We began this exciting school year by welcoming more than 2,800 new students, 29 new teachers, countless new classified staff and a host of veteran Whittier Union educators to new administrative responsibilities across our campuses.
As we conclude our first semester, I am reminded of how far our youngest students have come, but also how many more opportunities they will get to experience throughout the course of their high school careers. High school – a mere 720 days of school over four years – is a formative time for our students. They are our inspiration as we build a foundation for them to gain the skills and knowledge necessary to carry them forward after they graduate.
In these 720 days, our students will go from being precocious freshmen who are just beginning to spread their wings to mature seniors ready to take on the world in college, the military and careers. In that time, our talented and dedicated team of educators will take them from fundamental algebra through calculus and from undeveloped ninth-graders to CIF champions, molding these young minds into thinkers, doers and change-makers.
Already this year, we have seen our students experience tremendous growth. Hundreds of students, dedicated to finding their paths in life, attended our annual District College Fair early in the semester, learning the tricks and techniques to post-secondary success, while others are earning scholarships and taking advantage of the stimulating enrichment programs our schools offer.
Others are exploring a host of new science, technology, engineering and math (STEM) courses we are offering across schools, invigorating our curriculum and preparing our students for a future in technology.
These accomplishments would not be possible without the education and inspiration they receive from our staff, administrators and teachers, including Michael Moore, our WUHSD Teacher of the Year for 2016-17. All of us have a teacher, secretary or instructional aide who helped us along the way and left an imprint on our life. Our staff members love being that person for our students.
As we continue the 2016-17 school year, we will work every day to provide a world-class education for the students of Whittier Union. We want to provide the best 720-day experience they can imagine so that on their last day in our schools, they look back upon their time knowing that they are better because they attended a Whittier Union high school.
Martin J. Plourde
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