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Whittier Union High School District Safety Update

The news that police arrested a predator who had approached two of our Sierra Vista freshman students serves as a stark reminder that all students - at any age, in every community - need to be wary of people they don't know. Each day we work to prepare our students for life beyond high school by teaching them critical thinking and decision making along with subject-based instruction. But with this incident, we are also reminded that life skills include the consistent reminders that we need to be cautious and aware of those around us. We are all fortunate to live in a safe community; but this happens in all communities, so we all need to be mindful.

 
We will continue to maintain safe and secure campuses. We ensure all visitors must sign in with campus security at the entrance of the school. It is important to note that the predator never entered the Sierra Vista campus. Our campus security teams, which include a school police officer, dean, campus security staff, counselors and administrators on each campus, work diligently to maintain campuses that are safe for students, staff, parents and community members. We are also working with our teachers and staff to remind students of the care and precautions they must take if approached by individuals not known to them on the way to and from school and in the community. We are sending Teleparent calls to our families to ensure they know what has happened and are asking them to help us spread this message of safety to their children. 

 -- Sandra Thorstenson, Superintendent

 
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.
                          
 
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.
                     
 Superintendent’s Message - Winter 2015-2016
Superintendent Sandra Thorstenson shares the many wonderful accomplishments the District has celebrated, modernization efforts at campuses District-wide and the creation of the District's new Educational Foundation. Click here to read the message.
  
NEW - WUHSD 2015-2016 Winter Newsletter
Check out WUHSD's Winter Newsletter, which features student, staff and teacher success stories from throughout our District, as well as updates on our LCAP development and extensive modernization of campus classrooms and facilities. Click here to read the newsletter. Click here for the Spanish newsletter.
 
 Monthly WUHSD Update: January 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.
 

Headlines

  • Renowned Educational Researcher Explores Whittier Union’s Culture of Collaboration

    Whittier Union provides a rare example of a collaborative culture that successfully boosts student achievement and teacher development, according to international education expert Michael Fullan, who on Feb. 3 visited the site as part of case study on high-achieving school districts.

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  • Whittier Union Embraces Collaboration through LCAP Development

    With the valuable input of stakeholders from the Whittier Union community, the District has begun the process of updating its Local Control and Accountability Plan (LCAP), a three-year guide required under the new Local Control Funding Formula (LCFF) that provides districts with flexibility on how to best address the needs of students. Community meetings will be held on March 2 and April 14.

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  • Whittier Union Launches Official Facebook Page

    To further strengthen community outreach and communication efforts among the school district community, the Whittier Union High School District has launched its official Facebook page, where it will distribute up-to-date news and information about its schools, activities and District initiatives.

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  • Whittier Union to Obtain Stakeholder Input for Selection of Next Superintendent

    The Whittier Union High School District Board of Trustees decided is gather written and oral comments from a wide array of sources and stakeholders within the school district community prior to selecting its new executive leader. As part of the process, the school community and public are invited to submit written comments through an online survey available at www.surveymonkey.com/r/H8LV8RS through Friday, Jan. 29.

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  • Things to do in & around Whittier...

    Need something to do? Hillcrest Festival of Fine Arts, 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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  • Driver's Education

    NEW DMV rule for 1st time drivers. NEW REDUCED PRICE...Keep reading to learn more....Need a Driver's Education class so you can get your permit? The WHS PTSA is supporting an online course. Click on the title for more info.

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  • Whittier High School Alumnus Donates Additional $100,000 to Enhance Student Learning

    Following a donation of $130,000 to fund new technology for Whittier High School’s library, one of the school’s most distinguished Cardinals, William c. Gordon, has donated an additional $100,000 to be used at the school's discretion. The school hopes to use the funds to purchase additional laptop carts for classrooms, as well as fund murals and banners that will celebrate and illustrate the school’s core values and school spirit.

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  • Superintendent Sandra Thorstenson to Retire After 39-Year Career at Whittier Union

    After a 39-year career as a teacher and administrator in the Whittier Union High School District – including over 14 years as District Superintendent – Sandra Thorstenson has announced she will retire in June 2016.

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  • 11 Whittier Union Students to Perform in 127th Pasadena Tournament of Roses Parade

    Nearly a dozen marching band and color guard members from Whittier Union will proudly represent their schools and exhibit their talents when they perform in the 127th Pasadena Tournament of Roses Parade on New Year’s Day. The Pasadena City College Tournament of Roses Honor Band, which has marched in every Tournament of Roses Parade since 1930, chose for its 2016 band seven students from California High School, two students from La Serna High School and two students from Whittier High School.

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  • Whittier Union Issues Final Series of Measure W Bond, Refinances Measure C

    Following the extensive modernization of campus classrooms and facilities, the Whittier Union High School District is focusing its efforts on completing the final items on its bond list. The District has issued the final $18.9 million in Measure W bonds and has successfully refinanced a portion of the $98 million in bonds issued through 1998’s Measure C, saving taxpayers $12.2 million.

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