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Message from the Superintendent  
"In the wake of the tragic car accident that took the life of La Serna High School student Ivette Macias last week, a wave of sadness has swept across the entire Whittier Union school community as we grieve her loss and pray for the recoveries of four other students who sustained injuries in the crash. It has been a devastating and trying time for us all, and we extend our deepest condolences to Ivette’s family, friends and loved ones. Out of this horrible tragedy, however, has sprung an outpouring of love and support from students across the WUHSD community, who have united in solidarity to help provide comfort to all those affected. In a show of support to the Macias family, each of our schools’ ASBs are organizing fundraisers at their respective campuses to help defray the costs of funeral services. Additionally, our ASBs, PTAs and staff are working together to offer comfort to the families of all students involved and console the La Serna school community. This heartbreak has had a powerful impact on our students, our staff and our community and we jointly mourn the loss of one of our own." - Superintendent Sandra Thorstenson 
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The Whittier Union High School District would like to share a concern with our families about a mobile application (app) called “Ogle”. This “app”, which is readily available, claims to be designed for students to post messages, photographs and videos relating to their schools. Students and others are able to do this anonymously and without censorship. 
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WHS Earns 6 Year WASC Accreditation
Whittier High School Earns Six-year WASC Accreditation
Whittier High School recently received a coveted six-year accreditation from the Western Association of Schools and Colleges (WASC), the highest accreditation term that can be awarded schools, Whittier Union High School District officials said. The WASC visiting committee’s report noted “many stellar aspects of the school,” including students’ continuing increased academic achievement. Click here to read the full press release.
 Superintendent’s Message - Spring 2016
Superintendent Sandra Thorstenson shares a farewell message encapsulating the accomplishments of the Districts, the administrative transitions taking place and the District's commitment to doing whatever it takes to ensure students achieve. Click here to read the message.
NEW - WUHSD Spring 2016 Newsletter
Check out WUHSD's Spring Newsletter, which features student, staff and teacher success stories from throughout our District. Click here to read the newsletter. Para el boletín en español, haga clic aquí.
 Monthly WUHSD Update: April 2016
Check out the latest news and events happening at our high schools! Click here to read our latest update. An archive of all District newsletters is available here
2015 Report to the Community 
WUHSD students are reaching increasingly higher levels of academic achievement as the result of the District’s focus on its “Whatever It Takes” initiative. The 2015 Report to the Community provides new, detailed information on the District’s academic improvement as well as a budget overview and summary of its ongoing program to modernize facilities. Click here to download the report. Para el informe en español, haga clic aquí.
Reflecting on Paul Lee
Superintendent Sandra Thorstenson reflects on the life of beloved student Hun Joon Lee, who teachers, staff and students knew affectionately as “Paul,” the impact he has had on the entire Whittier Union High School District community, and collective responsibility to protect all children, especially those who are vulnerable, in an Op-Ed that appeared in the Whittier Daily News on Oct. 4. Please click here to read more.


  • WUHSD Board of Trustees Appoints New Whittier High Principal

    The Whittier Union High School District Board of Trustees has appointed three veteran District educators as principals of Pioneer, Santa Fe and Whittier high schools. Pioneer High’s new principal will be Lilia Bozigian, who serves as the school’s assistant principal of guidance and counseling. Santa Fe High will be led by Craig Campbell, the school’s assistant principal of curriculum and instruction. Whittier High will be helmed by Timothy Liggett, now the assistant principal of curriculum and instruction. All roles will go into effect July 1.

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  • Disney, Pixar Visionary John Lasseter Inducted into Whittier High Alumni Hall of Fame

    Academy Award-winning filmmaker and Walt Disney and Pixar Animation Studios Chief Creative Officer John Lasseter recently returned to his old stomping grounds to be inducted into the Whittier High School Alumni Hall of Fame on April 17. Lasseter, who graduated in 1975, was among five alums to receive the honor during the Whittier High School Alumni Association and Educational Foundation’s 17th annual Hall of Fame dinner held in the school’s library. Additionally, $13,000 in scholarships were awarded to 12 seniors.

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  • Things to do in & around Whittier...

    Need something to do? Pio Pico Events, Whittier Reads, Sorensen Library Teen Events, Library Events, Museum Events, Boys & Girls Club, Whittier has a used bookstore, Uptown Whittier has Farmers Markets. Click on title to read more...

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  • Whittier High Ballerina Qualifies for Prestigious International Competition After One Year of Training

    It takes some professional ballerinas a lifetime to gain recognition for their technical wizardry and skill, artistic musicality and grace, and unrivaled passion for their dance. For Whittier High School student Madeline Czekaj, it has taken just one year. In January, Czekaj, 15, competed against more than 180 dancers to tie third place in the San Diego Youth America Grand Prix (YAGP) classical senior division, qualifying her for the YAGP finals in New York City April 22-29 and the opportunity to win a scholarship to one of the world’s 30 leading dance academies.

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  • Whittier High Principal, WUHSD Assistant Superintendent to Retire in June

    Whittier High School Principal Lori Eshilian, who has helmed the Cardinal campus for almost eight years, and Assistant Superintendent of Personnel Services Rich Russell, who has been with the District for 22 years, will retire from their posts in June.

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  • Pioneer, Santa Fe High School Principals Join Whittier Union Cabinet

    Pioneer High School Principal Monica Oviedo and Santa Fe High School Principal Kevin Jamero will help lead the District as assistant superintendents in the wake of Superintendent Sandra Thorstenson’s impending retirement and the selection of Assistant Superintendent of Business Services Martin Plourde as her successor.

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  • New Whittier Union Stadium to be Named for Longtime Superintendent Sandra Thorstenson

    The Whittier Union High School District will name a new 7,000-seat District football stadium under construction at California High School the “Sandra Sanchez Thorstenson Stadium” in honor of Superintendent Thorstenson, who is retiring in June after 39 years with the District.

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  • Women’s Conference Imparts Courage, Empowerment Upon Whittier Union Students

    More than 300 female students from Whittier Union’s seven high schools packed into Rio Hondo College’s Wray Theater for the 21st annual Women’s Conference, an event aimed to inspire participants through a series of workshops that provided resources and helped strengthen young women’s wellness in mind and body.

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  • NFL Awards 5 Golden Footballs to Whittier Union Schools as Part of Super Bowl 50 Celebration

    As football fans around the world revel in the Denver Broncos’ victory in Super Bowl 50, Whittier Union is celebrating five coveted Golden Footballs that four of its comprehensive high schools received from the National Football League to recognize distinguished alumni who participated in 10 Super Bowls and amassed eight championships.

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  • Assistant Superintendent Martin Plourde to Lead as Whittier Union’s Next Superintendent

    The Whittier Union High School District Board of Trustees on Feb. 9 selected Assistant Superintendent of Business Services Martin Plourde, who has served the District in various leadership capacities for 15 years, as its next Superintendent.

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