Message from the Superintendent
"In the wake of the tragic car accident that took the life of La Serna High School student Ivette Macias last week, a wave of sadness has swept across the entire Whittier Union school community as we grieve her loss and pray for the recoveries of four other students who sustained injuries in the crash. It has been a devastating and trying time for us all, and we extend our deepest condolences to Ivette’s family, friends and loved ones. Out of this horrible tragedy, however, has sprung an outpouring of love and support from students across the WUHSD community, who have united in solidarity to help provide comfort to all those affected. In a show of support to the Macias family, each of our schools’ ASBs are organizing fundraisers at their respective campuses to help defray the costs of funeral services. Additionally, our ASBs, PTAs and staff are working together to offer comfort to the families of all students involved and console the La Serna school community. This heartbreak has had a powerful impact on our students, our staff and our community and we jointly mourn the loss of one of our own." - Superintendent Sandra Thorstenson
Summer School 2016: Summer School begins Monday, June 6th and will run through Thursday, July 14th. Counselors are working on class placement and programming and students will get their schedules beginning Monday, May 23rd. Click here to visit the Summer School section of the Curriculum Webpage for details on specific session dates and times.
Spring Testing & Final Exam Schedules: Beginning April 11th through April 21st all JUNIOR students will begin taking SBAC State Assessments in English & Mathematics. Sophomore students will take the 10th grade Life Science Assessment on April 20th and 21st. We will be on a block schedule to allow for extended time for testing classes and maximize instructional time for all other periods during this time. Click here to view a detailed schedule of all testing schedules and calendar including senior projects and semester 2 final exams.
Concerns Regarding Student Use of "Ogle" app The Whittier Union High School District would like to share a concern with our families about a mobile application (app) called “Ogle”. This “app”, which is readily available, claims to be designed for students to post messages, photographs and videos relating to their schools. Students and others are able to do this anonymously and without censorship. For more information, click here.
Security Upgrade - Students to wear their ID cards.
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, Sept. 8.
Please click here for more information regarding this new procedure.
Superintendent’s Message - Spring 2016
Superintendent Sandra Thorstenson shares a farewell message encapsulating the accomplishments of the Districts, the administrative transitions taking place and the District's commitment to doing whatever it takes to ensure students achieve. Click here to read the message.
NEW - WUHSD Spring 2016 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. Para el boletín en español, haga clic aquí.
Monthly WUHSD Update: April 2016
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.
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 www.wuhsd.org/ccss.
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.