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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
Summer 2016 
Superintendent Martin J. Plourde shares a welcome message, discussing 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 Summer 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.
 Monthly WUHSD Update: June 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.

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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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.


  • Whittier Union Launches PRIDE Program for Special Education Students

    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.

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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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  • Alumni Career Event 10-4-16

    Calling all Alumni - come share your experiences at the first annual Alumni Career Fair - share your journey to success!! Click on title for more info.

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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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  • First Cardinal in Whittier High History Headed to MIT

    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.

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  • Whittier Union’s Class of 2016 to Celebrate Graduation with Commencement Ceremonies

    More than 3,000 students from Whittier Union High School District’s five comprehensive high schools, two alternative high schools, adult school and transition program will cap their high school careers with commencement ceremonies from May 31 to June 2. Please click the link for ceremony schedules.

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  • 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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  • 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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