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WUHSD to Celebrate Grand Opening of Dick Torres Memorial Stadium 
The Whittier Union High School District will unveil its spectacular 7,000-seat football stadium at Pioneer High School – among the largest high school stadiums in the San Gabriel Valley – during a grand opening ceremony at 4:45 p.m. on Thursday, May 28. The facility will be dedicated as the Dick Torres Memorial Stadium in honor of Richard (Dick) Torres, who died in 2010 after serving more than 30 years as an educational leader and inspiration to Whittier Union students. A plaque in his honor will be unveiled. Click here for more information.
 Spring Testing & End of Year
Bell Schedules
 Beginning Monday, April 13 - Friday, April 24 La Serna will be on a modified block schedule in order to administer the SBAC/Common Core and NCLB assessments.  Additional testing block schedules will take place May 18-21. See attached schedule for modified Bell Schedule details occuring April - June. 

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!
Superintendent's Message  
Superintendent Sandra Thorstenson welcomes the onset of Spring and the collaborative work of the Board of Trustees, faculty and staff to achieve higher levels of excellence on behalf of Whittier Union students, ensuring their well-being and continued success. 
NEW - WUHSD March 2015 E-Newsletter 
Read about the latest success stories to come out of Whittier Union's campuses and the many achievements the District has celebrated. Click here to view the e-newsletter.
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


  • La Serna Pilots Peer-to-Peer Mental Health Referral Program

    La Serna High School student leaders on May 11 challenged more than 550 classmates to “Shatter the Stigma” associated with mental health through the debut of a “Notice, Talk, Act” program initiative, which encourages students to actively support friends who may struggle with mental illness. As part of La Serna’s “Mental Health Awareness Day,” students produced and screened a video encouraging their peers to use the “Notice, Talk, Act” approach to reach out to friends in need and hosted presentations outlining the benefits of seeking professional mental health counseling.

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  • Whittier Union Schools Awarded Prestigious California Gold Ribbons

    All five of the Whittier Union High School District’s comprehensive high schools on May 5 were named California Gold Ribbon Schools – the state’s highest award for academic excellence. Gold Ribbons were awarded to California, La Serna, Pioneer, Santa Fe and Whittier high schools; the latter three received an additional award for being Title I Academic Achieving Schools that demonstrate success in meeting the educational needs of all students.

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  • Whittier Union Boasts 96% Graduation Rate Among Comprehensive High Schools

    Nearly 96 percent of the 2,812 seniors from the Whittier Union High School District’s five comprehensive high schools graduated last year, according to data released April 28 by the California Department of Education (CDE) for the 2013-14 academic year. Dropout rates among the schools fell to 2.7 percent.

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  • 3/4/15 Teen Wellness Night: Typical or Troubled?

    Please mark your calendars to join us on Wednesday, March 4th at 6pm in the La Serna library for our next PTSA sponsored Parent Information Night. Angela Castelllanos, the district Well Being Co-ordinator, will be back to present "Typical or Troubled".

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  • La Serna Graduate Helps Make Radical Discovery that Could Cut Cancer Treatment Costs

    Stephan Kudlacek, 2008 graduate of La Serna High School, is part of the research team that successfully invented a way to “unboil” a hen egg, a breakthrough that could dramatically reduce costs for cancer treatments, food production and other segments of the global biotechnology industry, according to the team. Kudlacek, who has inadvertently become the face of the project, credits the astute guidance he received at La Serna for his achievements.

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  • Leading Educational Researcher to Study Whittier Union’s Culture of Collaboration

    The Whittier Union High School District is one of four school districts across the state selected to participate in a three-year case study administered by one of the world’s leading educational researchers and reform advocates who will observe the District’s successful use of collaboration to improve student achievement.

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  • Summer Sports Camp
    Thursday, May 28th from 3-7pm
    Stop by the Activities office with your completed athletic packet and enrollment form to register for any 2015 summer camp.
    You can find the summer forms below:
    Bring the completed forms below on 5/28:

    Reminder: You will only need to complete one packet no matter how many sports you choose to do.  
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    Information is now posted for our 2015 Summer Sports Camp. You may click here for more information.
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  • Graduation Tickets
    On 6/2 each graduating senior will receive their 8 graduation ceremony tickets and will have the opportunity to purchase up to 3 more for $5 each (cash only). 
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    Don't miss an important Senior event! Click here for our Senior End of Year Activities Calendar!  
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    La Serna High School 
    Graduation Ceremony
    • When: June 3rd 2015
    • Where: La Mirada High School
    • Time: 6pm
    Information regarding tickets to follow.  
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  • 2015-2016 Academic Calendar
    Click here for the recently published WUHSD 2015-2016 Academic Calendar
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  • Please click on the link below to complete the Parent Survey so your input can help improve our schools.
    WUHSD Parent Survey in English:
    WUHSD Encuesta para Padres en Espanol:
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  • 2014-15 Academic Calendar
    Click here
    for the recently published WUHSD 2014-2015 Academic Calendar.
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  • My Lunch Money
    Forget your lunch money often? Try the new My Lunch Money program and never go hungry again. Click here for full details or click the button below to get registered today
    My Lunch Money Website
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  • Synergy Parent & Student Portals
    View grades, attendance and more using the Synergy ParentVUE & StudentVUE portals. For full information regarding what this system has to offer, how to get access, and how to download the mobile applications, click the appropriately titled links above.
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