A monthly update from the Whittier Union High School District.
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Sandra Thorstenson, Superintendent
Sandra Thorstenson
There is no doubt that our gifted and dedicated teachers and staff play a crucial role in the success of our students, their well-being and continual academic growth. Through their fortitude and dedication, students at Whittier Union will continue to make great strides for an undoubtedly greater future.
California High School
Construction on the new district football stadium at Cal High is moving swiftly, with crews successfully demolishing outdated athletic facilities on the 22-acre site to make way for a 7,000-seat football complex that will include an artificial turf football field, all-weather track and improved baseball and softball fields, as well soccer practice areas. Construction crews have been excavating and making underground and infrastructure improvements, installing retaining walls and mounting footings for the visitors’ bleachers. The stadium is projected to be completed by August 2016.
La Serna High School
La Serna High School was one of only a handful of schools across the country chosen to participate in a virtual journey as part of a special one-day preview of Google Expeditions, a new education app that brings the world to a student’s fingertips and allows teachers to zero in on specific topics of instruction the whole classroom can view simultaneously. Read more.
Pioneer High School
To preserve longtime Drill Team Coach Marilynn Littlefield's legendary status and recognize her numerous contributions, Pioneer High School named its small gym, where the Drill Team spends countless hours perfecting its routines, after her during a dedication ceremony on Oct. 20. Littlefield was joined at the ceremony by current drill team students and generations of program alums. Read more on Pioneer’s website and check out coverage from the Whittier Daily News!
Santa Fe High School
The Automotive Engineering class at Santa Fe High School recently debuted a revolutionary project that has been three years in the making: a newly converted electric 1969 Volkswagen Beetle capable of traveling 80 miles on one charge. The project ­– which was made possible through material and monetary donations from the Santa Fe Springs Rotary Club – was showcased at club’s 8th Annual Classic Car Show on Oct. 18. Read more.
Whittier High School
The Whittier High School community on Sept. 18 celebrated the school’s renovated 21st century library – which features new furniture, technology, an Alumni Hall of Fame showcase and a newly painted interior and entrance – with a festive ribbon-cutting and dedication ceremony. The facility was dedicated in honor of Class of 1955 graduate and former student body president William “Willie” C. Gordon, a renowned attorney and author who donated $130,000. Read more on Whittier High’s website and check out coverage from the Whittier Daily News!
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