After winding down the fall semester, it’s heartwarming to reflect on the whirlwind of activities that brought the Whittier Union family together.
We honored our local veterans for their dedicated service to our country, celebrated our schools’ instrumental music and cheer programs during the annual Band Jamboree exhibition that included the nationally acclaimed Pioneer High Drill Team, and heard our wonderful and talented choral singers share their gift of song during the holidays.
We also reached ever-increasing heights in the way of student achievement, with the latest data showing that the number of students completing the courses necessary to enter into four-year universities has greatly expanded and is the highest in District history. This is an unparalleled feat that validates the commitment and dedication of our teachers and staff to provide a quality education for all of our students.
The accolades for our students and schools have garnered the attention of one of the world’s leading educational researchers and reform advocates, Dr. Michael Fullan, who will analyze the District’s collaborative efforts to improve student instruction and ensure student success during a visit to our campuses Feb. 23 and Feb. 24. Dr. Fullan’s visit in February begins a three-year partnership as he conducts his case study of highly effective and collaborative school districts. It is an honor to have such a renowned authority in the world of education look to us as a model.
The spring semester is already off to a great start. Over the past few months, we have been working diligently and collaboratively to revise our Local Control and Accountability Plan (LCAP), a three-year spending plan required under the new Local Control Funding Formula (LCFF) that provides districts with flexibility on how to address the needs of students.
As part of our annual revision process and with direct participation from parents, teachers, staff, students and community members, the LCAP Task Force has met several times to assess programs and services and the impact they have had on furthering the improvement of student learning.
Since the implementation of our LCAP last year, we have seen several positive changes that have reinvigorated and strengthened the programs we deeply believe are critical to providing our students with additional support to thrive in school.
For instance, Whittier Union launched its Student Well-Being Program, which expands wellness centers, counseling services and partnerships with community agencies on a District-wide level.
The expansion of our programs throughout the District is made possible through LCFF funds and the LCAP, which guides how we invest those funds to best improve educational opportunities for all students while providing access to a greater range of services than previously available.
It is my hope that you will attend these meetings and provide your valued input to help positively impact the lives of our students. The next LCAP Advisory Committee meeting is scheduled for 6 p.m. on April 1 in the District Board Room.