Welcome Back 2016
It’s hard to believe that our summer break is over and it is time once again to begin a new school year. This year holds many exciting beginnings for us as we welcome over 2,800 new students, 29 new teachers, countless new classified staff and a host of veteran Whittier Union educators to new administrative responsibilities.
When you think about it, high school is a mere 720 days of school. That is 180 days times four years. And yet, in those 720 days, we take our students from being precocious 13-year-olds who are just beginning to spread their wings, to mature 18-year-olds who are ready to take on the world in college, the military and careers. In that time, we will take them from fundamental algebra through calculus and from undeveloped ninth graders to CIF champions. Outside of their first four years of life, we will see them experience their greatest growth and begin to reach their potential.
Our goal is to educate and inspire their curiosity while helping them find where they want to go and what they want to be. It is no small task, but a challenge that our employees take seriously. All of us have a teacher, secretary or instructional aide who helped us along the way; someone who we remember and know that they left a handprint on our life. Our staff love being that person for our students. In fact, we have many staff who were influenced by our teachers when they were students in Whittier Union, and now they return to pay it forward to the next generation of Whittier Union students.
As we begin the 2016-2017 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, and when they are through, have them look back upon their time in our schools knowing that they are better because they attended a Whittier Union high school.
Martin J. Plourde
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