A monthly update from the Whittier Union High School DIstrict.
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September 2016


It is always inspiring to see our students take a proactive approach to ensure their own personal and academic achievement, from exploring colleges and careers at our District College Fair to planning their futures with the support of our community partners, parents and teachers. It is truly heartening to witness our teachers putting forth such dedication to providing our students with tremendous opportunities that will benefit them today, tomorrow and for years to come.

Whittier Union this month hosted its annual District College Fair at California High School, allowing students and parents to meet with dozens of college representatives and get first-hand information about the college application process and financial aid. The fair featured more than 50 college representatives from UCLA, UC Berkeley, University of Southern California, Biola University, California State University, Long Beach, Loyola Marymount, University of La Verne, and University of Arizona, among others. Students and their parents also participated in several informative workshops on college preparedness, including admission requirements for the UC and CSU systems, college savings, majors and careers, financial aid and more.

Frontier High School celebrated the recent graduation of Mary Jane Del Real, a young scholar who was a year and a half behind in credits when she enrolled in the school in February 2015. A second-semester junior with just 65 credits, Del Real grew and persevered during her time at Frontier, where she stayed as a fifth-year senior. She graduated on Sept. 15, with plans to attend Rio Hondo College in the spring. She has been accepted into the school's Guardian Scholars program, which supports post-secondary education for foster youth. She will receive a Chafee grant to cover her college expenses.

Several influential community leaders on Sept. 21 paid a visit to juniors in La Serna High School's newest academic support program called HAVEN, helping students to plan their futures and offering words of support to those who may be struggling. Under the direction of teacher Ken LaVigne, HAVEN is an extension of the school's Organized Academic Support in School (OASIS) program, a special intervention program for sophomores and juniors. OASIS has turned around the lives of a majority of its students, motivating youths to earn higher GPAs and go on to graduate. Serving as adult mentors, members of Friends of La Serna, Whittier Host Lions and Soroptimist International of Whittier will provide opportunities for students in planning their futures and introducing skills necessary for continued academic and career success. Community partners will visit the class every Wednesday through Nov. 2. Partners will then conduct mock interviews with students and provide feedback that will help them achieve professional success after high school. 

Pioneer High School English teacher Michael Moore – who has taught thousands of students over his 27-year career at the school – has been named the Whittier Union High School District Teacher of the Year.  Primarily teaching English honors classes, Moore is a 1970 Whittier High School graduate who earned his bachelor’s degree from Cal State Fullerton. He has been teaching since 1979 – a career that he knew he wanted to pursue since he was in second grade, when he excitedly taught his 6-year-old neighbor punctuation marks on a curb. Moore was recognized for his exemplary dedication and positive accomplishments during the Los Angeles County Teachers of the Year Awards Banquet on Sept. 16.

Santa Fe High School will hold its annual Parent Education Day from 8:30 a.m. to noon Saturday, Oct. 22, allowing parents to participate in a variety of workshops to ensure their students' personal and academic success. Topics include social media, substance abuse, college 101, financial aid, community college options, career information, teen dating and safety, resources for foster youth and connecting home and school for success. The program, which began in 2003, attracts hundreds of parents who have the opportunity to visit three 45-minute topics over the course the event. Workshops are offered in English and Spanish. Free childcare will be provided. Parents of seniors who attend at least two workshops will earn two free additional graduation tickets on top of the five each senior automatically receives.

Sierra Vista this fall is offering a theater arts class to 25 students, helping to boost their confidence and creativity while promoting collaboration and trust through drama exercises. The class, which has been taught by Steve Williams over the last 12 years, enables students to work cooperatively within a supportive environment. Outside of class, students make in-depth observations of individuals and use them as inspiration to shape their own acting. The class culminates with a variety of assessments and performances, including scenes, improvisations and film critiques, in which students demonstrate for staff and students what they have learned.

Whittier High School will hold its homecoming game against Schurr High School on Friday, Sept. 30 at the Sandra Sanchez Thorstenson Stadium, 9800 Mills Ave., Whittier. The event will begin with a performance by the Cardinal Brigade at 6:30 p.m. followed by kickoff at 7 p.m. Tickets are $8 for adults, $6 for high school students with an ID card (free with ASB), $3 for children ages 5 to 14 and free for children under age 5. The Homecoming dance will be held for students the next day.
Leighton Anderson
Martin J. Plourde

Tim Schneider
Loring Davies 

Dr. Ralph S.


Dr. Monica Oviedo 



Kevin Jamero 

Jeff Baird

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