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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


  • 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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  • La Serna High Expands College and Career Center, Students Explore Options

    La Serna High School’s College and Career Center has never been busier. Since the expansion of the center’s hours and arrival of a full-time college advisement specialist, a constant stream of students have been filing in during and after school to ask questions, find support and get assistance.

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  • La Serna High Senior Relishes Rigorous Challenges

    Even before starting La Serna High School, student Tim Nguyen always relished the idea of being an innovator on campus and a model student to his peers. Described as inquisitive, thoughtful, hard-working and friendly, Tim, now a senior, constantly meets his goal of challenging himself with new projects and ideas, including establishing clubs and teaching, all while earning a 4.5 GPA and a near perfect score of 2390 on the SAT.

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  • Whittier Union Students Continue to Achieve Academic Excellence

    The number of students who are completing the courses necessary for entrance into four-year universities has nearly doubled since 2006, the highest rate in Whittier Union’s history.

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  • Senior Events Meeting 
    Tuesday, April 28th
    Seniors will be meeting with Mr. Castillo in the Big Gym from 12pm-12:30pm. Meeting will cover Senior activities (senior breakfast, yearbook, graduation, grad night, etc) and each Senior will receive a calendar!  
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  • PROM 2015
    Prom is being held on April 25th at the Madeo Room at the Double Tree Hotel in San Pedro! Applications are now available in the Activities office or download them below. Tickets can be purchased from the Cashier's window 7:30am-3:30pm.
    Address: 2800 Via Cabrillo-Marina
                    San Pedro, CA 90731
    Directions: Click here


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  • CAP & GOWN
    Did you forget to order your Cap & Gown?? 
    Please bring $65 cash on May 21st to buy a Cap & Gown the day they're being distributed. First come, first serve. 
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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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    Saturday June 6th 
     Tickets are being sold every Wednesday & Thursday at lunch through May 15th.
    Check in: 10am @ La Serna HS 
    *students must be checked in by 10:30am
    Return: 3am @ La Serna HS
    Cost (includes bus transportation & continental breakfast):
    $105 from 4/23-5/15 (CASH ONLY) 
    Pick up an application and permission slip at the Activities Office.  
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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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