Four Santa Fe High School seniors who have juggled personal challenges with academic excellence are celebrating being selected as Dell Scholars for 2017, earning a collective $80,000 in scholarships to complete their post-secondary education. Jesus Muneton, who will attend UCLA to pursue a career in chemical engineering; Isaac Zarate, who is heading to UC Irvine to study political science; Nicolas Mabey, who will study business at UCLA; and Angie Torres, who will explore math at UC San Diego, will each receive $20,000.
Hundreds of students from Whittier Union’s three AVID schools celebrated an important next step toward achieving their academic pursuits during College Signing Day on April 26, establishing their commitment to continue their education at a university, community college, the military or vocational school. Clad in college apparel and smiling ear-to-ear, Titans, Chiefs and Cardinals from Pioneer, Santa Fe and Whittier high schools signed banners of the colleges and universities they will attend in the fall, inspiring crowds of cheering underclassmen.
Just a few weeks ahead of prom, Santa Fe High School seniors witnessed a gruesome car crash in front of the campus in which one of their peers died, one was airlifted to a local hospital with life-threatening injuries and another was arrested for drunk driving. Students, families and loved ones gathered to mourn the losses and pray for the injured during a funeral service the next day. The sobering event was all part of an Every 15 Minutes simulation program meant to inspire teens to think twice about driving under the influence.
When Alison Johnson was 10 years old, she began staging plays on orange crates in her back yard. She knew even then that her life would revolve around drama. Today, the Santa Fe High School teacher is one of California’s leading advocates of theater and arts education in public schools. Johnson, who has been teaching English and theater arts her alma mater since 1990, was recently appointed to the inaugural class of the Advocacy Leadership Network (ALN).
The new California School Dashboard – a tool that evaluates district, school and student performance – was released March 15 for a statewide field test, providing Whittier Union families and educators a glimpse of the new accountability and improvement system before its official release in fall 2017.
Santa Fe High School has been re-validated as a National Demonstration School for AVID (Advancement Via Individual Determination), a college-readiness system designed to increase the number of students who enroll in four-year colleges. An AVID campus for more than 20 years and a National Demonstration School since 2001, Santa Fe serves as a model to other schools wishing to implement the college preparation program. Only the top 3 percent of AVID schools reach this status.
During her 35 years as a counselor at Santa Fe High School, Cheryl Redgate has empowered students to achieve their academic, professional and personal goals through compassion, guidance and support. Now, one congresswoman has shined a spotlight on Redgate for working tirelessly behind the scenes to improve the lives of Whittier Union students. U.S. Rep. Linda Sanchez honored Redgate as part of National School Counseling Week.
Wearing batting helmets and fielders’ mitts, students in the special education program at Santa Fe High School swung their bats, ran bases and fielded their positions in a baseball game as part of the third annual Make A Difference (M.A.D.) game – a cheerful event organized by student-athletes and the school’s Associated Student Body. Guided and assisted by the student-athletes, dozens of students wearing commemorative M.A.D. T-shirts had their names announced over a loud-speaker as they approached the field, with friends and family cheering them on in the stands.
The Whittier Union High School District has launched a new electronic communication tool that will help strengthen engagement between students, parents, teachers and school administrators. Already integrated into the District’s Aeries Parent Portal student information system, Loop supports one- and two-way announcements and messaging between any system users through phone calls, text messages, e-mails, text-to-speech and instant messaging.
Santa Fe High School biology teacher Alejandra Gonzalez has been selected for the University of Chicago’s 2016 Outstanding Educator Award, an honor that recognizes exceptional dedication to her craft and the profound influence she’s had on her students, including on the former Chieftain who nominated her.
6:00 PM Senior Awards
5:30 PM Senior Farewell Dinner
3:00 PM Yearbook Distribution
11:00 AM - 1:30 PM Senior Reflections/ Mendez Gym & Main Quad