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.
-- Sandra Thorstenson, Superintendent
As football fans around the world revel in the Denver Broncos’ victory in Super Bowl 50, Whittier Union is celebrating five coveted Golden Footballs that four of its comprehensive high schools received from the National Football League to recognize distinguished alumni who participated in 10 Super Bowls and amassed eight championships.
The Whittier Union High School District Board of Trustees on Feb. 9 selected Assistant Superintendent of Business Services Martin Plourde, who has served the District in various leadership capacities for 15 years, as its next Superintendent.
Whittier Union provides a rare example of a collaborative culture that successfully boosts student achievement and teacher development, according to international education expert Michael Fullan, who on Feb. 3 visited the site as part of case study on high-achieving school districts.
With the valuable input of stakeholders from the Whittier Union community, the District has begun the process of updating its Local Control and Accountability Plan (LCAP), a three-year guide required under the new Local Control Funding Formula (LCFF) that provides districts with flexibility on how to best address the needs of students. Community meetings will be held on March 2 and April 14.
To further strengthen community outreach and communication efforts among the school district community, the Whittier Union High School District has launched its official Facebook page, where it will distribute up-to-date news and information about its schools, activities and District initiatives.
Daisy Nahoul has faced significant hardships in her 18 years, including living out of a car as her family coped with financial difficulties. However, instead of letting her situation determine her future, the Santa Fe High School senior saw it as a challenge – one that would push her to unprecedented academic heights at the top of her class. She has been awarded a $70,000-a-year QuestBridge Scholarship to the University of Chicago. She will be the first in her family to go to college.
The Whittier Union High School District Board of Trustees decided is gather written and oral comments from a wide array of sources and stakeholders within the school district community prior to selecting its new executive leader. As part of the process, the school community and public are invited to submit written comments through an online survey available at www.surveymonkey.com/r/H8LV8RS through Friday, Jan. 29.
After a 39-year career as a teacher and administrator in the Whittier Union High School District – including over 14 years as District Superintendent – Sandra Thorstenson has announced she will retire in June 2016.
A former English learner in elementary school, Santa Fe High School senior Sarahi Garza has risen to the top of her class with the encouragement of her parents and ongoing support from her Chieftain family. Garza has earned 4.43 GPA by juggling a rigorous academic schedule that includes several honors and Advanced Placement classes and community volunteer projects. In recognition of her achievements and impressive successes, Garza was recently honored with the Award of Merit from the Whittier Union Board of Trustees.
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.
12:00 PM - 1:00 PM Jostens-Ring Orders
5:00 PM - 6:00 PM School Site Council Meeting