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NEW - Santa Fe High School Winter 2016 E-Newsletter 
Santa Fe has launched a new biannual e-newsletter that includes stories and news from our Chieftain Campus! Click here for more. 
NEW - Superintendent’s Message
Spring 2017
Superintendent Martin J. Plourde shares a message ushering in the spring season, reflecting on student and teacher accomplishments and looking ahead to end-of-year celebrations. Click here to read the message.

NEW - WUHSD Spring 2017 Newsletter
Check out WUHSD's Spring Newsletter, which features student, staff and teacher success stories from throughout our District. Click here to read the newsletter. En español.
 Monthly WUHSD Update: April 2017
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. Para el informe en español, haga clic aquí.
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!


  • Santa Fe High Students Witness Impacts of Impaired Driving as part of Every 15 Minutes Program

    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.

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  • Santa Fe Drama Teacher Named to National Theater Education Advocacy Panel

    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).

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  • State Unveils New Schools Performance Dashboard

    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.

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  • Santa Fe High Re-Validated as an AVID National Demonstration School

    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.

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  • Santa Fe Counselor Honored by Congresswoman During National School Counseling Week

    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.

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  • Santa Fe High ‘Make A Difference’ Baseball Game Brings Athletes, Special Needs Students Together

    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.

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  • Whittier Union Launches New Tool to Increase Communication Between Parents, Teachers

    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.

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  • Santa Fe High Teacher Receives University of Chicago’s 2016 Outstanding Educator Award

    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.

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  • Santa Fe High Chieftain Lauded for Connecting Students, Promoting Positive Campus Culture

    Santa Fe High School’s award-winning Associated Student Body has played an essential role in making the campus culture a positive and inclusive environment in which students are connected, cared for and engaged. It’s a job that requires time, passion and commitment ¬– qualities that senior Valeria Restrepo has exhibited over the last four years.

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  • District College Fair Attracts Hundreds

    Whittier Union in September hosted its annual District College Fair, attracting hundreds of students and their parents to the California High School campus, where they met with dozens of college representatives and learned how to prepare for college.

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