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.
-- Sandra Thorstenson, Superintendent
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
8:15 AM - 9:15 AM Latte With Lori
8:20 AM - 5:00 PM NHRA Youth & Education Service (YES) Program Career Day Field Trip
12:25 PM - 12:55 PM Cardinals for Christ Motivational Speaker
12:25 PM - 12:55 PM Chemistry Club Valentine Gift Grams
12:25 PM - 12:55 PM Student Lunchtime Recognition & Reward Raffles
3:00 PM - 4:30 PM Basketball G JV vs La Serna HS* (H)
3:00 PM - 9:00 PM Stage Crew Set Build for Musical
3:15 PM - 4:30 PM Basketball B JV @ La Serna HS * (A)
4:30 PM - 6:00 PM Basketball G Frosh vs La Serna HS* (H)
4:40 PM - 6:00 PM Waterpolo G JV @ Chino Hills JV Tournament (A) vs Don Lugo
5:15 PM - 11:59 PM Basketball G V @ La Serna HS* (A)