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January 2017


I want to welcome back students and staff to our campuses and ring in the New Year, one in which we will continue our momentum of providing students exciting opportunities to explore new topics, expand their interests, and grow academically and socially. The productive first semester laid the foundation for what's to come for our students for the rest of the school year, as we look toward end-of-year celebrations and continued excellence. I wish everyone a prosperous 2017.

California High School

California High School’s Angel Aguirre was recognized by the Whittier Daily News as All-Area Boys Cross Country Runner of the Year. Cal’s No. 1 runner all season won all three Del Rio League meets, finishing 21st in the CIF Southern Section Division 1 final in 15:06.5. Coach David Rojas was recognized as the All-Area Boys Cross Country Coach of the Year. The Condors have proved they’re among the Top 10 Division I teams in the state, with Rojas leading the team to two consecutive appearances. The Condors finished sixth at the CIF State meet a Woodward Park in Fresno. They finished seventh last year. Cal finished fifth in the CIF-SS Division 1 final in Riverside. They again won the Del Rio League title with Cal runners taking the top three positions in the league championship race at Legg Lake. Read more at the Whittier Daily News!

Frontier High School

The Soroptomist International of Whittier began its six-week “Dream It, Be It” career development and female empowerment program for girls at Frontier High School, providing students access to professional role models, career education and the resources to reach their full potential and live their dreams. The global program targets girls in secondary schools who face obstacles to their success. The club will work in partnership with girls in small groups and provide them with the information they need to succeed. The topics covered include career opportunities, setting and achieving goals, overcoming obstacles to success and how to move forward after setbacks or failures. This is the second year Frontier is participating in the program.

La Serna High School

Two La Serna High School student-athletes were recognized by the Whittier Daily News as Players of the Year. Eric Borunda was named the Water Polo Player of the Year and Madeline Franco was named Cross Country Runner of the Year. Borunda helped La Serna to its second consecutive undefeated season. For the water polo team’s performance, John Pringle was named Coach of the Year. Franco, a freshman who had never competed in a cross country race, placed 11th in her CIF Southern Section Division 1 heat, earning her an individual spot in the following week’s final. But her teammates also came through and La Serna advanced as a team to the championship for the first time in program history. Franco finished 61st in the CIF-SS finals and La Serna finished 24th as a team. David Rojas was named Coach of the Year for leading his team to consistent successes.

Pioneer High School

Pioneer High School student David Chavez is a special needs student who has often faced obstacles. But upon starting his freshman year at his new school, Chavez was determined to find an activity he loved that would allow him to flourish and make long-lasting friendships. He succeeded, joining the 20-member wrestling team and finding a camaraderie among his new Titan family. However, a few months into the wrestling season, doctors have discovered that Chavez has a brain tumor. Despite the devastating news, Chavez has stayed focused on remaining on the wrestling team and supporting his teammates. Although his medical condition will require doctors’ visits, and eventually surgery, Chavez said he plans to cheer on his teammates from the sidelines, clad in his gear whenever he can.

Santa Fe High School

Wearing batting helmets and fielders’ mitts, students in the special education program at Santa Fe High School swung their bats, ran bases and fielded their positions as part of the third annual Make A Difference (M.A.D.) baseball game – a cheerful event organized by student-athletes and the school’s Associated Student Body. Guided and assisted by the student-athletes, dozens of students, wearing commemorative M.A.D. T-shirts, in December had their names announced over a loud-speaker as they approached the field, with friends and family cheering them on in the stands. The M.A.D. event is an extension of Chieftain Friends, a weekly volunteer social enrichment program in which general education students are paired with students in the special education program – their “buddy” – and meet with them once a week for lunch in the school library.

Sierra Vista High School

Sierra Vista High School recently hosted on Open House for counselors from the District’s five comprehensive high schools, providing the staff insight into the inner-workings of the alternative high school. The event, led by three counselors and Director Nicki Buchholz, allowed the counselors to ask questions about the programs offered, learn how the school operates and gain an understanding of the school’s positive culture. Following a game of Q&A, counselors toured the campus, including classrooms, computer lab, testing center, main office and the Freshman Fresh Start program. Knowing the variety of students that Sierra Vista can serve helps counselors as they place students, communicate with parents and ultimately help make a positive impact on students’ learning and self-development, according to Buchholz.

Whittier High School

Whittier High in December hosted its traditional “Cocoa and Cram” weeklong event, providing students a place to participate in some last-minute cramming, with cocoa provided by WHS staff, before final exams during the last week of semester. Held in the library, Cocoa and Cram is an extension of the school’s “Cardinal Wings” after-school tutoring program. The program is staffed by teachers, Academic Mentors – ­current students who are paid to work after school – and youth leaders from the LEARN organization, a nonprofit focused on providing resources to increase college knowledge for students and their families. Students can get help with homework, review for finals, study in groups, use Chromebooks to complete assignments that require a computer, or just have a place to get some work done.  Cardinal Wings is available all year from 3:15 to 5:15 p.m. Monday through Thursday in the library.

Whittier Adult  School
Students enrolled in the English as a Second Language (ESL) and Adult Basic Education programs at the Whittier Adult School have been using new technology to enhance their learning. Chrome books have been purchased for each classroom, and the students are off to a great start navigating online learning as well as improving academic skills. Whittier Adult School now utilizes learning software by Rosetta Stone (English), IXL and Aztec Foundations and Bridge (math and language arts), all of which are accessible to students in class and at home. This blended learning model enables adult school students to improve their academic and technology skills, both of which are critical for employment opportunities.
Tim Schneider

Martin J. Plourde

Dr. Ralph S. Pacheco

Loring Davies 



Dr. Monica Oviedo 

Jeff Baird

Kevin Jamero 

Leighton Anderson

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