Dear Whittier Union community,
We jumped into the 2019-20 school year by welcoming over 11,000 students and 1,200 staff members back to campus, entering the new year committed as ever to supporting our students in their endeavors and doing whatever it takes to ensure their success in our classrooms and beyond these walls.
In August, over 2,700 members of the Class of 2023 became part of the Whittier Union family – one that includes a dedicated team of educators, including our 2019-20 Teacher of the Year, veteran school leaders who have been promoted to new roles and administrators who have been recognized for their visionary leadership.
We are now amid the college application season – an exciting time for our students to explore which college or university they want to attend, learn which academic programs will train and prepare them best to reach their career goals and focus their efforts on making their last year of high school count.
I want to thank our parents for attending our College Fair and Back to School Nights and being engaged in the success and education of their children.
It is through the collective efforts of students, parents, teachers, staff and administrators that Whittier Union remains among the top school districts in the state to attain and sustain academic progress and success, winning recent recognition in a Stanford study for excelling at supporting the learning of all students.
It is a true testament to our culture of collaboration and belief that demographics do not determine destiny for our students at Whittier Union.
Just like our teachers, staff and administrators, every student has a story. It is our job to understand who our students are, what motivates them and what obstacles stand in their way. As we learn their stories, our educators are drawing on their personal life experiences and teaching skills to guide student along a path toward success.
On behalf of the Board of Trustees, we look forward to continuing this journey of impacting the lives of our 11,000 students and influencing each other in the process.
Martin J. Plourde
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