The Whittier Union High School District has launched a new electronic communication tool that will help strengthen engagement between students, parents, teachers and school administrators. Already integrated into the District’s Aeries Parent Portal student information system, Loop supports one- and two-way announcements and messaging between any system users through phone calls, text messages, e-mails, text-to-speech and instant messaging.
Whittier Union in September hosted its annual District College Fair, attracting hundreds of students and their parents to the California High School campus, where they met with dozens of college representatives and learned how to prepare for college.
As Whittier Union concludes its first quarter of the 2016-17 school year, the District will begin the process of evaluating data from the previous school year and review its Local Control and Accountability Plan (LCAP) to ensure students are receiving a high-quality, customized education. Meetings are planned March 8 and April 27.
Some of Whittier High School senior Florencia “Flo” Valenzuela’s earliest memories include watching addiction consume her drug-dependent parents and having child protective services place her and her younger brother in foster care at 5 years old. Valenzuela at 13 years old found stability with her older sister and has since found empowerment and resiliency, flourishing at home and at school. Holding a 3.8 GPA, Valenzuela is an active member of the Associated Student Body, an Academic Mentor to her peers, athlete and community volunteer. Despite the overwhelming obstacles, Valenzuela has excelled as an academic scholar, earning a $10,000 scholarship from the Children’s Defense Fund-California.
To prepare students for a future in technology and innovation, the Whittier Union High School District this year is launching a host of new courses in science, technology, engineering and math (STEM) fields at its comprehensive high schools, with topics ranging from crime scene investigation to video game graphics and design.
A crowd of Whittier High School art students and their families erupted in cheers on Aug. 5 as they unveiled murals depicting the history of the community and school, a montage of vivid images that celebrate civil rights advocacy, football heroes, Vietnam War protests, technology advances and the school’s iconic Cardinal mascot.
Hundreds of Whittier community members on Aug. 12 converged on the California High School campus to celebrate the dedication and grand opening of Whittier Union’s second 7,000-seat District stadium – this one named in honor of visionary educational leader and former superintendent, Sandra Thorstenson.
In an effort to eliminate any first-day jitters before the official start of school on Aug. 17, each comprehensive high school welcomed freshmen with opening pep rallies with colorful balloons, spirited music and displays of Condor, Lancer, Titan, Chieftain and Cardinal pride as part of Freshman First Day.
To ensure that special education students receive high-quality services closer to home, Whittier Union this summer launched the PRIDE Santa Fe program, which will offer specialized instruction to students with emotional challenges who would otherwise have to attend private facilities.
Whittier High School graduating senior Dylan Carranza is the first Cardinal in the school’s recent history to be accepted to the one of the world’s top universities, Massachusetts Institute of Technology, which invited only 1,485 students from 49 states and 65 countries to join its Class of 2020. Carranza – one of six Whittier High valedictorians this year – will explore his passions in science, math and technology at the prestigious research university on a full-ride scholarship worth about $66,000 a year.
7:00 AM - 3:00 PM B" Bell Schedule Periods 0/2/4/6
10:25 AM - 12:25 PM ASB Leadership Day
10:30 AM - 1:00 PM AVID College Fair at East Whittier Middle School
2:00 PM - 5:00 PM Waterpolo Tournament (hosted by Los Altos, held at WHS)
3:00 PM - 5:00 PM Basketball B JV @ El Rancho HS* (A)
3:15 PM - 4:30 PM Basketball G JV vs El Rancho HS* (H)
4:30 PM - 11:59 PM Basketball B F @ El Rancho HS* (A)
5:15 PM - 6:30 PM Basketball G V vs El Rancho HS* (H)
6:00 PM - 8:00 PM Basketball G F/S @ El Rancho HS* (A)
7:00 PM - 9:00 PM Basketball B V vs El Rancho HS* (H)
7:00 AM - 3:00 PM Sheriff's Academy Graduation Rehearsal