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Sandra Thorstenson, Superintendent
Sandra Thorstenson
As we begin this joyous holiday season, we celebrate the achievements of our students, recognize the continued dedication and commitment of our teachers, staff and administrators, and reflect on our blessings of health and happiness. We extend our gratitude to the Whittier Union community for playing an important role in the well-being and success of every one of our students and ensuring that they flourish.
California High School
Balancing the demands of school life with the pressures of planning for college and career can be intimidating for some students, especially when having to navigate the variety of campus resources needed to inform those tough decisions. To simplify the process, Cal High this year created the College and Career Zone Team, a consolidation of several support services to provide a streamlined process for students seeking guidance on their post-secondary options. Read more.
La Serna High School
About 130 La Serna High School students recently participated in the school’s annual TRUE (Tolerance, Respect, Unity, Equality) conference, a program that exposes students to a variety of teen-appropriate topics, including the consequences of using social media, and aims to encourage the teens to make a positive impact on campus. Read more.
Pioneer High School
A lifetime of perfect attendance has catapulted Pioneer High School senior Arianna Beltran to the top of her class. She ranks No. 1 with a 4.38 GPA, takes numerous Advanced Placement and honors courses, and is a decorated athlete. The passionate learner and community volunteer has dedicated her life to educating herself and mentoring others. For these impressive accomplishments, she was recognized by the Whittier Union Board of Trustees with an Award of Merit. Read more.
Santa Fe High School
A former English learner in elementary school, Santa Fe High School senior Sarahi Garza has risen to the top of her class with the encouragement of her parents and ongoing support from her Chieftain family. Garza maintains a 4.43 GPA by juggling a rigorous academic schedule that includes several honors and Advanced Placement classes and community volunteer projects. In recognition of her achievements, Garza was recently honored with the Award of Merit from the Whittier Union Board of Trustees. Read more
Whittier High School
It was five years ago that Whittier High School implemented its Academic Mentor Program – a strategic intervention tool that provides in-class academic support to at-risk students with the help, guidance and mentorship of peers. Since its inception, the program’s success rates have been significant, showcased by vastly improving student test scores and rising GPAs. For its innovation, Whittier High is being honored with a 2015 Golden Bell Award from the California School Boards Association (CSBA) on Dec. 5. Read more.
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