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November 2016


As we continue our countdown to the holiday season and approach the end of the first semester, I am reminded of how far our youngest students have come, but also how many more opportunities they will get to experience throughout the course of their high school careers. This is a formative time for our students, and our teachers and staff are committed to preparing them with the skills and knowledge that will propel them to success.”

California High School

California High School’s Architecture and Engineering Academy had an outstanding performance at America’s Kids, L.A. County Fair’s creative and educational competition for students from pre-school through high school. At the fair, students across the county compete to show their skills in architectural drafting and computer-aided mechanical drawing. Seniors who completed the Architectural Design Class last school year submitted a set of architectural drawings for a two-story residence; juniors who completed the Introduction to Engineering Design class last year submitted a reverse engineering project. Senior Brianna Jefferson and junior Izayah Cabrera were awarded prestigious sweepstakes ribbons.

Frontier High School

More than 300 Frontier High School students experienced first-hand the devastating impacts of drinking or texting behind the wheel during a Save A Life Tour presentation, which included students using an interactive distracted driving simulator. The international Save A Life Tour hosted assemblies in early November that exposed students to the deadly consequences of unsafe driving practices and choices. The program featured a high-impact video showing a recreation of a distracted driving incident, police response, emergency room scenes, family responses and other footage. Following the video presentation, students tried out a drinking-and-driving simulator and a texting-and-driving simulator using an iPhone. Click here to see the simulation in action.

La Serna High School

The La Serna High Girls Golf team won its second consecutive CIF Southern Section Southern Division Team Championship in November, earning praise, cheers and congratulations from the Lancer community. The Lady Lancers had an exceptional season with an overall record of 18-1, and had an undefeated league record of 10-0. This year’s team qualified for the State CIF Final. They ended up in fifth place, while star player Briana Chacon, a sophomore, took second place after firing a 69 in the CIF-SS Individual Championship.

Pioneer High School

A day before the nation paid tribute to America’s heroes, students at Pioneer High School gathered for a special ceremony honoring staff members who have served in the armed forces and remembering members of the Titan family who died while serving their country. Held Nov. 10, Pioneer High’s Veterans Day Ceremony featured remarks from school officials and students, patriotic performances and recognition of a group of revered veterans in attendance, who lit the school’s iconic Titan Torch before laying wreaths at the school’s two monuments.  A wreath was laid beside a stone monument that sits next to the flagpole in front of the school, as well as next to a new monument inside the campus that was donated by a Titan football parent booster. Read more in the Whittier Daily News!

Santa Fe High School

Santa Fe High School biology teacher Alejandra Gonzalez has been selected for the University of Chicago’s 2016 Outstanding Educator Award. This distinguished award has existed for more than three decades. Each year, the university invites first-year students to nominate an educator who has influenced them, challenged them or helped them along the path toward intellectual growth. The university receives letters from hundreds of students, inspired by teachers who have changed the course of their lives through excellent teaching and mentorship. In recognition of this profound influence, the Office of College Admissions grants the Outstanding Educator Award to teachers who demonstrate exceptional dedication to the education and personal development of their students. 

Whittier High School

A dream of history and music buffs in this community to place an antique theater organ in the Vic Lopez Auditorium on the Whittier High School campus is nearing reality. A 1926 Wurlitzer theater organ donated by the Whittier High Alumni Association about a decade ago is being installed. The auditorium, a 2,471-seat Art Deco facility built through President Franklin D. Roosevelt’s Works Progress Administration at a cost of $388,280 and opened in 1940. It was designed to house a pipe organ that was never installed. The organ is expected to be built and in place by the end of the year, with an opening night concert scheduled for Saturday, Feb. 11. Read more in the Whittier Daily News!
Leighton Anderson
Martin J. Plourde

Tim Schneider
Loring Davies 

Dr. Ralph S.


Dr. Monica Oviedo 



Kevin Jamero 

Jeff Baird

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