Whittier Union High School District

To Achieve and Maintain Excellence

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Newsletter Highlights


 March 2015
  • UC Berkeley Chancellor Visits Cal High’s Lauded College-Readiness Program
  • Superintendent’s Message
  • Parents of 8th-Grade Students Invited to Future Frosh Night
  • Viva Technology Gathering Inspires Whittier High Students to Explore STEM Careers
  • Pioneer High Student's Flair for Acting Fuels Excellence in Speech and Debate
  • Santa Fe, Pioneer Hold Top 100 Ceremonies to Celebrate Student Achievers
  • La Serna Graduate Helps Make Radical Discovery that Could Cut Cancer Treatment Costs
  • Frontier High Graduate Perseveres, Enrolls in USC
Winter 2015
  • WUHSD Launches Well-Being Program to Support Students' Social-Emotional Needs
  • Leading Educational Researcher to Study WUHSD's Culture of Collaboration
  • Superintendent's Message
  • Whittier Union Students Continue to Achieve Academic Excellence
  • Academic Mentor Program Transforms Lives of Whittier High Students
  • La Serna Expands College and Career Center, Students Explore Options
  • Whittier Union Celebrates Holidays through Song at Choral Festival
  • Students Bond, Get to Know Board of Trustees During Social Gathering
  • Santa Fe High School Builds Student Leadership, Chieftain Pride
  • Students Salute Veterans, Fallen Alumni at Veterans Day Ceremony
  • Pioneer High's Top Two Seniors Recognized for Academic Achievements
  • Cal High Softball Player Signs Letter of Intent to Join the Siena Saints
  • Important Dates to Remember
  • WUHSD's Band Jamboree Celebrates Music and Cheer Programs
  • The Whole Child Opens Full-Time Integrated School Health Center
October 2014 
  • Whittier Union Celebrates 50th Anniversary of the Horizons Program
  • Superintendent’s Message
  • Whittier Union's Academic Achievement Continues to Rise
  • California High School Welcomes Freshmen with Song and Dance
  • Whittier High School Welcomes Back Beloved Cross Country Student Mason Tellez
  • Frontier High School Teacher Denise Gimenez Honored as 2014-15 Teacher of the Year
  • Pioneer High Welcomes New Assistant Principal as 30 New Teachers Join Whittier Union
  • Santa Fe High School Students Enjoy New Classroom Building
  • WUHSD College Fair at La Serna High Attracts More than 2,000 Students
Summer 2014 
  • More than 3,000 WUHSD Students Graduate
  • Superintendent’s Message
  • Board Recognizes WUHSD Retirees
  • Associate Superintendent of Business Services Paul Muschetto Retires
  • District Administrators to Take on New Roles
  • Board Honors Classified Employees for Excellence
  • Teachers Learn New Common Core Strategies
  • Board Commends Student Advisory Committee
  • WUHSD Board of Trustees Approves LCAP and Budget
  • Summer Modernization Projects Underway
  • Students Create Outdoor Environmental Education Center
  • Superintendent Appointed to California Collaborative for Educational Excellence
June 2014 
  • WUHSD Dedicates Santa Fe High School's Football Field to Coach Jack Mahlstede
  • Superintendent’s Message
  • WUHSD Students Participate in Amy Biehl Foundation Project
  • Whittier Union High Schools’ Graduation Rates Continue to Rise
  • Whittier High Student Organizes Local Ideas Festival
  • WUHSD Board of Trustees Honors Outstanding Students
  • California High School’s Julie Tonkovich Receives CAEA Art Educator of the Year Award
  • First Phase of Pioneer Stadium Project Nears Completion
  • La Serna High Football Players Honored by National Football Foundation
  • Rotary Club of Whittier Honors WUHSD Teachers
  • WUHSD Students Receive Soroptimists Award
  • La Serna Cheer Teams Win National Finals
 March 2014
  • Whittier High School Earns Six-year WASC Accreditation
  • Superintendent’s Message
  • Team Science Summer Camp Online Registration Opens
  • Santa Fe High Serves as AVID National Demonstration School
  • Chinese Students Visit Pioneer High School
  • La Serna Girls Water Polo Team Wins CIF Division Championship
  • Cal High Students Selected for National Automotive Competition
  • Frontier High School Student Receives Board Recognition
  • La Serna High School Updates Two Classrooms
 Winter 2014
  • WUHSD Students Celebrate through Song at Choral Festival
  • Santa Fe High Achieves Golden Bell Award for On-Campus Mental Health Services
  • Superintendent's Message
  • Whittier Union to Hold LCAP Meetings
  • WUHSD Adjusts Measure W Finance Plan
  • Early College Academy Students Gain College Credit, Experience
  • The Whole Child Partners with Whittier High School to Promote On-Campus Support
  • Students Bond on ASB Night
  • Local Teachers Collaborate on New Common Core State Standards
  • Business Academy Teachers Receives Global Award
  • La Serna's Football Team Wins CIF Championship
  • 'Lost Boy of Sudan' and Author Judy Bernstein Speak to La Serna High Students
  • Students Benefiting from Modernized Science Classrooms
  • Three Students Honored by the Board of Trustees
  • California High School Opens New Parent Center
  • Whittier Adult School Student Wins State Award
  • Santa Fe High Students Donate Blankets
October 2013
  • Superintendent’s Message
  • Santa Fe High School’s Barbara Abell Chosen WUHSD Teacher of the Year
  • Students’ Test Scores Raise District API
  • More WUHSD Students Meeting Course Requirements for College Entrance
  • Tickets on Sale for ‘Isabel Allende and William Gordon in Conversation’ to Raise Funds for Whittier High School and Whittier College
  • Cal High Recognized for Outstanding Puente Program
  • Castillo Chosen La Serna’s Assistant Principal of Business and Activities
  • Whittier High School Celebrates Homecoming
  • WUHSD College Fair Attracts Close to 1,000 Students, Parents
  • Cal High Enjoying Newly Remodeled Science Classrooms
  • Santa Fe High Marching Band and Color Guard Perform

August 2013

  • Superintendent’s Message
  • Back to School Nights 2013-14
  • Whittier Union Students Improved Performance on 2013 STAR Tests
  • Class of 2013 Celebrates Commencement
  • Board Honors Two Students for Academic Achievement
  • Team Science Summer Camp Comes to Pioneer High School
  • Board Honors Classified Employees for Excellence
  • Pioneer High School Holds 23rd Escalante Summer Math Academy
  • Kooiman Appointed La Serna’s Assistant Principal of Curriculum
  • Whittier High Senior and Teacher Selected for Scholars Program
  • La Serna and Sierra Vista Earn Six-year WASC Accreditations
  • Santa Fe High School’s Boys’ Tennis Teams Wins CIF Championship
  • Cal High Latin Students Attend State Convention
  • Teachers Come Together to Advance Common Core
  • District Retirees Honored for Years of Service
  • Whittier High Graduate Earns Athletic Scholarship
  • Work Begins on Pioneer High School Stadium Project
  • Board Gives Recognition to Student Advisory Council

June 2013

  •  Superintendent’s Message
  • Pioneer High Presents 50th Titanette Revue
  • WUHSD's Graduation Rate Among Best in Los Angeles County
  • Santa Fe High Physics Classes Make Quantum Leap in Learning
  • Cal High Choir Performs in Regional Festival
  • WUHSD Early Start Date for 2013-14
  • Campus Close-Up: Whittier High School Restored, Updated
  • Santa Fe High School Gains Modernized Science Classrooms
  • Frontier Wins CCEA Award for Career-Based Senior Project Program
  • La Serna Girls Soccer Team Takes CIF-SS Division 5 Championship
  • Students Learn through Young Senators Program
  • PHS Senior Andrew Luevano wins Dell Scholarship
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March 2013

       ·        Superintendent’s Message
·        Parents of 8th Grade Students Invited to Future Frosh Night
·        Ann Fitzgerald Appointed Principal of La Serna High School
·        Board of Trustees Honors Four Students
·        Santa Fe High School Honors ‘Top 100’
·        Sign Up for Team Science’s K-12 Summer Camp at Pioneer High
·        Whittier High Cardinals Build Caring Community
·        Cal High Teachers Achieve National Board Certification
·        ASB Night Lights Up with Fun, Friendship
·        Students Shine at Annual Choral Festival
·        New Physical Education Classroom Building Opens at La Serna
·        Cal High Cross Country Team Reaches Nationals

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Fall 2012

  • New Science Programs for All Ages to be Launched at Pioneer High School
  • WUHSD Students' Test Scores Raise API
  • Superintendent’s Message
  • District-wide College Fair @ SFHS
  • More than 3,200 Ninth Graders Receive Warm Welcome on Freshmen First Day
  • WUHSD to Start Earlier for 2013-14 School Year
  •  Wendy Brandt Chosen WUHSD Teacher of the Year
  • La Serna High School Earns Golden Bell Award for Mentoring Programs
  • WUHSD Earns Two EPA Awards for Energy Conservation Program
  • Santa Fe High School's New Automotive Engineering Class Converting '69 VW Beetle into Electric Vehicle
  • California High School Students Have it Made in the Shade

August 2012

  • La Serna Students Contribute Data to Landmark International Scientific Initiative
  • Superintendent’s Message
  • Important Dates to Remember
  • Community Rallies to Raise Funds for Whittier High School Tubas
  • Pioneer High School’s Early College Academy Opens
  • Santa Fe High School’s Remodeled Art Facilities Frame New Creative Possibilities
  • California High School Partners with Parents of Ninth Graders

June 2012

  • Superintendent’s Message
  • WUHSD Celebrates Commencement Week
  • Graduation Rates Rises
  • New Parent/Student Portals Coming Soon
  • Whittier Union High Schools Rank as Top Schools Among Similar Schools in State
  • New Science and Math Research and Teaching Program Launched
  • Santa Fe, Pioneer and Whittier AVID Seniors Honored
  • District Retirees Recognized for Years of Service
  • Board of Trustees Honors Top Pioneer High School Students
  • All-American Condor Heading to UCLA
  • La Serna Students Conjure Up Elizabethan England During Annual Shakespeare Festival
  • Whittier High School Horseshoe Quad Now A Green Oasis
  • WASC Accreditation Granted

April 2012

  • Superintendent’s Message
  • First Day of School and 2012–13 Academic Calendar Announced
  • Whittier High School Alumni Association to Award 2012 Scholarships
  • Renovation of Pioneer and California High Schools’ Athletic Facilities Planned
  • Pioneer High School’s Dance/Drill Team Wins 10th National Championship
  • Sierra Vista and California High School Students Receive Board Recognition
  • Santa Fe High School Hosts Annual Student Art and Fashion Show
  • New Cal High Administration Building Centralizes Services
  • Antwone Fisher Speaks to La Serna Students
  • Frontier High School and Whittier Adult School Receive High Marks From WASC Committee

February 2012

  • Superintendent’s Message
  • Choral Festival Highlights Students’ Vocal Talents
  • State Senator Ron Calderon Honors Superintendent Sandra Thorstenson
  • Santa Fe High School Athletic Fields to be Dedicated to Retiring Coach Jack Mahlstede
  • Pioneer High School to Open Early College Academy
  • Whittier High Student Named National Merit Finalist
  • La Serna Students Take Read 180 ‘Odyssey’
  • California High School Students ACE their Goals
  • Santa Fe High School’s New Science Building Opens
  • Schools Select New Head Football Coaches

December 2011

  • Superintendent’s Message
  • Ken LaVigne Chosen One of State’s 2012 Teachers of the Year
  • Superintendent Sandra Thorstenson Named California’s National Superintendent of the Year
  • More Pioneer Students Meeting College Course Requirements
  • La Serna Senior Receives Board Recognition
  • California High School Teacher Virginia Glasscock Achieves National Board Certification
  • Santa Fe High School Clinical Services Program Provides Optimum Student Support
  • Whittier High School Exterior Renovations Near Completion
  • Students Leaders Bond During Annual ASB Night
  • Band Jamboree Showcases District Music and Cheer Programs

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October 2011

  • Superintendent’s Message
  • Test Scores Raise WUHSD API
  • La Serna High School to Celebrate 50th Anniversary
  • Whittier High Senior Chosen National Merit Semifinalist
  • Santa Fe High School Senior Honored
  • Frontier High School Principal Gabe Moorman Retires
  • New Pioneer High School Assistant Appointed
  • California High School Modernization Projects Underway

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August 2011

  • Superintendent’s Message
  • Important Dates to Remember
  • Student Leaders Ready for New School Year
  • More District Students Completing Courses Required for College
  • Whittier Union Administrators Take on New Roles
  • Modernization Update
  • New Rules on Student Fees to Begin This Fall

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July 2011

  • Superintendent’s Message
  • Close to 3,000 Students Graduate from Whittier Union High Schools
  • Close to 250 Seniors Qualify for New Seal of Biliteracy
  • District Retirees Recognized for Years of Service

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May 2011 

  • Superintendent’s Message
  • Whittier Union Teachers Participate in NBC Education Town Hall
  • La Serna’s Ken LaVigne Chosen 2011–12 Teacher of the Year
  • Board Honors Students for Academic Achievements
  • Sierra Vista High School’s Online Math Course Achieving Success
  • Pioneer High School Students Perform Annual Titanette Revue
  • Santa Fe High Students Experience Impact of ‘Every 15 Minutes’
  • Top Whittier High School Cardinals Honored

March 2011 

  • Superintendent’s Message
  • Future Freshmen Night
  • District Students Honored
  • Three Teachers Achieve National Board Certification
  • Students Receive National Merit Commendation

Winter 2011

  • Whittier High Wins Golden Bell Award
    Superintendent's Message
    WUHSD Awarded $500,000 Competitive Federal Grant
    District Website Adds Parent Information & Portal
    Laurie Atkinson Chosen Teacher of the Year
    Students Achieving Higher Levels of Excellence
    Pioneer High School Celebrates 50th Anniversary
    Santa Fe High School Named Top AVID National Demonstration Site
    California High School to Open Remodeled Quad
    La Serna High School's Water Polo Team Honored

Summer 2010

  • Class of 2010 Graduates Prepared for the Future
    Superintendent's Message
    WUHSD in Top Third Among Similar Schools in State
    Academic Acheivement Continues to Soar
    Whittier Union School's Make Newsweek Magazine's Top 1,600 List
    Board of Trustees Honors Student Advisory Committee
    Modernization Update

Winter 2010

  • Two Books Highlight WUHSD's Excellence
    Superintendent's Message
    CHS Wins Golden Bell Award
    PHS Student Receives "Beat the Odds" scholarship
    Energy Savings Continue
    LSHS Choir performs at Carnegie Hall
    Whitter HS/College Launch New Mentoring Program
    Teacher of the Year
    Modernization Update
    PHS Choir Students Perform with Prestigious Choir
    SFHS's Mechanical & Architectural Drafting Programs Take Off

Summer 09

  • Commencement 09
    Superintendent's Message
    Academic acheivement rising again
    New HS Principals
    3 WUHSD schools make Newsweek's top 1,500 list
    Modernization update
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