Whittier Union High School District

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  •  Cal High Graduate

    WUHSD Celebrates Commencement 2014

    More than 3,000 WUHSD seniors graduated during seven commencement ceremonies held June 3 and 4 for California, Frontier, La Serna, Pioneer, Santa Fe, Sierra Vista and Whittier high schools and the Whittier Adult School. Click on the title above to read the full story and see a photo gallery.

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    WUHSD Dedicates Santa Fe High School’s Football Field to Coach Jack Mahlstede

    WUHSD dedicated Santa Fe High School's Football Field to Coach Jack Mahlstede during a special ribbon cutting event. Click on the title above to read the full story.

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    Whittier Union High Schools’ Graduation Rates Continue to Rise

    More than 95 percent of the 2,694 seniors from the Whittier Union High School District’s five comprehensive high schools graduated last year, showing a 2 percent increase over the previous year. Click on the title above to read the full story.

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  • Whittier and Pioneer Students Participate in Amy Biehl Foundation Project

    Twenty-one Whittier and Pioneer high school students recently completed the second year of the Amy Biehl Foundation Project– Human Rights and Social Responsibility, an enrichment opportunity coordinated by Whittier College’s Center for Engagement with Communities. Click on the title above to read the full story.

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  •  Carlos Flores and Nico Loeff

    Whittier High Student Organizes Trail Mix Fest

    Whittier High School student Carlos Flores organized a series of events he called “Trail Mix Fest” designed to encourage his fellow classmates to get involved in making their Whittier community a better place. Click on the story title above to read the full story.

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  •  Breanne Zuniga and Angel Martinez

    Students Honored by WUHSD Board of Trustees

    California High School senior Breanna Zuniga and La Serna High School senior Angel Martinez were recently recognized by the WUHSD Board of Trustees for their academic achievements. Click on the title above to read the full story.

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  •  Julie Tonkovich

    Cal High’s Julie Tonkovich Receives CAEA Art Educator of the Year Award

    California High School art teacher Julie Tonkovich recently received the 2014 California Art Educator of the Year Award and was recognized by the National Art Education Association for her honor during its national convention. Click on the title above to read the full story.

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  •  Pioneer Stadium

    First Phase of Pioneer Stadium Project Nears Completion

    Much has been accomplished on Pioneer’s new 7,000-seat football stadium project, which features a synthetic football-soccer field and track. Click on the title above to read the full story.

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  •  La Serna Football Players honored by NFF

    La Serna High Football Players Honored by National Football Foundation

    Five La Serna High School football players recently were honored as 2014 scholar athletes by the John Ferraro Los Angeles Chapter of the National Football Foundation College Hall of Fame. Click on the title above to read the full story.

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  •  Rotary of Whittier Teachers of the Year

    Rotary Club of Whittier Honors WUHSD Teachers

    The Rotary Club of Whittier recently honored five WUHSD teachers from the comprehensive high schools during Rotary’s Teachers of the Year event. The honorees were: Jessica Clendenon, California High School; Karen Lantz, La Serna High School; Dyan Acevedo, Pioneer High School; Brett Stratton, Santa Fe High School and Vanessa Stewart, Whittier High School. Click on the title above to read the full story.

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  •  Soroptimists Award Winners

    WUHSD Students Receive Soroptimists Award

    The Soroptimists International of Whittier recently selected six WUHSD students to receive the annual Lois Neece Overcomers Award. Click on the title above to read the full story.

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  •  LSHS Varsity Cheer

    La Serna Cheer Teams Win National Finals

    Both La Serna’s Varsity and Junior Varsity Cheer teams recently won the national finals held in Anaheim, which is the biggest competition of its kind on the west coast. Both teams took first place after a year of hard work and collaboration. Click on the title above to read the full story.

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  •  Whittier High School Administrators

    Whittier High School Earns Six-year WASC Accreditation

    Whittier High School recently received a six-year accreditation status from WASC, the highest accreditation status that can be awarded to schools. Click on the title above to read the full story

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  •  NASA flight deck simulator, Pioneer High School

    Team Science Summer Camp Online Registration Opens

    Online registration is open for the 23rd annual Team Science Summer Camp at Pioneer High School and featuring fun, dynamic, hands-on workshops for students in grades K-12 during three weekends in July. Click on the title above to read the full story.

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  •  Santa Fe High School AVID teacher and students

    Santa Fe High Serves as AVID National Demonstration School

    Santa Fe High School is one of only 140 schools in the nation that serve as demonstration sites for AVID’s college-readiness system. Click on the title above to read the full story.

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  •  Pioneer High ASB with Chinese students

    Chinese Students Visit Pioneer High School

    Pioneer High School’s ASB leaders recently hosted a group of 45 Chinese high school students eager to learn about American life and education. Click on the title above to read the full story.

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  •  Cal High Auto Academy Team

    Cal High Students Selected for National Automotive Competition

    Cal High Auto Academy students Hunter Nolasco, left, and James Chairez, right, are one of only two high school teams in the state selected to compete in the National Automotive Technology Competition during New York's International Auto Show. Click on the title above to read the full story.

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  •  La Serna Girls Water Polo Team

    La Serna Girls Water Polo Team Wins CIF Championship

    The La Serna High School Girls Water Polo Team recently won the CIF-SS Division IV girls water polo championship in a 5-4 victory in sudden death. Click on the title above to read the full story.

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  •  Sharon Riestra and Frontier High Principal Margie Moriarty

    Frontier High School Student Receives Board Recognition

    Frontier High School student Sharon Riestra recently received special recognition from the Board of Trustees for going above and beyond expectations in earning the credits she needs to graduate on time. Click on the title above to read the full story.

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  •  Newly remodeled La Serna Classroom

    La Serna High School Updates Two Classrooms

    La Serna High School now has two newly remodeled classrooms in building M with new LCD projectors that allow teachers to augment instruction with visuals from a variety of sources. Click on the title above to read the full story.

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  •  WUHSD Choir festival 2013

    WUHSD Students Celebrate through Song at Choral Festival

    The annual concert is a unique opportunity for the choirs and their directors to come together to listen and learn from each other. Click on the title above to read the full story and see the photo gallery.

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    Santa Fe High School Achieves Golden Bell Award for On-Campus Mental Health Services

    Santa Fe High School recently received a Golden Bell Award from the California School Boards Association for its on-campus social-emotional support services to students. Click on the title above to read the full story.

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  • WUHSD Adjusts Measure W Finance Plan

    In order to address recessionary impacts to WUHSD facilities bond values since 2008, bond rates over the next nine years will be increased, allowing Measure W campus improvement projects to continue at the lowest cost to local taxpayers. Click on the title above to read the full story.

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  • Early College Academy Students Gain College Credit, Experience

    Students earn college credit and experience through Pioneer's Early College Academy. Click on the title above to read the full story.

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  •  The Whole Child Logo

    The Whole Child Partners with Whittier High School to Provide On-Campus Support

    Whittier High School is now providing on-campus mental health services through a partnership with The Whole Child. Click on the title above to read the full story.

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  •  Pioneer Students with Principal Oviedo

    Pioneer Students Earn Recognition from Board

    Pioneer students Amanda Torres and Ada Becerra were both honored by the Whittier Union High School District Board of Trustees for their academic accomplishments.

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  •  La Serna Football Team Wins CIF Championship

    La Serna's Football Team Wins CIF Championship

    La Serna’s football team won the CIF-SS Southeast Division championship in a thrilling final game. Click here to read the full story.

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  • Cal High Opens New Parent Center

    California High School now has a Parent Center designed to help parents become more involved in their children’s education. Click on the title above for the full story.

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  •  Pioneer ASB 2013-14

    Students Bond on ASB Night

    Associated Student Body members from each of Whittier Union’s high schools bonded over tacos, challenging games and gifts during the annual ASB Night held in the Sierra Gymnasium. Click on the title above to see the photo gallery.

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  •  Barbara Abell

    Barbara Abell Chosen WUHSD Teacher of the Year

    Santa Fe High School English teacher Barbara Abell’s student-centered focus, which she has maintained during her 23-year teaching career at the school, recently garnered her the title of WUHSD Teacher of the Year for 2013-14. Click on the title above to read the full story.

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  • Whittier Union Students' Test Scores Raise District API

    Whittier Union High School District’s students’ state test scores continued to rise in 2012-13, bringing the district’s overall California State Academic Performance Index (API) up to 790, according to results from the California State Department of Education (CDE). Click on the title above to read the full story.

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  •  WUHSD A-G Chart

    More WUHSD Students Meeting Course Requirements for College Entrance

    More Whittier Union students than ever before are completing the courses necessary for college entrance into the University of California and California State University systems, with Pioneer High School students achieving the highest percentage in the District, recent data show. Click on the title above to read the full story.

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  •  Mike Hernandez, Leslie Ramirez, Lori Davies

    Cal High Recognized for Outstanding Puente Program

    California High School’s Puente Program Team recently received recognition from state Puente officials for having some of the highest numbers of Puente students in the state that applied to and were accepted by four-year colleges and universities. Click on the title above for the full story.

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  •  Randy Castillo

    Castillo Chosen La Serna’s Assistant Principal of Business and Activities

    Randy Castillo, the former dean of Whittier High School, has been appointed the new Assistant Principal of Business and Activities at La Serna High School. Click on the title above for the full story.

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  •  Whittier High Homecoming Parade

    Whittier High School Celebrates Homecoming

    The Whittier High School Cardinals celebrated their Homecoming game against Whittier Christian High School with a parade and pre-game show this year. Click on the title above for the full story.

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  •  WUHSD College Fair

    WUHSD College Fair Attracts Close to 1,000 People

    Close to 1,000 local students and parents attended the District’s recent College Fair at Pioneer High School. Click on the title above for the full story.

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  •  CHS Science Class

    Cal High Enjoying Newly Remodeled Science Classrooms

    At California High School, students and teachers are enjoying the remodeled science classrooms in buildings DD and I with more science classrooms to open this month in building F. Click on the title above to read the full story.

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  •  SFHS Marching Band

    Santa Fe High Marching Band and Color Guard Perform in Regional Parade

    Santa Fe High's Marching Band and Color Guard performed in the 30th annual Central American Parade in Los Angeles. Click on the title above to read the full story.

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    Telemundo Highlights WUHSD Career Academies

    Telemundo's morning news program recently interviewed Lou Munoz, a Whittier High School counselor with the Cardinal Computer Academy, about Whittier Union's Career Academies. A Cardinal Academy student was also interviewed. Click on the tile above to link to the interview online.

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    Whittier Union Students Improved Performance on 2013 STAR Tests

    While students’ statewide test results dipped a bit, Whittier Union students continued to improve their academic performance, with a larger percentage scoring proficient or higher on the 2013 Standardized Testing and Reporting (STAR) Program exams in English–language arts and mathematics, according to data released Thursday by the California Department of Education (CDE). Click on the title above to read the full story.

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  •  Santa Fe High Graduates

    Class of 2013 Celebrates Commencement

    More than 3,000 Whittier Union High School District graduates in the class of 2013 celebrated commencement this year. Click on the title above to read the full story and see a photo gallery.

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  •  Aaron Licon and his mom

    Board Honors Two Students for Academic Achievement

    The Board of Trustees recently honored students Aaron Licon of California High School and Noemi Arana of Santa Fe High School for their exceptional academic achievements. Click on the title above to read the full story.

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  •  Team Science Robotics Class

    Team Science Summer Camp Comes to Pioneer High School

    Igniting kids’ interest in science, technology, math and engineering through fun, hands-on experiments was the focus of Pioneer High School’s first Team Science Summer Camp. Held in July, the three-weekend program attracted a diverse group of 400 K-12 students who were excited about taking classes from real scientists and engineers, as well as educators who all volunteered their time. Click on the title above to read the full story.

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  •  CSEA Award Winners

    Board Honors Classified Employees for Excellence

    The Board of Trustees recently bestowed recognition awards to outstanding classified employees for their excellence in service to their respective schools.Click on the title above to read the full story

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  •  Escalante Math Academy Graduates

    Pioneer High School Holds 23rd Escalante Summer Math Academy

    Four hundred local middle and high school students received certificates in July for their hard work in the 23rd annual Escalante Math Academy held at Pioneer High School. Click on the title above to read the full story.

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  •  Kristin Kooiman

    Kooiman Appointed La Serna’s Assistant Principal of Curriculum

    Longtime La Serna educator Kristin Kooiman was recently appointed Assistant Principal of Curriculum at La Serna High School. She had been serving as Interim Assistant Principal of Curriculum at La Serna since October 2012. Click on the title above to read the full story.

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  •  Carlos Flores and Nico Loeff

    Whittier High Senior and Teacher Chosen for Scholars Program

    Whittier High School senior Carlos Flores and his teacher Nico Loeff have been selected to participate in the Bezos Scholars Program. Click on the title above to read the full story.

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  •  WASC Accreditation Logo

    La Serna and Sierra Vista Earn Six-Year WASC Accreditations

    La Serna and Sierra Vista high schools each recently received six-year terms of accreditation from the Accrediting Commission of the Western Association of Schools and Colleges (WASC), the highest term of accreditation that the organization grants. Click on the title above to read the full story.

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  •  Santa Fe High Tennis Team

    Santa Fe High School’s Boys’ Tennis Teams Win CIF Championship

    Santa Fe High School’s boys’ tennis teams beat out all other high schools to advance and win the CIF Southern Section Division 5 championship finals this year. Click on the title above to read the full story.

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  •  Cal High Latin Students

    Cal High Latin Students Attend State Convention

    Several California High School students from David Maust’s Latin class attended the 58th annual Junior Classical League (JCL) State Convention, where nearly 1,300 Latin fans from 40 schools joined the festivities at Sage Hill School in Orange County. Click on the title above to read the full story.

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  •  Teachers discuss Common Core

    Teachers Come Together to Advance Common Core

    Whittier Union’s teachers were hard at work during the summer preparing for the third year of implementation of the new Common Core State Standards. Click on the title above to read the full story.

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    District Retirees Honored for Years of Service

    The Board of Trustees recently honored the District’s certificated and classified employees who have retired after years of dedicated service to students. Click on the title above to read the full story.

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  •  Mia Alcaraz

    Whittier High Graduate Earns Athletic Scholarship

    Whittier High School graduate Mia Alcaraz has accepted a full athletic scholarship to attend California State University, Los Angeles, where she will play volleyball for the university’s Golden Eagles team. Click on the title above to read the full story.

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  •  Pioneer Stadium artist's rendering

    Work Begins on Pioneer High School Stadium Project

    Excavation work has begun to make way for the new football stadium at Pioneer High School that will feature a new 7,000-seat stadium with a synthetic football-soccer field and track. Click on the title above to read the full story.

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  • Pioneer High Celebrates 50th Titanette Revue

    Pioneer High School students recently presented a high-energy dance retrospective that paid tribute to revues past and present. Click on the title above to see a photo gallery

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    District’s Graduation and Dropout Rates Among Best in LA County

    More than 93 percent of the 3,105 seniors from the Whittier Union High School District’s five comprehensive high schools graduated last year, according to data recently released by the California Department of Education (CDE) for the 2011-12 academic year. Click on the title above to read the full story.

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  • Santa Fe High Physics class

    Santa Fe High Physics Classes Make Quantum Leap in Learning

    New teaching methods are helping students gain a deeper understanding of physics that is leading to higher comprehension and improved test scores. Click on the title above to read the story.

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  •  Cal High Choir

    California High School Choir Performs in Regional Festival

    Out of hundreds of applicants, the California High School Chamber Choir was selected to perform in the 24th annual Los Angeles Master Chorale’s Choir Festival at the Walt Disney Concert Hall. Click here to read the full story.

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  •  Exterior of Whittier High School

    Campus Close-Up: Whittier High School Restored, Updated

    After close to a decade of painstaking renovations, the historic Whittier High School campus has been lovingly restored and also modernized. Click on the title above to read the full story and see a photo gallery

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  •  SFHS Science classroom

    Santa Fe High School Gains Modernized Science Classrooms

    Construction is in full swing at Santa Fe High to modernize the school’s general science classrooms. Click on the title above to read the full story.

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  • La Serna High School Principal Ann Fitzgerald

    Ann Fitzgerald Appointed Principal of La Serna High School

    The Whittier Union Board of Trustees has appointed longtime La Serna teacher and administrator Ann Fitzgerald to be Principal of La Serna High School. The Board approved Fitzgerald’s appointment during its recent meeting where La Serna students, staff and parents filled the room and applauded in support of their new principal. Click on the title above to read the full story.

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  •  Pioneer student honored

    Board Honors Four Students

    The Board of Trustees recently honored students from Whittier, Frontier, Pioneer and La Serna high schools for their exceptional academic achievements. Every year, the Board recognizes students from each district high school for their academic success. Click on the title above to read the full story.

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  • Santa Fe Hifh School Principal Kevin Jamero with students

    Santa Fe High Honors ‘Top 100’

    Santa Fe High School recently honored its “Top 100” students in academic achievement at a special dinner event held in the Mike Mendez Gymnasium. Held annually, the “Top 100” consists of the 25 highest ranking students in academic achievement in the freshman, sophomore, junior and senior classes. This year, 160 students were honored, with 68 students coming from the freshman class – double the number of freshman from the previous year. Click on the title above to read the full story.

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  •  Team Science workshop in action

    Sign Up for Team Science Summer Camp at Pioneer High

    Registration is now open for the new Team Science Summer Camp to be held at Pioneer High School in July for students in grades K through 12. These fun, dynamic, hands-on classes will cover a vast array of age-appropriate math and sciences. Click on the title above to read the full story.

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  •  Whittier High School Counselors

    Whittier High Cardinals Build Caring Community

    Whittier High Cardinals are extremely proud of their school’s academic accomplishments and the caring and affirming school community that teachers, counselors, administrators and students have worked hard to create. Their efforts are showing positive results in a number of ways. Click on the title above to read the full story.

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  •  Cal High Teachers

    Cal High Teachers Achieve National Board Certification

    California High School math teachers Justina Straub and Monica Diaz recently received their National Board Certification from the National Board of Professional Teaching Standards. Click on the title above to read the full story.

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  •  Whittier High ASB

    ASB Night Lights Up with Fun, Friendship

    Associated Student Body members from each of Whittier Union’s high schools bonded over tacos, challenging games and gifts during the annual ASB Night held in the Sierra Gymnasium. The evening was an opportunity for the student leaders to get to know one another better, share ideas, build District unity, and just have fun. Click on the title above to see the photo gallery.

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  •  La Serna Choir

    Students Shine at Choral Festival

    The vocal ensembles from Whittier Union High School District’s five comprehensive high schools filled Whittier College’s Memorial Chapel with music during the District’s annual Choral Festival. Click on the title above to read the full story.

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  •  La Serna P..E. Building

    P.E. Building Opens at La Serna

    A new Physical Education classroom building on the upper athletic field level at La Serna High School has been completed. Click on the title above to read about all WUHSD modernization projects.

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  •  Cal High's Cross Country Team

    Cal High Cross Country Team Reaches Nationals

    For the first time in the school’s history, California High School’s Cross Country team advanced to state and national competitions, earning special recognition from the Board of Trustees. Click on the title above to read the full story.

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  •  Golden Bell Award

    La Serna High School Earns Golden Bell Award for Mentoring Programs

    La Serna High School has earned a Golden Bell Award from the California School Boards Association for its innovative mentoring programs that have spurred an increase in student achievement. Click on the title above to read the full story.

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    Superintendent Sandra Thorstenson Receives ‘Good Scout’ Honor

    Superintendent Sandra Thorstenson recently was honored as one of this year’s Boy Scouts of America “Good Scouts” for the cities of Whittier and Santa Fe Springs. Click on the title above to read the full story.

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  •  Pioneer Students test the new NASA flight deck simulator now in the school's library.

    New K-12 Science Programs to be Launched at Pioneer High School

    New hands-on K-12 science programs will soon be launched at Pioneer High School as part of a community-wide effort to provide local students with the skills they need to pursue careers in science, technology, engineering and math (STEM). Click on the title above to read the full story.

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  •  Dave Pasillas holds two  EPA Awards

    WUHSD Earns Two EPA Awards for Energy Conservation Program

    The Whittier Union High School District has received two prestigious awards from the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) for its District-wide energy conservation program to conserve electricity, natural gas and water. Click on the title above to read the full story.

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  •  Cal High Shade Structure

    California High School Students Have it Made in the Shade

    A new shade structure for the main quad has been installed at Cal High. All five high schools now have shade structures for open areas where students meet. Click on the title above for the full story.

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  • Wendy Brandt

    Wendy Brandt Chosen WUHSD's 2012-13 Teacher of the Year

    Wendy Brandt is a teacher’s teacher. Described by her colleagues as a gifted and humble leader who has supported teachers for more than 20 years in her various roles as a mentor teacher, consulting teacher and New Teacher Program Specialist, Brandt has been selected Whittier Union's Teacher of the Year for 2012-13. Click on the title above to read the full story.

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  •  Graph depicting rise in test scores

    WUHSD Students Improving Performance on STAR Tests

    Whittier Union students continue to steadily improve their academic performance, with a larger proportion scoring proficient or higher on the 2012 Standardized Testing and Reporting (STAR) Program exams in English–language arts and mathematics, according to data from the California Department of Education (CDE). When looking at 2012 CST results for grades 9-11, WUHSD students’ performance continues to surpass that of high school students in most neighboring public high schools, data show. Click on the title above to read the full story.

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    La Serna Students Contribute Data to Landmark International Scientific Initiative

    A group of 13 La Serna High School students recently had a unique opportunity to work alongside academic research scientists at Coastal Marine Biolabs in Ventura Harbor. Click on the title above to read the full story.

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  •  WHS Marching Band members

    Community Rallies to Raise Funds for Whittier High School Tubas

    In an outpouring of support, community members and organizations are stepping forward with donations to help Whittier High School and the district raise funds to replace four tubas that were stolen from the school in June. Click on the title above to read the full story.

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  • Pioneer High's Early College Academy

    Pioneer High School’s Early College Academy Opens

    Members of Pioneer High School’s brand new Early College Academy began their two-year program this summer by taking the college course “Counseling 101: College and Life Success with Victoria Cuevas, Director of Pioneer’s Expanded Horizons Department, and Jennette Noriega, a college counselor with Rio Hondo College. Click on the title above to read the full story.

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  •  Santa Fe High School's Art Alley

    Santa Fe High School’s Remodeled Art Facilities Frame New Creative Possibilities

    Santa Fe High School art students and teachers plan to take full advantage of their newly remodeled art classrooms and the recently completed art alley featuring a special building housing two kilns. Click on the title above to read the full story.

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  •  Cal High Parent Partnership meeting

    California High School Partners with Parents of Ninth Graders

    In an effort to ease the transition not only for incoming ninth graders but also for their parents, California High School held several special orientation meetings this summer as a part of their Parent Partnership/Ninth Grade Orientation Program. Click on the title above to read the full story.

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  •  Mortar Board

    Graduation Rate Rises

    More than 93 percent of the 13,000 students from the District’s five comprehensive high schools are graduating and 0.7 percent or fewer are dropping out, according to data released by the California Department of Education (CDE) for the 2010-11 academic year. Click on the title above to read the full story.

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  •  LSHS Graduate

    WUHSD Celebrates Commencement

    Close to 3,000 graduates from Whittier Union schools celebrated commencement this June in ceremonies that focused on the positive aspects of achievement and the importance of working hard to attain future goals in college and careers. Click on the title above to read the full story and view the photo gallery.

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    WUHSD Schools Rank Among Top Schools in State

    California, La Serna and Santa Fe high schools all ranked a 10 among comprehensive high schools with similar demographics, earning the schools the distinction of being three out of only six comprehensive high schools in Los Angeles County to rank a 10 this year, not including magnet and charter high schools. Whittier and Pioneer high schools both ranked an 8 among similar schools. Click on the title above to read the full story.

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  • New Science and Math Research and Teaching Program Launched

    Whittier Union is partnering with Whittier College on a four-year, $800,000 grant to the college from the Howard Hughes Medical Institute to promote innovative strategies for improving science and math education in grades K-12. Click on the title above to read the full story.

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  •  SFHS AVID Seniors

    Santa Fe, Pioneer and Whittier AVID Seniors Honored

    Santa Fe, Pioneer and Whittier AVID seniors were honored at the annual AVID Senior Recognition Celebration. The event honored 88 students who successfully completed the college preparatory program. Click on the title above to read the full story.

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  •  Mickie Yuchno

    District Retirees Recognized for Years of Service

    The Whittier Union Board of Trustees recently honored the certificated and classified employees who retired this year, such as Director of Alternative Education Mickie Yuchno, left, thanking each of them for their many years of dedicated service for the benefit of the District’s students. Click on the title above to read the full story.

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  •  PHS students honored

    Board Honors Top Pioneer Titans

    Amy Orozco, Pioneer High School’s class Valedictorian, and Lucero Vasquez, Pioneer’s Salutatorian, recently received special honors from Whittier Union’s Board of Trustees for their academic achievements. Click on the title above to read the full story.

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  •  Cal High Graduate Richard Bardales

    Cal High Condor Heading to UCLA

    As Richard Bardales prepares to enter UCLA in the fall, he says the education he received as a member of Cal High’s Business Academy has prepared him well for the challenges ahead. Click on the title above to read the full story.

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  •  LSHS Renaissance Fair

    La Serna Students Conjure Up Elizabethan England

    Conjuring up the Elizabethan period, La Serna students performed Shakespeare’s masterpiece “Macbeth” under the stars and held a Shakespearean Renaissance Fair. Click on the title above to read the full story and view the photo gallery.

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  •  WAC Seal

    Cal High, Frontier and Whittier Adult School Renew WASC Accreditation

    The Accrediting Commission of the Western Association of Schools and Colleges has informed the district that California and Frontier high schools as well as the Whittier Adult School have each earned six years of accreditation with a midterm visit. Click on the title above to read the full story.

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  •  WHS Horseshoe Quad

    Whittier High School Horseshoe Quad Now A Green Oasis

    Whittier High School’s historic “horseshoe” quad remodel is complete and now features new grass, seat walls, and pavers, creating a green oasis in the center of campus. Click on the title above to read about all of the current district modernization projects.

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  •  WASC Seal

    Frontier and Whittier Adult School Renew WASC Accreditation

    The Accrediting Commission of the Western Association of Schools and Colleges has informed the district that California and Frontier high schools as well as the Whittier Adult School have each earned six years of accreditation with a midterm visit. Click on the title above to read the full story.

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  •  Whittier High School Alumni Scholarship recipients

    Whittier High School Alumni Association Awards Scholarships

    The Whittier High School Alumni Association Educational Foundation selected 12 students for its 2012 Alumni Scholarship Awards. The scholarship winners were honored at the Alumni Association’s 13th annual Hall of Fame dinner. Click on the title above to read the full story.

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  •  Ken LaVigne Chosen One of California's 2012 Teachers of the Year

    Ken LaVigne Chosen One of California's 2012 Teachers of the Year

    La Serna's Ken La Vigne is one of five California teachers chosen for the honor in recognition of his work with OASIS students. Click on the title above for the full story.

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    Pertussis (Whooping Cough) Immunization Requirements

    A California school immunization law requires all students entering 7th through 12th grades in the 2011-2012 school year to be immunized with a pertussis (whooping cough) vaccine booster called Tdap...click the story title for full details on how to get vaccinated for free!

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  • Whittier Union API Scores Soar Higher

    District students’ state test scores continued to rise in 2010-11, sending the District’s overall Academic Performance Index (API) up 11 points to 777, according to the California Department of Education. Click on the title above to read the full story.

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    New Rules on Student Fees to Begin This Fall

    Schools will no longer be allowed to charge student fees for extracurricular programs and specialized classes, increasing the need to raise funds and donations for these programs. Click the title above to read the full story.

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    More District Students Completing Courses Required for College

    More students are not only completing the classes necessary for college admission, but are also taking more Advanced Placement courses that can qualify students for college credit, recent data show.

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  •  Craig Campbell

    Administrators Take on New Roles

    As the new Assistant Principal of Guidance at Santa Fe High School, Craig Campbell will be one of the familiar faces in a new administrative position this school year. Click here to read the full story.

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  • Education Issues and Trends

    There is a wolf at the door of public education today, and we educators have to make sure that our house is built out of bricks and not straw or sticks. It is all too common and acceptable to malign the effectiveness of our schools and teachers, using standardized test scores and international rankings as fuel for an ever-growing fire of discontent. Educators in public schools are seen as "them", an entity viewed by many as the source of the problem and not as the solution...for full story click on title

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    Modernization Update

    As school begins, students entering Whittier Union campuses after the summer break will see improvements made and construction underway as part of the District’s continuing modernization program. Click the title above to read the full story.

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  •  Seal of Biliteracy Medal

    Nearly 250 Seniors Qualify for New Seal of Biliteracy

    Nearly 250 Whittier Union seniors earned the Seal of Biliteracy medal in the first year of the program’s implementation. The Seal of Biliteracy is a statewide program that honors students who have attained proficiency in English and one or more other languages by high school graduation. Click on the title above to read the full story.

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    More Students Meeting CAHSEE Graduation Requirements

    More Whittier Union High School District seniors are meeting the CAHSEE requirement for graduation and more sophomores are passing the state test the first time they take it. Click on the title above to read the full story.

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    District's Schools in Top Third Among Similar Schools in State

    WUHSD's five comprehensive high schools continue to rank in the top third among the state’s high schools with similar demographics, according to the California State Department of Education (CDE). California and La Serna High schools both ranked a 10 among similar schools. Santa Fe and Whittier High School both ranked a 9 and Pioneer High School ranked an 8 among similar schools. Click on the title above for the full story.

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  •  Greg Lum

    District Students Honored

    Every year, one stellar student from each Whittier Union high school is chosen to receive special recognition from the Board of Trustees for their achievements. Click the title above to read about the students recently selected for this honor.

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  • Education Leader Visits District

    Education Leader Visits District

    Noted education author and researcher Raymond J. McNulty recently visited the Whittier Union High School District for two days to learn more about how the district has attained increasingly higher levels of student achievement on all of its campuses through its ''Whatever It Takes'' initiative.

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