensure their students' success. 
  • SIERRA VISTASierra Vista offers a theater arts class that helps boost students' confidence and creativity while promoting collaboration and trust through drama exercises.
  • WHITTIER: Whittier High will hold its homecoming game against Schurr High School on Sept. 30 at Thorstenson Stadium.
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Monthly Update
August 2016 
  • CAL HIGH: Hundreds of Whittier community members on Aug. 12 celebrated the dedication and grand opening of Sandra Sanchez Thorstenson Stadium.
  • FRONTIER: Frontier on Aug. 30 held its first Student Awards Night of the year, celebrated more than 50 students for their accomplishments.
  • LA SERNA: La Serna sophomore Briana Chacon, a fast-rising, 14-year-old golfer, recently competed in the 116th U.S. Women’s Amateur Golf Championship.
  • PIONEER: Pioneer's Associated Student Body (ASB) hosted its annual Welcome Back Assembly, themed "90s Cartoons," on Aug. 26 for 1,450 students.
  • SANTA FESanta Fe hosted its annual Freshman First Day for nearly 600 freshmen, who learned about Chieftain Pride.
  • WHITTIERWhittier High art students and their families erupted in cheers on Aug. 5 as they unveiled murals depicting the history of the community and school.
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Monthly Update
July 2016 
  • CAL HIGH: The Whittier Union High School District will unveil its new 7,000-seat football stadium at California High School at 4 p.m. Friday, Aug. 12.
  • FRONTIER: Frontier High students connect with Rio Hondo College by meeting with an outreach representative who provides assistance with college planning and enrollment.
  • LA SERNA: La Serna High will offer two new STEM classes this fall thanks to the lobbying efforts of Markie Wagner, a rising senior who is on her way to launching her second app.
  • PIONEER: 500 local middle and high school students completed the Jaime Escalante Math Academy and celebrated with friends and family on July 14 at Pioneer High.
  • SANTA FE: Incoming Santa Fe freshmen this summer received an introduction to the world of academic rigor and college prep with two boot camps offered by the school. 
  • WHITTIER: Whittier High students will unveil 17 murals depicting the history of the City of Whittier and their school inside an 80-foot campus tunnel at 10 a.m. Friday, Aug. 5.
Summer 2016 
  • Whittier Union Graduates Celebrate New Beginnings
  • District to Hold Grand Opening of 7,000-Seat Thorstenson Stadium
  • Superintendent's Message
  • District Expands College Readiness Testing Under LCAP
  • Veteran Educators to Lead Pioneer, Santa Fe and Whittier High Schools
  • Board Commends Student Advisory Council
  • Schools Honored as AVID Schoolwide Sites of Distinction
  • Retirees Celebrated for Dedicated Service
  • Meet the Class of 2016 Valedictorians, Salutatorians and Student Speakers
  • English Teacher Celebrates National Board Certification
  • Student Who Wants Girls to Code Inspires Launch of New STEM Classes
  • Sierra Vista Offers Freshmen a 'Fresh Start'
  • District Launches New Special Education Program
  • Board Honors Classified Employees for Excellence 
Monthly Update
June 2016 
  • CAL HIGHEnglish teacher Mark Quintero recently earned National Board Certification, the most respected professional certification available in education.
  • FRONTIERFHS teacher Anthony Gonzalez, who retired in June, was chosen as the 2016 WHO (We Honor Ours) Honoree for the WSEA.
  • LA SERNAA drawing by La Serna High School student Elise Martinez will be on display in the U.S. Capitol.
  • PIONEERThe Pioneer High School Football Program hosted the Sound Mind Sound Body College Coaches Football Camp June 16-17.
  • SANTA FEWhittier Union this summer launched the PRIDE Santa Fe program, which will offer specialized instruction to students with emotional challenges.
  • SIERRA VISTASierra Vista's Freshman Fresh Start program offers students an opportunity to start anew after facing challenges.
  • WHITTIERWhittier High School recently hosted a retreat for 90 Associated Student Body (ASB) members.
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Monthly Update
May 2016 
  • CAL HIGHCalifornia High School’s graduation ceremony will consist of 680 Condors - and two valedictorians - receiving their diplomas and celebrating as parents and friends look on.
  • LA SERNALa Serna High School will graduate 680 Lancers, including three valedictorians
  • PIONEERPioneer High School will host its commencement ceremony for 315 Titans, including two valedictorians.
  • SANTA FEApproximately 570 Santa Fe High School Chiefs will turn their tassels and walk into the next phases of their future at their commencement ceremony.
  • WHITTIERNearly 500 Cardinals will graduate from Whittier High School. This year will feature six valedictorians and one salutatorian.
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 Monthly Update
April 2016 
  • CAL HIGHCalifornia High School varsity softball player Sierra Rodriguez recently signed a letter of intent to play softball at Whittier College, home of the Poets.
  • LA SERNANearly 100 La Serna High School anatomy students recently learned to conduct rescue breathing, chest compressions and choking assistance during a training exercise in adult CPR.
  • PIONEERPioneer High School ASB member Allie Estrada has been selected to be a southern representative on the California Association of Student Leaders (CASL) State Board.
  • SANTA FEHundreds of Santa Fe High School students showcased artistic creations, drawings and sculptures, modeled fashionable works of art on a lit runway and put their individualism on display during the 13th annual Art and Fashion Show. 
  • WHITTIER:  Academy Award-winning filmmaker and Walt Disney and Pixar Animation Studios Chief Creative Officer John Lasseter recently returned to his old stomping grounds to be inducted into the Whittier High School Alumni Hall of Fame.
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 Spring 2016
  • Superintendent Sandra Thorstenson to Retire After 39-Year Career at Whittier Union
  • Superintendent's Message
  • Assistant Superintendent Martin Plourde to Lead as Next Superintendent
  • Educational Researcher Explores District's Culture of Collaboration
  • District Establishes Educational Foundation to Enhance Student Programs
  • Financial Hardships No Obstacle for Santa Fe Senior Who Wins Full Scholarship
  • Whittier Union Launches Official Facebook Page
  • New District Stadium to be Named for Longtime Superintendent
  • Scholars Honored for Academic Achievements
  • California High Arts Teacher to Help Develop Statewide Education Curriculum
  • Whittier High Principal, Assistant Superintendent to Retire
  • Pioneer High Senior Receives First Naval Academy Nomination in School's History
  • Students Meet with Legislators at State Capitol
  • Pioneer, Santa Fe High School Principals Join Whittier Union Cabinet
  • Women's Conference Empowers Whittier Union Students
  • NFL Awards 5 Golden Footballs to Whittier Union Schools
Monthly Update
March 2016
  • CAL HIGH: California High School arts teacher Julie Tonkovich is one of 10 public school teachers appointed to serve on the Instructional Quality Commission, an advisory body to the state Board of Education.
  • LA SERNA: From April 5 to May 26, La Serna will hold a youth basketball academy to assist students in second through eighth grades with basketball techniques.
  • PIONEER: Pioneer High School senior Gilbert Sandoval is now among a small handful of students to receive a nomination letter from U.S. Rep. Linda Sánchez to attend the U.S. Naval Academy.
  • SANTA FE: Santa Fe High School is one of 24 schools in California to earn the AVID Schoolwide Site of Distinction award, a new honor given to a select few AVID schools.
  • WHITTIER: After helming Whittier High School for the last eight years, Principal Lori Eshilian has announced she will retire in June.
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Monthly Update
February 2016 
  • CAL HIGHCalifornia High School senior Sophia Aldecoa overcame low self-esteem and bullying to set high academic goals for herself and was named a Cool Kid by ABC7.
  • LA SERNA: La Serna senior Elizabeth Israelian, who earned an Award of Merit from the Board of Trustees, attributes her success to her parents.
  • PIONEER: Pioneer High School families and students learned about college and career readiness as part of the Family Academy at UCLA.
  • SANTA FE: Santa Fe High School's top student-athletes signed letters of intent to play soccer across the U.S. as part of National Signing Day.
  • WHITTIER: Whittier High School will be the host site for the "Communication Unbound Expressions through Art" show, featuring projects from artists with developmental disabilities.
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 Monthly Update
January 2016 
  • CAL HIGH: Seven California High School band and color guard members represented their school pride and exhibited their talents at the 2016 Pasadena Tournament of Roses Parade.
  • LA SERNA: La Serna High School's Kallysta Lopez was recently named 2015 Whittier Daily News Girls Tennis Player of the Year after winning the Del Rio League championship.
  • PIONEER: As part of its annual charitable giving event, the Pioneer High School Leo Club in December made 1,000 tamales that were sold to fund Christmas food baskets for 200 Whittier-area families in need.
  • SANTA FE: In conjunction with the American Red Cross, the Santa Fe High School ASB hosted a blood drive, in which students, staff members and community members had the opportunity to help save lives.
  • WHITTIER: Whittier High School will host an ASB Leadership Day for sixth-, seventh- and eighth-graders interested in leadership from 10:30 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. on Jan. 27.
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Monthly Update
December 2015
  • CAL HIGH: Students in Cal High's MLB Club brightened the holidays for one Whittier-area family whose 11-year-old child is battling cancer when they delivered troves of gifts on Dec. 18 as part of the service group's annual Adopt-a-Family for Christmas event.
  • LA SERNA: The La Serna Girls Golf team won its first-ever CIF Southern Section Southern Division Team Championship with a score of 391 in November. The team marked the victory at the WUHSD Board of Trustees meeting on Dec. 8.
  • PIONEER: Pioneer High School’s Titan Football program is among seven across the nation selected to share $100,000 in equipment grants from helmet manufacturer Riddell. The school's share is about $15,000 and will go toward building a safer football program.
  • SANTA FE: Santa Fe High School student Daisy Nahoul has been selected to be a QuestBridge Scholar to the University of Chicago. QuestBridge links exceptional students with colleges, scholarship providers, enrichment programs, employers and organizations.
  • WHITTIER: Following a donation of $130,000 to fund new technology for Whittier High School’s library, one of the school’s most distinguished Cardinals, William C. Gordon, has donated $100,000 more to be used at the school's discretion. 
Winter 2015/2016
  • Whittier High’s Academic Mentor Program Wins Golden Bell Award
  • Superintendent’s Message
  • The District Issues Final Series of Measure W Bond, Refinances Measure C
  • Whittier Union Teachers Learn New Strategies to Boost Student Success
  • Whittier High Tech Whiz Named District’s 2015-16 Teacher of the Year
  • District’s Culture of Collaboration Evident in LCAP Development
  • Sierra Vista Students, Teachers Embrace New Technology
  • Pioneer Senior’s Lifetime of Perfect Attendance Garners Academic Success
  • La Serna High School Students Take Virtual Journeys Across the Globe
  • Santa Fe Automotive Engineering Students Debut Electric Vehicle
  • Frontier, a Model Continuation School, Produces Top Students
  • Cal High Enhances College and Career Planning With Dedicated Team
  • Pioneer High Dedicates Facility for Legendary Drill Team Coach
  • Whittier High School’s Renovated 21st Century Library Honors Alumnus
  • La Serna High School Students Enhance Unity at TRUE Conference
  • District Renovation Projects Include Stadium Construction, Facility Upgrades
Monthly Update
November 2015
  • CAL HIGH: Cal High this year created the College and Career Zone Team, a consolidation of several support services to provide a streamlined process for students seeking guidance on their post-secondary options.
  • LA SERNA: About 130 La Serna High School students recently participated in the school’s annual TRUE conference, a program that exposes students to a variety of teen-appropriate topics and aims to encourage the teens to make a positive impact on campus.
  • PIONEER: A lifetime of perfect attendance has catapulted Pioneer High senior Arianna Beltran to the top of her class. She ranks No. 1 with a 4.38 GPA, takes numerous Advanced Placement and honors courses, and is a decorated athlete.  
  • SANTA FE: A former English learner in elementary school, Santa Fe senior Sarahi Garza has risen to the top of her class with the encouragement of her parents and ongoing support from her Chieftain family. 
  • WHITTIER: Whittier High has been awarded the 2015 Golden Bell Award for its Academic Mentor Program, a a strategic intervention tool that provides in-class academic support to at-risk students with the help, guidance and mentorship of peers.
 Monthly Update
October 2015
  • CAL HIGH: Construction on the new district football stadium at Cal High is moving swiftly, with crews successfully demolishing outdated athletic facilities on the 22-acre site to make way for a 7,000-seat football complex.
  • LA SERNA: La Serna High School was one of only a handful of schools across the country chosen to participate Google Expeditions, a new education app that brings the world to a student’s fingertips.
  • PIONEER: Pioneer High School named its small gym after Drill Team Coach Marilynn Littlefield, who has led the school's championship-winning team for more than 50 years. 
  • SANTA FE: The Automotive Engineering class recently debuted a revolutionary project that has been three years in the making: a converted electric 1969 Volkswagen Beetle.
  • WHITTIER: The Whittier High community celebrated the school’s renovated 21st century library, which features new furniture, technology and an Alumni Hall of Fame showcase.
 Monthly Update
August 2015
  • CAL HIGH: California High School’s athletic facilities are undergoing extensive renovation as construction crews transform the 22-acre site into a 7,000-seat football complex.
  • LA SERNA: The WUHSD Board of Trustees recognized the La Serna Girls Softball Team for clinching the CIF Southern Section Division 3 title in June.
  • PIONEER: Pioneer High School has concluded its third Team Science Summer Camp, a three-weekend program for K-12 students designed to ignite kids’ interest in science.
  • SANTA FE: Recent Santa Fe High School graduate Anthony Ayala was selected as one of the top three high school monologists by the Educational Theater Association.
  • WHITTIER: Once a Cardinal, always a Cardinal. At least that’s the case for Stephen Zavala, a 2011 Whittier High School graduate who was drafted by the St. Louis Cardinals.
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 March 2015
  • UC Berkeley Chancellor Visits Cal High’s Lauded College-Readiness Program
  • Superintendent’s Message
  • Parents of 8th-Grade Students Invited to Future Frosh Night
  • Viva Technology Gathering Inspires Whittier High Students to Explore STEM Careers
  • Pioneer High Student's Flair for Acting Fuels Excellence in Speech and Debate
  • Santa Fe, Pioneer Hold Top 100 Ceremonies to Celebrate Student Achievers
  • La Serna Graduate Helps Make Radical Discovery that Could Cut Cancer Treatment Costs
  • Frontier High Graduate Perseveres, Enrolls in USC
Winter 2015
  • WUHSD Launches Well-Being Program to Support Students' Social-Emotional Needs
  • Leading Educational Researcher to Study WUHSD's Culture of Collaboration
  • Superintendent's Message
  • Whittier Union Students Continue to Achieve Academic Excellence
  • Academic Mentor Program Transforms Lives of Whittier High Students
  • La Serna Expands College and Career Center, Students Explore Options
  • Whittier Union Celebrates Holidays through Song at Choral Festival
  • Students Bond, Get to Know Board of Trustees During Social Gathering
  • Santa Fe High School Builds Student Leadership, Chieftain Pride
  • Students Salute Veterans, Fallen Alumni at Veterans Day Ceremony
  • Pioneer High's Top Two Seniors Recognized for Academic Achievements
  • Cal High Softball Player Signs Letter of Intent to Join the Siena Saints
  • Important Dates to Remember
  • WUHSD's Band Jamboree Celebrates Music and Cheer Programs
  • The Whole Child Opens Full-Time Integrated School Health Center
October 2014 
  • Whittier Union Celebrates 50th Anniversary of the Horizons Program
  • Superintendent’s Message
  • Whittier Union's Academic Achievement Continues to Rise
  • California High School Welcomes Freshmen with Song and Dance
  • Whittier High School Welcomes Back Beloved Cross Country Student Mason Tellez
  • Frontier High School Teacher Denise Gimenez Honored as 2014-15 Teacher of the Year
  • Pioneer High Welcomes New Assistant Principal as 30 New Teachers Join Whittier Union
  • Santa Fe High School Students Enjoy New Classroom Building
  • WUHSD College Fair at La Serna High Attracts More than 2,000 Students
Summer 2014 
  • More than 3,000 WUHSD Students Graduate
  • Superintendent’s Message
  • Board Recognizes WUHSD Retirees
  • Associate Superintendent of Business Services Paul Muschetto Retires
  • District Administrators to Take on New Roles
  • Board Honors Classified Employees for Excellence
  • Teachers Learn New Common Core Strategies
  • Board Commends Student Advisory Committee
  • WUHSD Board of Trustees Approves LCAP and Budget
  • Summer Modernization Projects Underway
  • Students Create Outdoor Environmental Education Center
  • Superintendent Appointed to California Collaborative for Educational Excellence
June 2014 
  • WUHSD Dedicates Santa Fe High School's Football Field to Coach Jack Mahlstede
  • Superintendent’s Message
  • WUHSD Students Participate in Amy Biehl Foundation Project
  • Whittier Union High Schools’ Graduation Rates Continue to Rise
  • Whittier High Student Organizes Local Ideas Festival
  • WUHSD Board of Trustees Honors Outstanding Students
  • California High School’s Julie Tonkovich Receives CAEA Art Educator of the Year Award
  • First Phase of Pioneer Stadium Project Nears Completion
  • La Serna High Football Players Honored by National Football Foundation
  • Rotary Club of Whittier Honors WUHSD Teachers
  • WUHSD Students Receive Soroptimists Award
  • La Serna Cheer Teams Win National Finals
 March 2014
  • Whittier High School Earns Six-year WASC Accreditation
  • Superintendent’s Message
  • Team Science Summer Camp Online Registration Opens
  • Santa Fe High Serves as AVID National Demonstration School
  • Chinese Students Visit Pioneer High School
  • La Serna Girls Water Polo Team Wins CIF Division Championship
  • Cal High Students Selected for National Automotive Competition
  • Frontier High School Student Receives Board Recognition
  • La Serna High School Updates Two Classrooms
 Winter 2014
  • WUHSD Students Celebrate through Song at Choral Festival
  • Santa Fe High Achieves Golden Bell Award for On-Campus Mental Health Services
  • Superintendent's Message
  • Whittier Union to Hold LCAP Meetings
  • WUHSD Adjusts Measure W Finance Plan
  • Early College Academy Students Gain College Credit, Experience
  • The Whole Child Partners with Whittier High School to Promote On-Campus Support
  • Students Bond on ASB Night
  • Local Teachers Collaborate on New Common Core State Standards
  • Business Academy Teachers Receives Global Award
  • La Serna's Football Team Wins CIF Championship
  • 'Lost Boy of Sudan' and Author Judy Bernstein Speak to La Serna High Students
  • Students Benefiting from Modernized Science Classrooms
  • Three Students Honored by the Board of Trustees
  • California High School Opens New Parent Center
  • Whittier Adult School Student Wins State Award
  • Santa Fe High Students Donate Blankets
October 2013
  • Superintendent’s Message
  • Santa Fe High School’s Barbara Abell Chosen WUHSD Teacher of the Year
  • Students’ Test Scores Raise District API
  • More WUHSD Students Meeting Course Requirements for College Entrance
  • Tickets on Sale for ‘Isabel Allende and William Gordon in Conversation’ to Raise Funds for Whittier High School and Whittier College
  • Cal High Recognized for Outstanding Puente Program
  • Castillo Chosen La Serna’s Assistant Principal of Business and Activities
  • Whittier High School Celebrates Homecoming
  • WUHSD College Fair Attracts Close to 1,000 Students, Parents
  • Cal High Enjoying Newly Remodeled Science Classrooms
  • Santa Fe High Marching Band and Color Guard Perform

August 2013

  • Superintendent’s Message
  • Back to School Nights 2013-14
  • Whittier Union Students Improved Performance on 2013 STAR Tests
  • Class of 2013 Celebrates Commencement
  • Board Honors Two Students for Academic Achievement
  • Team Science Summer Camp Comes to Pioneer High School
  • Board Honors Classified Employees for Excellence
  • Pioneer High School Holds 23rd Escalante Summer Math Academy
  • Kooiman Appointed La Serna’s Assistant Principal of Curriculum
  • Whittier High Senior and Teacher Selected for Scholars Program
  • La Serna and Sierra Vista Earn Six-year WASC Accreditations
  • Santa Fe High School’s Boys’ Tennis Teams Wins CIF Championship
  • Cal High Latin Students Attend State Convention
  • Teachers Come Together to Advance Common Core
  • District Retirees Honored for Years of Service
  • Whittier High Graduate Earns Athletic Scholarship
  • Work Begins on Pioneer High School Stadium Project
  • Board Gives Recognition to Student Advisory Council

June 2013

  •  Superintendent’s Message
  • Pioneer High Presents 50th Titanette Revue
  • WUHSD's Graduation Rate Among Best in Los Angeles County
  • Santa Fe High Physics Classes Make Quantum Leap in Learning
  • Cal High Choir Performs in Regional Festival
  • WUHSD Early Start Date for 2013-14
  • Campus Close-Up: Whittier High School Restored, Updated
  • Santa Fe High School Gains Modernized Science Classrooms
  • Frontier Wins CCEA Award for Career-Based Senior Project Program
  • La Serna Girls Soccer Team Takes CIF-SS Division 5 Championship
  • Students Learn through Young Senators Program
  • PHS Senior Andrew Luevano wins Dell Scholarship
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March 2013

       ·        Superintendent’s Message
·        Parents of 8th Grade Students Invited to Future Frosh Night
·        Ann Fitzgerald Appointed Principal of La Serna High School
·        Board of Trustees Honors Four Students
·        Santa Fe High School Honors ‘Top 100’
·        Sign Up for Team Science’s K-12 Summer Camp at Pioneer High
·        Whittier High Cardinals Build Caring Community
·        Cal High Teachers Achieve National Board Certification
·        ASB Night Lights Up with Fun, Friendship
·        Students Shine at Annual Choral Festival
·        New Physical Education Classroom Building Opens at La Serna
·        Cal High Cross Country Team Reaches Nationals

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Fall 2012

  • New Science Programs for All Ages to be Launched at Pioneer High School
  • WUHSD Students' Test Scores Raise API
  • Superintendent’s Message
  • District-wide College Fair @ SFHS
  • More than 3,200 Ninth Graders Receive Warm Welcome on Freshmen First Day
  • WUHSD to Start Earlier for 2013-14 School Year
  •  Wendy Brandt Chosen WUHSD Teacher of the Year
  • La Serna High School Earns Golden Bell Award for Mentoring Programs
  • WUHSD Earns Two EPA Awards for Energy Conservation Program
  • Santa Fe High School's New Automotive Engineering Class Converting '69 VW Beetle into Electric Vehicle
  • California High School Students Have it Made in the Shade

August 2012

  • La Serna Students Contribute Data to Landmark International Scientific Initiative
  • Superintendent’s Message
  • Important Dates to Remember
  • Community Rallies to Raise Funds for Whittier High School Tubas
  • Pioneer High School’s Early College Academy Opens
  • Santa Fe High School’s Remodeled Art Facilities Frame New Creative Possibilities
  • California High School Partners with Parents of Ninth Graders

June 2012

  • Superintendent’s Message
  • WUHSD Celebrates Commencement Week
  • Graduation Rates Rises
  • New Parent/Student Portals Coming Soon
  • Whittier Union High Schools Rank as Top Schools Among Similar Schools in State
  • New Science and Math Research and Teaching Program Launched
  • Santa Fe, Pioneer and Whittier AVID Seniors Honored
  • District Retirees Recognized for Years of Service
  • Board of Trustees Honors Top Pioneer High School Students
  • All-American Condor Heading to UCLA
  • La Serna Students Conjure Up Elizabethan England During Annual Shakespeare Festival
  • Whittier High School Horseshoe Quad Now A Green Oasis
  • WASC Accreditation Granted

April 2012

  • Superintendent’s Message
  • First Day of School and 2012–13 Academic Calendar Announced
  • Whittier High School Alumni Association to Award 2012 Scholarships
  • Renovation of Pioneer and California High Schools’ Athletic Facilities Planned
  • Pioneer High School’s Dance/Drill Team Wins 10th National Championship
  • Sierra Vista and California High School Students Receive Board Recognition
  • Santa Fe High School Hosts Annual Student Art and Fashion Show
  • New Cal High Administration Building Centralizes Services
  • Antwone Fisher Speaks to La Serna Students
  • Frontier High School and Whittier Adult School Receive High Marks From WASC Committee

February 2012

  • Superintendent’s Message
  • Choral Festival Highlights Students’ Vocal Talents
  • State Senator Ron Calderon Honors Superintendent Sandra Thorstenson
  • Santa Fe High School Athletic Fields to be Dedicated to Retiring Coach Jack Mahlstede
  • Pioneer High School to Open Early College Academy
  • Whittier High Student Named National Merit Finalist
  • La Serna Students Take Read 180 ‘Odyssey’
  • California High School Students ACE their Goals
  • Santa Fe High School’s New Science Building Opens
  • Schools Select New Head Football Coaches

December 2011

  • Superintendent’s Message
  • Ken LaVigne Chosen One of State’s 2012 Teachers of the Year
  • Superintendent Sandra Thorstenson Named California’s National Superintendent of the Year
  • More Pioneer Students Meeting College Course Requirements
  • La Serna Senior Receives Board Recognition
  • California High School Teacher Virginia Glasscock Achieves National Board Certification
  • Santa Fe High School Clinical Services Program Provides Optimum Student Support
  • Whittier High School Exterior Renovations Near Completion
  • Students Leaders Bond During Annual ASB Night
  • Band Jamboree Showcases District Music and Cheer Programs

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October 2011

  • Superintendent’s Message
  • Test Scores Raise WUHSD API
  • La Serna High School to Celebrate 50th Anniversary
  • Whittier High Senior Chosen National Merit Semifinalist
  • Santa Fe High School Senior Honored
  • Frontier High School Principal Gabe Moorman Retires
  • New Pioneer High School Assistant Appointed
  • California High School Modernization Projects Underway

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August 2011

  • Superintendent’s Message
  • Important Dates to Remember
  • Student Leaders Ready for New School Year
  • More District Students Completing Courses Required for College
  • Whittier Union Administrators Take on New Roles
  • Modernization Update
  • New Rules on Student Fees to Begin This Fall

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July 2011

  • Superintendent’s Message
  • Close to 3,000 Students Graduate from Whittier Union High Schools
  • Close to 250 Seniors Qualify for New Seal of Biliteracy
  • District Retirees Recognized for Years of Service

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May 2011 

  • Superintendent’s Message
  • Whittier Union Teachers Participate in NBC Education Town Hall
  • La Serna’s Ken LaVigne Chosen 2011–12 Teacher of the Year
  • Board Honors Students for Academic Achievements
  • Sierra Vista High School’s Online Math Course Achieving Success
  • Pioneer High School Students Perform Annual Titanette Revue
  • Santa Fe High Students Experience Impact of ‘Every 15 Minutes’
  • Top Whittier High School Cardinals Honored

March 2011 

  • Superintendent’s Message
  • Future Freshmen Night
  • District Students Honored
  • Three Teachers Achieve National Board Certification
  • Students Receive National Merit Commendation

Winter 2011

  • Whittier High Wins Golden Bell Award
  • Superintendent's Message
  • WUHSD Awarded $500,000 Competitive Federal Grant
  • District Website Adds Parent Information & Portal
  • Laurie Atkinson Chosen Teacher of the Year
  • Students Achieving Higher Levels of Excellence
  • Pioneer High School Celebrates 50th Anniversary
  • Santa Fe High School Named Top AVID National Demonstration Site
  • California High School to Open Remodeled Quad
  • La Serna High School's Water Polo Team Honored

Summer 2010

  • Class of 2010 Graduates Prepared for the Future
  • Superintendent's Message
  • WUHSD in Top Third Among Similar Schools in State
  • Academic Acheivement Continues to Soar
  • Whittier Union School's Make Newsweek Magazine's Top 1,600 List
  • Board of Trustees Honors Student Advisory Committee
  • Modernization Update

Winter 2010

  • Two Books Highlight WUHSD's Excellence
  • Superintendent's Message
  • CHS Wins Golden Bell Award
  • PHS Student Receives "Beat the Odds" scholarship
  • Energy Savings Continue
  • LSHS Choir performs at Carnegie Hall
  • Whitter HS/College Launch New Mentoring Program
  • Teacher of the Year
  • Modernization Update
  • PHS Choir Students Perform with Prestigious Choir
  • SFHS's Mechanical & Architectural Drafting Programs Take Off

Summer 09

  • Commencement 09
  • Superintendent's Message
  • Academic acheivement rising again
  • New HS Principals
  • 3 WUHSD schools make Newsweek's top 1,500 list
  • Modernization update
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