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


Although these last few weeks may have proven stressful for our students – who have been studying for finals, presenting their senior projects and submitting college applications – I want to congratulate them on their incredible dedication to their studies. As we conclude the end of the first semester, I want to thank our staff and teachers for leading the charge in inspiring our students to achieve. On behalf of the Whittier Union High School District, I’d like to wish everyone a safe and fun holiday break with their families and loved ones. I look forward to seeing what the New Year brings for our District.

California High School

As the deadline for college application submissions neared, California High School’s College and Career Center became home to seniors who felt increasingly pressured to stay on top of their academic games. To help put the college-bound teens at ease, four-legged therapists were enlisted to bring some peace and calm to students before they clicked submit. In partnership with Pet Partners, a national nonprofit focused on animal-assistant therapy, Cal High invited therapy dogs to three college application workshops held in the library ahead of the Nov. 30 deadline for Cal State University and University of California college applications. During each four-hour session, students dropped in to work on applications, get questions answered by experts and de-stress with the help of friendly pets. The visit was part of the school’s Wellness Program, which provides students, particularly AP and honors students, with resources and information on how to deal with life’s pressures. Click here to read more.

Frontier High School

Frontier High School staff recently participated in Model School validation visits in Los Angeles, Orange and San Bernardino counties, providing staff with opportunities to interact with colleagues at other high-functioning continuation schools and learn skills and tips on how to improve the program at Frontier, itself a Model Continuation High School. These schools provide comprehensive services to at-risk youth through the use of exemplary instructional strategies, flexible scheduling, and guidance and counseling services. Model School validation visits are part of the professional development plan at Frontier. The visiting group is responsible for completing a report to the California Department of Education at the conclusion of the visit, making a recommendation for or against Model School status.  

La Serna High School

Two La Serna High School student-athletes were recognized by the Whittier Daily News as Players of the Year. Senior Kallysta Lopez was selected as the All-Area Girls Tennis Player of the Year. This is the second consecutive honor the Team Leader has earned from the Whittier Daily News. Sophomore Briana Chacon was named Golfer of the Year. Lopez kept her Del Rio League tennis winning streak alive and helped the Lancers keep their league team winning streak intact. She went 30-0 in league matches and then defeated teammate Lily Penner for her third consecutive individual title. For the team's stellar performance, the newspaper named tennis coach Jay Miles as Coach of the Year. Chacon won the Del Rio League title and scored among the Top 6 in every postseason tournament, including tying for second place in state. Her play helped the Lancers advance to the CIF State tournament for the first time. The Lancers made their first appearance in the CIF Southern Section all-division finals last year, with first-year coach Wayne Manzo helping them earn their first CIF State appearance. Manzo was named the newspaper's Coach of the Year. Read more about Lopez and Chacon in the Whittier Daily News.

Pioneer High School

Pioneer High School trombone player Marco Galvan will be one of nine students from the Whittier Union High School District to perform with the Pasadena City College Tournament of Roses Honor Band in the 128th Pasadena Tournament of Roses Parade. The Honor Band, which has marched in every Tournament of Roses Parade since 1930, consists of Lancer Marching Band members and exceptional high school musicians from throughout Southern California. More than 600 high school students audition each year for the 200-plus spots in the band and pageantry. Whittier Union students also chosen are: California High School students Olivia Huizar (piccolo), Rocio Vega (trombone), Gus Sausedo (tuba), Eric Gonzalez (color guard/tall flag) and Edith Garcia (color guard/banner); and La Serna High School students Avery Smith (alto sax), Taylor Medina (trombone) and Ye Lee (baritone).

Santa Fe High School

Santa Fe High School’s award-winning Associated Student Body has played an essential role in making the campus culture a positive and inclusive environment in which students are connected, cared for and engaged. It’s a job that requires time, passion and commitment – qualities that senior Valeria Restrepo has exhibited over the last four years. The only student on the current ASB cabinet to have participated all four years of high school, Restrepo has become a key leader of the spirited team, contributing to its goal of fostering a family of united Chieftains while maintaining a rigorous course schedule. By the time she graduates, Restrepo, who holds a 4.17 GPA, will have completed 28 honors and Advanced Placement (AP) courses. She is also involved in several extracurricular activities and is a southern director on the California Association of State Leaders (CASL) board, a support and networking organization for student leaders. Restrepo was recently honored with an Award of Merit by the Whittier Union Board of Trustees. Click here to read more.

Sierra Vista High School

Sierra Vista High School recently celebrated its fourth annual Holiday Craft Fair, hosting 32 Whittier-area vendors who sold homemade crafts, jewelry, holiday gifts and food. Organized by the school's Associated Student Body, the event allowed community members, District office staff, and students and teachers from Sierra Vista, Frontier High School, Whittier Adult School and the Transition program to shop, browse and enjoy the festive atmosphere. This is the fourth year that the school has provided an ASB, giving 20 Spartans the opportunity to plan school activities and promote community services projects, as well as organize sports contests and a music festival. 

Whittier High School

Five Whittier High School students were among the more than 130 student leaders who participated in a CASL (California Association of Student Leaders) Leadership Development Day held at Pioneer High School. Associated Student Body (ASB) members from Frontier, Pioneer, Santa Fe, El Monte, El Rancho, South El Monte, Paramount and ATC high schools participated in the all-day interactive conference. Leadership development days provide opportunities for high school students to get inspired to change the world and learn the practical skills needed to make those changes. The event included small groups participating in team building and communication activities. Students used their individual strengths to build relationships, self-explore and find ways to make the campus a better place for the student body. Whittier High expects to host a leadership day next year. Click here to view a video of one of the fun activities. 

Whittier Adult  School

The Whittier Adult School Associated Student Body (ASB) conducted its annual food and toy drive benefiting the Interfaith Food Center, which serves families in Whittier, La Mirada and Santa Fe Springs. The ASB includes 45 adult school students who meet monthly to plan and execute several annual activities that benefit either the school or community. For the past two years, the program has raised more than 2,000 pounds of food for their Thanksgiving food drive. The Christmas Toy drive, which ended Dec. 16, was met with equal success and enthusiasm by ASB members, who were happy to see firsthand how local families were benefiting from their efforts.
Tim Schneider

Martin J. Plourde

Dr. Ralph S. Pacheco

Loring Davies 



Dr. Monica Oviedo 

Jeff Baird

Kevin Jamero 

Leighton Anderson

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