We have completed the first quarter of the 2014-15 school year, and we have already celebrated milestones and successes that reflect the Whittier Union High School District’s commitment to providing high-quality programs and an academically rigorous education for our students.
The California Department of Education recently released the latest academic achievement data for Whittier Union, and I’m pleased to tell you that our students’ test scores on the California High School Exit Exam have continued to make remarkable advances over the years and this year was no exception.
Additionally, we have further narrowed the achievement gap, increased the number of students taking Advanced Placement exams and ensured that students are on target for graduation.
There is no doubt that our teachers, staff and administrators have played a vital role in sustaining our students’ outstanding academic growth for the past 12 years. This year we celebrated one of our District’s cornerstone programs responsible for our longtime tradition of student achievement: the Horizons program.
On September 16, we commemorated the 50th anniversary of Horizons, which has served to help our students in the way of academic support and college preparedness, and honored the man responsible for its creation, Dr. Henry M. Ramirez.
We also welcomed fresh new faces for Freshman First Day at all of our comprehensive high schools, had an impressive turnout at our annual WUHSD College Fair, with more than 2,000 students attending eager to prepare for college, and welcomed back one of our beloved students, Mason Tellez, who is doing remarkably well despite the long recovery he has ahead.
While we have experienced some thrilling highlights at Whittier Union thus far, we have much work ahead of us.
As you know, last year the Board of Trustees adopted our Local Control and Accountability Plan (LCAP), a three-year spending plan that has enabled us to create several programs and add teaching and counseling positions that are consistent with our vision of improving student learning and providing increased support to our students.
In our commitment to better serving our students, we will begin the process of revising our LCAP through a series of meetings with our parents, students, teachers and staff, and community members. Whittier Union’s successes have been built on a foundation of an inclusive and collaborative culture. I encourage you all to attend these meetings and provide your much valued input.
The LCAP Advisory Committee meetings scheduled for this school year will take place on Oct. 22, Jan. 21 and April 1 at 6 p.m. in the District Board Room.