A monthly update from the Whittier Union High School District.
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Sandra Thorstenson, Superintendent
Sandra Thorstenson
Whittier Union thrives as a healthy organizational culture that is built on the ideals of inclusiveness, collaboration and unity among students, teachers and staff. Despite the approaching changes, our District will continue to blossom with the innovation, culture and core values it has always possessed. Under the leadership of our exemplary Board of Trustees and with the deep commitment of our teachers and staff, our schools will continue to foster excellence many strive to achieve, and this is something that will long endure at the Whittier Union High School District.
California High School
California High School senior Sophia Aldecoa overcame years of low self-esteem and bullying to set high goals for herself, earning Top 100 student recognition for four consecutive years, completing 16 Advanced Placement and honors classes and carrying a 4.125 GPA. Even with a full schedule of rigorous academics, Aldecoa finds time to serve in multiple extracurricular activities, including the Associated Student Body (ASB) and the Gender Connections Club. Aldecoa was named a Cool Kid by ABC7 for devoting her time to helping children with challenges and being an example to those around her. Click here to check out the story.
La Serna High School
La Serna senior Elizabeth Israelian is preparing to take the stage at the end of this year as one of three valedictorians, a feat she attributes to her experience as the daughter of immigrants who came to America in pursuit of educational endeavors unavailable to them in their native countries. She has made her parents proud as a Top 25 student for four consecutive years with a 4.25 GPA and a rigorous course load consisting of six AP classes. Israelian has already received early acceptance offers from Cornell University and USC. She hopes to study bio chemistry and have a career in scientific research or as a physician. Her self-motivation recently earned her an Award of Merit from the Whittier Union Board of Trustees.
Pioneer High School
Pioneer High School families and students this month learned about college and career readiness as part of the California Education Round Table's Intersegmental Coordinating Committee (ICC) Family Academy at UCLA. ICC promotes collaboration within California’s educational system through activities that link public schools with community colleges and four-year universities. Students and parents learned about different career options and how to attain and afford an education that would set students on a positive trajectory to meet their goals. The event was held at the UCLA campus, giving students a feel for what they may want to strive for after they graduate.
Santa Fe High School
Santa Fe High School’s top student-athletes signed letters of intent to play soccer at schools across the U.S. on Feb. 3 as part of National Signing Day for the National Collegiate Athletic Association. Corinne Martinez signed with Grace College in Indiana and Mariela Juarez signed with the University of Houston in Texas. Under their National Letters of Intent, Martinez and Juarez will play soccer and attend classes at their respective colleges for their first year with the assistance of athletic financial packages. Congratulations Chiefs! View more photos of the signing on the WUHSD Facebook page.
Whittier High School
Whittier High School will be the host site for the “Communication Unbound Expressions through Art” show from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturday, March 19 on the front lawn and cafeteria. The art show, sponsored by the Family Resources and Education Exchange (F.R.E.E.), will feature a variety of projects from artists with developmental disabilities and include live music from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. The event will also include refreshments, an opportunity drawing at 1 p.m. and a community arts table. To be entered into the show, artwork must be delivered to F.R.E.E. by March 3. Click here for the registration form.
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